Tips to Prepare for Flooding

Apart from the physical damage to property, experiencing a flood can be an extremely emotional time. If you are not prepared for the possibility of a flood, recovery can be slow, stressful, and costly. A few hours spent making your home secure, preparing an emergency kit and flood plan can help you to survive the effect of a flood.

You need to:

• Understand the flood risk to your area
• Prepare your home and property
• Respond when water comes
• Recover after a flood

You can prepare for flooding in a number of ways:

• Check with your local municipal web site
• Think about relocation routes and centres
• Prepare an emergency kit
• Prepare an emergency flood plan for you and your household
• Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display
• Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage
• If your area is flood prone, consider alternatives to using carpets as floor covering

If flooding is imminent and if you have time to prepare your property:

• Secure hazardous items
• Roll up rugs, move furniture, electrical items, and valuables to a higher level
• Place important personal documents, valuables, and vital medical supplies in a waterproof case in an accessible location
• If you are relocating, take your pets with you if it is safe to do so. If not, provide an adequate food and water and move them to a safer place
 Monitor Environment Canada forecasts, Trent Severn Waterway Notices, Ministry of Natural Resources and listen to your local radio station.

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