Flooding can happen at any time of the year, affecting your home, travel and work. Below is the Ready Scotland guide on how you can prepare and help to mitigate any damage.
You can check SEPA’s maps to see if your area might be at risk of future flooding. Please note, these maps are not live, and do not show flood risk at individual property level, but indicate areas which are likely to flood from rivers, the sea and surface water.
In a Flood-Risk Area
- Sign up for free flood messages from SEPA’s Floodline Service. Sign up online or call 0345 988 1188
- Find out how to make your property more flood resilient. This can help lessen flood damage and reduce the time spend in temporary accommodation after a flood;
- Prepare a flood kit of essential items e.g. insurance documents, a torch, a wind-up or battery radio, warm clothing, blankets, a first aid kit and any prescription medicine, bottled water and non-perishable foods. The Scottish Flood Forum has specific guidance on how to create an emergency kit;
- Make sure you have appropriate buildings and contents insurance to cover flooding.
If a Flood is Forecast
- Fill bottles, jugs or saucepans with a supply of clean water;
- Charge your mobile phone;
- Move vehicles out of the flood risk area;
- Move important documents and valuable or essential items upstairs or in a high place
- Check on vulnerable neighbours or relatives and help them to prepare. SEPA also have a specific guidance note for older communities;
- Shut off gas, electricity and water supplies and fit any flood protection products to your property.
During a Flood
- See if any flood warnings or alerts are in force – check live flood updates from SEPA’s Floodline Service, listen to local television and radio for updates or you can call Floodline on 0345 988 1188;
- Avoid walking or driving through flood water - six inches of fast-flowing water can knock over an adult and two feet of water can move a car;
- Stay safe and listen to the advice of the emergency services. Evacuate if told to do so;
- Avoid contact with flood water and wash your hands regularly. Swallowing flood water or mud can cause diarrhoea, fever or abdominal pain. Mention the flood if you see a doctor within 10 days for abdominal complaints;
- Share your current flooding knowledge with others - SEPA's Report-a-Flood platform is a great resource.
After the Flood
- Find out from the emergency services if it’s safe to re-enter your property;
- Take care when re-entering your property as there may be hidden dangers caused by flooding, such as structural damage and contamination;
- Follow this guidance sheet to help during a clean-up of your property;
- Ring your buildings and contents insurance companies. Ask them about help to include flood resilient repairs;
- Take photos of the damage to your property;
- Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs;
- If your property has been flooded and you are re-insuring, you can ask if your property is eligible for Flood Re cover;
Find Out More
- The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is Scotland's flood warning authority. They provide flooding updates and advice on being prepared for flooding.
- The Scottish Flood Forum provides support to those who are affected by, or at risk from, flooding. A range of factsheets is available on their website.