The Flood Aftermath: 9 Things Alberta Residents Can Do To Aid Recovery
With word that it could take up to 10 years to fully recover from the recent flooding in Alberta; residents are starting the process of getting back to normal life. While it is natural to want to get back to your home, assess the damage and start the recovery process, it is important that you do things the right way.
Here is what you can do to help out:
- Stay away from areas that are still dangerous: While many residents have been given the green light to return home, it is important that they stay away from the dangerous areas that still exist. Avoid going near flooded areas, and give the authorities the space they need to operate.
- Wait until the evacuation orders have been lifted to return home: Even though many have been granted permission to return home, wait until your neighborhood evacuation order has been lifted.
- Visit the re-entry stations: It’s very important for residents to educate themselves about the next steps they need to take. Re-entry stations will provide you with all the information you need to start the recovery process.
- Be patient: Even if you are allowed to return home, you still may be without power or other services. There may also be other issues that may cause an inconvenience. Remain patient, city workers are working on correcting these issues.
- Follow the news: Stay up to date about the latest developments in the recovery process. You will receive important information and updates on a daily basis.
- Inspect your home thoroughly: Upon returning to your home, do a thorough inspection of the interior and exterior. Be on high alert for electrical outlets that have been damaged, sewage, gas leaks, and spoiled food. Proceed with caution.
- Contact your insurance provider about the claim process: Expect your insurance company to be extremely busy. When you return home, contact them about the next steps that need to be taken to make a claim if there is damage to your home. To get the process started, record all the damage, take photos and even create a video to show your insurer the damage that has occurred.
- Volunteer: If you have the time and the resources, impacted areas would welcome volunteers to assist in the recovery process. Find out how to get involved in your area.
- Donate to the relief fund: Whether you live in Alberta or are a concerned Canadian from another province, there are many ways that you can donate to assist with the recovery process such as the Canadian Red Cross.