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Emergency Preparedness Week: Be Prepared. Know your Risks.

This year’s national Emergency Preparedness (EP) Week campaign runs from May 5 to 11. During this time, everyone holds a crucial role in emergency readiness. EP Week provides an opportunity for proactive measures to ensure preparedness in safeguarding yourself, your family, and your community. The theme for this year is “Be Prepared. Know Your Risks.” Its aim is to empower Canadians to grasp the risks inherent to their area and to equip themselves with the knowledge needed to mitigate these risks effectively.

By taking a few simple steps, you can significantly enhance your preparedness for a variety of emergencies, regardless of when or where they occur. Here’s what you can do:

  1. Know the Risks: Understanding the specific risks prevalent in your community and region enables better preparation for potential disasters.
  2. Make a Plan: Develop a comprehensive plan with your family to ensure everyone knows what to do in case of an emergency.
  3. Get an Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit containing essential supplies to sustain yourself and your family for at least 72 hours in the event of power outages or disruptions to tap water.

Not sure how to Make a Plan or Build an Emergency Kit? Watch the videos below:

For more resources to aid you and your family in preparing for emergencies of all kinds, visit www.getprepared.ca (or your local Emergency Management Office or website).

Using Technology During a Disaster

We rely on technology more and more to keep in touch with our family, friends, and colleagues with a click of a button. But what happens in the event of a major emergency? Suddenly these tools can become vital in helping you and your family deal get in touch and stay informed. So here are some tips on the use of technology in an emergency:

  • If possible, use non-voice channels like text messaging, email or social media. These use less bandwidth than voice communications and may work even when phone service doesn’t.
  • If you must use a phone, keep your conversation brief and convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family. This will also conserve your phone’s battery.
  • Unable to complete a call? Wait 10 seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion. Note, cordless phones rely on electricity and will not work during a power outage. If you have a landline, keep at least one corded phone in your home.
  • Keep a charger for your mobile device in your emergency kit. Consider getting a solar-powered, crank, or vehicle phone charger. If you don’t have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card in your emergency kit.
  • Keep your contacts up to date on your phone, email and other channels. This will make it easier to reach important contacts, such as friends, family, neighbours, child’s school, or insurance agent.
  • If you have a smartphone, save your safe meeting location(s) on its mapping application.
  • Conserve your smartphone’s battery by reducing the screen’s brightness, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are not using. You never know how long a power outage will last!

Remember, in an emergency or to save a life, call 9-1-1 for help. You cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.

Visit alberta.ca/BePrepared for ideas on how you can be #BePrepared and #KnowYourRisks.

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