Emergency Preparedness

Emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere and your best defence 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. 

Emergency Management Plan

Emergency Kits

Unexpected situations happen every day. But it is possible to plan and prepare for them – follow these tips on what to think about for your emergency kits. 

Vehicle Emergency Kit 

  • As the weather changes, so should your supplies!  
  • Make sure you have a scraper, snow brush and extra warm clothing.   
  • Check if your booster cables and reflective cones are still accessible.  
  • Pack a blanket, cell phone charger and small first aid kit in your vehicle. 
  • Replenish perishable snack items. 
  • Grab a flashlight and batteries!  

Grab & Go List 

  • A Grab & Go list is used when you have little or no notice to leave your home (like a flood or fire). It provides you with a list of valuable items and is a vital part of your emergency supplies.  
  • Do you have a copy of your important documents? Have any of these documents changed? Are they listed?  
  • Have you gathered any new priceless or irreplaceable items over the past year? Are they listed on your Grab & Go check list?  
  • Think about medications that may be new to you or family members. Are they listed? Do you need different health-related supplies?  
  • Think about everyday items that you use: small but important things like specialized baby food, pet food, medications and comfort items.  

72-hour Kit 

  • You should be self-sufficient in an emergency for at least 72 hours. This allows emergency workers to focus on people who require urgent assistance. Plan to be without power and water.  
  • Stock up on a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water.  
  • Replenish stored food and water that are near or past the expiry date.   
  • Each year at this time, think about adding one new item to your kit such as an emergency radio, water purification bottle, fire extinguisher, portable generator, or a non-electric standby stove or heater.  
  • Are your battery-powered emergency items working? Do you have a supply of replacement batteries available?  
  • Have you made renovations to your home which require revisiting your emergency exit plans?  
  • Are your contacts up to date or are there new ones to add?  

Pet Emergency Kit 

  • Pets are an important part of any family and need to be considered in case of an emergency.  
  • Do you have extra food and medical supplies on hand and ready to go if you need to evacuate with your pet?  


Help your family be prepared for any emergency. To learn how to make a plan or what to do during an emergency, download the Emergency Preparedness Guide.  Visit this page each month for tips and resources on how to be prepared for any emergency.

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?  

If there was an emergency…

  • Do you know what to do?
  • Where to go? 

If you had to evacuate your home in 10 minutes…

  • Do you know what you need?
  • Where would you find it in your home?  

Now more than ever it is important to learn how to prepare a Family Emergency Plan, a Grab and Go Kit, and a 72 Hour Basic Emergency Kit. Learn how to identify risks and discover why it’s important to be prepared. View the City of St. Albert Checklists to help you create your own kits!

Are You Alert Ready?

Urgent public safety messages for local emergencies now come directly to your compatible smartphone.

The 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.

Is my smartphone compatible? 

To receive alerts, the wireless device must be:

  • A wireless public alerting (WPA) compatible device, like a smartphone, capable of connecting to an LTE network (LTE is commonly referred to as “4G LTE”)
  • Equipped with the latest version of its operating software
  • Connected to an LTE cellular network at the time the emergency alert is issued or joins the network while the alert is still active.

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. 


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. 


Government of Alberta Fact Sheet: Alert Ready & Alberta Emergency Alert

Frequently Asked Questions - Alberta Emergency Management Agency

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 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 an 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.

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

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Last edited: October 28, 2022