How to prepare for a flood
Luckily, the GTA doesn’t see floods so detrimental we need to evacuate the area very often. But with the recent floods in Toronto and surrounding areas, it doesn’t mean it’s not possible. It is always a good idea to read up on how to prepare for a disaster in any case. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared. You never know, it could end up saving your life. Here are 10 ways to prepare for a large-scale flood.
- Get a weather radio and learn to understand emergency notifications
- One of the first things you can do is buy a weather radio that can broadcast weather bulletins from the closest National Weather Service Office. These stations broadcast a variety of emergency notificationsincluding flood watches and warnings, flash flood watches and warnings, and evacuation notices.
- Research your flood risk
- Learn in advance whether your area is susceptible to flooding.
- Prepare emergency supply kits for your home, work and car
- gov is an excellent governmental resource for information on how to prepare for inclement weather and other disasters. Here’s a great checklist of what to pack in your emergency kits, which should be standardized for your home, workplace and car they can be easily accesses in the event of an emergency.
- Establish your evacuation route
- Knowing your way in and out of your immediate geographic vicinity and how to navigate your community when it’s flooded could save your life. You will need to stick to higher ground when evacuating. Make sure all family members know where they are supposed to meet.
- Have a plan for communicating with family members
- As mentioned, having a place to meet if flooding does occur should be established prior. During an emergency, texts are easier and faster than phone calls. All family members also need to have a family contact that is out of the immediate geographic area, in the event information needs to be passed through a third party.
- Raise up appliances, other items to protect them from damage
- Flooding can cause substantial damage not only to your home, but also to your property including costly and essential appliances. Raising up major appliances and electrical outlets can help protect them from flooding.
- Save your important documents
- Copy, save or upload to the cloud important papers and documents such as insurance policies, photographs, and other important documents such as birth certificate and leases.
- Protect your drains from increasing the damage
- A house’s water and sewage systems are particularly prone to flood damage, creating an even bigger mess that’s extremely hard to clean up. Installing a sump pump can help with this risk. You can also use backflow valves in toilets, drains, and sinks to prevent floodwaters from backing up.
- Stockpile emergency supplies
- In addition to having your emergency kit handy so you can get to it quickly if you must evacuate, you can take other steps to help prepare for flooding. Storing valuables, medication, and chemicals (separately) in a higher place is a good first step.
- Manage your financial risk
- The best way to manage your financial risk and protect your home is to buy flood insurance. Homeowner’s insurance doesn’t typically cover flood damage, so this insurance must be purchased separately, and any claims filed separately from homeowner’s insurance.