Emergency officials south of B.C.’s Fraser River say recent flooding in neighbouring Alberta is a strong reminder to be prepared for a natural disaster close to home.
Fire chiefs and other first responders have been paying close attention to the damage done in Calgary, High River and elsewhere.
Abbotsford fire Chief Don Beer says officials keep a close eye on low-lying areas here, but superfloods are a possibility.
"I think that we do the best we can with preparing for these circumstances," he said.
"I think with the plans in place, we'll be in not too bad a shape at all. But again, until it happens, all the planning you can do isn't enough, from my perspective."
Beer says the floods are a good reminder to make sure you have an emergency kit stocked with supplies.
"For any nature of emergency, be prepared for 72 hours — enough water and food and medication and even pet food to get you through that first 72 hours," he said.
"If you look at what happened in Calgary, if you were prepared for those 72 hours, you would be in a lot better shape than those who did not take the time to do that."
Beer says he's confident first responders can deal with large floods along the Fraser River but adds they can always do more planning.
Listen to South of the Fraser reporter Dan Burritt's piece on flood prep by clicking on the 'Listen' button in the upper left corner. Connect with Dan Burritt by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @DanBurritt