Residents urged to brush up on flood safety

People are urged to take precautionary measures during the current threat from flooding

People are urged to take precautionary measures during the current threat from flooding as a result of snowpack melting and wet weather in regions throughout the province.

Currently, several flood alerts and advisories are in place. To ensure you have the most updated information, you can monitor these at: http://EmergencyInfoBC.gov.bc.ca

Residents in flood-prone or flood-watch areas should consider the following preparedness actions:

* Be aware of streams, drainage channels and areas known to flood suddenly.

* Avoid small creeks and rivers, as their channels tend to be narrow and can fill up quickly.

* Keep children and pets away from stream banks. The banks can erode quickly.

* Do not walk or drive through floodwaters.

* Check on current highway conditions and any road closures. Visit the Drive BC website at: www.drivebc.ca

* Organize your individual and family emergency kit. It should contain important documents, prescription medications, a flashlight and first aid kit.

Check out this list:

http://www.pep.bc.ca/hazard_preparedness/Emergency_Kit_English.pdf

* Secure your home. If instructed, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves.

* Listen to radio or television stations for local information and weather reports.

To report severe flooding in your area, contact your local municipal government. Listings can be found in the blue pages of the phone book.

If you have time, consult the emergency preparedness information available at the PEP website: www.pep.bc.ca