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Emergency Preparedness Week takes place this year from May 5 to 11 and is recognized across Canada as a national opportunity to promote emergency preparedness.

Get ready for emergencies and disasters by taking simple steps now. To be prepared, you need to know what to do, where to go, and have enough supplies for a week or more. Supplies include food, water, medications and important documents. Include supplies for your pets as well.

Preparing in advance can keep you safe and comfortable, and help you get back to your normal life and work more quickly. It also helps others because emergency responders can focus on helping those who need it the most.

Small steps can have a meaningful effect, check out the following tips to help you be prepared.:

  • Alberta Emergency AlertKnow the difference between an Evacuation Alert and an Evacuation Order. An alert means prepare to leave on short notice. An order means you must evacuate now.
  • Know when to call 9-1-1 – Emergencies and disasters can happen anywhere, at any time. Knowing what situations require a call to 9-1-1 will help ensure you receive access to ambulance, fire and police services. Avoid putting strain on public safety resources by placing non-emergent calls.
    During emergencies and disasters, call 9-1-1 when:
    • There is an immediate threat to a person or property
    • You or someone else is in immediate danger and needs assistance
    • Utility lines become damaged resulting in blocked roadways or gas leaks If you are unsure if your situation is an emergency, dial 9-1-1. Learn more about 9-1-1 services in Alberta.
  • Sign up for an Alberta.ca accountCreate an Alberta.ca account then register your household and pets in the MyAlberta Emergency Registration System (MAERS). Registering in advance will help Emergency Social Services (ESS) quickly access information in ESS centres (e.g., in Reception Centre or Evacuation Centre) to identify the needs of each household during an emergency or disaster. This online system enables Albertans to register from any location using their cell phone, computer or tablet.
  • Protect your propertyHazards such as flooding, wildfire and extreme temperatures are typical throughout Alberta and can pose a significant risk to you, your loved ones and your property. Knowing your risk to the hazards in your community can help you reduce the impact of an emergency.
    Flooding 
    - Check the weather sealant around windows and doors and seal any cracks or gaps.
    - Ensure downspout drainage moves water away from the property.
    - Install a sump pump and zero reverse flow valves in basement floor drains if possible.  
    Wildfires
    - Incorporate FireSmart methods into your regular yard maintenance.  
    - Prune all tree branches to create a two-meter clearance from the ground.
    - Ensure sheds and other structures follow the same FireSmart guidelines.
    Extreme wind
    - Consult a roof assessment professional to ensure shingles are intact.
    - Secure loose objects such as canopies, gutters and downspouts that may be picked up by the wind.

    Learn more emergency preparedness tips to protect your property.

  • Reduce your cyber risk – Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly common and put many Albertans at risk. Reduce your cyber risk by making it a habit to update passwords, back up data and ensure security software is up to date.
  • Build financial resilienceCash is king during an emergency and it’s good to keep some currency on hand in the event of a power outage, or evacuation. Financial resilience is also about more than having money in the bank and cash on hand; insurance is a financial safety net. When you have the right coverage, it helps you and your loved ones during recovery.
  • Prepare for evacuationsEvacuations can be challenging and stressful, to better prepare yourself for an evacuation visit alberta.ca/MakeAPlan.
  • Develop an emergency planA comprehensive plan can help you respond effectively, protect your family, pets, and property, and help you cope with the stress of an emergency.
  • Build an emergency kitHave an emergency kit ready for each member of your household (including pets) to grab and go if ordered to do so.
  • Practice preparedness habits – The Preparedness Survey of Albertans confirms that 45% of respondents feel unprepared. Here are some tips to help you make preparedness a habit.
  • Create community connectionsBuild stronger connections with those around you. Support systems are essential to an individual's well-being.
  • Build emotional preparednessPractice coping and wellness actions to improve your ability to think clearly, make informed decisions, and know when to ask for help. Visit 211 Alberta to find out what information, resources and supports are available near you.

Consider the steps you can take today that will build your preparedness and resiliency in the future.

Additional resources: 

Alberta Emergency Preparedness

Public Safety Canada - Emergency Preparedness

County Connect

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Register to be notified of fire bans, service interruptions and other important local alerts.

Media Releases

Review formal statements on matters that impact Lac Ste. Anne County and its citizens.

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