The first step in managing your flood risk is awareness, and here at Flood Assist we provide free, live flood alerts that enable you to check your own or another geographical area to see what current flood warnings are in place. That’s all well and good but what actually do the different flood warnings mean?
There are three types of flood warning, and each of these varies in colour according to how serious the risk of flooding is, these are: amber, light red and dark red. Put simply, an amber flood warning means that you need to be aware that there could be a flood coming and you need to keep checking back for the latest flood alerts in that area. A light red flood warning means you need to be prepared for a flood and the dark red flood warning means that you need to take immediate action as an area is or will very soon is likely to be flooded.
So, let’s go into more detail so you can fully understand what to do if you see a coloured flood warning highlighted in your area;
Flood Alert – flooding is possible be prepared (amber in colour)
This is the Environment Agency’s lowest level of warning. This means that severe flooding could be likely in the next few days and if so, it is likely to affect you, your home or your business. A Flood Alert/amber flood warning could be upgraded to a light red Flood Warning at any time so it is recommended that you keep a check on our free flood alerts over the next few days until the Flood Alert/amber warning is removed.
Flood Warning – flooding is expected, immediate action is required (light red in colour)
A Flood Warning being light red in colour means that there is an increased likelihood of flooding affecting you, your home or you business. It is recommended that you are prepared to change any plans you had to ensure the safety of you, your family, your home and your business. Again, we recommended that you keep an eye on our latest flood warning alerts as a Flood Warning/ light red warning as this could be upgraded to Sever Flood Warning (dark red in colour).
Severe Flood Warning – danger to life (dark red in colour)
If you see Severe Flood Warning (dark red in colour) in your area it means that extreme weather is expected and you need to take immediate action to protect yourself, your home, business and loved ones. If you do not have an emergency bag prepared then now is the time to quickly put one together including essential medication, important paperwork such as flood insurance details as well as a change of clothes, mobile phones and chargers and the like.
When you see a Severe Flood Warning you must stay in touch with the emergency services and local authorities, following their advice at all times.
Stay alert, be prepared and keep up to date with the latest flood warnings in your area at floodassist.co.uk