Millions of people in the UK have no idea where to get information about the risk of flooding or what to do to prevent it.
And with almost 2 million people living in areas at significant risk of flooding, one in seven householders don’t even have buildings or content insurance.
The statistics have been revealed by The British Red Cross which is often called out to deal with the aftermath of natural disasters such as flooding.
Quick answers to the questions where to get information about the risk of flooding or what to do to prevent it are that sandbags are now seen as an ineffective and environmentally disastrous way to try to stop flooding as the bags deteriorate and the sand gets washed down drains, clogging them up and causing more flooding.
Many local councils now prefer FloodSax sandless sandbags devised and made by Yorkshire company Environmental Defence Systems Ltd.
Advice on all kinds of anti-flood devices is available on a special Blue Pages website run by the charity the National Flood Forum and to access it simply click here http://bluepages.org.uk/
Many people don’t realise that councils have no responsibility to provide sandbags or any other flood prevention measures if flooding is imminent. People have to protect their own property which is why so many turn to FloodSax (http://www.floodsax.co.uk/) as they are incredibly space-saving to store and quick and easy to deploy.
To check the flood risk in your area simply go to https://www.gov.uk/check-flooding
The British Red Cross has released its report called Every Time It Rains to coincide with a warning that flooding is forecast for the early part of 2023.
The report includes insight from focus groups in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Hull, Belfast and Glasgow, which have the highest flood risk under climate change. People from Rhondda Cynon Taf and Hull had previously experienced serious flooding.
Polling accompanying the report shows:
Chris Davies, Head of Emergency Planning and Response at the British Red Cross said: “Floods are one of the most serious climate-related hazards we face in this country. They can devastate homes, destroy irreplaceable and sentimental items, cost families thousands of pounds of damage and cause immense suffering.
“This research shows that while most people recognise climate change is increasing the risk of floods, they don’t know how to prepare or get information. Millions of people across the country are vulnerable but only one in seven have taken steps to protect their homes.
“We’re calling on national and local governments to work with communities to better prepare the public for flooding. We need clearer information on what to do before, during and after a flood and we need to ensure communities fully understand the risk they face.”
The British Red Cross is calling for changes to increase the UK’s resilience to floods, including:
The British Red Cross is urging people to