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Flood prevention advice

'Prepare for flooding' – that's the message from the Environment Agency to many parts of the UK, particularly the South West, reports local insurance broker Alan & Thomas Insurance Group.

 The Weather Channel is also reporting a 50 per cent chance of a once-in-50 years 80mm deluge in just 12 hours.

Dorset-based broker Alan & Thomas is providing local businesses and homeowners with advice as to how to protect themselves against the threat and damage which flooding can cause.

Julian Boughton, Managing Director of Alan & Thomas says, "With the threat of severe flooding across our region, businesses and homeowners are urged to take the following simple preventative measures which could make all the difference".

• Turn off your electricity, gas and water supplies at the mains.
• Disconnect appliances connected to pipes in case of movement during flooding.
• Place valuables and important documents (like birth certificates and insurance policies) in secure plastic bags, high up out of harm's way.
• Where possible, move furniture upstairs or raise on bricks. If a piece of furniture is too large to carry, weigh it down so it doesn't float around and cause damage.
• Fix flood boards to frames around windows and doors.
• Move your car to higher ground.
• Move family and pets to a safe place.
• Pack a flood kit of essentials containing copies of your home insurance, a torch and batteries, medicines, bottled water, non-perishable food items, a mobile phone and a battery-operated radio
• WAIT for the emergency services. Follow their instructions. If an evacuation order is issued you MUST comply.
• Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for the latest information and stay tuned to local radio.
• Contact your insurer or insurance broker and if you have your policy documentation to hand, look for an emergency/claims contact number.