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COMING SOON: Canadian flood season

2/24/2020 (Permalink)

Exterior view of home and sandbags lining street Flooded home and street in Lake Country BC June 2017

Did you know flooding is the most frequent natural disaster in Canada?

Some of us are still dealing with below 0 temperatures and snow, but Spring is just around the corner. When temperatures rise, we all need to be ready for our Okanagan thaw.

Here’s a checklist to prepare your home in case of flooding:

  • Have an emergency plan in place. Know your evacuation routes.
  • Know the flood risk in your community. (contact your municipality)
  • Know what type of flood insurance you have with your policy!
    • Do you have overland water coverage? Sewer backup coverage? This coverage is not automatic and needs to requested and added to your policy for an additional charge.
  • Monitor local weather and alerts
  • Protect your valuables in waterproof containers. Place them above potential water levels. 
  • Have an emergency bag, or at least a list of what you need if you need to evacuate at a moments notice! Ensure to include all vital documents
    • Driver’s license, Birth certificates or citizenship documents, Passport(s), Marriage documents, Family vaccine records, Insurance policy numbers, Living wills, Property records, Financial records, like prior tax returns
  • Video/document your home and all it’s belongings.
  • Put sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Remove built-up debris from window wells and by doors.

For more information to ensure your home is #FloodReady visit the Government of Canada’s website https://www.canada.ca/en/campaign/flood-ready.html

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