How can I help keep my community safe in case of emergency?
It is important that we support each other during emergencies, and that we prepare properly so we can take care of vulnerable people in our communities.
You could create a community resilience plan. These identify volunteer community contacts, who receive and pass on information about local hazards and respond to an emergency in their community.
How do I prepare for a flood?
Check the Flood information service: Flood warnings for England page for up-to-date flooding information. You can also sign up for flood warnings or check flood alerts here:
The GOV.UK website also offers useful information about:
- preparing for flooding
- preparing your business for flooding
- making a personal flood plan
- preparing your community
You may also find the following useful:
- Norfolk County Council's Flood help and advice
- Norfolk County Council's Surface water management plans
If you experience problems insuring your home because of the flood risk, you can now use a scheme designed to ensure affordable flood insurance is available to those homes at the highest risk of flooding (excluding issues arising from coastal erosion). This scheme is a joint Government and insurance industry initiative.
For more information about the scheme visit the Flood Re website, where you can watch a short video. You may also find the leaflet useful.
Where can I get sandbags?
We do not normally supply sandbags although we may offer sand dumps to allow the public to fill a small number of their own bags if, following a severe flood warning, your area is in imminent danger of flooding.
Sandbags may be purchased from local builders merchants and DIY stores, although they are not the primary recommended way to protect your home. To see the latest list of flood protection products, please visit the National Flood Forum and Blue Pages.
Before you buy any flood protection please check with your supplier that the item will be effective in your local situation, especially if purchasing 'magic' self-inflatable sandbags, as their performance can be adversely affected by salty water.