Emergency Management

Emergency KitEmergency Management ContactsHow to React in an Emergency Situation

You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already, such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to make sure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home. Whatever you do, don't wait for a disaster to happen.

Basic Items to Include:

- Water: 2 litres of water per person per day (include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of evacuation order)
- Food: that won't spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace food and water once per year)
- Manual can opener
- Flashlight
- Battery powered (or wind-up) radio
- Lots of extra batteries in a plastic sealable container
- First-Aid kit
- Special needs items: prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
- Extra keys: for your car and house
- Cash: include smaller bills, such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones
- Emergency Plan

Additonal Items:

- Important documents, numbers, and directions of how to turn off utilities
- Extra clothes, hats, mitts, and shoes
- Blanket
- Swiss army knife
- Toiletries
- Sanitary wipes
- Basic tools
- Garbage bags
- Toilet Paper
- Safety gloves
- Whistle
- Dust masks
- Candles and matches or a lighter (be careful before using in case of broken gas pipes)
- Pack of cards, board games, books, etc.
- Hot Pockets

Extra items for your car:

- Non-clumping cat litter, sand, or salt
- Jumper cables
- Tow rope
- Road maps
- Fire extinguisher
- Extra anti-­‐freeze/windshield washer fluid
- Snow scraper

Alberta Emergency Alert Website

Special Areas 2

Director of Emergency Management: Owen Francis (403) 854-0489 or (403) 854-5603
Deputy Director of Emergency Management: Trent Caskey (403) 435-0095 or (403) 854-5623
Glen Durand (403) 854-0625 or (403) 779-3733
Hanna Fire Department Fire and Rescue: 911
Administration: (403) 854-4433 or (403) 854-4573
Hanna Ambulance: 911
Administration: (403) 854-3331
Hanna RCMP: 911
Administration: (403) 854-3393
24 Hr. Dispatch: (403) 854-3391
Homestead Coulee Fire Department - Fire Only: 911 Dispatch via Hanna Fire Department
Cessford Fire Department - Fire Only: 911
Jenner Fire Department - Fire Only: 911
Brooks Ambulance: 911 or (403) 362-7575
Bigstone Fire Department - Fire Only: 911

Special Areas 3

Director of Emergency Management: Owen Francis (403) 854-0489 or (403) 854-5600
Deputy Director of Emergency Management: Darran Dick (403) 664-0729 or (403) 664-3618
Glen Durand (403) 854-0625 or (403) 779-3733
Youngstown / Special Areas Fire Department - Fire Only: 911
Administration: (403) 779-3733
Cereal Fire Department - Fire Only: 911
Oyen Fire Department Fire and Rescue: 911
Administration: (403) 664-3637
Regional EMS: 911
Administration: (403)664-4300
Oyen RCMP: 911
24 Hour Dispatch : (403) 664-3883
Administration: (403) 664-3505
Bindloss Fire Department - Fire Only: 911
Empress Fire Department - Fire Only: 911
Buffalo Fire Department – Fire Only: 911

Special Areas 4

Director of Emergency Management: Owen Francis (403) 854-0489 or (403) 854-5600
Deputy Director of Emergency Management: Corinne Kelts (403) 575-0893 or (403) 577-3523
Glen Durand (403) 854-0625 or (403) 779-3733
Consort Fire Department - Fire and Rescue: 911
Administration: (403) 577-3900
East Central Ambulance Assn.: 911
Administration: 1-888-882-3156
Consort RCMP: 911
24 Hr Dispatch: (403) 577-3000
Administration: (403) 577-3001
Altario Fire Department - Fire Only: 911
Veteran Fire Department - Fire Only: 911

Emergencies and disasters can occur anytime, anywhere. Some are seasonal, allowing you to prepare in advance. Others occur swiftly and without warning. Planning ahead and preparing for your family's needs can make a big difference in your ability to cope. You can lessen the impact of an emergency or disaster by knowing what to do before, during and after one occurs.

The information sheets below provide general information for personal and family emergency preparedness for a variety of natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.

During a Disaster
- You are expected to survive for 72 hours on your own
- After 72 hours, authorities will contact you and re-locate you to the Disaster Response Center
- You will need a battery powered radio so authorities can contact you.

- Never enter a damaged building, even if it looks safe
- You can obtain water from a water heater, toilet tank or melted ice cubes
- Boil contaminated water for 5 minutes or add 1 drop of bleach per litre. Let stand 30 seconds before drinking
- Disinfect floodwater in basement by mixing 2 litres of bleach into it every 3 days.
- Stay away and alert authorities if you see hanging power lines or damaged pipes

Make an Emergency Plan

A family emergency plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan.

It will take you about 20 minutes to complete your personalized plan online. You can then print it out. Before starting your home emergency plan, you will need to think about:
– Safe exits from home and neighbourhood
– Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
– Designated person to pick up children should you be unavailable
– Contact persons close-by and out-of-town
– Health information
– Place for your pet to stay
– Risks in your region
– Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain

Please go to http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx to start making your plan today.

Chemical Spill

– Close all doors, windows, and ventilation systems
– Seal off all gaps (around windows, vents, pipes, etc.) with wet towels, duct tape, or plastic sheeting
– Go into a secure room in the middle of the house, above ground

– Cover mouth with a cloth while leaving area

In car:
– Close windows and vents, and shut off the AC/heating system


You may be instructed to “shelter-in-place” if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there. The following steps will help maximize your protection:
– Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
– Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside.
– Close the fireplace damper.
– Get your emergency kit and make sure the radio is working.
– Go to an interior room that’s above ground level (if possible, one without windows). In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
– Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
– Continue to monitor your radio or television until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate.

How to Prepare for a Flood

How to prepare for a Flood

How to use Sand Bags
How to place Sand Bags

How to react in a Thunderstorm

How to react in a Thunderstorm

– Stay away from windows, doors, fireplaces, stoves, and any other conductive material
– Unplug appliances

– Shelter in ditch (if not raining) or building< – Remove all metal objects
– If in an open area, crouch forward, with feet together, elbows on knees, and hands on ears (creates the smallest possible path for lightning to travel through your body)
– Never lie flat on the ground
– Stay away from trees, power lines, fences, and raised areas
– Avoid using bicycle or motorbike

In car:
– Stop car well away from power lines and trees
– Do not touch any metal objects

– Feeling your hair stand on end indicates that lightning is about to strike

How to react in a Tornado

How to react in a Tornado

– Go into basement if possible
– Crouch under heavy furniture, in closet, or a small room well away from windows and sides of house
– Get out of mobile house
– Wrap self in blanket

– Go into ditch or ravine
– Be aware of bridges or overpasses that could collapse

In car:
– Abandon immediately, the wind will flip your car

– Many say tornados sound like a freight train
– Use a flash light and never a candle (there may be broken gas lines)

How to react in a Winter Storm

How to react in a Winter Storm

– Keep residence cooler than usual.
– Block off most areas of house and anywhere cold air can enter building.
– Stay together in one room.
– Have many layers and blankets.
– Stay hydrated Insulate frozen pipes with newspapers.
– Do not bring outdoor heating systems (ie. barbeque) into house.

– Cover mouth to prevent cold air from getting in lungs
– Seek shelter
– Keep moving to increase circulation

In car:
– It is crucial to stay with your car
– Tie a brightly coloured cloth to your antenna or window
– Run the engine and heater for about 10 minutes per hour, during this time open a downwind window slightly for ventilation and periodically clear snow from exhaust pipe (to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning)
– Move arms and legs continuously to keep your blood circulating
– Use anything available for insulation
– Alternate sleeping, so someone is awake to watch for rescue crews at all times

Who does what in an emergency?

Who does what in an emergency?

When it comes to emergency preparedness and emergency management, we all have a role to play.

Individuals and families

Individuals take steps ahead of time to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency. You should also understand the basic principles of first aid and safety.

Every disaster is a local disaster. Different levels of organizations respond progressively as an emergency escalates and their resources are needed. The first ones to respond are closest to the emergency.

First Responders – i.e. fire, police, paramedics

Local fire, police, paramedic, and search and rescue teams are normally the first to respond to an emergency. They are responsible for managing most local emergencies as part of the municipal emergency plan. Find out more about the emergency plan in your area by contacting your emergency management organization (EMO).

Non-government organizations

There are several non-profit, non-government organizations (NGOs) that play very important roles in emergency management, including disaster prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Some examples include the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and The Salvation Army. They work in partnership with governments to help Canadians deal with emergencies, from providing first aid training to disaster relief.

Provincial and territorial governments

Every province and territory has an emergency management organization (EMO), which manages large-scale emergencies and provides assistance to municipal or community response teams as required. EMOs fulfill an important role in support of first responders and municipalities. Federal departments and agencies support provincial or territorial EMOs as requested. They also manage emergencies that involve areas of federal jurisdiction, such as nuclear safety, national defense and border security.