Know the Risks

Are You Ready?

A natural disaster can strike at any time, without warning. Learn how to make an emergency kit and plan, and protect yourself, your family, and your property.

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Risk of flood on the North Shore: High

Heavy rains and melting snow put some areas of the North Shore at high risk for flood

How to prepare for a flood

Prepare an emergency plan and emergency kit so you can survive on your own for a minimum of 72 hours, and know what to do if you have to evacuate.

Make an emergency plan

Prepare an emergency kit


If there is a flood warning

Check street catch basins around your property to ensure they not blocked by ice or leaves. Shovel snow away from the house and basement windows.

What to do during a flood

  • Avoid small creeks and rivers which can fill up quickly.
  • Avoid creek and river banks which can become unstable.
  • If you are evacuated, turn off your home’s natural gas before leaving.

Driving during a flood


Avoid driving if you can. Roads covered with pooled flood waters can be dangerous to drive on. The average vehicle can be swept off the road in 30 cm (1 ft) of moving water.

If you must drive, check DriveBC first for highway conditions and road closures first. When driving:

  • Go carefully and slowly
  • Stay out of the path of flooded areas
  • Avoid going through floodwater; take an alternate route
  • If your vehicle stalls in floodwater, get out quickly and move to higher ground
  • Follow the directions of emergency officials, including those directing traffic

DriveBC road conditions map

Prepare an emergency vehicle kit

Get notified of a flood

Sign up for emergency notifications

EmergencyInfoBC alerts

BC River Forecast Centre

Learn more about floods

PreparedBC: Floods

Get Prepared Canada: Floods