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Flood Contingency Plans

Systemic Solutions with Martyn Carruthers

Emergency Flood Plan

Flood Plans can enable a flexible response to problems caused by flooding. Although barriers may protect potential flood areas from predictable tidal or storm surges, flooding can occur at any time.

  • Prolonged or intensive rainfall
  • Rapid snow thaw
  • Abnormally high river levels
  • Major storms, tidal waves or tsunami

Flood Warnings

A typical flood warning time is around 30 to 60 minutes. Sample flood warning messages are:

  • Flood Alert – Flooding is possible
  • Flood Warning – Flooding of homes, businesses and main roads is expected
  • Severe Flood Warning – Severe flooding may cause Imminent danger
  • All Clear – No Flood Alerts or Warnings are in force


When a flood warning message is received, an Emergency Manager can alert relevant agencies. Depending upon the scale of potential flooding, the main difficulties are:

  • Care of evacuated, hurt or homeless people
  • Protecting of utilities
  • Availability of transport
  • Flood alleviation e.g. clearing blocked culverts and drains
  • Providing emergency health advice
  • Providing road barriers and signs
  • Coordinating emergency support


Primary police responsibilities:

  • Coordinate emergency services, local authorities, media etc
  • Assist evacuation
  • Secure, protect and preserve the scene, and control traffic
  • Organize and disseminate casualty information
  • Provisionally identify dead people
  • Restore normality

Fire & Rescue Services

Primary fire service responsibilities :

  • Rescue trapped casualties
  • Control fires, released chemicals and other hazards
  • Assess hazards concerning evacuation
  • Ensure safety of rescue personnel
  • Minimize environmental dangers
  • Liaison with ambulance services and medical services
  • Recover dead in conjunction with the police
  • Stand by during recovery

Ambulance Services

Primary ambulance service responsibilities:

  • Save life in conjunction with other emergency services
  • Extricate, assist and stabilize injured people
  • Provide ambulances, medical staff, equipment and resources
  • Establish effective triage points and systems
  • Provide a central point for medical resources
  • Provide communication facilities
  • Alert receiving hospitals
  • Provide transport for medical teams and their equipment
  • Arrange transport for injured people
  • Maintain emergency cover

Emergency Coordinator

Primary emergency coordination responsibilities:

  • Prepare Emergency Plans for local resources and useful equipment
  • Advise residents of flood prone areas to obtain sandbags
  • A single point of contact for information
  • Issuing warning messages to local authorities
  • Advise on weather, water flow, warnings and evacuation
  • Free obstructions to water drainage
  • Repair breaches in flood defenses
  • Issue media statements
  • Issue situation updates
  • Deploy sandbags for flood defense

Advice for Public

  2. Stay calm
  3. Ensure that neighbors know of the warning, and be prepared to help them
  4. Keep a list of useful telephone numbers
  5. Monitor local radio
  6. Make a flood kit: medications, warm clothing, sealed food, blankets, matches, candles, flashlights, portable radio, spare batteries, rubber gloves, personal documents

Personal Flood Plans

  • Discuss a plan with family members, friends and neighbors
  • Know how to disconnect gas, electricity and water supplies
  • Know where to move vehicles in an emergency.
  • Store valuable property in a raised secure location
  • Fill containers with clean water (Avoid using flood waters or local water)
  • Care for the needs of pets and domestic animals


If you live in a flood risk area, have:

  • Sufficient sandbags or other devices to block doors, ventilators and openings
  • Appropriate insurance cover
  • Essential sealed foods, as food supplies may become limited

If evacuated, you may be unable to return to your property for some time

If Flooding is Imminent

  • Turn off electricity and gas
  • Move family members, pets and supplies upstairs


  • Fill sandbags not more that ¾ full
  • Lay them in layers with each row tight to each other, end to end
  • Stamp them down before laying another row on top
  • If a wall is more than two sandbags high, place a double line of bottom sandbags, followed by a second double line, then a single line on top.
  • Make sandbags with compost bags, carrier bags or pillowcases filled with sand or earth
  • Put a plastic sheet down first to act as an extra seal
  • Protect all water entry points including air bricks, air vents and utility openings
  • If gas vents are sealed, disconnect any gas supply
  • Seals around doors and windows should be made watertight
  • It can take 60 sandbags to correctly seal an external door

General Health and Safety

  • Do not walk, drive or swim through floods.
  • Be aware of hidden dips in a road
  • Floods often contain sewage - avoid food that may have been contaminated by floodwater
  • Avoid wet electrical equipment
  • Ventilate your property as much as possible, while maintaining security
  • If evacuation is necessary follow police advice

Emergency Coaching

Martyn Carruthers was a medical technician and served on Royal Navy nuclear submarines during the Cold War. He was health physics and safety officer at English and Canadian nuclear power stations, and Radiation Protection Officer for the Canadian government, where he worked with Public Health and Emergency Measures organizations. Martyn also founded Soulwork Solutions, a complete system of coaching and mentorship.


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Have You Suffered Enough?

 Where are you now? Understand your emotions, fixations and enmeshments
What do you hope for? Know your goals and stop sabotaging yourself
Do you feel resourceful? Learn to develop your inner resources
Do emotions block you? Relationship problems and mentor damage
Do your beliefs limit you? Change limiting beliefs and end dependence
Do you feel connected? Resolve identity issues to recover lost resources
Is your partner happy? Build healthy partnership (or separate peacefully)
Are your children healthy? Happy parents better manage family problems
Do you want team success? Team leaders and their teams develop together
Do you have complex goals? Specialty coaching, counseling & therapy

Plagiarism is theft. Copyright © Martyn Carruthers 1996-2017 All rights reserved. Soulwork Systemic Coaching was primarily developed by Martyn Carruthers to help people solve emotional problems and relationship conflicts to achieve their goals. These concepts and strategies are for general knowledge only. Consult a physician about medical conditions and before changing medical treatment. Don't steal intellectual property ... get permission to post, publish or teach Martyn's work - email