Environment Agency: ‘Be flood aware’

Be flood aware
Be flood aware

The Environment Agency is urging people and businesses in Lincolnshire to check their flood risk, sign up for flood warnings, and know what to do if a flood happens.

Doing these simple things can help people better protect those close to them, their homes and their businesses from flooding.

The reminder to be ‘#floodaware’ marks the start of the Agency’s annual awareness-raising campaign, which will involve a range of media, social media, and partnership activity.

In Lincolnshire, only 16 per cent of those facing flood risk have signed up to the EA’s free flood warning service.

Signing up to Floodline Warnings Direct ensures people can be contacted via their preferred method – including landline, mobile, text or email – using the details they’ve provided.

Rachael McMahon, flood resilience advisor at the Environment Agency, said: “Flooding can have a devastating effect on people’s lives. So it’s essential that people understand the risks that flooding poses to property and personal safety.

“While we work hard to reduce the risk of flooding to properties across Lincolnshire, there are many useful precautions people can take, including ensuring they know their flood risk and signing up to receive flood warnings.”

Check to see if free flood warnings are available in your community and sign up by calling Floodline on 0345 9881188 or by visiting www.gov.uk/floodsdestroy

As well as checking flood risk, residents can also find out what action they can take to protect their personal safety and property by visiting the website, which also includes advice on how to prepare for flooding and develop a flood plan.

People can follow the campaign on Twitter via #floodaware or via the Environment Agency blog. The Environment Agency will be encouraging people to sign up to free flood warnings and alert friends and family on social media using the hashtag #floodaware. Visit Twitter and Facebook to get involved.

The campaign runs until November 13.