Floods in Quebec and Ontario May 15/17
When something bad happens, we want to learn from it. In the case of the recent floods, we once more realise that the government will not be present until days or even weeks after the event has occurred.
While the floods were hard on a few people, it was not a wide spread disaster with tens or hundreds of thousands affected. Had it been, I shudder at how people would have been able to cope.
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Some of the things people could and should have done.
1. Have flood insurance. If you are on or near water, you need it. It’s not an option.
2. Consider what you can do to lessen future floods etc. Raise the cottage, have more than one water sump pump, a generator on special electrical panel with lots of fuel, means of getting to and from the cottage etc. Be honest and practical. There is no sense in lying to yourself, you will have enough of that from aid agencies, so treat yourself better.
3. When something occurs, be honest with yourself and look at what is occurring around you, listen to different media reports, look at long range forecast, wind directions and strength and compare to what you see out the window now. I clearly remember listening to reports on Ice storm of 98 and news stations saying that power will be back in a few hours. One quick look down my road and seeing all the poles snapped and trees falling all around me, told me we were going to be without power for a long time (ended up being 13 days for my family and one month for farm, just two thousand feet down the road!) So listen to news but use logic as well and never believe everything you hear or read.
4. Once you realize that the situation is going to be beyond your control or put you in danger. Leave. Do not wait until it is unsafe to leave. It may be too late by then!
5. In advance of making this decision, you have thought of how you will leave and where you will go. You will have your grab and go bag/s ready. You will let people know your status. You will have fully charged cell phone and means to charge it in your vehicle. If you have time to shut down power, gas …., do so, but do not put your life or others at risk to save insurance company some money.
6. Upon arriving at your pre-designated safe location ( hotel, family or friends house ) inform the people on your contact list where you are. You have the recommended minimum 10 days of medication and cash with you so now you need to look at finding the means of topping that up should you need it.
7. While you are waiting out the emergency or refining other more long term plans, make sure medicine, cash, food etc are always maintained in your kits. Always keep topping up what you take from the bag.
8. When you are sure it is safe to return, let people know your plans and stay in touch with them.
9. Do a review on how things went and what changes you will want to consider making.
10. It’s never nice to use other people as an example of misfortune but do not shy away from looking at the recent floods and think of what you would do if forced to leave your home in the middle of the night.