The Environment Agency is responsible for taking a strategic overview of the management of all sources of flooding and coastal erosion in England. This includes, for example, setting the direction for managing the risks through strategic plans; providing evidence and advice to inform Government policy and support others; working collaboratively to support the development of risk management skills and capacity; and providing a framework to support local delivery.
The Environment Agency also has operational responsibility for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea, as well as being a coastal erosion risk management authority. The Flood and Water Management Act 2010 places a statutory duty on the Environment Agency to develop a National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England. The strategy sets out a vision of a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change – today, tomorrow and to the year 2100.
How to stay safe in a flood
Our Prepare, Act, Survive Plan includes:
- Prepare a bag that includes medical and insurance documents.
- Know how to turn off your gas, electricity and water .
- Check your insurance to make sure you are covered for flood damage. If you rent your home, it is your responsibility to have insurance for your belongings.
- You can make changes to your property that will help you to get back to normal more quickly after a flood and reduce the damage flooding can do. This includes things such as laying tiles instead of carets, moving electrical sockets higher up the wall or fitting flood protection products.
- If you are flooded, call 999 if in immediate danger and follow advice from emergency services.
Facts about flooding – did you know?
Links to find out more…
- Check the long term flood risk for an area in England – use this service to find out the flood risk for an area in England, the possible causes of flooding, and how to manage flood risk.
- In many flood risk areas, you can sign up for flood warnings. These warn of the risk of flooding from rivers, the sea and groundwater. You’ll be alerted by phone, email or text when flooding is expected.
- Flood Information Service – use this service to find out if you are in an area at immediate risk of flooding or at risk of flooding in the next 5 days, to sign up for flood warnings, or to find out how to get the flooding history for a property.
- The best way to protect yourself from flooding is to know what to do in advance. Download and save a simple Prepare, Act, Survive plan so you’ll know what to do when there’s a flood warning in your area.
- Check the latest flood situation online here.
- 5 Day Flood Risk for England and Wales here.
- Rivers and Sea Levels in England here.
Fun activities for children
Please click on the links below to download resources for children developed by the Environment Agency:
- Flood Game and Flood Items (you’ll also need a dice and counters).
- My Family Flood Plan
- My School Flood Plan
- Teaching Resource – Activity Pack
- Sticker Sheets
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