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Emergency Preparedness


Be Prepared. Know Your Risks

May 5-11, 2024 

Emergency Preparedness Week (EP Week) is a national event that has run for more than 25 years in Canada and takes place annually during the first full week of May. Public Safety Canada coordinates this event in close collaboration with the provinces, territories, and other partners.  While being prepared for disruption is important year-round, EP Week provides a unique opportunity to spotlight emergency preparedness nationwide. Between May 5th and 11th join the campaign to take action to reduce your risks.  

This year's theme is Be Prepared. Know Your Risks. Alberta's EP Week reminds us that increased risk literacy enables individuals to take appropriate preparedness actions that are unique to their circumstances before, during, and after an emergency. Prepared individuals are more self-reliant and will achieve better outcomes when disruptions occur, big or small.

The below Risk Reduction Behaviors are steps you can take to increase your preparedness and reduce your risk:

1. Know the Risks:

Learn about the risks in your community. For example, when looking to buy, rent, or develop property, you should avoid high-risk areas like floodways and fringes. You should also find out if a property has received disaster financial assistance in the past and purchase adequate insurance. Learn more HERE

 2. Get Informed and Stay Informed:

Signing up for local and provincial communications and downloading alerting apps can help you stay informed so you are better able to respond to threats. Directions from authorities vary on the emergency and change as the situation unfolds.

Take preparedness action by getting informed and staying informed with these trusted communication channels:

Town of Vegreville

Town of Vegreville Website
Town of Vegreville Social Media Facebook Page
Town of Vegreville Text Message Notifications
Town of Vegreville Mobile App Notifications

Government of Alberta Social Media

3. Create Financial Resilience

Insurance is a financial safety net. The right coverage will speed up the recovery process. Steps to build financial resilience:

  • If possible, create an emergency savings account to cover expenses during an emergency or for insurance deductibles if making a claim.
  • Keep cash on hand in case banking services become unavailable during disruptions like a power outage and enroll in automatic direct deposit for sources of income such as benefits or payroll.
  • Gather important and hard to replace documents and identification and store hard and digital (USB) copies in a secure location, such as a safe. Create electronic password protected copies that you can access from anywhere.
  • Reduce cyber risk by making it a habit to update passwords, back up data and ensure security software is up to date.
  • Over time, build an emergency kit with items from your home and check thrift shops and dollar stores for deals.
  • When looking to buy, rent, or develop property, avoid high-risk areas like floodways and fringes. You should also find out if a property has received disaster financial assistance in the past and learn the difference between emergencies and disasters to ensure you purchase adequate insurance.
  • The Government of Alberta’s Disaster Recovery Program may be an option for recovery after a disaster but should be considered as a funder of last resort. It does not cover all types of damage, loss or the full cost of replacement. Visit disaster assistance and recovery support to learn more.
  • Talk to your insurance provider to ensure you understand what your policy covers, and more importantly, what it doesn’t cover. And use your annual policy renewal as a reminder to check that your coverage is adequate, your detailed list of property is accurate and to take new photographs of your property.
  • Know what type of assistance your insurance policy provides during an emergency and how to claim it if needed. Make sure to keep all receipts from expenses incurred during an emergency and know the 3 steps for making a home insurance claim.

*Be Prepared tip: Preparedness is often associated as being a high-cost activity; but in reality, being unprepared is costlier. To help address the barrier of costly preparedness actions, break preparedness down into bite sized steps. Encourage it as a habit, something that is worked into day-to-day lives and built over time.

4. Make Community Connections

Often, it’s community members who are nearby when an emergency, disaster or unexpected situation occurs. When relationships are made before an emergency, it makes it easier for people to rely on one another for support when it’s needed most.

Steps to build community resilience:

  1. Reach out to the network you built over the last few years and talk about how you can continue to support one another during times of uncertainty.
  2. Consider creating a shared text or email group for wellness checks.
  3. Create a buddy system with someone close by so you can help one another out.
  4. Attend local events to expand your network.

5. Start a Conversation

Start a conversation discussing preparedness with your networks to consider your own vulnerabilities and support systems.

Tips to creating conversation opportunities:

  1. Use the test of the Alberta Emergency Alert system to ask loved ones “How prepared would we have been if this alert had been real?” The test occurs twice a year.
  2. Use current events to start a discussion. When you see people being affected by unexpected situations on the news, consider what you would do if in the same position. Talk with your household about what you can do to reduce your risk and prepare for a similar situation.
  3. Listen to subject matter experts talk about emergency preparedness with the EPIC podcast team and talk about what you learned with your network.

6. Build an Emergency Kit and Gather Supplies

During an emergency, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations, and banks may not be available. When individuals are equipped with the right supplies and are prepared for disruption, it helps to reduce the personal emergencies that occur during extended disruptions. The right supplies can help you and your family (including your pets) stay safe, warm, and comfortable when disruptions occur. Your supplies should meet the needs of you and your household for a minimum of three days. Focus on supplies to keep you safe first, then concentrate on items for your comfort.

Checklists for your home, vehicle, pets, animals and livestock:

Supplies for sheltering at home
Emergency kit checklists

7. Make an Emergency Plan

Disasters often cause confusion and distress; an emergency plan helps individuals navigate the situation more safely. Consider your household members' power requirements for medical devices, specific needs for children or pets, reliance on assistive technology, mobility issues, and language barriers. Make your plan work for you.

  1. Make an emergency plan – planning considerations and resources.
  2. Pet Preparedness – to help keep pets safe, before, during and after an emergency.
  3. Farm animals and livestock – to help keep farm animals and livestock safe when sheltering or evacuating.

8. Create an Account

This free account lets you verify who you are without paper documents or face-to-face visits. Creating and verifying an account before an emergency occurs helps you navigate disruptions by getting you access to information on supports and services you may be eligible for.

You can use your verified account to access other online services, including MyAlberta Emergency Registration System, MyHealth Records, MyAlberta Emergency Benefits System, as well as Alberta Student Aid, and the Canada Revenue Agency My Account for Individuals.

For more information on Vegreville Emergency Management, call 780-632-2254.