EP Week 2023: May 7 to 13

Campaign theme: Build Preparedness Habits.

Download the Emergency Preparedness Week toolkit for campaign planning.

Read the report about EP Week 2022.

Teaching to prepare

The biggest reasons people are not prepared for emergencies are:

  • lack of information
  • lack of money
  • procrastination or delay taking action

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a chance for community leaders to teach their community about things people can do to prepare for an emergency.

Use and share the resources in the EP Week toolkit and on this page to help your community be ready for local hazards which are:

  • simple
  • low cost

Campaign resources

The EP Week Toolkit supports community leaders’ campaigns with:

  • an annual theme
  • information and resources
  • pre-drafted communications

Visit Resources for your community for year-round public education materials including:

  • 60-second videos  
  • fact sheets
  • checklists
  • QR code posters
  • more 

Listen to this preparing for preparedness podcast for ideas about how to talk with your community about preparedness.

Share resilience bulletins

Join the Resilience Builders Network to get the Resilience Builders Bulletin every 3 months. The bulletin:

  • has Be Prepared program updates
  • supports information sharing – you can edit and share its content

We can work together to build a more disaster resilient Alberta.

Sign up for the bulletin at [email protected].

Share preparedness messages

A weekly reminder about simple steps people can take to be more prepared can increase your community’s ability to safely handle disruptions when they occur. Share the weekly messages in your:

  • newsletters
  • social media
  • email lists

Share the messages when it works best for you:

  • The email is sent every Friday with a simple message.
  • Share the message with your network all year long.
  • You can make the message more meaningful for your community by adding local context like pictures.
  • Sign up at [email protected].

Emergency alert tests

The test alert happens twice a year. Use the test alert to teach preparedness to youth by downloading the Alberta Emergency Test Alert Toolkit school resource guide.

  • The toolkit has a few short lessons for your classroom on the day of the test alert.
  • This toolkit – also in French – helps teachers use the test alert to prompt preparedness actions when the risk is low.
  • Schools, youth and their households can take steps to prepare so they are ready when the risk is high.

Visit Alert Ready for test dates.


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]