Published on February 11, 2020
Being Prepared for any Emergency
Emergencies can happen at any time, anywhere and your best defence is to be prepared.
What the City Does
The City of St. Albert has comprehensive emergency management plans and programs in place to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all potential hazards, including natural disasters and technological or human-caused incidents. As well, the City of St. Albert’s Emergency Management Bylaw, which is required by the Province, provides direction and control of the City’s emergency response in the event of a major incident. Administration presented this bylaw to the Community Living Standing Committee on February 10, 2020, as slight changes were required to comply with Provincial regulation changes. Key changes included:
- a simplified process for declaring a State of Local Emergency; and
- designating the Director of Emergency Management to the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) from the Director of Emergency Services. This provides enhanced flexibility for the CAO to designate work associated with the position to those qualified within the organization.
The Community Living Standing Committee will recommend to Council that the bylaw receive three readings at a future Council meeting.
From Plans to Action
As part of its emergency preparedness, the City also ensures its plans are put into action. Every year, City staff who would respond to an incident (both emergency and non-emergency personnel), are trained in the Incident Command System.
Mock exercises are also held at least once per year. These exercises, which are often in collaboration with the Province, are used to provide training that is as realistic as possible, but in a safe, learning environment.
What You Can Do
Did you know that the City offers emergency preparedness workshops, events and tips?
- Learn how to prepare a Family Emergency Plan, a Grab and Go Kit, and a 72-hour Basic Emergency Kit during Emergency Preparedness Week. Attend the FREE workshop, May 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m., at the St. Albert Public Library, Forsyth Hall.
- Attend the FREE Public Safety Open House, June 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at St. Albert Centre in the West Parking Lot. Talk to Emergency Services personnel and learn how you can prepare for any emergency.
- Pick up a FREE copy of the Emergency Preparedness Action Guide from Fire Hall #3, 100 Giroux Road, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- Want to learn on your own? Download the City of St. Albert Emergency Preparedness Guide. Learn how to identify risks, make a plan, prepare a kit and know what to do if an incident occurs in your home or your city.
- Plus, visit stalbert.ca/beprepared on a monthly basis for tips and resources to help you better prepare yourself and your family.
When a community works together, we create a more resilient city that can respond to the impacts of a major emergency or disaster.
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Last edited: February 11, 2020