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Could You Help Sandgate as a Flood Warden?

A Flood Warden is a volunteer trained to help and prepare people in local communities that are at risk of flooding. They play an important role in the preparing a community flood plan and putting it in to practice. In Sandgate we would also ask you to meet the Parish Council annually to update us on the flood plan.

The training consists of five key modules.

  • Role of a flood warden
  • Types of flooding
  • Catchment overview
  • Flood and weather warnings
  • Flood safety awareness

We have one trained flood warden locally already, but we’d really like more so we have a small team.

The commitment

  • Training takes just 2 hours to complete (training is currently online, with the next FREE course on 14th December and 17th January from 7-9pm).
  • Flood Wardens meet a few times a year to test their flood plan.

The Role

  • Help local people prepare for flooding.
  • Provide a vital link between your community and the emergency responders.

What you’ll get

  • Comprehensive handbook.
  • Access to a whole host of resources.
  • Support from fellow Flood Wardens.

It’s been a while since we’ve had a substantial flood in Sandgate, but that’s no reason not to be prepared.

You would be making a real difference to your community, helping to ensure the safety of neighbours, for a few hours a year. From the responsibilities of being a Flood Warden include:

Helping the community before, during and after a flood


  • Identify problem areas within your community;
  • Identify vulnerable people and properties;
  • Write a community flood plan;
  • Monitor watercourses within the community;
  • Encourage sign up to free Flood Warnings.


  • Communicate the risk of flooding within the community;
  • Help co-ordinate the community flood plan;
  • Heed emergency services advice at all times;
  • Share information from the Environment Agency and emergency services with residents;
  • Encourage residents to take action;
  • Collect flood event information.


  • Assist in the post-flood clear up if required;
  • Continue to act as a communication channel;
  • Collect post-flood data and photos;
  • Assist in the review of the community flood plan.

If you are interested in becoming a Flood Warden, please contact the Kent Resilience Team to organise a training session at  or call 01622 212409.

To register for this training visit, click buy tickets and search for ‘Kent Flood Warden Training’.

If you can book for and complete the training, please let us know you are now a volunteer warden – and thank you!