Get Prepared for Flooding
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. If a disaster happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to get to you as they help those in most need. Is your family prepared?
Formal evacuation procedures will only be undertaken in the most serious of circumstances, the primary consideration being the health and safety of responders and residents in areas at risk.
An Evacuation Alert means residents may be asked to leave their homes on very short notice. Residents should prepare by organizing an emergency supply kit with necessary medications, personal toiletries, change of clothing and personal and family documents.
An Evacuation Order means there is an imminent risk to life and residents should leave the area immediately. Any residents who disregard this order cannot expect timely rescue or assistance should it become necessary.
Residents, who, for peace of mind decide to leave prior to receiving a formal evacuation order, are urged to leave the area as early as possible. Traffic in affected zones will be heavy with others leaving and responders moving into the area, therefore travel times will be longer than normal.
Please make sure that you inform friends and family of your movements.
This mode of self-evacuation would be particularly suitable for those residents with circumstances that may lengthen or complicate their ability to move at short notice such as young families, families with elderly/infirm members or those needing to move livestock.
Post Flood Re-Entry
Do NOT return home until authorities say it is safe to do so. It’s normal for you to be anxious to return home as soon as possible after a flood, but there are several steps that need to be followed before your home is safe to live in.
For more information on how to re-enter your home safely after a flood, please refer to the "Post Flood Re-Entry Tips & Safety" document. In it, you will find a checklist that will help you make sure your home is restored to a healthy, safe condition.
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The Office of the Fire Marshal recommends that residents in flood prone areas ensure that occupants raise and isolate portable fuel storage containers, such as gasoline containers, waste fuel containers, paints and solvents etc to prevent potential environmental contamination and fire hazards.
Above ground oil storage tanks used to fuel heating appliances such as furnaces, water heaters should be anchored to structures where to prevent free floating in areas of high water potential with supply valves in the off position. Underground residential storage tanks are no longer permitted and shall be replaced by above ground storage systems. Permits are available from the Office of the Fire Marshal.
Preferably all hazardous or environmentally destructive materials should be kept to a minimum if flooding is expected and, where possible, removed to a safe storage area before threatened by high water levels.