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Flood Preparation and Relocation Tips

Tips to Prepare for Flooding

Apart from the physical damage to property, experiencing a flood can be an extremely emotional time. If you are not prepared for the possibility of a flood, recovery can be slow, stressful, and costly. A few hours spent making your home secure, preparing an emergency kit and flood plan can help you to survive the affect of a flood.

You need to:

  • Understand the flood risk to your area
  • Prepare your home and property
  • Respond when water comes
  • Recover after a flood

You can prepare for flooding in a number of ways:

  • Check with your local municipal web site:
  • Think about relocation routes and centres
  • Prepare an emergency kit
  • Prepare an emergency flood plan for you and your household
  • Keep a list of emergency telephone numbers on display
  • Check your insurance policy to see if you are covered for flood damage
  • If your area is flood prone, consider alternatives to using carpets as floor covering

If flooding is imminent and if you have time to prepare your property:

Relocating to Safer Ground

If rising waters threaten your home and you decide to move to a safer location, tell a family member, Emergency Services, or your neighbours of your plans to move. When relocating please:

  • Monitor your local radio station for warnings and advice
  • Pack warm clothing, essential medication, valuables and personal papers in waterproof in waterproof bags along with your emergency kit
  • Raise furniture, clothing, and valuables onto beds, tables, and into attic space. Place electrical items in the highest places
  • Disconnect electrical appliances – don’t touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
  • Empty freezers, and refrigerators, leaving doors open to avoid damage or loss if they float.
  • Turn off power, water, and gas, and take a mobile phone
  • Whether your leave or stay, put sand bags in the toilet bowl, and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage backflow
  • Lock your home and take recommended relocation routes for your area
  • Do not drive into water of unknown depth and current

If you have not left by the time floodwaters have arrived on your property:

  • Monitor your local radio station for warnings and advice
  • Get to higher ground, if possible
  • Switch off electricity and gas supplies to your home
  • Prepare to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemical and poisons to higher locations
  • Prepare for the well-being of pets
  • Raise furniture above likely flood levels
  • Check your emergency kit
  • Do not allow children to play in or near floodwaters
  • Avoid entering floodwaters, and if you must do so, wear solid shoes, and check depth and current with a stick
  • Stay away from drains, culverts, and water over knee deep
  • Do not use gas or electrical appliances that have been in floodwaters until checked for safety
  • Do not eat food that has been in floodwaters
  • Boil tap water until supplies have been declared safe

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