Overview

The Emergency Management Act provides the legislative framework for local and provincial management of emergencies and disasters.

Independent reports that reviewed response efforts to major disasters over the last 10 years recognized a need for updated legislation to help keep Albertans safe.

During the summer of 2018, the government engaged with 92 municipalities and 5 organizations to gather feedback that helped clarify language and update requirements in the Emergency Management Act, and inform the development of the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation.

The Emergency Management Act was updated November 2018 and now provides communities with clear direction and an easy reference as they develop and refine their emergency management plans and programs.

Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation

The regulation provides direction on emergency management roles and responsibilities and what is required of municipalities to plan and prepare for the safety of their community.

To give municipalities sufficient time to work towards implementation, it will not come into force until January 1, 2020. The regulation will ensure that:

  • municipalities have up-to-date emergency plans and programs that are regularly reviewed and exercised
  • elected officials and municipal employees are trained for their roles and understand their responsibilities
  • responsibilities and functions of municipal emergency advisory committees and emergency management agencies are clear
  • regional collaboration agreements with other municipalities are clear

For more information, read the Frequency Asked Questions (PDF, 97 KB) and the Local Authority Emergency Management Regulation Summary (PDF, 179 KB).

Detailed information about the training required by the regulation is available on the Emergency training courses page.

Information on command, control and coordination system requirements and guidelines for training exemptions and extensions will be available in 2019. Once available, a link to these documents will be provided.

Contact

To connect with the Alberta Emergency Management Agency:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-422-9000
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-644-1044
Email: aema@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
14515 122 Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 2W4