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Emergency Preparedness

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.

Public Safety Open House

Attend the FREE and FUN Public Safety Open House - Our Family Protecting Yours.

Sunday, June 4 | 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
St. Albert Centre west parking lot
375 St. Albert Trail 

Hosted by the City of St. Albert, St. Albert RCMP, Neighbourhood Watch, St. Albert Citizen’s Patrol and St. Albert Victim Services.

  • Get behind the wheel of a police car and fire truck.
  • Get your child fingerprinted by St. Albert Victim Services.
  • Find out about the Neighbourhood Watch program, and how you can get involved with St. Albert’s Citizen’s Patrol.
  • NEW: Get an aerial bucket ride with FortisAlberta!
  • Meet search and rescue dogs and their handlers from the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta.
  • Watch demonstrations from the volunteer responders of the Edmonton Regional Search and Rescue.
  • Meet local CHAMP ambassadors from the War Amps and pick up some free safety materials.
  • Children will be taught how to dial 911 and will meet Sparky the mascot from St. Albert Fire Services.
  • Learn about Crime Stoppers.
  • Find out how the province prepares and responds to emergencies. Talk with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency. Learn how you can use Alberta Emergency Alert.
  • Learn how to use a fire extinguisher with Pyroguard Safety Solutions.
  • Learn how to create Emergency Kits: 72-hour, Grab & Go, Vehicle and Pet Kits.
  • See car seat safety items. Plus, have your child’s car seat checked to see if it’s installed properly through Car Seat Connection.
  • Talk about how to prevent pediatric injuries, specifically head/brain injuries with St. Albert Public Health.
  • Enjoy a BBQ and refreshments with donations to St. Albert Victim Services.
  • Learn how St. Albert Transit is used in emergency situations.
  • See the inside of an ambulance, and help the attendant place a splint with Alberta Health Services EMS.
  • Check out the human patient simulator with Professional Medical Associates. See how our medical responders are trained for different situations. 

 

What to do in an Extended Power Outage

Most power failures last for a short time. However, during severe storms or other emergencies they can last for hours, days or even a week or more.

A power outage may leave you without heat, air conditioning, lighting and/or running water. Phone service can also be disrupted.

During a power outage:

  • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to prevent food from spoiling. Food will remain frozen in a full freezer for 24 to 36 hours if the door remains closed.
  • Never use barbecues, camping stoves, propane heaters or generators indoors.
  • Ensure you have a crank or battery-powered radio to help you stay informed during an outage.
  • Text, don’t talk for non-emergency communications. Data based services are less likely to experience network congestion and you don’t want to tie up the phone lines during an emergency.   

For more information including how to reduce the impact of a power outage on you and your family, download the Emergency Preparedness Guide and find the information on page 31 under Step 4 - Know What to Do. 

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. 
** Please note: this Guide was updated in December 2015 to reflect the new Health Link Alberta phone number. 

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.

Download the Emergency Pocket Guide

Download the Emergency Preparedness Guide

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.

Emergency Numbers

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

Resources

Courtesy of the Government of Canada

Get Prepared

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities/Special Needs

Floods - What to Do?

Severe Storms - What to Do?

Power Outages - What to Do?

Earthquakes - What do Do?

Courtesy of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency

Personal Emergency Preparedness

Courtesy of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction

Protect Your Home - Basement Flooding

Protect Your Home - Severe Wind

Protect Your Home - Snow Ice

Protect Your Home - Wildfire

Last edited: May 11, 2017

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