Flood Warning and Evacuation

  • Information provided by the Environment Agency indicates that flooding at the Academy would either be through a gradual rise in the Thames, breaching defences, or percolation through the local silt and via drainage systems. This means that flooding would be gradual, with advance warning as the Thames rises. This plan is written in that context.
  • In the event of a high alert, staff will be given briefing on what to do if there is a flood.
  • When the Tilbury flood warning sirens sound, the school fire bell will be let off and pupils will move to their muster points. Emergency services will be notified of the evacuation by the chief fire officer or principal of the Academy
  • The first action will be to ensure mobile evacuation by car or mini bus of all disabled or immobile staff or pupils to the Gateway Academy
  • In the event of a muster point beginning to flood, all pupils will be led to the safest muster point available.
  • Our nearest emergency safe refuge is the Gateway Academy. Pupils will walk with their teachers and designated support staff to the Gateway Academy which has a main building raised above the maximum flood line.
  • Two members of admin staff will go ahead with pupil contact details.
  • The notification of the flood closure will be given by school website, text, telephone and Essex radio to parent / carers to collect pupils from the Gateway Academy.
  • As the Gateway Academy is the designated safe refuge centre and homes may be inaccessible, pupils and parent / carers will be kept at the Gateway Academy until the all clear is given. This will be covered by the Council’s Disaster Plan and DoE guidance
  • In the case of flooding prior to school opening, notification of the flood closure will be given by school website, text, and telephone and Essex radio to parent / carers. Where safe, school staff will remain at gates to redirect parent/carers to home or rest centres.
  • Once flooding has ended, a full structural, health and safety audit of the premises will be carried out and a repair schedule prepared.
  • The business manager will be responsible for computer back up and sensitive materials. This would include key child protection files.
  • All salvageable equipment and stock will be relocated to partner GLC schools or secure storage.
  • During the period of closure, alternative accommodation will be sought at partner GLC schools until the building is useable again.