Home Flood Protection Program

Flood Recovery Program

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The Red Cross is here to help if you have been affected by a flood. We can help your family with emergency food, clothing, shelter and other personal items. With volunteers in almost any municipality in Saskatchewan, we have someone near you that can get you the assistance you need. Simply call 1-888-800-6493.
 

Home Flood Protection Program

Reduce flood risk to your home this season with the Home Flood Protection Program, a new program available to Saskatoon residents, sponsored by the City of Saskatoon and SGI CANADA.

Homeowners can register for a free or partially-subsidized professional home assessment to help identify flood risks. A trained assessor will complete a 50-point visual assessment and provide a list of actions to reduce flood risk. Participants will also have access to self-help resources, a customer service help-line and local service provider information.

Register at www.homefloodprotect.ca or call 1-877-876-9235 (toll-free).

 

Key Resources

Home Flood Protection Program

City of Saskatoon  

SAFETY TIPS – BE PREPARED

Floods are one of the most common and costly disasters in Canada. Take steps now in order to prepare for the flood season ahead.

  1. Know the risks in your community.
    • Visit getprepared.ca – the Government of Canada outlines the risks in your area.
    • Download the Canadian Red Cross Be Ready App for instant access to information needed to prepare for different emergency situations such as flooding when a disaster strikes.
  2. Make a plan. Residents should work with their family members to ensure that everyone is prepared and informed in the event of a flooding emergency. Here are some simple steps to take in order to avoid expensive damage from flooding:
    • Put sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
    •  Raise large appliances in the basement above the potential water level from a flood.
    • Make sure your sump pump is working and install a battery-operated backup.
    • Check that your roof and eaves troughs are draining properly in heavy rains.
  3. Make a personalized preparedness kit. Families should be prepared to be self-sustaining for up to 72 hours.
    • If a disaster occurs and you have to evacuate your home immediately, you won’t have time to grab everything you need. It’s important to take the time now to set aside items as part of an emergency kit so you have what you need following a disaster.
    • Kits should include practical items such as drinking water, food, cash, and a portable radio. However, they should also include items that are unique to your own families’ needs. This could include baby items, medical prescriptions, pet food, etc.
  4. In the event of flooding, here are some steps to take to stay safe:
    • If you’re at home while flooding occurs – turn off both gas and power lines, and move valuables to the upper floor of your home.
    • If you’re away from home – stay away from swollen streams and rivers, head to elevated areas where you’re safe and visible.
    • If you’re in a car – be careful driving, puddles can be deeper than you think. Go to an elevated area, park the car, turn the engine off and get out of the vehicle.
    • Only return home when officials say it’s safe to do so. Upon returning home:
      • Look outside for any damage to power/gas lines or cracks in the foundation.
      • Discard any food items that may have been in contact with flood waters and don’t use water that may have been contaminated.
      • If you suspect a gas leak or hear a hissing noise, leave immediately and call 911.
  5. The Canadian Red Cross is ready to assist communities affected by flooding this season.
    • The Red works closely alongside the government when disasters such as floods occur. At the request of local authorities, the Red Cross is ready to assist, with trained volunteers and supplies on standby.
    • Further tips for flood planning can be found online at www.redcross.ca/ready and by visiting www.canada.gc.ca/flood-ready.