“In the midst of COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness Week 2021 reminds Albertans to always be prepared for disaster season. As we have seen in the past year, disasters and emergencies can happen at any time and without warning. The theme for this year’s National Emergency Preparedness Week, May 2-8, urges Albertans to be ready for anything. The week aims to build risk awareness and a culture of preparedness across Canada.

“By breaking preparedness down into simple steps and making it a habit, you can respond quickly to help yourself and your loved ones, including:

  • Knowing the hazards in your area, gathering supplies and having an emergency plan in place.
  • Creating strong communities. Neighbours are often first to lend a hand and provide support during an emergency or when something happens. Build strength in your community by getting to know one another, safely and at a distance.
  • Safely evacuating while maintaining physical distancing will remain a huge priority to keep Albertans safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 should disaster strike this year.

“Being ready allows emergency workers to provide help to those who need it most. Here are some simple steps we can all follow:

  • 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 can help keep you, your family and pets safe and provide peace of mind, even if services are unavailable. Being ready can reduce the disruption to your daily life.
  • Make a plan. Being prepared is different for everyone. Create an emergency plan that works for you, your family and other members of your household. An emergency plan will help you cope with the stress of an emergency or a disaster.

“I encourage all Albertans to download the Alberta Emergency Alert app to receive messages about life-threatening emergencies, such as a tornado, wildfire, flood or Amber Alert, directly to your cellphones. Alberta issues alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster, where it is happening and what action you need to take to stay safe. Always follow instructions from authorities and check for updated alerts.”