No community is equipped to handle all types of emergencies, and a key component of emergency preparedness is being prepared for a disaster. Here you will find information regarding community and individual preparedness as well as links to other helpful emergency preparedness sites.
Municipalities, regardless of size and location, can be seriously disrupted by a large-scale disaster such as a plane crash, severe storm, tornato, flood, fire, chemical spill, etc.
The Fire Department is responsible for ensuring the City of Prince Albert mitigates, is prepared for, can respond to and recover from all hazards including natural disasters, technological incidents and human caused incidents.
In order to be prepared for a significant emergency or disaster, continuous training and exercises are required with city staff and stakeholders.
An Emergency Preparedness Planning Committee (EPPC) meets to conduct business to assess and act on emergency planning issues according to City of Prince Albert Bylaw No. 34, The Emergency Planning Bylaw, and to provide guidance to committee agencies regarding policies on emergency preparedness.
The purpose of the Emergency Preparedness Planning Committee is to provide a framework for which response and recovery mesasures will be taken in the City of Prince Albert and in adjacent municipalities where mutual assistance agreements are in place, in order to enhance the health and safety of residents during a disaster or major emergency.
In addition to this, individuals, families and businesses can do their part by being personally prepared and ensuring that their emergency plans and business continuity plans are in place.
Personal preparedness can assist you and your family greatly in the event of an emergency. Everyone should be equipped to support their family for up to 72 hours (3 days) after an emergency until emergency responders can reach you. This allows rescuers to focus their efforts on those in immediate danger.
Learn how to put together your own 72-hour Emergency Prepardness Kit dowloading the link below.
Emergency Preparedness Week
Emergency Preparedness Week is a national awareness initiative that has taken place annually across Canada since 1996. This is a collaborative event undertaken by provincial and territorial emergency management organizations supporting activities at the local level and in concert with Public Safety Canada.
Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to take three simple steps to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies:
By taking these steps, all families should be able to sustain themselves for at least 72 hours.
- Know the risks.
- Make a plan.
- Get an emergency kit.
It only takes about 20 minutes to make a family emergency plan online. To help plan for emergencies, visit the GetPrepared.ca website.