Incorporate the following resources into local efforts to help community leaders raise awareness about personal preparedness and help build resilience at the local level. These materials complement existing preparedness programming or used in the absence of an existing program. Some examples of how the information can be used include sharing on social media, publishing in newsletters, incorporating into presentations or printed and displayed in public spaces.

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

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.

Make connections

Building relationships with the people around you can reduce stress and create community resilience. Neighbours are often nearby 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.


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The 'Get Prepared: 60 Second Emergency Tips' video series delivers simple steps that anyone can take to become better prepared for an emergency or disaster.

Take a minute today to learn about what you can do to become better prepared, and share the videos online and within your community.

To view the video in full screen, click on the title of the video or the YouTube icon.

How can you be prepared before an emergency?

Emergencies affect us all differently and help is not always available in the way we expect. Learn what steps you can take to ensure your needs are met when it matters most.

What can you do during an emergency to stay safe?

Protecting yourself and your loved ones will depend on the hazard, but these tips can help you manage emergencies and disasters safely.

What can you do to help you recover after an emergency?

Being prepared can help speed up your recovery time so you can get back to your life and work sooner.

How can you prepare to evacuate?

Authorities may evacuate your community if lives are at risk. Learn how to plan for an evacuation alert or evacuation order.

How can you prepare for winter driving?

Cold, snow and ice can make winter driving dangerous. Learn how you can prepare for road conditions in the winter months.

How can you prepare for extreme cold?

Learn how to stay safe when the temperature drops below -40°C or wind chill makes it feel that cold.

Why should you have an emergency kit?

Unexpected situations can happen to any of us. Having an emergency kit is one step to being more prepared.

How does knowing your community help you become more prepared?

Knowing your neighbours makes it easier to ask for help when you need it most. Learn ways to safely connect with your community.

More videos on being prepared

Checklists and translations

Use the following checklists to build specific emergency kits. Translated versions are also available in عربي, 简体中文, 繁體中文, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Español, Français and Tagalog.

Fact sheets

Helpful materials you can read, download, print and share online and within your community. Translated versions are also available in عربي, 简体中文, 繁體中文, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Español, Français and Tagalog.


  • For Emergency Preparedness Week

    The Emergency Preparedness Week Toolkit has been created to support the efforts of Alberta’s community leaders during Emergency Preparedness Week in raising awareness on the importance of personal preparedness.

  • For seniors

    Use the Emergency preparedness toolkit for seniors if you rely on others for assistance, or provide care and services for a senior.

    This toolkit provides information on how to become better prepared to navigate emergencies, disasters and unexpected situations when they occur to reduce the impact and recovery time to you and those you care for.

QR code posters

This is a touch-free way to share preparedness information to community members through their smartphone.

The posters use an embedded QR code you scan with your phone’s camera app to display micro lesson videos or other online content directly on your device.

Download, print and display the posters to encourage your community members to take small steps towards becoming more prepared.


This infographic provide preparedness information in an easy to understand format.

Download and share the infographic with your community through communication channels available to you – online, email, and newsletters.

Social media challenge

Raise awareness about being prepared for disaster – take the #PrepareYourSelfie challenge!

The #PrepareYourSelfie challenge uses social media to help you become better prepared. You can share each step you take with others through the #PrepareYourSelfie hashtag.

Use the #PrepareYourSelfie challenge to create a conversation with your community. Invite local leaders and social media influencers to share the message. Challenge businesses and neighbouring communities to take another step towards being prepared and share the journey on social media. Let’s work together to raise the profile of personal preparedness and build resilient communities!

For more information to support #PrepareYourSelfie:


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]

Alberta Emergency Management Agency
12360 142 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5L 2H1

Connect with one of our regional offices, visit AEMA regional offices.

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