How to ensure your home is flood ready

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June marks the anniversary of the floods that ravaged Calgary four years ago. Because there will always be a risk of another flood, it’s important that you are always prepared for the event of flooding.

  • Know the risks: first thing to do is find out if you’re living in an area where flooding could potentially happen. If you live somewhere that’s already been flooded, are you living in a floodway or flood-fringe zone? There’s an interactive map on the City of Calgary website to find out if you are.
  • Make a plan: make a plan with your entire family so that everyone knows exactly what to do when a flood happens. Include accommodation, communication and supply plans as well.
  • Make an emergency kit: include food, water for a few days, battery powered electronics (radio, flashlight), first aid/medications, clothing, etc.

Floods are one of the most common and costly disasters in Canada. Floods occur when there is heavy or steady rain for several hours or days, which oversaturates the ground. All rivers in Canada experience flooding at one time or another. Hurricanes, violent storms, ice jams or dams breaking can also lead to flash flooding. The potential for flood damage is high where there is development on low-lying, flood-prone lands. [Red Cross]

And always pay attention to local media and emergency alerts about potential flooding in your area. The Red Cross has some great tips for flood preparedness, as well as the City of Calgary.

The City of Calgary marks June 17th the official Neighbour Day as well, which is a celebration to commemorate how our city came together after the flooding hit our city. There are several community events and initiatives taking place next month, more information can be found online here.

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