Flood Emergency Preparedness

How to prepare for possible flooding in or near your home:

How to prepare for possible flooding in or near your home:


Before the flood


Make a list or inventory of your possessions, valuables, papers and property


Learn the safest route from your home or business to safe high ground


Keep sand, sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting and lumber on hand if flooding is more likely to happen in your area


Make sure all your family members know how to turn off the power, water and gas in your home


Install check valves in sewer traps so flood water cannot backup into sewer drains

Be aware the swollen waters can cut off a return route, meaning you may become trapped and not be able to return to safer ground


During the flood


Listen to the TV or Radio news channels for evacuation orders


Turn off all utilities in your home


If there is time and a major flood is expected in your area, store all valuables in the upper floors and board up windows before leaving your home


Remove any toxic chemicals from the home to prevent contamination


Take all medicines with you or store medicines where flood waters cannot reach them


Secure all outdoor possessions (lawn furniture, garbage cans, etc.)

If required to leave your home, always seek higher ground, staying out of dry creeks or river beds and avoid areas that are known to suddenly flood


DO NOT attempt to cross a flooded stream or flooded road


If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it and climb to higher ground


You may be directed to retreat to a designated safe Community Centre or to a family member out of the flood zone


After the flood


Get in touch with your insurance agent immediately if you had flooded waters in your home


Do not use fresh or unsealed foods that have been in contact with flood waters - you do not know what has contaminated the flood waters


Have your drinking water tested for contaminants (this may need to be done by a professional)


If you need to drink the water before testing, you will need to either boil the water for 3 minutes or add liquid household bleach (must contain 5.25% sodium hypochlorite and it must be less than a year old)


Water amount: 1 quart

Water is CLEAR: add 2 drops bleach

Water is CLOUDY: add 4 drops bleach


If you are injured or experience a life threatening incident, you should immediately call 911 or your local emergency number.


To report an emergency or disaster in British Columbia, your first point of contact is Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) at 1-800-663-3456. This connects to EMBC’s 24/7 Emergency Coordination Centre. Regional office contacts for EMBC are also included in this information package.


Emergencies can happen at any time. We encourage you to stay informed of events happening in your region by visiting these websites regularly and registering for any notifications or bulletins available to you.

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