Overview

As community leaders, we have a responsibility to raise awareness about being prepared for disasters, emergencies and unexpected situations.

While being prepared for disruption is important year round, Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) provides us a unique opportunity to strengthen the call to action and align our messaging to inspire those living and working in Alberta to take simple steps to become more prepared.

Together with community leaders, first responders, all levels of government and non-government organizations, we can create community resilience and help Albertans who face disruptions return to their lives and livelihoods sooner.

EP Week 2021

Date – May 2 to 8, 2021
Theme – Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything

Public Safety Canada coordinates this national event in close collaboration with the provinces, territories, and other partners.

Public Safety Canada also provides Get Prepared a national advertising campaign about emergency preparedness. The goal of this campaign encourages people to learn about the risks they face in their area and take action to mitigate these risks.

Small steps every day

Preparedness is a challenge for us all. By breaking it down into simple steps and making preparedness a habit, we can be ready for anything.

Get informed

Knowledge helps us better prepare for emergencies, disasters and life’s inconveniences.

  • Know the risks – if you know the hazards in your community, you know how to prepare for them.
  • Download the Alberta Emergency Alert app – Alberta issues alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster and what action you need to take to stay safe.
  • Create community resilience – neighbours often lend a hand first when an emergency or something unexpected happens. Build strength in your community by getting to know one another.
  • Start a conversation. Talk to your friends and family about what you can do to manage emergencies, disasters, and unexpected inconveniences before they occur.

Protect lives and livelihoods

Being ready allows emergency workers to provide help to those who need it most.

  • Build a kit – when an unexpected situation occurs, it is easier to prioritize your safety and well-being if you have an emergency kit you can grab and go at a moment’s notice.
  • Gather supplies – having the supplies you need on hand helps keep you, your family and pets safe, and provides peace of mind, even if services are unavailable.
  • Make an emergency plan – think about your personal needs to create an emergency plan that works for you and your family. Being ready can reduce the disruption to your daily life.

Resources

To help with your preparedness efforts during EP Week and all year long, we encourage you to share the following preparedness tools, information, and resources with your communities using social media and other communications channels.

Checklists

Use the following checklists to build specific emergency kits:

Get social

Visit Raise awareness in your community for the following social media resources:

  • ‘Get Prepared: 60-second Emergency Tips’ videos
  • ‘Scan to Prepare’ – QR coded posters you scan with your phone to watch preparedness tips

Go virtual

Create a virtual preparedness presentation.

For tips on how you can present the information, listen to one of our experts talk about emergency preparedness with the EPIC podcast team.

Fact sheets

Helpful materials you can read, download, print and share online and within your community.

Updates

Email [email protected] to receive regular updates on new programming.

Contact

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)
Email: [email protected]