Recovery for Individuals and Business

Flood recovery Fact Sheets

Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful. This section offers some general advice on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home and your life back to normal.


After a flood or other natural disaster, going back into your home can be dangerous because of structural, electrical or other hazards. Before returning home be sure that permission has been given by authorities and that the building is safe.

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There are extensive resources available to assist individuals and communities when dealing with recovery issues such as psychological trauma, clean-up, and repair of damaged structures. Manitoba EMO works closely with a number of Partners in Disaster to coordinate recovery resources. Should you require additional assistance and resources, contact your local authority or EMO.

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Clean Up

Disasters make a mess and one of the first jobs is to clean up. Safety should always be the very first consideration.

Houses that have been flooded or damaged by water need special attention to avoid mold growth. Proper cleaning techniques are essential to your safety while cleaning mold, and to ensure contaminants are properly removed and will not create a hazardous environment in your home.

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Disaster Financial Assistance

The Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program provides provincial assistance for certain disaster-related losses when a widespread natural disaster strikes and creates an unreasonable financial burden. It does not provide financial assistance for costs related pandemic health emergencies such as COVID-19.

When a DFA program is established for a disaster, assistance is generally provided for the recovery needs of local governments, occupied private residential properties, farms, small business and some not-for-profit organizations.

On the Disaster Financial Assistance page you will find the following information:

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Repairs after a disaster should be treated like any other home renovations; you need to do some research, ensure safe practices are being followed, and check the quality of the work and compliance with codes and standards.

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Business Disaster Recovery

The goal of recovery and restoration operations is to, recover the facility or operation and maintain critical service or product delivery. Recovery and restoration includes:

  • re-deploying personnel;
  • deciding whether to repair the facility, relocate to an alternate site or build a new facility;
  • acquiring the additional resources necessary for restoring business operations;
  • re-establishing normal operations; and
  • resuming operations at pre-disruption levels.

A Guide to Business Continuity Planning provides a summary and general advice for business continuity planning, response and recovery.

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