How to Prepare Yourself For Flooding

Michelle Mak Community, Newcomer Information

There are many ways you and your family can prepare for flooding. In Calgary, flooding usually happens between May 15 and July 15.

Some resources you should check out are:

How to prepare for a flood for homeowners:

Reduce flood damage to your home and belongings

  • Move valuables and documents out of your basement.
  • Check your downspouts, sump and backflow preventer valve as part of your regular home maintenance schedule.
    • Direct downspouts away from home and your neighbour’s home.
    • Have a sump pump and a back-up battery power source in case you lose power.
    • Install a backflow preventer valve on your sewer pipes to prevent back-up in your basement.
  • Ask your insurer about flood insurance and review coverage in the event you need to evacuate.
  • Learn more about sandbags or other temporary barriers.

Prepare your family in case you need to leave your home quickly

Create an Emergency Action Plan:

Alternative accommodations

Review where you would stay if you were instructed to leave your home. When making plans, here are some things to keep in mind.

If you/your family are healthy:

  • Talk to your friends or family ahead of time to confirm they are okay with you joining their household.
  • Discuss how you will continue to practice physical distancing and other hygiene practices to prevent the spread of the virus.

If anyone in your family or the destination household is in self-isolation:

  • Consider staying in a hotel or accommodation that is not shared.
  • If you need to stay with others, ensure the person(s) in self-isolation will have a separate room, and ideally a separate bathroom.

If you need to evacuate you should follow the routes provided by officials to avoid blocked or dangerous areas. If you have time, remember to leave a note informing others when you left and where you went.

Create an emergency kit

In state of emergencies, it is also smart to create an emergency kit that’s ready to go. This should include essentials like prescriptions, medications, items for your pets and children, cell phone charges and personal documents.

Find the best practices for what to put in your emergency kit.

To help limit the spread of COVID-19, consider these items in your emergency kit:

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Cloth face coverings

For more information, please visit https://www.calgary.ca/UEP/Water/Pages/Flood-Info/Prepare-for-flooding/Flood-readiness.aspx

Word of the day:

Emergency (noun):

  1. a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.
    • Eg: We should call the police if it is an emergency.