GET PREPARED

Prepare your family for an Emergency/Disaster with four steps:
  • Know the hazards/risks in your region
  • Make a family emergency plan and practice it
  • Prepare an emergency kit for your home and vehicle
  • Be informed

For more information please follow the links:  http://www.aema.alberta.ca/personal_emergency_preparedness.cfm
http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/cnt/hzd/rgnl/ab-eng.aspx 

Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared.  For more information follow the link.

PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA BROCHURES

There is a lot of information out there that can help you prepare for an emergency.  Please take some time to read the links below.

SHELTER-IN-PLACE

You may be instructed to "shelter-in-place" if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. The following steps will help maximize your protection: 

• Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
• Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside.
• Close the fireplace damper.
• Get your 72 hour emergency kit and make sure the radio is working.
• Go to an interior room that's above ground level (if possible, one without windows). In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
• Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
• Continue to monitor your radio or television until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate.
 

IF YOU ARE IN A HOUSE DURING A TORNADO

• Go to the basement or take shelter in a small interior ground floor room such as a bathroom, closet or hallway.
• If you have no basement, protect yourself by taking shelter under a heavy table or desk.
• In all cases, stay away from windows, outside walls and doors
 

IF YOU ARE IN AN OFFICE OR APARTMENT BUILDING

• Take shelter in an inner hallway or room, ideally in the basement or on the ground floor.
• Do not use the elevator.
• Stay away from windows.
 

IF YOU ARE IN A GYMNASIUM, CHURCH OR AUDITORIUM

• Large buildings with wide-span roofs may collapse if a tornado hits.
• If possible, find shelter in another building.
• If you are in one of these buildings and cannot leave, take cover under a sturdy structure such as a table or desk.
 


72-HOUR EMERGENCY KIT

No one knows for sure when disaster will strike, but we can all be prepared. Create your own 72-hour emergency kit, and you will have the necessary items to help you and your family until emergency responders can reach you. Below are items you may want to include in your kit.

FOOD AND WATER
(3-day supply of non-perishables per person required)
• protein/granola bars
• trail mix/dried fruit
• crackers and cereals
• canned meat, fish and beans
• canned juice
• water (4 L per person, include small bottles to carry with you)

BEDDING AND CLOTHING
• change of clothing (short- and long-sleeve shirts, pants, socks, undergarments)
• raincoat/emergency poncho/jacket
• spare shoes
• sleeping bags/blankets/emergency heat blankets per person
• plastic and cloth sheets

LIGHT AND FUEL
• hand-crank flashlight or battery-operated flashlights/lamps
• extra batteries
• flares
• candles
• lighter
• waterproof matches

EQUIPMENT
• manual can opener
• dishes and utensils
• shovel
• radio (with spare batteries/hand operated crank)
• pen and paper
• axe/pocket knife
• rope
• duct tape
• whistle
• cellphone charger
• basic tools
• small stove with fuel (follow manufacturer’s directions for operation and storage)

PERSONAL SUPPLIES AND MEDICATION
• first-aid kit
• toiletries (toilet paper, feminine hygiene, toothbrush)
• cleaning supplies (hand sanitizer, dish soap, etc.)
• medication (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, children’s medication, etc., and 3-day supply of prescription medication)
• pet food and supplies
• garbage bags
• toys/reading material

COPIES OF PERSONAL DOCUMENTS, MONEY (IN WATERPROOF CONTAINER) 
• legal documents (birth and marriage certificates, wills, passports, contracts)
• insurance policies
• cash in small bills
• credit card/s
• prepaid phone cards
• copy of your emergency plan and contact information

READY-TO-GO KIT
Keep ready-to-go kit items in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase, in an accessible place, such as a front-hall closet. Make sure your kit is easy to carry, and everyone in the house knows where it is. Take it with you if you have to leave your house so you can be safe.
• 4 L of water for each person
• food that you don't have to keep cold
• manual can opener
• plastic/paper plates, cups, knives, forks, spoons
• flashlight and extra batteries
• change of clothes
• card with emergency contact information and the number of someone to call who lives out of town
• pet food and supplies for at least three days
• small first aid kit
• personal ID card
• personal hygiene items, soap, hand sanitizer
Store medicine you usually take near your ready-to-go kit.

IMPORTANT NOTES

• Update your kits every six months (put a note in your calendar/planner) to make sure that food, water, and medication are not expired, clothing     fits, personal documents and credit cards are up to date, and batteries are charged.
• Small toys/games are important; they can provide some comfort and entertainment during a stressful time.
• Some items and/or flavours might leak, melt, or break open. Dividing groups of items into individual Ziploc bags might help prevent this.