During a major flood emergency services may have to respond to flooding throughout Thurrock, Essex and the wider region. They will need to prioritise on the worst affected areas where there is an immediate threat to life. This means other areas may have to wait several hours until help is received.
Communities can significantly reduce the impact of floods by working together to prepare for emergencies. If you are interested in setting up a community flood warden scheme the following steps may help you to get started.
Step 1 - contact the experts
Contact us to get support for your proposed community flood warden scheme and to find out what, if any, community plans are in place already. A lot of information may also be available from your local Environment Agency flood incident management team.
Step 2 - advertise for flood wardens
Organise and advertise a meeting asking for volunteer flood wardens. At the first meeting you should talk about what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it. A chairperson or secretary should be chosen to take notes and share them.
Step 3 - finalise ideas
Formalise what you intend to do by developing a community flood plan. The flood plan should include all the information you will need before, during and after a flood. A lot of information is available from your local Environment Agency flood incident management team.
The pack linked below will help you create a community flood plan:
Community flood planning pack