8 essential tips for after a flood

Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have had to evacuate their homes as a result of the spring floods in Quebec and parts of Ontario. The Red Cross has announced financial assistance for residents of those provinces who have been affected by flooding. Residents are asked to register online or by phone at 1-800-863-6582.
8 essential tips for after a flood 
Now that the water is beginning to withdraw in some regions, those evacuated by flooding may begin to re-enter their homes. Going home and seeing the damage caused by water can be a difficult test for many. The Red Cross will work closely with government authorities to further assist in the recovery of those affected by the floods in the weeks and months ahead.

Here are 8 safety precautions to follow when you return home:
  1. Return to your home only when the authorities have indicated that there is no danger and follow their instructions carefully.
  1. Before entering your home, examine the exterior to see if it has been damaged: check for free electrical wires, damaged gas lines, cracks in the foundation, etc.
  1. Your house may have been damaged; approach entries with caution. Inside, be aware of any holes in floors, broken glass and other debris inside the house.
  1. Keep away from electrical cables on the ground and do not use appliances, electrical outlets, switch boxes or fuse panels until they have been checked by a qualified electrician.
  1. If you smell natural gas or propane gas or hear a whistle, leave immediately and dial 9-1-1.
  1. Wear protective clothing such as boots or rubber gloves during cleaning.
  1. Discard any food, medicines, beauty products and other toiletries that have been exposed to flood waters. If in doubt, throw away!
  1. Do not use water that may have been contaminated to wash, clean, drink or prepare food until local authorities have confirmed that it can be used safely.

 Additional resources:

For more information, see our Flood Recovery Guide and download our Be Ready app to be better prepared for disasters and emergencies.
Find more information on spring flooding in Ontario.
Tips on how to manage the intense stress caused by a disaster.

Those interested in supporting the recovery efforts can visit our Spring Flooding Appeal to donate.

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