In Alberta, a tornado can strike quickly with significant damage. Wildfires can threaten communities and restrict movement. Heavy rains can cause flash flooding. In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks. There are power outages, industrial and major transportation incidents.

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

Here are a few things to consider while working on your emergency preparedness plan:

Step 1 – Know the risks

  • Knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare.

Step 2 – Include the following in your plan

  • Plan for specific risks
  • Neighborhood safety plan
  • Household plan
  • Workplace
  • Children
  • Plan for pets
  • Special health needs
  • Emergency instructions

Step 3 – Get emergency kits

  • Basic household emergency kit
  • Emergency vehicle kit



Provincial and territorial emergency management organizations (EMOs) are a good source of information about how to prepare for emergencies in your region.

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