SEPA uses flood warning symbols when predicting the likelihood of flooding. They have been designed to be easy to understand and make it clear what action you should take. Please familiarise yourself with the symbols and what they mean.

MESSAGE

HOW MUCH WARNING WILL IT GIVE YOU?

WHAT DOES IT MEAN AND WHAT ACTION SHOULD YOU TAKE?

WHEN IS IT ISSUED?


FLOOD ALERT
Flooding is possible, be prepared


We endeavour to issue this message up to 24 hours in advance of expected river and coastal flooding.

Flooding is expected.

Flood Alerts are early warning messages about possible flooding. They prompt you to remain alert and vigilant and provide you with time to make early preparations for potential flooding.

Flood Alerts are issued for geographically representative areas, usually matching Local Authority boundaries.

Generally 9am-5pm,
7 days a week.

However, in exceptional circumstances, alerts may be issued outside these hours.


FLOOD WARNING
Flooding is expected, immediate action required

3-6 hours in advance of expected flooding.

But it may not be possible to give 3 hours’ notice in areas prone to rapid flooding or when water levels have escalated quicker than expected.

Flooding is imminent.

Immediate action is required, take measures to protect yourself and your property.

24 hours a day.

Severe Flood Warning symbol
SEVERE FLOOD WARNING
Severe flooding, danger to life

Whenever severe flooding is likely to cause significant risk to life, destruction of properties or local communities.

Flooding is imminent and could pose a risk to life and cause significant disruption to essential services, such as water and electricity supplies.

Prepare to evacuate and co-operate with the emergency services.

24 hours a day.

NO LONGER IN FORCE MESSAGES

Issued when warnings and alerts are no longer in force.

No further flooding is currently expected for your area.

Flood waters may still be around but you can start the clean up process.

24 hours a day.




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