Stay Safe: After A Flood
This is a condensed overview of emergency preparedness before, during and after a flood. The Alberta WaterPortal will take steps to ensure that Albertans and the water community are kept up-to-date on emergency procedures and this page will be updated periodically but there may be instances where information is not as current as it can possibly be. It is the responsibility of the individual to stay informed about emergency procedures and current practices. For comprehensive guide and step-by-step instruction read the following documents visit the Alberta Emergency Management Agency's Flood Preparedness document and Floods: What to do? by Get Prepared.
Immediately After Flood
- Look for structural damage like buckled floors or walls as well as debris
- Look for notices from your municipal building inspections, or your utilities provider.
- Some materials may require extra care when cleaning. The Alberta Museums Association has a number of flood resources that outlines how to care for photographs or family heirlooms.
- Speak to your insurance agent: you may be asked to take a sample of flood water
- Keep a record of the property you dispose and discard according to local regulations
Post- Flood Considerations for Farmers
- If you think about the traumatic event all the time, if there is a change in your sleeping patterns (either too much sleep or not enough), if there are changes to your appetite, if you avoid people or activities you used to enjoy, using drug or alcohol more often, thoughts about harming yourself or suicide, feelings of hopeless, worry or more frustration than normal
- If you notice any of these symptoms talk to a friend, family member, counsellor or support person. Additionally, if your emotions are affecting your daily activities or other people are voicing their concerns about how you are feeling, reach out to someone you trust
- Read Dr. Trew’s Mental Health Blog for advice on how to handle post-flood stress
Volunteering Immediately after Flood
- Wear proper personal protective equipment. Wear water-proof and puncture-proof boots, rubber gloves and gloves, clothes that can be disposed after the clean-up and face mask. Alberta Health Services recommends wearing a N95 respirator mask if you are cleaning areas that may contain mould, dust or asbestos. You can buy a N95 respirator mask at most hardware stores.
- Wash your hands regularly during clean-up with soap and water
- Cover cuts or other wounds. If your cut is exposed to flood waters wash with soap and clean water, cover with antibacterial ointment and a waterproof band-aid
- If you have not had a tetanus vaccine in the past 5 years and your wound is exposed to contaminated floodwater, should visit your physician for a booster vaccine. Visit your physician within three to five days after your exposure to discuss a possible booster dose of the vaccine
Cash Donation Guide
Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities
Other ways to help:
• Calgary Drop-In Centre: is accepting donations of working computers that will be refurbished and given to Calgarians who have been affected by the devastation of the recent floods
 For full report and recommendations visit: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/com14481