Archives

December, 2013

Personal Flood Planning – Holiday in Cornwall?

Happy Christmas – let’s take half an hour to be prepared, then crack on enjoying the holiday!

Print this off and fill it in, let us know you have done it and you might be given a lovely holiday in Cornwall!

Our preference is you can go online
http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/38329.aspx
IF you have power and do it now, meanwhile print this off NOW and you will have something to work on! Well done.

 

Telephone Numbers
Electricity Provider: ……………………………………………………………………………………….

 

Gas Provider: …………………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Water Company: ……………………………………………………………………………………………

 

Telephone Provider:………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Mobile Phone Provider: …………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Insurance Company ………………………………………………………………………………………..

 

Insurance Company Policy Number:…………………………………………………………………

 

Local Council Flood Number:……………………………………………………………………………

 

Travel & Weather Telephone Number:……………………………………………………………….

 

 

Important Sites (Remember you might need to instruct someone else to do this):

Electricity Cut Off Location and how:………………………………………………………………………

Gas Cut Off Location and how:………………………………………………………………………………..

Water Cut Off Location and how:……………………………………………………………………………..

 

 

People you can contact for help:

Relative Name, number & how can they help?

 

…………………………………………………………………………………

Friends Name, number & how can they help?

 

…………………………………………………………………………………

Neighbours Name, number & how can they help?

 

…………………………………………………………………………………

 

 

What to do now, despite so many other things to do:

 

  1. Put important documents out of flood risk and protect
  2. Look at your insurance, will it cover you for flood?
  3. When it rains, look at how the water behaves, how will you keep it out of your property?
  4. Make a flood kit bagging up a torch, warm and waterproof clothing, water, food, medication, toys for children and pets, rubber gloves and wellingtons. This can be stored safely, up high and is not a waste of time.
  5. Find the nearest location selling sandbags, work out how many you need, go and buy them as soon as possible. Store them in a dry place, not where they are needed or they will rot, only put them in place if you are expecting flooding, secure plastic sheeting down first for maximum results.
  6. Think about what you would need to take with you if you had to leave home – can you put these in a box on a top shelf for a quick grab?
  7. Spend some time looking at flood warning codes – we now hear so many – we must still be ready and even if we are on a hill, we can still flood.

 

If you are expecting a flood then straight away please:

  • Move furniture and electrical items to safety (make a list prior to the event)
  • Put boards/polythene and sandbags in place
  • Turn off electricity, water & gas
  • Move your car out of the flood risk area
  • Think about your business or work address (get in touch for a template for work)
  • Inform your family and friends you may need to leave home.

Let us know about your progress, if you really do fill this out or do one online and let us know about it – you might be given a holiday in Cornwall!!!

Chilly Christmas- Some warming thoughts?
How’s your ventilation?!

Next year the global average temperature is expected to be 0.43 °C – 0.71 °C above the long-term average of 14.0 °C (1961-1990), according to the Met Office annual global temperature forecast, announced today.

This will go much higher (more like 2°C +) due to energy demand.

Hotter + ventilation = costly air conditioning making the situation worse and you losing more £££s or think about it now – need new windows? Instead of unwanted presents you could ask for £££s towards your new windows or making sure you’re home is well ventilated before the stunning heat comes. Marvellous.