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5. Help Your Community

Getting involved in writing a community plan, and helping to implement it during a flood, will help save lives and minimise the damage and distress flooding can cause. A community flood plan sets out:

  1. The locations at risk of flooding in your community

  2. Actions to be taken before, during and after a flood

  3. Contact details of volunteers/ flood wardens and the cascade of information during a flood

  4. What your local triggers to activate your plan are

  5. Important telephone numbers

  6. Available resources

  7. Arrangements with the authorities

  8. Vulnerable residents/properties    

Appendix 4 Community flood plan template

Developing Your Community Flood Plan

A Word for you to use

Developing Your Community Flood Plan 

A PowerPoint resource for you to use with your community



Testing Your Community Flood Plan: River Scenario

A PowerPoint resource for you to use with your community

Testing Your Community Flood Plan: Coastal Scenario

A PowerPoint resource for you to use with your community

As part of your plan you may wish to identify certain skills or equipment that residents have that may be of use to your community. Or you may wish to identify a group of volunteers that can help communicate between the flood plan co-ordinators and local residents. The link below leads to a letter that can be adapted to suit your needs.

It’s also important to understand the role that each responding organisation plays during a flood and therefore who you need to make contact with before, during and after.

Types of Flooding and Who Can Help Poster for you to use in your community

It’s important to understand what the different flood warning codes are, what they mean and what to do next.

You may need to recruit volunteers or flood wardens, you can use the below poster to advertise in your community.

Could you be a FW poster

Could You Be A Flood Warden?

A poster for you to use in your community


Flood Action Guide

If you wish to have a version of this guide you can adapt for your community please contact

You may have businesses in your community and this handy checklist may help them identify the actions they can take to prepare.

To increase awareness of flood risk within your community you can use the following resources – print them off for use on your community notice board, your parish newsletter or community Facebook page.

How Does EA Manage Flood RiskShoreham's Path to Resilience

How Does the Environment Agency Manage Flood Risk?

An article for you to use in your community

Are You Flood Aware?

A postcard  for you to use in your community

Shoreham's Path to Flood Resilience

An article for you to use in your community

*NEW* for 2018

The Environment Agency has launched a new set of flood related articles for you to use within your community.

These are:

1. Be prepared - create a personal flood plan

2. Helping communities to become more resilient: Our simple 4 step pathway

3. Flood Warden resources: Helping you to help your community

4. The Medway Flood Partnership



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