April 25, 2018

Emergency Preparedness Week 2018

The Government of Alberta released the following notice about Emergency Preparedness Week 2018.

“It is our pleasure once again to remind you all that Emergency Preparedness Week is around the corner. This year, activities will be held across the province in the hopes of making Albertans aware of their role in being emergency-ready.

One of the larger events will be held in Edmonton this year where 99 Avenue, between 107 and 108 streets will be closed to traffic on May 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tables and booths will be set up for information along with a mobile incident command centre that visitors can tour.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner will be bringing its public education van and two digital fire extinguishers for demonstration as well. Alberta Health Services will have their response vehicles and a field tent on site, alongside vehicles from Environment and Parks and Justice and Solicitor General, and a handful of other partner organizations.

Staff are being encouraged to come down, have a coffee, and chat with emergency preparedness experts.

In Calgary, McMahon Stadium is going to be home to Disaster Alley on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Similar events are being held across the province. A full updated list of dates and locations for Emergency Preparedness Week activities can be found online.

For those who aren’t able to make it out to the events, there are plenty of ways to make sure you’re prepared for emergencies. The province has a helpful guide to creating your own 72-hour emergency kit.

And of course, be sure to check your mobile phone when extreme conditions arise. Along with the recently announced national alerting system, Albertans are encouraged to download the Alberta Emergency Alert App, which will keep you informed of local conditions, updated evacuation orders, and the nearest evacuation centres.”