Understanding what the risks of flooding are for your business will help you decide what to do about it.
Understand the risk of flooding to your business
Assess how much damage a flood might cause. For example, your losses could be high if you have a lot of expensive stock on the ground floor of your shop or warehouse. Businesses which have taken action and are flood prepared can save between 20 and 90 per cent on the cost of lost stock and moveable equipment when there's flooding.
Benefits of preparing your business for potential flooding
Taking steps to prepare for flooding could:
- significantly reduce damage to property and stock, business disruption and recovery costs
- help you comply with regulatory requirements
- reduce your exposure to civil or criminal liability
- enhance your business' image and credibility
- help fulfil your responsibilities to protect employees, the community and the environment
- help you to obtain insurance cover
You can use the River Agency’s flood map to find out about the chance of flooding to your business premises from rivers or the sea. Think about other flood risks, particularly if your property is at the bottom of a hill or below sea level. If this is the case a more detailed flood risk assessment for your premises is advisable.
Flood risk assessment
Your flood risk assessment can help you decide what to do to control the risks:
- Protect your premises and take steps to limit potential damage. See reduce potential flood damage.
- Prepare a business flood plan of how your business will respond if flooding looks likely.
- Make sure that you have the right insurance cover for damage and business interruption. See insure your business against flooding.
- Train employees so they know what actions to take in the event of a flood or on receiving a flood warning. See train employees to deal with flooding.
For more information see assess the possible impact of risks on your business.