You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency. You should also understand the basic principles of first aid and safety.
To reduce the likelihood of flood damage, you can:
- Store personal belongings in sealed bins, and move documents and keepsakes out of the basement.
- Test sump pumps regularly and install a back-up power system.
- Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and ground-level doors.
- Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.
- Extend downspouts at least 2 metres from your home to move water away from the building.
- Remove debris that could present danger during flood events.
- Secure outdoor furniture and items around piers, docks or boathouses.
- Regularly maintain water drainage systems, such as weeping tile, culverts and ditches.
People with disabilities or others requiring assistance
For those living with a physical, visual, auditory and/or other non-visible disability, emergency preparedness should also involve incorporating individual accommodations into their family emergency response plan.