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Pupils Help Their Schools Prepare For Flooding

Children in the North East are helping their schools prepare for flooding in a series of 'Flood Weeks' run by the Environment Agency.

 

 

Children in the North East are helping their schools prepare for flooding in a series of 'Flood Weeks' run by the Environment Agency.

The series of themed weeks – which have so far involved 1,200 primary school children - kicked off at North Fawdon Primary School in Newcastle in January, before moving to South Tyneside ahead of the start of Monkton flood alleviation scheme.

Mentors work with the children in all year groups to help them understand different types of flooding and how it happens. They learn what to do before and during a flood and learn what the flood warning symbols used by the Environment Agency mean. They then record mock radio broadcasts about flooding in their community.

 

Important to understand flooding

Each week ends with a community event attended by parents, Northumbrian Water and Northern Powergrid where children launch the flood plan they’ve created for their own school.

Tom Pitman, working for South Tyneside Council and the Environment said: "It’s important that younger people understand what flooding is, how it happens and what the different organisations that deal with flooding do.

"We also teach them how to prepare for and what to do during a flood in a series of interactive sessions. It leads to them being able to create a flood plan for their own school and in turn their parents having a greater understanding.

"We know it is absolutely devastating to be flooded and that’s why we work closely with our partners to develop schemes to reduce the risk of flooding.

"But we can never completely eliminate the risk and that’s why we work hard to educate people and our future generations about what they can do to keep themselves and their valuables safe."

 

Prepare for flooding

The Environment Agency is urging people to ‘Prepare, Act, Survive’ by visiting the Floods Destroy website and do three things to prepare for flooding.

  • Check your postcode and find out if you are at risk of flooding.

  • Sign-up for free flood warnings if you are at risk.

  • View and save the 3-point flood plan so you know how to ‘Prepare, Act, Survive’ in a flood.

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Picture: Community Engagement Officer Taryn Al-Mashgari has helped youngsters develop flood plans and ‘grab bags’ so they are prepared in the event of a flood.

 

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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