Lives and possessions at risk,
The YouGov survey, conducted for the
- To prepare for winter, over a third of students had bought an item of winter clothing, but just 1% had checked the flood risk in their local area
- Around 1 in 6 students said that having their home flood was the one thing that they were most frightened of
- Students were five times more likely to stockpile food in preparation for winter than to check their flood risk.
Around 105,000 young people live in areas at medium or high risk of flooding – a fifth of the total population in those areas – but almost half said that they would not know what to do in response to a flood warning.
And while young people are the age group least aware of their risk, over two thirds (67%) of British adults haven't checked if their home is at risk of flooding in the last 12 months, despite last winter's extensive flooding.
With 1 in 6 properties in
"Flooding is an ever present risk and everyone has a part to play in protecting themselves. You can find out if you are at risk online, and sign up to free flood warnings, which provide vital time for people to get themselves, their loved ones and their possessions out of harm's way.
"Simple actions such as moving possessions upstairs before a flood can save an average of 6000 pounds in damages, so the notice that a flood warning can give is really important."