Flooding can have devastating impacts and it’s important that you are prepared.

This website will help you understand more about flooding and provide you with practical advice about what to do before, during and after a flood.

What is a flood?

Put simply, a flood is too much water in the ‘wrong’ place. A flood is a natural event that can have far reaching effects on people and the environment.

Even if you live miles away from the coast or a river, there's still a chance flooding could affect you.

Floods can happen anywhere at any time.

Flooding cannot be prevented entirely, but the risks of flooding can be reduced by working together to reduce the risks and minimise the effects, reducing the damage it causes.

Planning for the future

Managing flood risk is a serious problem and has never been more important.

Over 5.5 million, or one in six, properties are at risk of flooding across England and Wales.  

The population is increasing, and as result, more and more housing developments are being extended on to floodplains and high risk areas in urban areas.

The Earth’s climate is constantly changing. There is mounting evidence that our climate is changing at a faster rate, caused by both human and natural factors. The latest UK climate change projections indicate rising sea levels and increasingly severe and frequent rainstorms mean the risk of floods will increase.

Flooding is happening more frequently.

We need to adapt to these changes when planning for our future and managing flood risk. One way of doing this is to find out what role you play. This website will help you with this.


Jointly funded by the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee and Sefton Council.

This website was written and compiled by Darren Lloyd and Julie Kirk, Southport Eco Centre Resident Teachers and Michelle Barnes, Sefton Council Senior Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) Officer.

With invaluable support from:

  • Stephanie Jukes, Sefton Council Sustainability Officer.
  • Graham Lymbery, Andrew Martin and Paul Wisse, Sefton Council Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Team.
  • The Environment Agency.
  • Chris Bodycombe, Action Aid.
  • Charlotte Collyer, Science Leader, Radford Semele School.
  • David Currie, Kings Meadow Primary School.
  • David Cuthbertson, Teacher of Humanities, Todmorden High School.
  • Marcia Davies, Anglian Water.
  • Caroline Fraser, Marshside Primary School.
  • Alison Pimblott, British Council.
  • Chris Smart, Teachit Geography.
  • Work experience students Danielle Lowe and Lydia Kilshaw.

Thank you also to all our case study contributors (credited within their individual case studies).


To be flooded can be devastating. This website aims to inform people about what they can do to help themselves. We have endeavoured to deal with the issues as sensitively as possible while also achieving this purpose.

The Flood Ready website cannot be held responsible for the content of externally linked resources.