Emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere and your best defense is to be prepared. The City of St. Albert has comprehensive emergency management plans and programs in place in order to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all potential hazards including natural disasters and technological or human-caused incidents. Residents can do their part to ensure they are prepared for an emergency, not only within their home but also within their business.
The City's Emergency Management Plan provides a framework for how the City conducts its comprehensive emergency management program. The plan also provides guidance on how the entire community can work together to create a more resilient City in response to the impacts of a major emergency or disaster.
What does Shelter-in-Place mean?
If you were told to shelter-in-place – would you know what to do? Shelter-in-place means staying inside your home, school or place of work during certain types of emergencies. It means Getting Inside and Staying Inside.
Where to shelter depends entirely on the emergency. During severe summer storms or tornadoes:
- Seek shelter in an underground room like a basement away from any windows.
- If there is no basement, go to a small interior room, hallway or closet on the ground floor.
- Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
- Avoid using elevators.
During a chemical release:
- Shelter in a room above ground level and seal any windows and doors.
- Shut off all fans to avoid drawing air in from outside. Turn off heating, air conditioning systems and ventilation fans that circulate air through your home.
- Close your fireplace chimney damper.
- Use duct tape to seal all air vents and cracks around the door.
For all shelter-in-place:
- Retrieve your 72-hour emergency kit. Ensure that the radio is working.
- Monitor your radio or television station for information, or visit the City of St. Albert Facebook and Twitter social media channels.
- Remember and consider your pets when sheltering-in-place.
- Do not leave until local authorities say it is safe to leave.
It’s important to know what to do in an emergency. Your household should be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least three days (72 hours).
To Know What To Do during an emergency, download the City of St. Albert Emergency Preparedness Guide and find the information on sheltering-in-place starting on page 25.
Are You Alert Ready?
Urgent public safety messages for local emergencies will now be coming directly to your compatible smartphone.
A new national wireless public alerting system, Alert Ready, marks a significant change to the way the public will receive alert messages. The short alert message you receive on your phone will be the first indication of a serious emergency event and compliments other alert distribution methods such as radio/TV and social media.
The Government of Canada requires that all compatible wireless devices receive all relevant alerts. You are not able to opt out. You will only receive alerts if you are in the impacted area. If you are travelling and are in a region that is affected, you will also receive that alert.
A public awareness campaign is underway, and Wireless Service Providers (Rogers, TELUS, Bell) and the Weather Network (Pelmorex) will be communicating direct-to-consumers, as well as through social media and radio/TV campaigns.
Is my smartphone compatible?
To receive alerts, the wireless device must be:
- An LTE-device like a smartphone (LTE is commonly referred to as “4G LTE”)
- Wireless public alerting (WPA)-compatible
- Connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued
To find out if your smartphone is compatible and to read some Frequently Asked Questions from your specific provider, visit alertready.ca and select your Wireless Carrier.
How Does This Work with Alberta Emergency Alert?
Only the most serious alerts will be sent out using the new wireless alerting system. Other alerts that provide information on developing emergencies or serious alerts from other areas will be delivered to you via the Alberta Emergency Alert app, social media and the Alberta Emergency Alert website.
It is important that you continue to use the Alberta Emergency Alert app as it is complementary to the new wireless alerting system. The new wireless alert will provide you with a short message, and the Alberta Emergency Alert app will provide more details and a map.
How to Be Prepared for an Emergency
Know the risks that can happen in your area. In Alberta, a tornado can strike quickly, wildfires can threaten communities and heavy rains can cause flash flooding. When an emergency occurs, family members may not be together and could be at school, home or work. It’s important to sit down with your family and make your own emergency plan so that each family member knows what to do if an emergency occurs.
The City of St. Albert has developed an Emergency Preparedness Guide to help your family prepare for emergencies and disasters. The guide includes sections on understanding the risks, how to make a plan, how to prepare a kit, knowing what to do in an emergency, and knowing what to do after an emergency.
An emergency pocket guide is also available with local emergency numbers for you to call should an emergency occur. It also has area available for you to include the contact information of family members and out of area contacts.
If an Emergency Occurs
LISTEN to the radio or TV.
LIKE OR FOLLOW City of St. Albert social media channels and follow instructions.
- Like us on Facebook: cityofstalbert
- Follow us on Twitter: @cityofstalbert
SIGN UP to receive Alberta Emergency Alerts at emergencyalert.alberta.ca.
SHUT OFF utilities if instructed to do so.
TAKE your emergency kit, including medications.
ENSURE your pets are cared for
LOCK up your home.
REGISTER at the reception centre.
911 – Fire, Ambulance, Police, Hazardous Materials Spills
780-459-1557 – Water and Sewer On-Call City of St. Albert - Water & Sewer Emergency
780-420-5585 – ATCO GAS - Gas Emergency
780-310-9473 (WIRE) – FortisAlberta - Electrical Emergency
Courtesy of the Government of Canada
Courtesy of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency
Courtesy of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Last edited: July 2, 2019