Recovering from a disaster is difficult. The Government of Alberta makes it easier by providing financial assistance for uninsurable loss and damage caused by emergencies and disasters.

After a disaster, the affected municipality can apply for a Disaster Recovery Program and if the municipal application is approved, affected residents can apply for financial assistance.

For more information about the types of disasters covered, visit Disaster assistance and recovery support.


After a disaster has affected your property, it is hard to know where to start. Here are some steps you should take post-disaster:

  • contact your local government directly or visit their website to see if there are any supports available to you through non-governmental organizations in the area which may include assistance with clean up
  • take pictures of:
    • all damaged items before you throw anything away or make any repairs
    • the inside and outside of your property
  • contact your insurance company and open a claim. Visit Getting your insurance claim settled: know your options for more information
  • begin clean-up and repair work
  • record all of the time you spend cleaning up and making repairs. Read Cleaning your home after a flood (PDF, 83 KB) for more information
  • keep copies of all receipts for clean-up, repairs, and replacement of damaged property. Read Protect yourself from home repair ripoffs for information about hiring prepaid contractors
  • contact your local government and ask about the potential for a Disaster Recovery Program in your area
  • ask for a letter from your insurance company indicating your insurance coverage and any exclusions — if a Disaster Recovery Program is approved in your community, this will be required as part of your application

2018 recovery programs

The following municipalities have been approved for disaster recovery programs to help residents, businesses and not-for-profit organizations recover financially from flooding caused by severe rainstorms and ice jams in spring 2018.

2018 Alberta Spring Flooding

Program intake is now closed.

  • Town of Athabasca
  • Birch Hills County
  • Municipal District of Fairview No.136
  • Village of Rycroft
  • Municipal District of Peace No.135
  • Thorhild County
  • Municipal District of Smoky River No. 130
  • Village of Vilna
  • Municipal District of Spirit River No. 133
  • Westlock County
  • County of Minburn No. 27
  • Lamont County

2018 Alberta Spring Flooding

Program intake is now closed.

  • Town of Drumheller
  • Taber Irrigation District
  • Kneehill County
  • Western Irrigation District
  • Lethbridge County
  • Village of Barnwell
  • Village of Carbon
  • Municipal District of Foothills
  • Vulcan County
  • Town of Granum
  • Municipal District of Taber
  • County of Newell
  • County of Forty Mile
  • Rocky View County
  • Town of Taber
  • County of Stettler
  • Village of Foremost
  • Starland County
  • Village of Beiseker
  • County of Warner
  • Saddle Hills County
  • Wheatland County
  • Mary River Irrigation District
  • County of Grande Prairie
  • Bow River Irrigation District
  • Village of Hythe
  • Eastern Irrigation District
  • Town of Sexsmith

2018 Northern Alberta Ice Jams

Program intake is now closed.

  • Woodlands County
  • Mackenzie County

2018 Town of Beaverlodge

Program intake is now closed.

2018 MD of Lesser Slave River

Program intake is now closed.


If a program has been approved for your municipality, and you are eligible, you can complete your application by form or online.

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Online application

To complete your application for assistance from the Disaster Recovery Program, you will need a MyAlberta Digital Identity (MADI). If you do not have a MADI account, sign up here.

Once your MADI account is activated, visit the Disaster Financial Assistance Portal, here.


The following forms may be required to complete your application:

Fact sheets


To connect with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 1-888-671-1111
Fax: 780-644-1044
Email: aema@gov.ab.ca

Alberta Emergency Management Agency
5th Floor Terrace Building
9515 107 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2C1