The flood of June 2013 was Canada’s most costly natural disaster. Over 80,000 people in 32 communities were displaced, some for days and some for much longer. Nine months later, some people were still out of their homes. The flood of 2013 was considered a 1:100 year event, which means that there is a one per cent chance in any given year that a flood of that magnitude will occur. Even if you live in an area not on a flood plain, you may still experience flooding through basement seepage, storm water backup and wastewater backup. Certain types of flood damage are often not covered by insurance policies – you should be aware of how your policy covers flooding.
The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) encourages all Calgarians to be prepared for flooding or any other disaster. Some of the things you can do include:
- Know the risks. For example, flooding is most common mid-May to mid-July but can occur at any time of year.
- Be informed about weather conditions. When weather watches or warnings are in place, be prepared for severe weather and the possibility of flooding.
- Be prepared to evacuate should the need arise. Ensure you have a 72-hour kit stocked and ready to go. A 72-hour kit contains supplies to support you and your family for the first 72 hours of an emergency or disaster.
CEMA invites you to learn more about how you can be prepared. To learn more, visit calgary.ca/cema. Are you prepared?