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Basic flood preparation for schools

Posted on: Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Flooding has become a major worry for many homes, schools and businesses in parts of the UK.

While the impact of flooding on homes has been covered widely in the media, comparatively little attention has been given to local schools and colleges that have been affected.

What we have seen is that many schools across the country were forced to close down temporarily while clean-up work took place.

Of course, this can be hugely disruptive to the education of many children and across the UK, not to mention the working schedules of teachers.

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to prevent such an occurrence, particularly if you live in a flood-prone area.

However, there are some ways you may be able to prepare in order to mitigate the effects of this type of disaster.

We discuss some of these below.

Evacuation

As a school, it is necessary to ensure that you have an evacuation procedure in place, should you find yourself in an unexpected and sudden crisis.

In this type of situation, you definitely want to ensure that you can account for where all the children and staff members are.

To make sure that everyone is prepared and on the same page when it comes to evacuation procedures, it is important to put in place drills or training processes so that everyone automatically knows what to do should disaster strike.

Flood warnings

Another way that you can prepare is to sign up to Floodline Warnings Direct, which has been issued by the Environment Agency.

This is especially useful if your school is located in an area of tidal or river flood risk. You can sign up by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188 or registering through the Environment Agency website.

Be sure that the right staff are monitoring these alerts at any one time, so that your school has ample time to prepare should the worst happen. 

Storage

A major worry that some schools have when it comes to flooding is the potential for losing valuable equipment, textbooks and electronics.

These should be ideally stored in a way that will help to minimise risk and in rooms that are less likely to be impacted by such an occurrence.

Once you receive word that a flood is on the way, then steps should also be taken to store things as high up or securely as possible.

All gas and electricity should also be switched off and attempts should be made to fasten plastic bags around the legs of wooden furniture to help minimise absorption of water.

Insurance

Most schools will have insurance arrangements in place to cover them in case of disaster. However, if your school is based on a different model, such as a complementary school, nursery or community education facility, then you should definitely ensure that you are adequately covered in case of any problems.