Flood & Severe Weather Safety and Preparedness
PreparedBC is a central resource for emergency preparedness information. You can find resources to help you before, during and after a flood or severe weather event.
Flood zones are danger zones
Floodwater and standing waters can be dangerous and can make you vulnerable to infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. Learn how to protect yourself and your loved ones from the risks brought by floodwater by visiting the BC Centre for Disease Control and HealthLinkBC.
Never drive through flood waters
- Never drive around the barriers blocking a flooded road as the road may have collapsed underneath, can be deeper than it appears and levels can rise very quickly
- A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away most cars and just 2 feet of rushing water can carry away SUVs and trucks. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
- Keep clear of eroded banks, as they may result in unstable ground. Most importantly, keep children and pets away from stream banks
- Learn more from the National Weather Service
Protect your home, property and family
- Create a household emergency plan, emergency kit and grab-and-go bags
- Move equipment and other assets to higher ground
- Clear perimeter drains, eavestroughs and gutters. Maintain your sump pumps
- Move electrical appliances to upper floors and make sure to anchor fuel supplies
- Park vehicles away from streams and waterways
- Stay alert for changing conditions, particularly if you live in low-lying areas or near waterways
- Listen to local officials and follow their instructions if told to evacuate