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Stay safe during a flood

Some emergencies are unavoidable. Being prepared for a flood and knowing what to do during a flood can greatly reduce stress in an emergency situation. For more flood preparation information, visit Flooding in Calgary.

Here are some tips to help you start preparing for a flood:

What can I do to minimize the impact of a flood?

Plan for an evacuation. Have an evacuation plan in case you need to leave your home. Make sure your 72-hour kit is stocked and ready to go. Be prepared to turn off the power in your home and to move important items up from the basement.

Review your insurance. Most homeowner policies do not cover flood damage; you may have to purchase coverage separately. Most policies do not cover overland flooding; however, additional coverage for sewer backup may be possible.

Protect your documents. Keep all insurance policies and a list of valuable items in a safe place. Include photos or videos of your home’s contents. You can also back up pictures and important documents from your computer onto a cloud or portable hard drive for safekeeping.

Stay informed. Use your mobile device or computer to check up on social media and emergency alerts. Listen to local radio or television for reports of flood danger.

How do I stay safe during a flood?

Turn off the power. Turn off the main power switch on the breaker panel in your home. You should also consider moving items in basements to higher levels in your home.

Stay informed. Monitor local television, radio, or until you are told it is safe or you are advised to evacuate. You can also monitor social media for updates and alerts.

If you are given notice to evacuate by local authorities, follow instructions and do not panic. If you live in an apartment building, you will be directed to leave. Follow instructions and leave the building in an orderly fashion. Having a 72-hour kit stocked and ready to go will assist you in the evacuation process. This kit will support you and your family for three days.

Do not attempt to walk or drive through flooded areas. You don’t know how deep the water is or what might be underneath. It takes only 15 cm (approximately 6”) of water to sweep you off your feet, and only 60 cm (approximately 12”) of water to sweep away a car. If you are in a vehicle that stalls in rising water, get out immediately and head to higher ground. Stay away from areas with manhole covers, drains or storm water ponds. Keep children and pets away from these areas.