Before a Flood

If you live in an area prone to flooding, the best thing you can do to prepare is to have a plan. Prepared BC's Flood Preparedness Guide is an excellent resource to help guide you through the process of creating a plan that is specific to your needs.

If you don't have a plan in place, here are some initial steps you can take to be prepared.

Information Sources

  • Download our Alertable app so you can receive up-to-date emergency notifications via phone, text or email.
  • Follow reliable information sources. FVRD evacuation orders and alerts are posted on the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) page, as well as on AlertableTwitter and Facebook.
  • Know what routes are open by checking DriveBC.
  • Know the difference between an Evacuation Alert (be ready to leave on short notice) and an Evacuation Order (leave the area immediately).

Personal Preparedness

  • Be prepared to be evacuated and have a Grab-and-Go bag for each family member ready.
  • Plan to have food and water for three days.
  • Know where your family members are and choose emergency meeting places.
  • Keep your phone charged and conserve battery life.
  • Be familiar with your insurance coverage and contact information.
  • Plan for your pets. Have food, water, medications, leash, and pet carrier available.

Home Protection

  • Store important documents and valuables up high in watertight containers.
  • Keep your gutters clean and direct downspouts away from your house.
  • Know how to shut off your utilities safely and move small appliances and electronics to a higher level if possible.
  • Protect your home from damage by building a sandbag wall.