STAND NUMBER: A1
The National Flood Forum
The National Flood Forum is a national charity dedicated to supporting and representing communities and individuals at risk of flooding. We do this by:
• Helping people to prepare for flooding in order to prevent it or mitigate its impacts
• Helping people to recover their lives once they have been flooded
• Campaigning on behalf of flood risk communities and working with government and
agencies to ensure that they develop a community perspective.
`When you have watched in disbelief water coming into your house, and there`s nothing you can do about it, it`s always at the back of your mind` says Vicky. `It`s like a cloud that`s always hanging over us.`
1 in 6 homes in the UK are at serious risk of flooding, that`s 5.2 million households.
It can take up to two years for homes to dry out and be restored and during this time, many families live in temporary accommodation. The process is stressful, time consuming and simply beyond some people, particularly those who are elderly or vulnerable. The dread of flooding again can cause long term distress and mental health problems.
Despite this, many people are unprepared for the trauma of losing their home and possessions.
How we help
• Facilitating and supporting community led flood groups
• Helping communities to recover from flooding
• Providing a telephone help line for all flood related enquiries including insurance.
• Providing information and guidance through our website and our regular bulletin
• Flood surgeries and exhibitions to help people with their problems & raise awareness
• Training for local authorities, agencies, and the voluntary/faith sector
• Blue pages directory of products
Working with government, agencies and local authorities on issues such as flood risk insurance, property level protection and recovery to ensure that the needs of flood risk communities are represented