Flooding: Emergency Planning

Before a Flood

Emergency planning—Know the risks, make a plan, get a kit, reduce your flood risk.
Are you prepared? It’s never too late. Emergencies can happen at any time and your best defence is to be prepared.
Take a look at the 4 steps below

1

Know the Risks

Like any town, Innisfil is vulnerable to a variety of natural and human- caused hazards. Make sure you and your family members know what the hazards and risks are in the area you live. Even if you feel your community has a low risk of flooding, remember that anywhere it rains, it can flood. Just because you haven’t experienced a flood in the past, doesn’t mean you won’t in the future. Floods occur because of a number of factors including rainfall, topography, flood-control measures, creek-flow, old construction practices and new construction and development.

2

Make a Plan

Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do before, during and after an emergency such as a flood. Hold a family meeting to discuss how you can best prepare for an emergency. Have a plan. If you live alone, develop a plan for yourself with links to neighbours and friends. Keep a copy of your plan in a safe place, such as your Family Emergency Go-Kit. Photocopy your plan and keep it in your car and/or at work.

3

Get a Kit

Assemble a 72 hour Go-Kit to use during an evacuation of your home or community. Make sure everyone living in the home knows where to find the Go-Kit

4

Reduce your flood risk

Check for basement flood risk factors on Page 7 and correct those that apply to your home.

Preparing a Go-Kit

Contents to include

  • Flashlight
  • Battery-operated or crank radio
  • Spare batteries (for flashlight and/or radio
  • First-aid kit
  • Candles and matches/lighter
  • Extra car keys and cash
  • Important papers (copies of identification, insurance policies)
  • Non-perishable food and bottled water (as much as your family can manage to carry)
  • Items needed to open food (such as a manual can opener)
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Blankets or sleeping bag
  • Toilet paper and other personal hygiene items
  • Medication (especially prescription—72 hours worth at least)
  • Eyewear (glasses/contacts)
  • Whistle (to attract attention, if needed)
  • Playing cards (or other quiet games/toys)
  • Paper/pencils/pens
  • Map of your community (for locating shelters)