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.
Prepare your Home and Yard for Severe Summer Storms
It happens every summer – a severe thunderstorm that surprises us with heavy wind, heavy rain or both. There are simple steps you can take to help be prepared against Mother Nature’s worst.
Protect Your Home:
- Cap or install a backflow prevention valve on your basement floor drain.
- Check your sump pump regularly.
- Clean your eavestroughs.
- Re-roof your home, if your roof is old or decaying, to protect it from strong winds.
In Your Yard:
- Angle downspouts away from your house toward your lawn to improve yard drainage.
- Trim dead branches and cut down dead trees to reduce the danger of them falling on to your home or on someone else’s property.
What to Do – Severe Thunderstorm Watch
A severe thunderstorm watch means storms are possible in and near the area. People in a ‘watch’ area should keep informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued.
- Be prepared to take shelter.
- Secure outdoor objects like garbage cans and lawn furniture that could blow away or cause damage or injury. Take lightweight objects inside to avoid flying debris.
- Bring companion animals like dogs and cats inside and maintain direct control of them. Many animals are unsettled by thunderstorms.
- Draw blinds and shades over windows and close outer doors securely.
What to Do – Severe Thunderstorm Warning
A severe thunderstorm warning means severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property.
- Pick a safe place in your home with no windows, skylights or glass doors, which could be broken by strong winds or hail.
- Bring your emergency kit supplies (for you and your pet) with you.
- Avoid taking a bath, shower or running water as metal pipes and plumbing can conduct electricity if struck by lightning.
- Unplug and avoid using electrical appliances.
- Listen for weather updates on a wind-up or battery-operated radio.
For more information on how to be prepared for any emergency, download the City of St. Albert's Emergency Preparedness Guide.
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.
** 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.
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: August 1, 2018