Preparing for a flood

  1. Prepare your home
  2. Make an emergency plan
  3. Make an emergency kit
  4. Keep pets and livestock safe
  5. Prepare your property

Take these steps before a flood to help prevent damage to your home and property. 

Visit Flood Ready for additional information and video tutorials on preparing for a flood and protecting your home.

Find flood risk reports and alerts on the Flood Atlas. Alerts are also posted on Facebook, on our website and through posters, community meetings and other methods, depending on the situation.

  1. Prepare your home
    • Find out if your home insurance covers flooding. Sewer/septic backup and overland or groundwater flooding are typically add-ons available at extra cost.
    • Store valuables and important items or documents in water-tight containers or in higher places.
    • Lift basement appliances off the ground on wooden or cement blocks. Make sure basement drains are not blocked.
    • Put weather sealant on windows and doors.
    • Clear your eavestroughs, downspouts and gutters regularly. Extend your downspouts away from your foundation.
    • In the winter, clear snow at least 1 to 1.5 metres (3 to 5 feet) away from your home’s foundation. In the spring, clear any ice dams so water can flow.
    • If you have a sump pump, check and maintain it each spring.
    • Know where your home's electrical panel, water shut-off valves, and propane or oil tank shut-offs are located. If a flood is approaching your home, turn off any appliances that you are not using.
    • Water and electricity do not mix. If water is already present in your home, do not try to turn off your power. Instead, phone the electric company.

  2. Make an emergency plan

    Make an emergency plan so everyone in your household knows what to do in an emergency. This can include how to contact each other and where to meet.

  3. Make an emergency kit

    ​In your emergency kit you'll need basic supplies for every member of your household in an emergency. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours without power or running water.

  4. Prepare your property


If you have questions, email or phone 867-667-5220.