- 29th November 2018
- Posted by: Joanne Woodhouse
- Category: Blog
We are supporting the Environment Agency’s 2018 Flood Action Campaign. Aimed at young people aged 18 to 34, this years’ campaign looks particularly at those who are in rental properties and those with young families.
The campaign encourages people to know what to do to protect themselves and their property in a flood. This is especially relevant given the current bad weather, so we would urge people to:
- Check your flood risk
- Check the previous flood history of your property
- Sign up for free flood warnings by phone, email, text message or social media
- Create a personal flood plan for your home or business.
These important steps will help those at risk of flooding to ‘Prepare, Act and Survive’. If you receive a flood warning and haven’t already done so already, you should:
- Keep up to date with the latest situation – call Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or follow @EnvAgency and #FloodAware on Twitter for the latest flood updates.
- Have a bag ready with vital items like insurance documents and medications in case you need to leave your home.
- Check you know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water mains supplies.
- Plan how you’ll move your car, family and pets to safety.
Get prepared now to save months of misery and thousands of pounds of damage. There are 5.2 million homes at risk of flooding in England. Join the millions of people who have already taken simple steps to ‘Prepare, Act and Survive’.
Here at JBA, we use our expertise to help communities take effective steps to protect homes and businesses, raising awareness and helping people to prepare for flooding. We are also working closely with the Environment Agency by providing training and exercising support to all incident management and response staff.
We have in fact just been appointed to two Environment Agency national frameworks, designed to help homeowners and the Environment Agency themselves take steps to prepare for future flooding.
Property Flood Resilience Framework – supporting communities at risk from flooding
We were appointed to the Environment Agency’s Property Flood Resilience (PFR) Framework, providing expert, independent property flood risk surveys for the Environment Agency and Local Authority coordinated community schemes. PFR is a vital tool, providing effective and low-cost flood protection options to those properties remaining at risk, where other means of protection may not be viable.
Working with the Environment Agency and Local Authorities, we support communities that remain at flood risk through:
- Community engagement events to raise awareness of property flood resilience options
- Assessing flood history and sources of local flood risk
- Undertaking individual property flood risk surveys to determine routes of entry and suitability for flood protection and resilience measures
- Identifying options to mitigate potential flooding, by considering both resistance measures (limiting water entry) and flood resilience options (adapting the property to limit damage when water does enter)
- Carrying out validation audits and producing Post Installation Flood Risk Reports that can be provided to insurers to evidence actions taken to manage flood risk
- Advising on emergency plans and undertaking flood exercises.
Incident Management Framework – building preparedness through training and exercising
We are leading the ‘JBA 4 Resilience’ consortium which has just been appointed to the Environment Agency’s Incident Management Training and Exercising Framework. We have been selected for both ‘Lot 1 Training’ and ‘Lot 2 Exercising’ of this four-year framework, to help build the knowledge, skills and capabilities of incident management staff.
A programme of exercises will test multiple aspects of response to ensure that staff are trained, confident in their roles and prepared for emergency response and incident management.
Objectives will frequently aim to test communication routes between strategic, tactical and operational roles during an incident. They also look to ensure information is passed effectively and in a timely manner to decision makers.
This framework will provide exciting new opportunities for our ‘JBA 4 Resilience’ consortium and we look forward to working with our partners, Training 4 Resilience, Crown Media, NSC and Waves Training Solutions to build preparedness through training and exercising.
Want to know more?
Email Phil Emonson for more information on the Property Flood Resilience Framework, the Incident Management Training and Exercising Framework, and the ‘JBA 4 Resilience’ consortium. You can also find out more on our Property Flood Resilience web page.