Flood preparation for homeowners
Reduce flood damage to your home and belongings
- Move valuables and documents out of your basement. If you need help:
- Ask someone you trust.
- Check your downspouts, sump and backflow preventer valve as part of your regular home maintenance schedule.
- Direct downspouts away from home and your neighbour’s home.
- Have a sump pump and a back-up battery power source in case you lose power.
- Install a backflow preventer valve on your sewer pipes to prevent back-up in your basement.
- Ask your insurer about flood insurance and review coverage in the event you need to evacuate.
- If you’re finishing your basement use easy to clean materials in the event you are flooded with river water, groundwater or sewage.
- Find out about sandbags or other temporary barriers.
Prepare your family in case you need to leave your home quickly
We encourage Swift Current residents to review their emergency plans.
If your family is apart, where is a place outside your community you could meet? With many facilities closed to the public or have limited access, consider meeting in an outdoor open area:
- Large parking lots
- Quiet streets
- Uncrowded greenspaces
If you need to evacuate you should follow the routes provided by officials to avoid blocked or dangerous areas. If you have time, leave a note informing others when you left and where you went.
Preparing an evacuation plan and emergency accommodation will help reduce the burden on emergency response resources.
Create an 72-Hour Emergency Kit
Create a kit that’s ready to go. This should include essentials like prescriptions, medications, items for your pets and children, cell phone charges and personal documents.