Personal Flood Emergency Plans

Personal Flood Emergency Plans
July 10, 2019
Personal Flood Emergency Plans

The most effective method of reducing flood damages is to prepare a plan and carry it out if necessary.
Each flooding situation is unique and every person’s response to a flood event should be planned well in advance. 

Flood Saftey Tips 

If you are instructed by emergency officials to evacuate, do so immediately.

If you are indoors:

  • Move essential items (and household chemicals) to an upper floor

  • Disconnect electrical appliances — don’t touch electrical equipment if you’re wet or standing in water

  • Bring in outdoor furniture (if you have time)

  • Don’t eat food that’s come in contact with flood waters

If you are outdoors: 

  • Move to higher ground if there is a chance of a flash flood

  • Don't walk through moving water — you may fall

  • If you have to walk — look for where the water is not moving and use a stick to check the ground in front of you

  • Keep children away from flood water

  • Don’t drive through floodwaters

Take the following steps so you and your family are prepared in the event of an emergency:

  • Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and ground-level doors

  • Install "check valves" in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home

  • Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your home to ensure water moves away from the building

  • Move documents and keepsakes out of the basement

  • Keep instructions for shutting off gas and water valves handy and read them carefully 

    Important Information of what you should do in the event of flooding  

    Keeping the public safe during flooding 

    For your safety, Union Gas representatives will shut off customers natural gas supply in the affected area, where the gas meters can be safely accessed. We do not need to enter homes or business to do this.

    If you smell natural gas or detect other signs of a natural gas leak, please take the following steps: 

  • Prevent sources of ignition. DO NOT touch electrical switches, light matches or candles, or use the phone.
  • Exit the building immediately.
  • From a safe area, phone Union Gas at 1- 877-969-0999
    or the fire department.
  • DO NOT re-enter the building until it has been inspected. DO NOT attempt to relight appliances
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