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.
Family Emergency Plans
Learn how to be prepared for any emergency. Each month, the City of St. Albert offers tips and resources to help you better prepare yourself and your family.
With Family Day occuring this month, this month's emergency planning focuses on family!
Does everyone in your family know what to do before, during and after an emergency? Be prepared! Hold a family meeting to discuss your family plan. If you live alone, develop a plan for yourself with links to your neighbours and friends.
- Learn how to create a home escape plan
- Choose an out-of-area contact person
- Copy and protect your important documents
- Compile an inventory of your household possessions
- Prepare an evacuation plan from your neighbourhood
- Make a plan for your family pets
Resources you need
To learn how to plan for an emergency, download the City of St. Albert Emergency Preparedness Guide
- Find the information under Step 2 - Make a Plan
Visit stalbert.ca/beprepared each month for tips and resources on how to be prepared for any emergency.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: January 31, 2020