Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness Week May 5 - 11, 2019. Is your family prepared?

If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you as they respond first to those in greatest need.

Know the Risk

Know the Risks

A tornado can strike quickly, heavy rains can cause flooding, wildfires can threaten communities and industrial and major transportation incidents can have hazardous effects. Take the time to learn about the risks in your community.
Make a Plan Make a Plan
Once you know the risks make a family emergency plan. This should take about 20 minutes and can be completed online or by downloading the Government of Canada's emergency preparedness guide.
Make a Kit Prepare a Kit
You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. Making a kit can seem to be a daunting task so we've broken it down by weeks so that at the end of three months you should be well on your way to being able to care for yourself and your family for at least 72 hours. Check out The Twelve Weeks to Family Emergency Preparedness.

Already have a kit? Check off each of the items on this list to see how prepared your family is!

Sometimes during a hazardous materials release emergency officials may ask you to evacuate or shelter in place. Do you know how to shelter-in-place? Watch our video guide on sheltering-in-place.

For more information on getting prepared please visit the Government of Canada website.

"Chipper Charlie"

Meet Red Deer County's Emergency Management Mascot, Chipper Charlie the Chipmunk.

When preparing for disasters, we can all learn from Chipper Charlie.
Chipper Charlie knows the importance of stockpiling food so that he can survive the winter months.

He also will find or build the most solid shelter for himself and his family in order to protect from cold, wind and danger.

Animals are typically good at anticipating danger; they know the surroundings and they have perfected their flight or fight response.