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Southern Alberta Floods – What should I do to protect myself?

Southern Alberta Floods…. What should I do to protect myself?

Understanding that floods can impact you is the first step.  We offer some suggestions for you to think about and incorporate into your own preparedness:

At home:

  1. Check your rain gutters/downspouts – make sure they are clear and drain well away (2 meters) from your house.
  2. Check your sump pump – make sure it is working and draining well away from your home
  3. If basement flooding is a risk move computers, family photos and keep sakes/valuables upstairs
  4. Pack a “go kit” or an “emergency kit” to take in case you have to evacuate.  Make sure to include medications, cash, identification, cell phone/computer power adapters, change of clothing, toiletries and family contact information.
  5. Know where emergency shelters are and how you will get to them.


At the Office:

  1. Check your organization’s emergency preparedness protocols.  Make sure you and your co workers know what the “plan is”.
  2. Check your building for flood risk.  Speak to the property manager/building operator to know what their plans say.
  3. Be aware of low lying areas and what your evacuation routes might be.
  4. Protect your people (work from home strategies?) and your assets – including your information technology – by planning in advance and securing your systems/data, your premises and inventories.
  5. Know how you will communicate with your staff and your customers from “off site” locations – during and after the event.
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