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Emergency Preparedness Information and Resources
Emergency Preparedness starts with you! Read below to learn about 72 Hour kits, the Alberta Emergency Alert system and more!
Emergency Preparedness Guide: Check out the County's Emergency Preparedness guide here.
GetPrepared.gc.ca: The Government of Canada's emergency preparedness website, GetPrepared.gc.ca and guides, are helpful for residents.
Alberta.ca/BePrepared: The Government of Alberta Emergency Preparedness website provides guides and resources for emergency preparedness.
72-Hour Kits: You will need some basic supplies in an emergency. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours.
Alberta Emergency Alert: Disasters can occur anywhere, at any time. It is your responsibility to ensure you are prepared if a disaster occurs. Alberta Emergency Alerts are issued to assist you—providing critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is happening and what action you need to take.
Wildfire: Did you know that approximately 8,000 wildfires occur in Canada yearly and that human-caused fires make up 55% of all fires? Learn more about fire behaviour, fire bans and advisories on the Alberta Wildfire website.
FireSmart: Want to learn how to make your home FireSmart? You can assess your home and yard through the structure and site hazard assessment form and the area assessment form.
EMERGENCY & ALERT PREPAREDNESS APPS
- WeatherCan Weather Alerts
- Alberta Emergency Alert
- AB Wildfire Status
- Alberta Fire Bans
- Alberta 511
- FireSmart Guide App
Did you know you can help protect your home during wildfire season by following 'FireSmart' steps?
Here are some suggestions for you!
- Keep grass green around structures by watering frequently. If you have sprinklers, have them set up or ready to be set up in the yard if needed.
- If you have a dugout and a pump, have it set up and ready to use. Your local fire department may need to use it to hit hot spots or supply sprinkler systems.
- Keep flammable materials at least 10 feet away from your home, or cover them with a tarp. Examples: wood piles, wood dog houses, tires etc.
- Keep clutter off decks.
- Put flammables like gas cans in sheds.
- Trim pine tree branches to be 5 feet off the ground. Trees that are close to homes frequently catch fire and spread to the home.
- If you need to move animals, have equipment ready. If you cannot move animals, let the fire department know.
- If you have access to a tiller, till unseeded or hay fields all the around the property and along tree lines about 50 feet in.
- Ensure gutters are free of leaves and pine needles.
- Clear tall grass from around propane tanks and structures.
- Using tarps to cover items. It has proven to stop flying embers from igniting them, even if it is a plastic tarp.
- Pile brush in a dirt area away from structures.
- Have a bag packed with important items if you must evacuate. Use the 72-hour checklist.
If you see visible flames that may threaten property in the Forest Protection Area, please call 310-FIRE.
More info on FireSmart can be found here.
Summer fun often means camping, hiking, biking, and many other outdoor adventures, which also means it is important to be bear smart. Cleaning up garbage, storing food properly and knowing how to identify bears and their presence is just a few things you should know. Learn more about bears and bear safety with this handy pamphlet from Alberta Parks and by visiting bit.ly/ABbearsmart
Check out the Summer and Camping Guides Here! Remember: camping is one of the most popular summer activities in Alberta! Make sure everyone has a fun experience with these basic etiquette guidelines:
- Respect the environment and nature: Do not leave trash behind or damage natural habitats. Leave no trace!
- Respect your neighbours; avoid loud, excessive, or offensive noise, talking, or music at any time of the day and especially at night.
- Be courteous to campground staff and caretakers and follow posted campground rules.
- Be mindful of fire bans and restrictions! When campfires are permitted, practice safe burning! Never leave a fire unattended and when you put it out; soak it, stir it and soak it again!
- Keep pets on a leash, do not let them wander. It is not safe for them or others.
- Respect all posted speed limits. Be mindful and cautious of pedestrians, children and other obstructions while driving.
- Be mindful of potential wildlife in the area (bears, cougars, etc.)
- Remember some Provincial parks are open but are 'user maintained'.