The Flood Guidance Statement provides information for Category 1 and 2 responders to help them with their emergency planning and resourcing decisions. It presents an overview of the flood risk for England and Wales across five days and identifies possible severe weather, which could cause flooding and significant disruption to normal life.
- The FGS provides flood forecast information for five days.
- Highlights the risk for all types of flooding — river, groundwater, tidal/coastal and surface water flooding - in one place.
- You can register to receive the FGS at the specific level and counties that you need.
The centre has produced a Flood Guidance Statement User Guide (PDF, 898 kB) to help our customers interpret the information they receive.
How do Flood Guidance Statements differ from existing Met Office, Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales Services?
In comparison to the Met Office National Severe Weather Warning Service (NSWWS):
- NSWWS warnings cover all weather hazards, not just flooding. When NSWWS warnings are issued for rainfall impacts they should align in most situations with the FGS.
- NSWWS warnings are available to the general public, the FGS is for Category 1 and 2 responders only.
In comparison to existing Environment Agency and Natural Resources Wales flood warnings:
- Flood alerts and warnings are sent to all recipients, including the public, whereas the FGS is for Category 1 and 2 responders only.
- Flood warnings cover main river and coastal flood warning areas. They are issued when specific river or sea levels are reached meaning flooding is expected.
- The FGS is a forecast of the general flood risk level by county and allows a broader risk assessment to be made.
Any Category 1 or 2 responder can register online to receive Flood Guidance Statements by completing the online registration form or by calling the FFC on 0300 12345 01.