As part of this years flood awareness campaign the Agency surveyed people in Leicester to find out what they would save if their home flooded. The results suggest that more men (59.2%) than women (41.1%) are likely to play the hero and rescue themselves, family and friends.
The campaign is part of a push to ensure people join Flood Warnings Direct to give them more time to think about what they need to rescue.Historically the Agency has been concerned that not enough people are aware of the risk of flooding in their area.According to the survey the first thing that women would rescue would be their precious memories such as photos, followed by saving loved ones, they would then save pets clothes and shoes followed by handbags, money and valuables. In contrast, only 14.3% of men identified photographs as items they would save. Their focus was on saving money and valuables and paperwork and documents. Pets, passports and computers were also high on their list.Speaking for the Environment Agency, Neil Pope, Flood Incident Management technical specialist for Leicester says: 'We wanted to know what people would save if they knew their homes were at risk of flooding. The results were very interesting and in some cases, surprising. While, predictably, loved ones were important to most people, vital items such as a torch, radio, food and blankets came very low on the list. It seems people just don't think of these essential items when they need to leave home in a hurry. 'If you live or work in a flood risk area, our advice is to join Flood Warnings Direct to give you time to locate the people and items that are important to you, then put together a simple flood plan and flood kit. The flood kit should contain important items like key documents, torch, battery or wind-up radio, mobile phone, rubber gloves, wellington boots, waterproof clothing, first aid kit, blankets and anything else you might need such as food and medication. Keep it somewhere handy and take it with you if you need to leave the house.' Guidance on how to prepare for flooding can be found on the Agency's website www.environment-agency.gov.uk, or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188