Preparing your home

Sign up for the High River ALERT System

The first thing you can consider to protect you and your family is to sign up for the High River ALERT System. High River residents can now receive critical, time-sensitive emergency alerts directly through phone, email and text messaging with the brand new High River ALERT system.

This system will provide you with as much time as possible to prepare for an emergency and will provide an early warning to ensure you are aware of an emergency situation. Click here for more information on High River ALERT or to subscribe.

Consider a sump pump

A sump pump is designed to send water away from the house. If you have one, check it periodically to be sure it is working properly and keep it on during flood season, if you have high ground water or after a rain.

Install backflow prevention devices

You can stop sewage from entering your basement by capping or installing a back-flow prevention device on the basement floor drain. Back-flow devices can also be installed in basement showers, toilet and sinks. Call a qualified plumber for more information.

Before a flood

  • Place sandbags to stop floodwater from entering your home.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
  • Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.
  • Be prepared! Always have your Ready-to-Stay Kit and Ready-to-Go Kit ready.
  • Monitor your TV, radio, or your High River ALERT System until you are told all is safe or you are advised to evacuate
  • If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately – see the Town of High River’s stages of evacuation in the Household Emergency Action Plan. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and other property located outside and move essential items from the basement to an upper floor.
  • Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.
  • Consider putting your valuables in a storage facility in a safe, non-flooding location.