Tips for Preparing for a Flood
With rapid snow melt and excess rainfall, the Okanagan has been subject to rising water levels. This can cause concern for home owners on how to protect their homes and belongings. Here are some tips to ensure you are prepared.
1. Be in the Know
It’s important to stay current on news bulletins and emergency notices in situations like these. You can sign-up for alerts on the Central Okanagan Emergency Operations website.
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3. Emergency Kit
Have an emergency kit prepared. Some vital items to include are:
- First aid kit
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food items
- Appropriate clothing items (footwear, jackets, etc.)
- Smart phone with emergency and insurance contacts
4. Prepare the Home
It’s often the little things that can make the difference when it comes to preparing your home in the event of flooding. If you have the time to plan and prepare, here are some things to remember:
- Clear gutters, drains, and downspouts of any debris
- Relocate valuable belongings to an upper level of the home or higher shelves
- Place appliances onto raised platforms