Ad­vice af­ter flood risk alert

South Wales Evening Post - - NEWS - KATIE BEL­LIS @katiebel­lis • 01792 545539 katie.bel­lis@me­di­

WOULD you know what to do if your home or busi­ness was flooded?

Af­ter all the rain we’ve had of late it might be worth find­ing out.

Se­vere weather warn­ings for rain and wind were is­sued for large parts of South Wales this week.

And the lat­est warn­ing comes just three weeks af­ter Storm Cal­lum bat­tered Wales, leav­ing prop­er­ties and busi­nesses flooded.

In Swansea, the coun­cil has named the lower Swansea Val­ley as a flood risk area, due to the nearby River Tawe, Nanty-fendrod and Nant Bran.

Th­ese are the places de­scribed as be­ing at high risk of flood­ing: ■ Swansea Vale ■ River­side Car­a­van Park ■ Swansea Park ■ Beau­fort In­dus­trial Es­tate ■ Plas­marl In­dus­trial Es­tate

Swansea Coun­cil has re­leased an emer­gency plan which fea­tures a guide to fol­low and use­ful con­tact num­bers.

The guide also has a sec­tion which al­lows peo­ple to list mem­bers of their house­hold, fam­ily and friends that they might need to get in touch with.

And it fea­tures sev­eral emer­gency check­lists for peo­ple to en­sure they don’t miss any­thing.

It states emer­gen­cies can af­fect any­body with En­ter­prise lit­tle or no no­tice. Be­ing pre­pared can help re­duce the ef­fects on peo­ple’s lives, re­duce the need for sup­port from oth­ers and en­able peo­ple to sup­port vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of their street and com­mu­nity.

If you are in­volved in an in­ci­dent and be­lieve you may be in dan­ger, al­ways dial 999 and re­quest the ap­pro­pri­ate emer­gency as­sis­tance, ac­cord­ing to the guide.

If, how­ever, you are not in dan­ger but might be af­fected in­di­rectly, you might be ad­vised to go into a safe build­ing, stay there un­til you are ad­vised to do oth­er­wise and tune in to lo­cal TV or ra­dio for more in­for­ma­tion.

It is rec­om­mended that you have an emer­gency bag avail­able in case of emer­gency evac­u­a­tion or be­ing stranded in your home.

It would be use­ful if the bag con­tained the fol­low­ing items: mo­bile phone and charger, medicines and pre­scrip­tions, toi­letries, iden­tity doc­u­ments, first aid kit, ra­dio, torch, spare bat­ter­ies, note­book, pen/pen­cil, copies of car and home in­sur­ance doc­u­ments, change of clothes, blan­kets, baby food and ac­ces­sories, chil­dren’s toys, bot­tled wa­ter, non­per­ish­able food, spare house keys, money, glasses/con­tact lenses, and pet food.

Lastly, if you have to evac­u­ate your home, you are re­minded to turn off the gas, elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, heat­ing and oil.

Pic­ture: Robert Me­len

The swollen River Tawe dur­ing strom Cal­lum.

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