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.
Public Safety Open House
Attend the FREE and FUN Public Safety Open House – Our Family Protecting Yours.
Sunday, June 9 │ 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Albert Centre west parking lot, 375 St. Albert Trail
- New this year: Check out the RCMP Helicopter and talk to its pilot.
- Get behind the wheel of a police car and fire truck.
- Talk to the Fish and Wildlife officers about wildlife in our community. Plus, come face to face with Alberta’s indigenous wildlife displays.
- Speak to advocates from St. Albert Victim Services and have your children fingerprinted. Learn how Victim Services’ provides support and information to victims of crime, violent acts and disasters within St. Albert.
- Find out about the Neighbourhood Watch program, and how you can get involved with St. Albert’s Citizen’s Patrol.
- Get your car seat checked with Car Seat Techs of Alberta. Plus, pick up safety information on car seats.
- Meet search and rescue dogs and their handlers from the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta.
- Visit Atco Gas and learn how to protect yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning. Plus, see examples of damaged gas pipes. Learn about Click before you Dig!
- Meet with the volunteer responders of the Edmonton Regional Search and Rescue Association. Pick up information about proper trip planning and what to do if you get lost (e.g. hug a tree and the AdventureSmart program). Take part in games focusing on the skills needed for search and rescue.
- See how amateur ham radio works and how the North Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club provides communication services in times of disasters.
- Children will be taught how to dial 911. Learn about fire prevention. Meet Sparky the mascot from St. Albert Fire Services.
- Talk to representatives from TELUS and learn about safe digging practices.
- Find out how the province prepares and responds to emergencies. Talk with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency staff and tour their Mobile Event Support Apparatus Vehicle that goes on-site to help respond to provincial emergencies. Plus, learn about Alert Ready and Alberta Emergency Alert – two alerting systems to better serve Albertans.
- Talk to the experts at Pyroguard Safety Solutions about fire extinguishers.
- Talk with St. Albert Public Health Centre and learn how you and your children can prevent injuries.
- Meet local CHAMP ambassadors from the War Amps PLAYSAFE/DRIVESAFE program, pick up some free safety materials and play games.
- Learn how to be prepared for any emergency! Check out the sample emergency preparedness kits. Learn what you need to include in your family’s emergency plan and pick up handouts on emergency preparedness.
- Have questions about any of our City bylaws? Our Municipal Enforcement staff will provide you with the answers!
- Enjoy a BBQ and refreshments with donations to St. Albert Victim Services.
- Talk to St. Albert RCMP members and learn about crime prevention tips you can use for your home and vehicle.
- Tour an ambulance. Talk with paramedics from Alberta Health Services EMS and see the equipment they use on a daily basis.
- The City’s Public Works department is vital in the event of an emergency or disaster. Come see the major equipment that would be used to clear debris. Get a ride in one of our bucket trucks and learn how to stay safe around City equipment.
Going Away for Summer Holidays? Be Prepared!
It’s great to get out of town and just kick back and relax. But it’s just as important to know how to be prepared should an emergency occur.
1: Know the risks in the area you are travelling to and make a plan.
- Heading to the mountains? Make sure you have warm clothing. Plus have a specific meeting place identified in case family members become separated and there isn’t any cell phone reception.
- Going to an island by the sea? Learn what to do in an earthquake or tsunami.
2: Road trip? You need more than gas and maps!
- Prepare a vehicle emergency kit and bring items like flares, water, blankets and an emergency food supply. Plus, don’t forget an emergency radio.
- Learn how to build a Vehicle Emergency Kit. Download the Vehicle Emergency Kit Checklist
3. You’ve arrived!
- Check out where emergency supplies are located.
- Find out the local media channels.
- Learn evacuation routes and ask how you will be notified in an emergency.
Plus, before you leave, share your travel information with a close friend or relative. Provide info like your departure date and time, travel route and the date and time you’re expected home.
Keep your summer holidays safe and fun! To learn more about specific emergency kits, download the Emergency Preparedness Guide and find the information on page 19 – Step 3 – Prepare A Kit.
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: June 3, 2019