Submitted Media Release
The month of March is the perfect time to prepare for a potential flood. With temperatures changing, snow melting, ice jams releasing and heavy spring rains, flash flooding is a possibility. Flash flooding occurs with little or no warning and can damage property and injure or kill people.
“It is so important to prepare for an emergency before it occurs. Take time to prepare and review your safety plans with your family and those who support you or depend on you,” said Kent Pottruff, County of Brant Emergency Management Program Manager. “In the event of an emergency, you should have a kit prepared to sustain you and your family for 72 hours. Stay informed by following your local media agencies and the County’s various social media platforms. Having a Go Bag ready that contains a collection of items you may need in the event of an evacuation by officials, is also essential.”
The following are safety tips in the event of a flood:
If you are indoors:
· Move essential items (and household chemicals) to an upper floor
· Disconnect electrical appliances and don’t touch electrical equipment if you’re wet or standing in water
· Bring in outdoor furniture (if you have time)
· Don’t eat food that’s come in contact with flood waters
If you are outdoors:
· Move to higher ground if there is a chance of a flash flood
· Don’t walk through moving water as you may fall
· If you have to walk, look for where the water is not moving and use a stick to check the ground in front of you
· Keep children and pets away from flood water
· Don’t drive through floodwaters
There are a number of things you can do to your house to help prepare it for a flood. The following steps will help prepare you and your family in the event of an emergency:
· Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and ground-level doors
· Install “check valves” in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home
· Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your home to ensure water moves away from the building
· Move documents and keepsakes out of the basement
· Keep instructions for shutting off gas and water valves handy and read them carefully
“Citizens that know the potential risks, such as floods, can plan ahead and be prepared. This is the best way to ensure that they and their family will survive an emergency or disaster,” said Pottruff.
For more information about preparing for an emergency and what to include in a 72 hour kit, please visit www.brant.ca/emergencyplanning.