Floods

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health on developing a single set of flood-related health advice for householders and businesses to be used by local and national organisations dealing with flooding.

Photo of Dan Rogerson Dan Rogerson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

DEFRA worked closely with the Department of Health, Public Health England, the Environment Agency, NHS England and others to produce the National Flood Emergency Framework, published in October 2013. The framework sets out the Government's strategic approach to planning for and responding to flooding. It includes a section on the health consequences of flooding, and gives guidance on how local authorities and others should give advice to the public in emergencies, including information on health and welfare.

The Environment Agency and Public Health England have also produced a public flood advice leaflet, published in early December 2013. This advice is issued through the Local Resilience Forum Strategic Co-ordinating Group in its public communication to local communities.

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