What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than chatting with friends over tea and cake? On 22 November SEPA and Contact the Elderly did just that and hosted a special tea-party to help older people get flood prepared.
At the event, our flood team launched a new campaign aimed at making older people more aware of how they can be better equipped should they be affected by flooding this winter. We were also able to share our new essential guide for older communities which includes lots of useful flooding tips including:
- Prepare a flood plan to help you think carefully about what to do in a flood event
- Find out what help family, friends and neighbours can offer you if flooding is likely
- Plan your escape route, particularly if you are in a bungalow
- Learn how to shut off gas, electricity and water supplies
- Protect your possessions by storing important items and documents well above flood level in watertight containers
- Keep a list of useful contact numbers in your flood kit, including your GP’s surgery, family, neighbours, insurance company and utility providers
Flooding can affect anyone so we are encouraging older people to take action now to ensure they are flood-prepared and to reduce the impact which flooding can have on their lives. It’s never too early to create your own flood plan as this will help you to keep safe and calm if flooding occurs, and you can also gain crucial time to prepare for flooding by signing up to SEPA’s free Floodline service.
While there are lots of things older people can do to protect themselves from flooding, it is important that the elderly are considered when relatives, neighbours and friends are preparing their own flood plans. Many older people live alone, or in isolated properties, and it’s important to discuss what help you could offer to them in advance of a flood event.
The tea party was very successful and all those that attended said they enjoyed the day and felt more knowledgeable about their risk of flooding.
“We would like to offer our thanks to SEPA for hosting a wonderful tea party and for providing the older people we support with important flood awareness information. Older people who live alone are particularly vulnerable when bad weather strikes so that is why it is so important that charities, agencies and other partners work together to offer much-needed help and advice.” Morna O’May from Contact the Elderly
While flooding can’t be prevented entirely, signing up to SEPA’s Floodline service is an important first step in getting prepared as this provides free advance notice of flooding in your area direct to your landline or mobile phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A carer, friend or family member can also sign up on your behalf. Call 0345 988 1188 or visit www.floodlinescotland.org.uk