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Welcome to your Scottish Flood Forum autumn newsletter.

Supporting Flood Risk Communities

The Scottish Flood Forum (SFF) is a charitable organisation that supports those who are affected by, or are at risk of, flooding across Scotland. This newsletter keeps you up to date on our work and all the latest flooding information, and lets you know about the activities of flood groups and others involved in flood risks communities. 

The SFF would like to hear your views about us and the work we do across Scotland. 
In particular, we would love to hear about where we have made a difference and what you value about our service. We also welcome your constructive feedback on areas where you think we could improve. Please do send your views, experiences and testimonials to us at enquiries@scottishfloodforum.org with "feedback" in the subject line and we will take these on board.

Why don't you ask your friends and family to sign up for the SFF newsletters and follow our twitter feed @scotfloodforum for more details of where we are working across Scotland each week.

Our Thoughts Are With You 

As we write this article, flood alerts and flood warnings occupy the news: film crews are already busy beaming the most of graphic flood pictures into our homes from England. The thoughts of everyone at SFF are with anyone unfortunate enough to have been flooded recently.

Winter 2015/16 Flood Recovery
It is now 11 months on from last winter's floods. Some people are back home, while some are still out of their homes as builders continue to repair their properties. There are people who have had over three sets of builders and who are still waiting for the work to be completed.

So, for some people the road to recovery is well underway but for others the journey continues to be bumpy to say the least! Spare a thought for two homes where people have been forced to move back home where the washing - up is done in the bath, there is no central heating apart from a portable heater and the only hot water is from a kettle! Its important that we all recognise the physical and the emotional aspects of flood recovery as these are closely related and have a long term impact on people and communities.

SFF Flood Recovery

The SFF continues to provide help, support and advice to individuals and communities affected by flooding across Scotland. We are slowly starting to see the seeds of resilience germinate as communities begin to move from recovery to resilience. Please get in touch if we can help.

As we approach Christmas – a season of good will – why not invite someone who was flooded or still out of their home to share a meal, warmth, and fellowship with you.

Ready For Winter

We all know how unpredictable the Scottish weather can be.Flooding can happen at any time of the year but we can all take steps to prepare. 

Why don't you consider preparing a household flood plan or checking that it's up to date? Have you considered preparing an emergency flood kit with all the essential items you would need in a flood situation? Being prepared will make things that bit easier if your home is ever flooded and will help you minimise the risks.


Visit our web site for more information:

Visit the Ready Scotland web site for more information on winter weather and flooding.

Moffat Resilience 

The SFF is delighted to report good practice and increased flood resilience from Moffat Flood Group in Dumfries and Galloway.

After the storms in late 2015 and early 2016 the group decided that in order to prepare for future flood risks they would apply to Dumfries and Galloway Council community safety resilience fund. They were delighted that their application was successful and are now in the process of implementing the project to build safer communities with equipment that will become part of Moffatt’s wider resilience plan. 

Chairperson David Booth says: “We know first-hand how devastating the impacts of flooding can be from direct experience and as a group we consider all possible actions to influence flood prevention, response, recovery and resilience. As a local flood group we are now better prepared to support the wider response to flood risks in the town with our successful application for resilience funding and our thanks to Dumfries and Galloway Council for their support”.

Let's Spread The Word

Help SEPA to raise awareness of flood risk in Scotland. Share its newsletter with friends and family or your local community group. It's full of lots of useful information on flooding. 

FloodRe 

Since the launch of FloodRe in April 2016 there has been a huge amount of interest from flood groups and residents in flood risk communities. Many people have benefited from more affordable insurance premiums so get in touch with FloodRe today to find out if you could benefit.

FloodRe reports that over 40 insurance companies have now signed up to the scheme and you can view the full list of companies on its web site at www.floodre.co.uk  

If you are currently uninsured, or you are looking to renew your policy, remember, when you phone the insurance company to ask if they are part of the FloodRe scheme and if your property is eligible. 

Thank You

The SFF would like to thank Foundation Scotland for its significant donation to support our ongoing recovery activities in Aberdeenshire. This has made a big difference to our capability supporting the long recovery process in flooded communities. You can find out more about the excellent work of Foundation Scotland at http://www.foundationscotland.org.uk 

All donations to the SFF are very welcome however big or small as every penny counts towards supporting flood risk communities in Scotland. Donate here:

SFF Survey

The SFF would like local flood groups and other stakeholders to inform the development of the SFFs training and learning programme. It would be a great help to us if you could take five minutes to complete the learning needs survey below. Your views matter and will inform our work to support flood risk communities. 

The SFF knows that the more knowledge, skills and experience you have about flood risk, then the more able you are to prepare for flooding. The SFF is developing its learning programme for community flood resilience groups who want to learn more about flooding, flood recovery, building resilience, developing local groups and much more! Complete the survey by clicking:

Aberfeldy Community Flood Plan 

Tayside Waders Association in Aberfeldy is better prepared for flooding after working with the SFF on a community flood plan and resilience funding application.

The community flood plan details the actions of the Tayside Waders as volunteers during flood risk incidents. This ranges from monitoring and reporting flood risks to Perth and Kinross Council to deploying flood defence equipment to help protect people and homes. The group recently secured funding from Scottish and Southern Energy resilient communities fund for an additional 200 synthetic sandbags.

Tayside Waders Secretary Janet Hutchison says: “Flooding is one of the biggest risks we face in Aberfeldy so it makes sense for us to prepare as best we can and support the wider response. Tayside Waders work in partnership with key agencies to promote a wider understanding of the flood risks we face and do everything we can safely to protect people and homes from flooding”

John Handling, Chair of the Perth & Kinross multi-agency Community and Business Resilience Group says: “The multi-agency group is very  grateful for the support provided by the SFF to Tayside Waders and look forward to integrating their flood plan with the local community resilience plan. This will ensure that additional support from the wider community is available to help the Tayside Waders.

The Scottish Flood Forum is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation No. SC043783, Principal Office Address -  Caledonian Exchange,19A Canning Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8HE  01698 839021

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