Spring-Time Safety: Flood Preparedness


For most of us, spring-time means a lot of water around our facilities. Whether it’s from massive snow piles that have melted or just rain from those pesky April showers, it’s no surprise when extra water makes its way into and around your building.

To help lessen the damage to your facility, it helps to be prepared before any flooding occurs. Certain steps should be taken during and after flooding to reduce the impact of any flood-related issues.

The Government of Canada has many suggestions on how to prepare for floods and how to recover from them.

Here are just some of those tips:

Before a flood,

  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from a building to ensure water moves away from the structure.
  • Install a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in the basement floor drains.
  • Don’t store important documents in the basement.

During a flood,

  • Evacuate when advised by local emergency authorities.
  • Take an emergency kit with you.
  • Never cross a flooded area.

After a flood,

  • Ensure your building’s safety: make sure it is structurally safe. Look for buckled walls or floors. Examine the structure for holes in floor, broken glass and other dangerous debris.
  • Discard items that have been damaged by flood waters.
  • When cleaning up, gather the necessary supplies, such as gloves, masks and other protective gear, as well as pails and garbage bags.

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