There are a number of things you and your family can do to ensure you are safe outdoors during the flood season. If you're going for a hike, check your local media for information and announcements regarding flood potential in the area you are in or going to, and stay alert for changing conditions. Let someone know your departure and anticipated return time and your destination, and be very aware of pets and children near fast flowing streams or rivers. Lastly, have your emergency supply kit on hand!

In the event of a flood, it is important to know what to do, where to seek information and what to take with you or leave behind.


  • Be knowledgeable of building set backs from watercourses
  • Know how to shut down your main power system(s)
  • Be aware of how to unplug all appliances, big or small
  • Have bags packed in case you need to leave on short notice
Just as with general Evacuation Stages, there is a series of warnings to the public regarding floods;
  • WATCH - Government or agency awareness of a possible threat and monitoring of the situation increases.
  • ALERT - Public information is provided when a threat is perceived but not imminent.
  • WARNING - Public information when a threat is imminent and immediate measures to minimize or prevent damage to property and infrastructure are initiated.
Harm Prevention measures may include:
  • A Flood Evacuation Alert for residents to be prepared to evacuate, or
  • A Flood Evacuation Order is a mandatory order for residents to evacuate under the authority of a State of Emergency
  • Declaration. For more specific information on evacuation stages and powers of local authorities in emergencies or disasters, please read the article Evacuation Information and Procedures.

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