Flood Ready Social Media Package

graphic depicting houses and vehicles during flooding

Flooding can happen at any time of the year, but the most severe floods in B.C. usually occur in spring due to heavy rain and snowmelt. 

Preparing for spring flooding is an important step toward building resilient communities. To help, PreparedBC has created an easy-to-use social media package with graphics and pre-written content. 

Post this content directly to your own social media channels OR follow @PreparedBC on Facebook and Twitter to share our tweets and posts!

Instructions for posting

  • Copy-and-paste the content below in a new Twitter or Facebook post.
  • Download, then attach the flood ready graphic below. The graphic works on both Twitter and Facebook.
  • Option: add information, photos and hashtags specific to your community.
  • Links and tagged accounts can be tricky, make sure to check they work before you post. 

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The first step to getting prepared is learning what hazards could occur where you live. If you’re at risk for a #BCFlood, make a plan and build a grab-and-go bag before waters start to rise. Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/floods #FloodReady


Floods are common in BC and can happen any time of year. The most severe floods usually occur in spring and early summer due to heavy rain and melting snow. Learn about preparing for a #BCFlood at: preparedbc.ca/floods #FloodReady


Preparing for a potential #BCFlood? Start by having a conversation at home. Talk about how you’ll communicate with each other and where you’ll go if you need to evacuate. Get started at: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan #FloodReady


The new @PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide is a must-read for anyone facing a potential #BCFlood. Download it at http://ow.ly/6Zrr30qoMJV


As #BCFlood season gets closer, get ready by making grab-and-go bags for each member of your family. Be sure to pack everything you’ll need if you have to evacuate. Learn more about preparing for floods at preparedbc.ca/floods #FloodReady


If you're at risk of a #BCFlood take time to prepare your home & family before waters rise. Start by creating an emergency plan & building grab-and-go bags for everyone in your home (including pets!). Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/floods #FloodReady


Don’t forget your pets when preparing for a potential #BCFlood. Start by adding their name, breed, vaccination history and a photo to your emergency plan. Learn more about pet preparedness at http://ow.ly/mRMJ30qjnum #BCFlood #FloodReady


Your pets will be counting on you during a #BCFlood. Build them a grab-and-go bag so they’ll have everything they need if you have to leave home in a hurry. Learn more about pet preparedness at https://bit.ly/2GrUBwZ #FloodReady


How will you get info about a #BCFlood in your area? Start by contacting your local emergency management program & find out where they’ll share alerts and instructions. #KnowYourSources #FloodReady

Tip: edit this post and list what channels your office will use to share information.


Heavy rain can cause sudden flooding. Stay tuned to local weather alerts if your area is at risk. Remember! Do not walk, swim OR drive through flood waters. #BCFlood


#BCFlood tip: Put waterproof sealant around basement windows and below ground-level doors.


#BCFlood tip: Check that your roof and eaves are draining properly in heavy rains.


When choosing an emergency meeting place consider a virtual one too! Create a closed Facebook group for everyone in your home to check in during an emergency. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Are you ready for a #BCFlood? Check these tasks off your list:

✔️ Create your grab-and-go bags and emergency plan

✔️ Contact your insurance agent to verify your coverage for floods

✔️ Keep valuables, important documents & family mementos in watertight containers


Get ready for #BCFlood. Prepare your important documents and finances for potential flooding:

✔️ Review what your insurance covers

✔️ Keep documents in waterproof containers

✔️ Save digital copies of important paperwork


Get your home #BCFlood ready

✔️ Store valuables and important items or documents in water-tight containers or in high places, like on a tall shelf or upper floor

✔️ Clear gutters regularly

✔️ Keep nearby storm drains clear of debris

If you are facing a #BCFlood, monitor local radio stations, television news and social media for the latest information from your local authorities. #BCFlood


#DYK? A mere 6 inches of rushing water can knock an adult off their feet. Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles – including trucks and SUVs. NEVER attempt to drive, swim or walk across flooded areas. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/floods #BCFlood


#BCFlood tip: Do NOT attempt to shut off electricity if water is present.


#BCFlood tip: Raise electrical appliances off the ground.


#BCFlood tip: Keep your phone battery as full as possible. Conserve battery life by dimming your screen and avoiding power-hungry apps and video. Find more tips at preparedbc.ca/floods


You can prevent or reduce flood damage to your home by building a sandbag dike. Make sure you have enough sand, burlap or plastic bags, shovels and time to properly prepare. Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/floods


Under evacuation alert for #BCFlood?

✔️ Have grab-and-go bags packed

✔️ Park vehicles away from waterways

✔️ Raise electrical appliances off the ground

✔️ Move valuable items to upper floors

✔️ Anchor fuel supplies

Learn more: preparedbc.ca


Know the difference between an evacuation alert & order if you’re at risk for a #BCflood. 

Alert: It's time to get prepared to leave on short notice. Get your grab-and-go bags ready.

Order: You are at risk. Leave the area immediately.

#FloodReady


Follow @EmergencyInfoBC and visit emergencyinfobc.ca for up to date information on #BCFlood.

Cleaning up after a #BCFlood? Download the @PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide to help you create a clean up plan to help return your home to normal. http://ow.ly/6Zrr30qoMJV


Following a flood you may see or smell mould. Mould grows in wet and damp conditions, but it's less likely to grow if you can dry out your home and household items within 48 hrs. For more #BCFlood clean up tips, download the @PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide: http://ow.ly/6Zrr30qoMJV


Following a flood, your community may continue to offer supports like resiliency centres. Check with your local emergency management office to learn about the services they offer. 

Tip: edit this post to include details like the location of resiliency centres or your contact information. 


Cleaning up after a flood can pose health risks. You may see or smell mould on clothing, drywall, furniture, cardboard boxes or books, but it may also be hidden under or behind items like carpet, cushions or walls.


Heading home after a flood? Remember it’s not safe until authorities say so and your home has been cleared of any structural, electrical or other hazards. #BCFlood


Before you start cleaning up, call your insurance company. Make a list of all damaged items. Take photos and keep related receipts. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/floods #BCFlood

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The first step to getting prepared is learning what hazards could occur where you live. If you’re at risk of a flood, make a plan and build a grab-and-go bag before waters start to rise. Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/floods


Floods are common in B.C. and can happen at any time of year. The most severe floods usually occur in spring and early summer due to heavy rain and melting snow. Learn about preparing for a flood at: preparedbc.ca/floods


The new @PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide is a must-read for anyone facing a potential flood in B.C. Download it today so you'll know how to prepare for, respond to and recover from a flood. http://ow.ly/6Zrr30qoMJV


Preparing for a potential flood? Start by having a conversation at home. Be sure to discuss:

✔️ Where you’ll go if a flood gets too close to home  

✔️ What you’ll bring with you

✔️ How you’ll find info about the situation as it develops

Write down your plan and keep it in a safe place. Learn more at: preparedbc.ca/emergencyplan


Flood season is fast approaching. Get ready by creating grab-and-go bags for each member of your family in case you have to evacuate. Be sure to include:

✔️ Food and water

✔️ Phone charger and battery bank

✔️ Personal items like toiletries and an extra pair of glasses

✔️ Insurance papers and your emergency plan

✔️ Seasonal clothing

Find the full list and more tips to get prepared for a flood at PreparedBC.ca/emergencykit


Don’t forget your pets when preparing for a potential flood. Start by including them in your emergency plan by adding:

✔️ Their name and breed

✔️ Microchip number

✔️ Vaccination history

✔️ A photo for identification

Learn more about preparing your pet at http://ow.ly/mRMJ30qjnum


Your pets will be counting on you if you have to evacuate due to flooding. Build them a grab-and-go bag so they’ll have everything they need. Be sure to include:

✔️ Leash and pet carrier

✔️ Food and water with collapsible dishes

✔️ Treats and a favourite toy

✔️ Copy of vaccination records

✔️ Medications

✔️ Photos of them for identification

Learn more at: http://ow.ly/mRMJ30qjnum


How will you get info about a flood in your area? Start by contacting your local emergency management program and find out where and how they’ll share alerts and instructions.

Tip: edit this post and list what channels your office will use to share information.


Is your home ready for a potential flood? Check these tasks off your list:

✔️ Create your grab-and-go bags and emergency plan

✔️ Contact your insurance agent to verify your coverage for floods

✔️ Keep valuables, important documents & family mementos in watertight containers


Get ready for a flood by preparing your important documents and finances:

✔️ Review what your insurance covers

✔️ Keep documents in waterproof containers

✔️ Save digital copies of important paperwork


Get your home ready for a BC Flood: 

✔️ Store valuables and important items or documents in water-tight containers or in high places, like on a tall shelf or upper floor

✔️ Clear gutters regularly

✔️ Keep nearby storm drains clear of debris

DYK? A mere 6 inches of rushing water can knock an adult off their feet. Two feet of water can carry away most vehicles – including trucks and SUVs. NEVER attempt to drive, swim or walk across flooded areas. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/floods


Building a sandbag dike? Follow these steps:

  1. Pick a location on high ground close to your home
  2. Dig a trench
  3. Fill bags about half way with sand (no need to tie or sew the bags)
  4. Start with a wide base: your wall should be three times as wide as it is high
  5. Alternate the direction of the bags as you build

Learn more at preparedbc.ca/floods


If you’re under evacuation alert, you may have to leave quickly. Take these steps so you're ready to go:

✔️ Have grab-and-go bags packed

✔️ Park vehicles away from waterways

✔️ Raise electrical appliances off the ground

✔️ Move valuable items to upper floors

✔️ Anchor fuel supplies

✔️ Listen to local officials if you are asked to evacuate

Learn more about preparing to evacuate at: preparedbc.ca


Know the difference between an evacuation alert and order if you’re at risk for a flood. 

Evacuation Alert: Be ready to leave on short notice. If you leave before or during this alert, it’s called a voluntary evacuation.

Evacuation Order: You are at risk. Leave the area immediately.

Learn about preparing for floods at: preparedbc.ca/floods

Cleaning up after a flood? Download the @PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide to help you create a clean up plan to return your home to normal. http://ow.ly/6Zrr30qoMJV


When you return home following a flood you may see or smell mould. Mould grows in wet and damp conditions, but it's less likely to grow if you can dry out your home and household items within 48 hours. For more tips on how to clean up after a flood, download the @PreparedBC Flood Preparedness Guide: http://ow.ly/6Zrr30qoMJV


Heading home after a flood? Remember it’s not safe until authorities say so and your home has been cleared of any structural, electrical or other hazards. Visit Preparedbc.ca/floods for more tips on returning home. 


Before you start cleaning up after a flood, call your insurance company. Make a list of all damaged items. Take photos and keep related receipts. Learn more at preparedbc.ca/floods


Tips for returning home after a flood: 

✔️ Don't return home until authorities say it's safe

✔️ Don't enter a building if you see buckled walls or floors

✔️ Don't attempt to turn on electricity until the wiring has been professionally inspected 

✔️ If water needs to be drained, do so slowly to keep your home's structure safe

For more post-flood tips, visit preparedbc.ca/floods