UK Floods – Local Flood Wardens Key to a Resilient Community

The Environment Agency in the UK is encouraging people to help their neighbours and communities by becoming flood wardens.

Flood wardens are key in helping their community to be prepared for flooding, acting as a link between their community and the responding organisations, and playing a vital role of a community’s response before, during, and after a flood.

Recently there has been a recruitment drive for flood wardens in the south-east county of Kent. Luke Thompson, Environment Agency Flood Officer, said, “So far, we have recruited 160 flood wardens for the Kent area, many of whom were in communities affected by flooding in 2013/14. It is essential to start increasing flood resilience for those communities at risk who didn’t flood during that winter”.

Working in partnership with Kent Fire & Rescue and the Kent Resilience Team, the Environment Agency are delivering a training session for all new flood wardens. The Environment Agency are particularly keen to hear from people who live in Canterbury, Ashford, Whitstable, Faversham, Seasalter, the Isle of Sheppey, Hythe, Dymchurch, St. Mary’s Bay, Deal, Folkestone, and Herne Bay.

As part of the training, the flood wardens are getting an inside perspective into the work of the Environment Agency and its partners. They will also find out about the Flood Warning Service, warning and informing arrangements, emergency planning structures, and response arrangements.

Luke Thompson added, “With this training we would like to give them more resilience, support and self governance. To make the communities more aware of the vulnerable situation they are in and to fully prepare them for a flood incident by helping them to develop a flood warden network”.

To find out more about volunteering to become a flood warden in UK, contact the Environment Agency’s National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506506.