Before a Flood

Canadians are vulnerable to natural disasters. Preparations can be made to reduce the potential for and enhance preparedness for disasters, such as floods. Preparedness improves our ability to respond and recover.

Are You Ready? BrochureDisaster can strike quickly and without warning. It can force you to evacuate your neighbourhood or confine you to your home. What would you do if you did not have water, gas, electricity or telephones after a major emergency? No matter how well your community has planned their response to a disaster, in the event of a large-scale incident, first response resources may quickly become overwhelmed. To ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family, you should prepare now to take care of your own basic needs for at least the first 72 hours following a major disaster.  The Durham Emergency Management Office has developed a brochure "Are you Ready", it contains vital tips on how to prepare for an emergency.  The brochure can be found here.

The best way to minimize flood damage is to take precautions ahead of time, especially if you live in a flood-prone area. Although governments at every level work to reduce the risk of floods, you are the first line of defence.

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