Check your insurance cover - Check your buildings and contents insurance policy. Confirm you are covered for flooding. Find out if the policy replaces new for old, and if it has a limit on repairs. Don't underestimate the value of your contents.
Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies - If you are in doubt, ask your supplier how to do this. Mark taps or switches with stickers to help you remember.
Prepare a flood kit of essential items - Copies of your home insurance documents, a torch with spare batteries, a wind-up or battery radio, warm and waterproof clothing and blankets, a first aid kit and prescription medication, bottled water and non-perishable foods. Baby food and baby care items and a list of important contact numbers. Always keep your flood kit handy.
Know who to contact and how - Agree where you will go in the event of flooding and how to contact each other. Check with your council if pets are allowed at evacuation centres. Keep a list with all your important contacts to hand.
Think about what you can move now - Don't wait for a flood. Move items of personal value such as photo albums, family videos and treasured mementos to a safe place.
Think about what you would want to move to safety during a flood - Outdoor pets, cars, furniture, electrical equipment, garden pot plants and furniture ... what else?
The Environment Agency website contains useful information and advice on their Prepare your property for flooding web page or alternatively you can contact them on their Floodline number: 0845 988 1188.