A view of flood waters in Faversham, Kent in 2013. Image: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire

Submitted by the Environment Agency

The Environment Agency and the Kent Resilience Forum are looking for people to become volunteer flood guards in Kent.

Kent has experienced repeated flooding incidents both historically and recently. About 71,000 properties in the county are at risk of flooding. Flood wardens can help people prepare for flooding in areas identified as most at risk.

As a flood warden, you would have a key role to play in developing a community flood plan for your area. You would play a crucial role in implementing this plan in the event of a flood.

During and after a flood, when emergency services and local authorities help those who need it most, flood wardens become a vital link between responders and their community.

Jenny Newham, Flood Resilience Advisor for the Environment Agency, said: “You can help your local community prepare for flooding by volunteering as a flood warden. We will provide you with training, a comprehensive manual and resources to fill the role.

“You will also enjoy great support from your colleagues when you join our volunteer team of flood guards. “

Carl Lewis, a volunteer flood warden in Tonbridge, Kent, said: “You can see the difference we make for people, knowing they can count on you when in distress, knowing you are there. to help them. “

Steve Sculley, Senior Emergency Planner, Kent Resilience Forum, said: “Flooding in Kent is the major risk we foresee. Its effects can devastate lives and communities.

“If you think you can help as a flood warden, please sign up for one of our free two-hour virtual trainings. “

A free virtual training session will take place on Tuesday, November 9, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The training is free and will be delivered through Zoom. It is accessible on smartphone, tablet or computer. Full advice will be provided.

To register for training as a volunteer to support your community, go online here and search for “Kent Flood Warden Training”. Find out more about the role of flood protection officer here.

Flood guards are needed throughout Kent, particularly in Maidstone, Tonbridge and Folkestone. Guardians are also needed in Canterbury, Dartford, Deal, Dymchurch, East Malling and Larkfield, Faversham, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Hythe, Medway Towns, Minster-on-sea, Paddock Wood, Sheerness, Sittingbourne, St Mary in the Marsh, Whitstable.

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