Flood damage costs Canadian taxpayers millions of dollars annually and even more in terms of human lives and suffering. Each of us has a responsibility to protect our homes and families to the best of our abilities. By planning ahead and taking sensible precautions, you can do your part to minimize flood damage.
In case of flood threats or flash flooding, local government authorities try to keep residents informed of developments. Through the media, they will recommend actions to take to limit or prevent disaster and provide detailed instructions, should the need arise.
In case of flood threat
- Shut off power in premises in immediate danger of flooding. Don’t attempt to do so if the main switch is in a location that has already been flooded.
- Special precautions should be taken to safeguard or minimize damage to electrical, natural gas or propane heating equipment. If warning time permits, consult your supplier for steps to be taken.
- If you suspect that your drinking water has been contaminated stop using it immediately. Contact your drinking water supplier if you are on a municipal system, or inspect and test your own water supply if you are on a private water system. Flood water can be highly contaminated. Bringing water to a rolling boil for 1 minute will destroy bacteria and viruses but will not protect against chemical contamination.
What you should do
- Turn on the radio and find a local station at AM560, AM920, FM91.3, FM92.3, FM93.7, FM94.5, FM95.5, FM97.9, FM99.3, FM101.7 or FM106.5.
- Have emergency food, water and medical supplies on hand.
- Move furniture, electrical appliances and other belongings to upper floors. Remove weed killers, insecticides, etc., to prevent pollution.
- Stay calm, stay warm and stay put.
- Have flashlights and candles, as well as extra batteries and matches/lighters.