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Tips for Preparing for a Flood

June 8, 2017

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.

2. Sandbags

Sandbagging may be the most physically demanding, but it can be the most effective. The trick is to fill the bags only half full so you can place the unfilled portion under the next sandbag. Click here for a list of locations that have materials available.

3. Emergency Kit
Have an emergency kit prepared. Some vital items to include are:

  • Flashlight
  • Cash
  • 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



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