Preparing for flooding
Flooding can happen suddenly and with little warning. It is important to be prepared for flooding with a plan in place to protect your home, belongings and family.
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Protecting your property
Property owners are responsible for protecting their property from flooding. We can help with a free flood survey and you may qualify for help to buy flood protection equipment through our Flood Product Subsidy Scheme.
- Protect your property with reduced cost equipment
- Familiarise yourself with how to turn off your gas and electricity and water
- Keep drains clear to allow surface water to escape
- find out information on our flood pod and sandbag policy
- Take 'before' photographs of your property and contents
- Back up important computer data and protect items that can't be replaced
- Move your car to higher ground if it's safe to do so
It's a good idea to have a resilience plan as a community, so that neighbours with local knowledge can help each other alongside the emergency services
Having insurance is highly advisable
If you're having problems finding cover try contacting insurance companies directly or through a broker via the British Insurance Brokers' Association.
Household emergency lifesaving plan
A plan you and your family make for times of emergency means you have information to hand which will be useful during utility outages. Keep the plan in a safe place as part of an emergency pack.
Household emergency lifesaving pack
A household emergency lifesaving pack contains essential equipment and supplies to help you during utility failures. The pack should be prepared in advance and kept safe for future use.
The Scottish Flood Forum
The Scottish Flood Forum offers practical advice and support to property owners affected by or are at risk from flooding.