Preparing for an Emergency
Emergencies can occur at any time. In an emergency, response agencies focus their efforts first where the need is greatest. That is why individual emergency preparedness is so important.
It only takes three simple steps to become better prepared to face an emergency.
- Know the risks
- Make a plan
- Get or prepare an emergency kit
Suggested Mitigative Actions to Prevent Flooding
- Shovel or remove snow from around your home and move it to a position where melt water will drain away from the foundation.
- Clear channels in the ice/snow to allow melt water to drain away more effectively from your home.
- Ensure downspouts are extended so they discharge rain or melt away from your home. This will help prevent the water from draining back towards your foundation. The suggested minimum distance is two metres.
- Check to make sure your sump pump is working. If you don’t have a sump pump consider installing one. Contact a plumber for assistance, if required.
- Determine if any private wells could be infiltrated by flood water and consider the adequacy of wellhead protection and the security of the well’s power supply.
- Consider installing a mainline Sewer Backwater Valve to protect against sewer backup.
- Keep basement sewer caps in place.
- Check your basement regularly for signs of water and consider installing a water‐sensing alarm.