How to prepare for a flood
Easy tips on preparing for a flood, securing your home and what to do in case of an evacuation order.
Before a flood
- Know if you live in a flood-risk area.
- Prepare emergency kits for your home and car.
- Have an emergency plan that every household member knows.
- Keep important documents in watertight containers.
- Ensure your car has a full tank of gas.
- Have a plan in place in case you need to move pets and livestock.
- Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees.
Flood-proof your home
- Build sandbag dikes — dig a trench one sack deep and two sacks wide, laying sacs in alternating crisscross directions.
- Move appliances above anticipated flood level.
- Secure and anchor propane tanks.
- Stabilize your oil tank and weigh it down with sandbags.
- Turn off utilities at main switches or valves and unplug electrical items.
- Shut off the gas valve at the meter.
- Move pesticides, weed killers, fertilizers and anything else that may contaminate water to a higher level.
- Plug all basement sewer connections; plug toilet, sink and shower drains.
When leaving your home
- Make sure everyone has warm clothing and waterproof outerwear, including footwear.
- Make sure everyone has ID, and store personal documents in plastic.
- Take a supply of any medications needed.
- Bring items needed to care for infants — diapers, bottles food.
- Take a battery-powered radio and flashlight.
- Check road conditions before leaving and take extra care when driving.
- Do not walk through moving water — even moving water less than 15 centimetres deep can make you fall.
- Secure your home, ensuring all doors and windows are locked.
Source: Emergency Management B.C.