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4. Flood Wardens


"Some people gain huge rewards in helping others and becoming a flood warden can be an extremely rewarding way to help"                                            

A flood warden helps and prepares people in the local community that are at risk of flooding and they play an important role in the development and execution of a community flood plan. They also provide a vital link between a local community and those responsible for responding to a flood.

The Flood Warden role

The Flood Warden role consists of helping the community before, during and after a flood.

Role of Flood Warden


You will be the eyes and ears of the community and will help develop your own local flood plan. You can choose to meet with other Flood Wardens in your community as often as you like, typically twice a year. These meetings could be used for:

  • updating your flood plan
  • checking contact details
  • talking about ways to recruit new wardens
  • maintaining interest for existing wardens

How do I become a Flood Warden?

The Environment Agency and Kent Resilience Team provide training for your community. It is free and takes just 2 hours of an evening or at the weekend. The training consists of 5 key modules.

1. Role of a Flood Warden

2. Types of flooding

3. Catchment overview

4. Flood and weather warnings

5. Flood safety awareness


Once the training is complete we will provide you with a comprehensive handbook, a high visibility vest and an example emergency kit bag for the community (above).

If you would like to become a flood warden, please contact the Kent Resilience Team to organise a training session at a time and venue that suits you at or 01622 212409.

Existing Flood Wardens

Wardens that have completed the training can choose to do our online refresher course which consists of 4 modules that covers: the role of a flood warden, types of flooding, weather warnings, and safety awareness. 

If you would like a copy of this refresher course, please contact

Trained wardens can also access a copy of the updated Flood Warden Handbook.


Flood Warden handbook

Please note: you are welcome to download the Flood Warden handbook but you must complete the Flood Warden training before you be licensed to operate (and covered by insurance).

If you would like to become a Flood Warden, please contact the Kent Resilience Team to organise a training session at a time and venue that suits you at or 01622 212409.

To update or check your contact details please contact Kent Resilience Team on or 01622 212409.

If you no longer wish to be a flood warden please contact Kent Resilience Team.

General information for Flood Wardens

Could you be a flood warden poster

FW newsletter

Shorehams village's path to resilience article

What's it like being a flood warden article

Could you be a flood warden postcard

Quick Dial codes for Kent

(After calling Floodline enter the Quick Dial code for your area and bypass the telephone tree to access information for your area).



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