Be Prepared? For What?
We all know the saying “be prepared.” But when it comes to emergencies, what should we prepare for in St. Albert? According to St. Albert’s emergency management coordinator, severe weather, in summer and winter, poses a significant risk to our community.
“Heavy rain, overland flooding, high winds, hail and tornadoes are risks that we face each year,” says Colleen Lamble. “When these types of storms happen, they can affect many residents and cause substantial property damage. Knowing our risks and preparing for them will help you and your family cope with an emergency more effectively and enable you to make a faster recovery.”
It’s Up to You for 72
Prepare before an emergency to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. This allows emergency workers to focus on people who require urgent assistance.
- Assemble an emergency kit that contains items to help you cope during the first 72 hours of an emergency. You may need to get by without power or tap water.
- Store items in backpacks or luggage, so you can easily take the kit with you in case you need to evacuate.
- Include special items that may be required for individuals with disabilities or special needs.
- Families with infants and toddlers also have additional needs. Remember to include baby food, formula, diapers and other items as required.
To learn what type of items to consider for a 72 Hour Kit, download the City of St. Albert Emergency Preparedness Guide.
A sample of an emergency kit! Make and customize your very own. Learn how in the City of St. Albert Emergency Preparedness Guide.
Preparing for Severe Weather
- Cut down dead trees and branches ahead of time so they can’t fall and cause damage.
- Secure lawn furniture and other objects that might be blown around.
- If a severe thunderstorm is approaching, unplug televisions, computers and other electronic equipment.
- Don’t go out in a boat during a storm or if one is in the forecast. If you are on the water and bad weather is approaching, head for shore immediately.
- If you are in a vehicle and need to stop, park away from trees and power lines that could fall. Stay inside your vehicle.
- If you are outside in a thunderstorm, take shelter in a building immediately. If there is no building nearby, shelter in a low, protected area such as a ditch or culvert.
- Don’t lie flat if you are caught in an open area. Crouch down on two feet to minimize your contact with the ground in case there is a nearby lightning strike.
- Never take shelter under a tree.
For more information on how you can be prepared and how to protect your home, visit the City of St. Albert website at stalbert.ca/beprepared.
Over 1,000 people attended this year’s FREE Public Safety Open House, held the first Sunday in June, in the St. Albert Centre parking lot. Fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, bucket rides, fingerprinting, search and rescue dogs – over 20 partners showing how you can stay safe and be prepared for emergencies. Next year’s Public Safety Open House – June 3, 2018.
Last edited: June 16, 2017