The first step in preparing for a flood is to understand the warnings. A Flood Watch is when flooding is possible, but there's no guarantee it will occur. A Flood Warning is when flooding is currently occurring or will occur soon, so there isn't much time to prepare. Use these warnings to gauge which steps you should follow and when in preparing for a flood:
Remain calm during a flood. The more you plan ahead, the easier it is to stay focused and stay safe during a flood. If possible, monitor Environment Canada public weather alerts or local television and radio stations for updates and evacuations. Follow these other steps to protect yourself, your family and your home during a flood:
Once the flood is over, wait for local authorities to indicate that it's safe to return to your home or office before doing so. Be sure to avoid flooded or washed-out roads as they could collapse. Heed these other tips to stay safe after a flood:
This information is advisory in nature. No liability is assumed by reason of the information in this document.