With a blistery winter behind us and the spring thaw and April showers upon us, the risk of flooding is a major threat for many Canadians. Floods are one of the most common and costly disasters in Canada.
It is very important to know your risks and find out if you live in an area where flooding could potentially happen. You can find out about risks in your community by:
- Calling your local municipality and asking what types of risks are common in your area
- Downloading the 72 Hour Guide to Emergency Preparedness
- Using the Canadian Disaster Database
- Downloading our free Expect the Unexpected Guide for Parents
If you determine you and your family could be at risk you need to protect yourself.
When faced with potential flooding, the Canadian Red Cross recommends listening to local news and weather reports for any potential flood warnings in your area. If a flood warning is issued, listen to local authorities for further directions. Also, check on vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours (the elderly, ill, disabled) who may require special assistance.
By following a couple of simple steps as recommended by the Canadian Red Cross you can be proactive in protecting yourself and those you love in the event flooding occurs.
1. Make a plan: Work with your family to make a plan so that when a flood happens, you are ready.
2. Get a kit: You can buy a preparedness kit from the Red Cross, or make your own.
The Red Cross recommends that you keep a disaster preparedness kit in your home with enough supplies to meet your family’s needs for at least 72 hours. By taking the time now to store non-perishable food, water and other supplies, Canadians can provide for their entire families in the event of an emergency.
Being prepared is the first step to ensuring the safety of your family and yourself. Wishing everyone a dry, safe and happy weekend.
Yosé Cormier is a guest blogger from the Canadian Red Cross.