With the arrival of more spring like weather, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is reminding residents to be prepared for an increased risk of flooding and high water related to the spring melt.
“Temperatures are on the rise and that means rivers, streams and groundwater are,” says Anita de Dreu, Emergency Services Coordinator with the Regional District, in a news release. “Conditions can change rapidly so take time now to prepare your property, home and family in the event of flooding.”
It’s important to understand the risks and be prepared for any emergency. People living near a river or stream can take some precautions to reduce the risk associated with a flood.
- Prepare personal emergency supply kits for your home, car and work (plan for at least a three-day supply of food and water for each family member)
- Have a grab-and-go kit ready if you have to leave your home quickly
- Keep important papers in watertight containers and have a record of your valuables in a safe place
- If flooding is likely in your area, pay attention to the local media for information
- Watch for warning signs: increase in height and intensity of water flows, mudslides, debris in creeks, colour changes in water or leaning trees
- Banks of rivers and streams may be unstable and dangerous
- Keep a safe distance away from fast flowing water, especially children
- Teach your children about flood safety
- Consider arrangements for your pets and livestock
- Ensure your civic address is clearly posted
- Make plans for emergency travel with a friend or neighbor if you don’t have a vehicle or access to one
- Sign up for the Regional District’s Public Alerting System at https://bit.ly/34WrgX7
de Dreu acknowledges that preparing for emergencies in the midst of a public health pandemic adds additional stresses.
“We understand that everyone is trying to manage with the reality of COVID-19 and the measures put in place to deal with that,” said de Dreu. “Consider where you would go if you had to evacuate. If you have pets and livestock that need to be moved, what arrangements need to be considered now. Develop a plan that makes sense for you and your family.”
Resources are available on the Regional District website to help you learn more about preparing an emergency plan and what’s included in a 72-hour emergency kit.
For more information visit the Regional District’s emergency information page at www.rdffg.bc.ca