With weather forecasters predicting the UK may be facing its wettest winter for 30 years, independent merchant Rudridge has warned businesses large and small they should be aware of and prepared for the devastating impact of floodwater.
The Met Office’s three-month contingency plan is warning of above average rainfall this winter with exceptionally wet conditions and the Environment Agency has issued further warnings across the south west, central and eastern parts of the country, where river levels are rising and ground is already saturated.
Data collected by government agencies including Defra and the Environment Agency show that 40% of businesses ‘do not re-open after a catastrophic loss’.
Darren Price, Rudridge’s business development manager, has offered businesses several tips on how to be prepared.
He said: “The Environment Agency website issues flood alert warnings, including a three-day flood risk forecast. They also offer Flood Warnings Direct, a free subscriber service that provides flood warnings by phone, text or email.
“The Met Office can help businesses to stay ‘weather aware’ this winter by following the Met Office on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube for the latest weather information. Severe weather alerts can be obtained through the Twitter Alerts programme.
“The Environment Agency also offers advice on making a personal flood plan which can save time and reduce damage if premises are flooded.
“Crucially, businesses should ensure that their data is secure and backed up. While damage to physical infrastructure may eventually be repaired, crucial customer and business data may be a different matter.”