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How to prepare for a flood: A guide for residents of Drumheller

Posted on May. 5 2023

As a flood-prone community, Drumheller residents need to take proactive steps to prepare for potential flooding events. Whether you've experienced a flood before or are new to the area, being prepared can help protect you, your family, and your property in the event of a disaster. Here's a guide to help you prepare for a flood in Drumheller: 

  1. Know your risk: Check your home's flood risk using our online resources and familiarize yourself with the signs of potential flooding. Keep an eye on local weather alerts and pay attention to warnings from local officials. 
  1. Have a plan: Create an emergency plan for your family, including an evacuation plan and a communication plan. Make sure everyone knows what to do in the event of a flood and where to meet up if you get separated. 
  1. Prepare your home: Take steps to protect your property from flood damage, such as sealing basement walls and installing backflow valves on plumbing lines. Move important documents and valuables to a safe, high place and consider getting flood insurance if you don't already have it. 
  1. Pack an emergency kit: Put together an emergency kit with essential supplies like food, water, first aid supplies, and medications. Keep the kit in an easy-to-access location in case you need to evacuate quickly. 
  1. Stay informed: Stay up to date on the latest flood warnings and emergency alerts by listening to local news and following official social media accounts. Have a battery-powered radio on hand in case of power outages. 
  1. Have a backup plan: Consider what you would do if your home became uninhabitable due to flood damage. Have a plan in place for alternative housing options, such as staying with family or friends or finding temporary accommodations. 

Remember, being prepared can make all the difference in the event of a flood. By taking these steps, you can help protect yourself, your family, and your property and minimize the potential impact of a flood on your community. 

Stay safe, Drumheller! 

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