The Flood Hub – How much do you know about it?
As you may or may not know, we (the Flood Team at Newground) have been heavily involved in designing, developing and producing content for The Flood Hub. It is designed to be a one stop shop for flood information and resources to support householders, businesses and communities across the North West in becoming more flood resilient. We have pulled together multiple sources of guidance to produce a hub of information that gives an overview of flood resilience and its many related topics. The Flood Hub website has been funded by the North West Regional Flood and Coastal Committee (RFCC), to find out more about them, including information on their 2019-2022 Business Plan, click here.
Our Flood Team has worked in many communities across the North West that have been impacted by flooding and we have listened to their needs when developing the website. We have also worked with the flood risk management authorities to develop the structure of content for the website in order to make it suitable for the target audience.
We work closely with the website developers to style the content, create resources and develop new features. The main pages of The Flood Hub are shown in the image above, however, we also have an interactive Local Area map and Local Area pages for Lancashire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and Cheshire. We frequently upload new content and resources, and refresh existing content to keep it up to date. Last month we added the following new pages as part of a homepage refresh:
- Property Flood Resilience (PFR)
- Natural Flood Management (NFM)
- Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
- How Flood Risk is Managed
Since the launch of the website on in November 2018, we’ve seen a lot of interaction with the website. We have had a lot of positive feedback and thousands of pageviews, downloads and users, which can be seen below:
Our top ten most viewed pages are:
- Am I at Risk?
- Your Local Area
- Kendal Flood Risk Management Scheme
- Knowledge Hub
- Preston and South Ribble Flood Risk Management Scheme
- News and Events
- Rochdale and Littleborough Flood Risk Management Scheme
- Planning and Development
One of our most visited pages is the Knowledge Hub where you can find a wealth of downloadable flood related resources, case studies and toolkits produced by us and other organisations and agencies. Below are some of our most popular resources:
- Purchasing property and flood risk
- How to reduce the impact of flooding: 5 steps to flood resilience
- Household flood planning guide
- Who’s responsible for managing flood risk
- Helping to reduce flood risk
- Types of flooding
- Low cost flood resilience
- What causes surface water flooding?
- Natural Flood Management Measures – A Practical Guide for Farmers (North West)
- Household flood plan
- Property Flood Resilience (PFR) booklet
- Multiple benefits of NFM
- Flood Re and Household Insurance
The Flood Hub also hosts pages dedicated to Flood Risk Management Schemes across the North West. Each page holds a wealth of information about the scheme which has been provided by the relevant Risk Management Authority. They provide information on engagement events, scheme updates and important documents such as newsletters. Our Flood Risk Management Scheme page can be found here and there is information on the following schemes:
Proposed Flood Risk Management Schemes
In Progress Flood Risk Management Schemes
- Carlisle (Cumbria)
- Hambleton (Lancashire)
- Kendal (Cumbria)
- Upper Kent (Cumbria)
- Low Crosby (Cumbria)
- Padiham (Lancashire)
- Preston and South Ribble (Lancashire)
- Radcliffe and Redvales (Greater Manchester)
- Rochdale and Littleborough (Greater Manchester)
Completed Flood Risk Management Schemes
The Flood Hub also has Facebook and Twitter pages, where we post about the various pages and resources on The Flood Hub, as well as useful flood resilience information. Below shows the amount of interaction we get on our social media channels.
To raise awareness of flood related issues and to increase interaction on social media and The Flood Hub website, we run regular campaigns on our social media channels. So far this year, we have run a Coastal Focus Week, a Property Flood Resilience Focus Week, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) Focus Week and a Natural Flood Management (NFM) Focus Week. Keep your eyes peeled for our Individual Resilience Campaign which is coming soon!
The ‘Learning’ section of The Flood Hub is also live and is currently made up of our KS2 Flooding Education Package, the Landscapes to Lifescapes Digital Exhibition and Coasts for Kids.
In March 2021, the KS2 Flooding Lessons went live. The Flood Team at Newground developed the education package which contains a number of lessons and resources for schools and young people.
The lessons aim to increase young people’s knowledge on flooding and flood risk management and are pitched at KS2 level (ages 7 to 11), although a lot of the material included can be adapted for other key stage levels.
Each lesson pack contains a PowerPoint lesson, a lesson plan with teacher’s notes, and resources such as worksheets or instructions which may be required for in-class exercises or homework.
Click here to view the KS2 lessons.
To visit The Flood Hub, please click here.