Albertans Urged to Prepare for Disasters

Disasters and emergencies can strike at any time and Alberta families are being reminded to take simple steps to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.

Emergency Preparedness Week runs May 1-7. The goal of the annual nationwide event is to raise awareness that all Canadians have a role to play in building safer and more resilient communities.

“We can’t predict when a disaster or emergency will strike, but we can be prepared for one. Having lived through both flooding and forest fires in my home town of Slave Lake, I am passionate about ensuring that when a disaster strikes, Albertans are prepared and have the resources they need to protect themselves and their families. I encourage all Albertans to take time this week to plan and prepare for an emergency.”

Danielle Larivee Minister, Municipal Affairs

Albertans can take simple steps to be better prepared for an emergency or disaster. Events will take place across the province May 1-7 to teach people about the latest in emergency preparedness.

Albertans are being asked to follow Alberta Emergency Alert online or download the smartphone app to stay informed on emergencies in their area. The app has been updated to let users share alerts with their social networks or through text messages and emails. The update also makes information more accessible to those with hearing or vision impairments. More than 67,000 people are using the app already.

Albertans should practise the following steps to be better prepared for emergencies:

Know the risks
Know the risks in your community and how to respond. Contact your municipality to learn about its emergency plan and to get advice on identifying risks in your area.

Make a plan
Make a plan outlining what your family will do, whom they will contact and where they will go during an emergency. Practise it regularly. If you have a pet, be sure to have a plan for it as well.

Have a 72-hour kit
Assemble a 72-hour kit with non-perishable food, water, medication, warm clothing and comfort items. This kit should be ready in case you need to leave quickly. Every vehicle should also be equipped with an emergency kit.

Keep yourself informed
Stay informed before and during an emergency by learning where to find local information about your community and emergency officials. Listen, watch and follow local media and stay connected with family, friends and neighbours.