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Experts to help businesses mitigate risk of flooding

Businesses across the region are being invited to hear how to protect themselves from flooding during a breakfast event hosted by the University of Hull and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service.

The Regional Flood Forum will offer businesses help and advice on how to be more resilient to flooding and how to minimise the impact of flooding on their business, and is free to attend.

It takes place at the University of Hull on March 22 and is open to any business in the region.

Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the Energy and Environment Institute at the University, said: “Hull and the Humber is the second most prone region in the UK. It is going to flood. There has been a lot of work done to minimise the risk, but the risk will remain.

 “We have a significant amount of expertise within the University around the issue of flooding and its potentially disastrous consequences. We want to ensure businesses in the region are as well-prepared as they can be so that when our region is on high-alert once again, they can respond the best way possible to protect their livelihood.

“We are proud to partner with Humberside Fire and Rescue, which was at the forefront during the devastating floods in 2007 and whose personnel have seen first-hand on a number of occasions the consequences of catastrophic flooding. This unique partnership allows us to combine our expertise and we look forward to welcoming as many businesses as possible to our flood forum.”

Attendees will hear from experts in flood risk, who will offer practical steps people can take to ensure businesses are flood resilient. They will also hear about new strategies and developments to reduce and prepare for flood risk in the region.

There will be speakers from the University of Hull and Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, as well as representatives from the Environment Agency, Local Authorities and water utility companies.

“Being the second most flood prone area presents a wide range of risks to both the communities within the region and the businesses that help sustain us economically. It is therefore important that we understand what we can do to mitigate the risks from wide scale flooding events. Given our experience in dealing with extensive flooding we are well placed to provide the necessary support to the business community.”

Steve Topham, Director of Service Support at Humberside Fire and Rescue Service

The forum will also cover what being in a flood risk area means for businesses as well best practice in terms of being aware of those risks and prepared.

Businesses who have suffered the consequences of flooding will also be speaking, offering their insights on steps to take to become more flood resilient. 

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