Flood Planning Tips
Here are some tips fon planning for a flood:
- Know if you live in a flood-risk area.
- Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work (plan for at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member).
- Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly.
- Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place.
- If flooding is likely in your area, listen to local media reports for information.
- Watch for warning signs: increased height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees.
- Consider arrangements for your pets and any livestock.
- Check on elderly or disabled neighbours to ensure they are aware of the flood threat.
- Visit the Provincial Emergency Program website and your local community website for personal emergency preparedness information.
Threatened by Flood Waters
If your property is threatend by rising waters:
- If you have time, bring in outdoor furniture; move essential items and any hazardous materials such as cleaners or pesticides to an upper floor or away from the area.
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and unplug electrical items.
- Prepare for the possibility of evacuation.
If You Must Evacuate
- Always follow the instructions of local emergency officials.
- Ensure each family member has waterproof clothing and footwear.
- Lock all doors and windows and double check to ensure gas, electricity and water are all shut off.
- Turn off your gas at the main shut-off valve. Don’t turn it back on yourself.
- Fortis BC instructions to turn off your gas meter.
- Take extra care while driving – familiar roads may look dramatically different when flooded. Do not drive into flooded areas. Check the road conditions at www.drivebc.ca before you leave.
- Do not walk through moving water. Less than 15 centimetres of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, go where the water is not moving and watch for tripping hazards.
- In the event of an evacuation, make sure you register at the reception centre. For information on your local reception centre, visit your community website.
- Keep disaster response routes clear.
After a Flood
- Listen for news reports to learn whether the water supply is safe to drink. We will release boil water advisories as necessary.
- Avoid floodwaters – it may be contaminated or electrically charged from downed power lines.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
- Do not turn on electrical switches or wet electrical equipment unless okayed by an electrician.
- Food contaminated by either flood waters or being left in an unplugged fridge - when in doubt, throw it out. Contamination can spoil foods and medicines, making them dangerous to consume.
- Contact your insurance and utility companies.