We all 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 with 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 2022
EP Week is held every year during the first week of May. Details on the EP Week 2022 campaign will be announced in spring 2022.
Public Safety Canada coordinates this national event in close collaboration with the provinces, territories, and other partners.
EP Week 2021
Date – May 2 to 8, 2021
Theme – Emergency Preparedness: Be Ready for Anything
Public Safety Canada developed the Get Prepared national advertising campaign about emergency preparedness. The goal of this campaign encouraged people to learn about the risks they face in their area and take action to mitigate these risks.
In accordance with public health measures, all EP Week 2021 events were held virtually across the province.
Tips to follow year round
Preparedness is a challenge for us all.
Here are a few things you can do to make readiness a part of your routine.
Start a conversation
Start the conversation with those around you. Talking about emergencies often leads to action and can be the first step in making your emergency plan.
Know the risks
Know your risk to the hazards in your community so you can plan for them.
Make a plan
Disasters often cause confusion and distress. An emergency plan can help you cope with the stress and navigate the situation better. Create an emergency plan that works for you and your family.
Get informed by signing up to your local emergency warning system and through identification of trusted sources of information before an emergency occurs. Download the Alberta Emergency Alert app.
Build a kit and gather supplies
Build an emergency kit and gather supplies, including water, non-perishable snacks and a battery or crank-powered radio in case of power outages. Your goal will be to have enough supplies to keep you safe, warm and comfortable.
Create financial resilience
Being financially prepared is about more than just having money in the bank. Having the right insurance for your property and belongings can reduce financial hardship and your recovery time.
Building relationships with the people around you can reduce stress and create community resilience. Often neighbours are the first around when an emergency, disaster or unexpected situations occur. Knowing your neighbours makes it easier to ask for help when you need it, or offer help to those who need it most.
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.
Use the following checklists to build specific emergency kits:
- Emergency kit checklist (printable brochure) Printing instructions: use double-sided print setting and flip on short edge.
- Dépliant à imprimer sur la préparation d’une trousse d’urgence
- Emergency kit checklist for your pets (printable brochure) Printing instructions: use double-sided print setting and flip on short edge.
- Emergency preparedness for farm animals and livestock
- Emergency kit checklist for your vehicle(s)
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
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.
Helpful materials you can read, download, print and share online and within your community.
- Flood preparedness
- What to do after a flood
- Power and water outages
- Severe weather
- Thunderstorms, lightning, and hail
- Blizzards, freezing rain, and ice storms
- Tornadoes and extreme winds
- Before, during and after an emergency
- Helping children during emergencies
- Emergency preparedness for your pets
- Farm animal and livestock preparedness
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