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Prepare First! Get Flood Smart!
Spring has arrived, bringing with it warmer weather and a potential for flooding in B.C. communities. What can you do to prepare? Start by taking a look at these helpful fact sheets.
Watch for the signs
The snow is melting, so what? Heavy snow melt may cause land slippage, mudslides and dangerous debris in creeks and waterways. Be aware and stay away from river banks and waterways! If you notice trees beginning to lean or bend near your home, or cracks developing in the hillside, consult an engineer or contact local authorities. Also, if you live near a creek or waterway, a change in the colour of the water could indicate a problem upstream.
Stay alert! Contact your local authority if you are concerned.
Safeguard people and property
Plan for success! Arrange a family meeting place ahead of time in case you have to evacuate fast due to flooding. Find out if you are eligible for flood insurance for your home (and business) and take a personal inventory of belongings. During threatening conditions, park family vehicles away from streams and waterways, move electrical appliances to upper floors and make sure to anchor fuel supplies. Remove any toxic substances from the area to prevent pollution and acquire the right equipment if you are sandbagging.
Note it takes two people about one hour to fill and place 100 sandbags, giving you a one foot by 20 feet wall. Make sure you have enough sand, burlap, plastic bags, shovels, strong helpers and time to prepare properly! Watch EMBC's Sandbag Dike Tips video for detailed instructions.
Assemble survival supplies
Get prepared by having emergency supplies on hand in the event you have to leave your home. Assemble a survival grab-and-go kit for your family.
- Warm clothing, waterproof jackets & footwear
- Minimum 3-day supply of food (sealed, no refrigeration)
- Water for drinking & cooking
- Blankets wrapped in plastic
- Personal IDs & important documents
- Medications and first-aid kit
- Portable, battery-charged radio, mobile phone charger, flashlight (pack extra batteries)
- Toiletry items
- Games for children, a few books, photos (things to comfort during a flood emergency)
- Pet provisions
- Items for children
Bookmark local emergency information
Monitor local radio stations, TV, and your local government websites and the River Forecast Centre along with Emergency Info BC alerts and bulletins to get up-to-date information.
Share your flood smart tips with us at @EmergencyInfoBC.
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