Over 500 local governments across Canada have declared a climate emergency. At least six municipalities within the Credit River Watershed have also declared local climate emergencies. Our communities are experiencing more frequent and severe storms causing flooding, property damage, well contamination, and road closures. Temperatures are increasing and so are the risks to human health, such as Lyme disease.
Regional and municipal governments are rapidly preparing adaptation and mitigation plans to protect people, infrastructure, and livelihoods. Preparing an emergency plan can help you protect your family and your property. Here are five steps you can take to prepare for climate change and an emergency.
- Create an emergency preparedness kit and download the Alertable app to receive real-time flood alerts from CVC
- Manage your woodlot to prevent damage during wind and ice storms
- Upgrade your well and maintain your septic systems to prevent contamination
- Ensure your insurance policy covers flooding and damage from extreme weather events
- Restore and enhance wetlands on your property to reduce flooding in your community
CVC can help you build resilience to climate change on your property. Contact a stewardship coordinator to find out how to get started.