What To Do In Case Of Flood?

Floods can not be stopped or avoided, and if your home is located in a flood zone area, there is really nothing you can do expect to take measures to minimize the possible damage or destruction of your property. You can also expect that when your house is located in a flood zone area, it will increase your flood zone insurance premium.

Insurance providers charge higher premiums in high-risk areas, even as much as three times higher than for those policy holders whose houses are located in low-risk areas. If you do not want to move to another location, then you have to bear the high flood insurance premiums.

However, you are not that helpless. Insurance companies can also give you advice on how you can put up measures to obtain cover. It is very important for you to get adequate cover for your house buildings and the contents of your home. You have worked so hard to acquire your things and it is not that easy to lose them or see them damaged in a flood. Some objects may even be replaceable so of course you would not want to lose them.

Here are some advices for you to minimize damage when you receive a flood warning, but do this only if you have adequate time. Do not sacrifice your own safety because you only have one life to live and no matter how many life insurance cover policy you have, it can not restore your life. Things can be replaced but your life can not be replaced.

First of all, be sure that your flood insurance and other important documents are at hand. Also make sure you have the emergency line numbers ready because if things get worse, you can not possibly swim around your house looking for lost numbers and papers. If you have sandbags ready, you can protect the doors inside your house with them. You can also push furniture and other electrical items to higher parts of your house if you still have enough time to do so.

If water floods your house, do not by any means attempt to leave your house. It may be too dangerous and the current may sweep you away. You can move up to the higher floor of the house. If you live in a high risk area, you should have an emergency pack ready which contains some dry clothes, toiletry essentials, medicines, emergency phone numbers, torch, a flask with hot drinks and important documents.

When your home is flooded, do not waste a minute to turn off the main switch of the electricity. Think of your safety and do not use electrical sources of heat near the flood water. As soon as the flood water subsides, do not wade your way across the sodden floors and start redecorating. That is your least priority for the moment.

For more information about high risk areas, you can call National Flood Warning Centre at telephone number 01276 454 725, or visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk, and www.homecheck.co.uk.