• Be ready to turn off power to well pumps before flooding - so flood water isn’t drawn into the well• Keep at least a 72h supply of clean drinking water on-hand in case water supplies are impacted• Sandbag around surface water intakes to protect from damage caused by debris• Keep at least a 72h supply of food available• Remove as much materials from basements and crawl spaces as possible
• If flood waters cover your sewage disposal field, stop using the sewage system• If power goes out, keep the door closed on the fridge/freezer and keep food inside it. This will hold the temperature for a period of time (up to about 12h for a fridge, 24h for a half-full freezer, and up to 48h for a full freezer)• Wash hands with soap and water if you come in contact with flood water. It’s very possible that it’s been contaminated• Stay away from flood waters and fast-moving rivers as much as possible
• Confirm with community or emergency officials prior to returning to your home• During emergency events, water supplies can become contaminated. The safety of your water is largely dependent on where it comes from. Please see below on surface water and well safety information• Precautions should be taken after a flood or when food comes into contact with flood waters. It is hard to make food safe to eat once it has been exposed to flood waters that are heavily contaminated. Please see below on food safety after a flood.
• Foods packaged in containers that are not waterproof • Bottled drinks and home preserves, which may be difficult to clean & sanitize under caps, lids or sealing rings• Canned goods that:
o Appear to have a broken seal o Show signs of bloating or seepage
o Appear to have a broken seal
o Show signs of bloating or seepage
• Any previously-opened packaged foods
1. Removing the label2. Washing the can in warm soapy water and then rinsing3. Sanitizing in a solution of 40 mL of regular household bleach in 1 litre of water (approx. 5 ounces or 10 tablespoons of bleach per gallon of water)4. Marking the contents on the food container if it will not be used right away
• Is unpackaged and was exposed to flood waters, including fresh fruit and vegetables• Was not temperature controlled (warmer than 4 oC for more than 2 hours), whether or not it was exposed to flood water• Is considered higher-risk, including:
o Cooked grains o Cooked vegetables o Dairy products o Eggs o Meat & poultry o Seafood
o Cooked grains
o Cooked vegetables
o Dairy products
o Meat & poultry
Food Safety after a Flood source
For more information:
Interior Health – Flooding: Be prepared before, during and after a flood
Interior Health - Drinking Water after a Flood
Interior Health - Water Safety after an Emergency
Septic Systems - What to Do after the Flood
Interior Health - Cleaning up after a Flood
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