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Preparing your business for flooding

If you are a business owner, it is important for you to prepare for any flooding situation. Here are some steps you can take to ensure that your business is prepared for potential flooding.

  • Review: Flood maps to determine whether or not your business is on a floodway or flood fringe zone.
  • Download: theflood preparation business checklist.
  • Visit: The City of Calgary's Stay informed page.

How to prepare your property for flooding

  • Locate your electrical, gas and water shutoff valves, and know how to turn them off.
  • Secure or relocate to higher ground any unstable materials that may be swept away or moved by flood waters (for example: pallets, lumber, fuel tanks, equipment).
  • Identify any materials that could cause damage if they came in contact with flood waters (ie. paints, fuel, fertilizers, etc.).
  • Ensure your property grade always slopes away from buildings.

Prepare your building(s)

  • Move electronic equipment (computers), furniture, valuables and important documents or records to an area safe from flood waters.
  • Ensure you have sump-pumps with backup power and one-way valves installed in wastewater drains.

Prepare your employees

  • Discuss with employees your business emergency plan, even if it is informal
  • Ensure employees are aware of any hazards.

Prepare your business

  • Make a plan for a temporary location if your business is forced to relocate.
  • Create a communications plan for your employees, suppliers and customers in case of an emergency.
  • Keep important documents (electronic and paper) in an alternate location.
  • Keep an accurate count of your inventory.
  • Talk to your insurance company to fully understand your policy regarding flooding or water damage.