Checklist for handling a flooded home
- Stock up on sand bags at your local DIY store.
- Buy a front/rear door barrier depending on which entrance is likely to be exposed to flood water. Most flood door barriers will have fixing clips or other mechanical fixings which are pre-fitted in advance. You can then fit them very quickly if flooding does occur.
- Buy and fit vent or airbrick covers. One of the main areas where water gets in during a flood is through the airbricks which are evident in most external walls of houses.
When flooding occurs:
- If you have oil fired heating, turn off oil supply at your tank.
- Gather up your essential items and bring them upstairs or high enough so that they won’t get wet.
- If possible move your valuables upstairs.
- Turn off your gas, electricity and water supply when flood water is about to enter your home provided it’s safe to do so.
- Move your family and pets upstairs, or to a high place with a means of escape.
- Never ever touch sources of electricity when standing in flood water.
- Keep listening to your local news stations for flood updates.
- Stay calm and call 999 if you need help.
If you are leaving your property:
- Prepare your home as above.
- Talk to your insurance provider about the alternative accommodation options which are available under your insurance cover. AA Home Insurance will provide alternative accommodation up to the value of 50% of the contents sum insured.
- Ensure you consider essentials such as medication, clothing, important personal items such as phones, wallets, handbags and items you will need day to day.
- Ensure your property and outbuildings are securely locked before you leave.
- Don’t return until it’s safe to do so. Listen to advice from your local authorities as to when it’s safe to return to your house.
Flood water may contain sewage:
- Avoid walking through flood water and educate your children on the health risks.
- Wash your hands thoroughly if contact is unavoidable.
Further information on dealing with flooding is available at: OPW Flooding website at www.flooding.ie/.