Start by checking your local area and find out if you are potentially at risk.
Here are some things that you could do now.
You can register to receive flood warnings about river and sea flooding from the Environment Agency.
You can register to receive a priority service with local utility companies like UK Power Network, Affinity Water and Anglian Water.
They can offer you extra support in power/water cuts. If you think you may qualify for such schemes following the links provided below.
Colchester Borough Council does not provide sandbags to residents and businesses at risk of flooding. Householders and businesses at risk are strongly advised to prepare their own flood protection measures in advance of periods of higher flood risk. Independent advice on flood protection measures and resources is available from the National Flood Forum, which has prepared "Blue Pages" - a directory of flood protection products and services. Some useful links are provided below.
Put together a "Grab Bag"
If you were to be evacuated at short notice, it can be a good idea to have a 'grab bag' containing essential items. Keep this bag in an accessible location and ensure the whole family knows where it is.
You could include:
Below is some advice on how residents can prepare for a power cut:
For more detailed advice and plan templates, contact the emergency planning team or call 01206 282222