Flooding accounts for the most frequent natural disaster within Canada. If you live near a body of water such as a lake or river you are at risk of flooding.

What can I do to prevent damage to my home in the event of a flood?

There are a number of preventative measures you can take to prevent water damage within your home. Putting protective sealants around your basement windows can help prevent water from entering the structure. It is also suggested that you keep important documents out of basements and rooms that are at risk of flood damage.

What do I do if there is a flood forecasted for my area?

To prepare for imminent flooding it is advised that you turn off any furnaces or gas valves. Take precautions to protect electrical, natural gas or propane heating equipment in your home. Shut off the electricity to your home if you know how or, time permitting consult an electrician on turning off the power. Do not attempt to turn off your power if water is present as this is unsafe. Move important belongings out of areas that may flood such as basements.

What do I do if my area is actively flooding?

If your area is actively flooding obey any and all evacuation orders and familiarize yourself with the emergency evacuation plan for your region. Be sure to pack your emergency kit and leave as soon as it is safe and advised to do so. Neve cross flooded areas.

Where can I learn more about flooding and flood preparedness?

Click here to visit Public Safety Canada’s flood preparedness resource.