Emergencies can happen at any time, and it is important to know the potential risks in the region. Take the necessary precautions to be prepared and protect yourself and those you care about.
Be prepared. Know your risks. Get an emergency kit.
Natural disasters may be beyond our control, but there are ways to reduce the risk and the impact of whatever emergency we might face.
Local disasters require local solutions.
Here in the Town of Westlock, we know our businesses and community organizations want to help when a disaster happens.
We're working with Emergency Management Logistics Canada to assist with our resource list management to help us keep track of and maintain contact with our local businesses and community organizations.
We invite you to be part of our ongoing efforts to be better prepared.
To better engage with you, we need to know about you and your business and have access to your current contact information.
Visit EMLCanada.ca/join to find the links to sign up for your FREE Local Resource listing or learn about other paid member plan options. Follow the sign-up process to create your profile; then, we'll be able to add you to our emergency resource list and stay connected.
Personal and Family Preparedness
In the event of a disaster, you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours. If a disaster happens in your community, it may take emergency workers time to get to you as they help those in desperate need. Visit the Alberta Emergency Management Agency website for details on creating a 72-hour Emergency Kit.
We can lessen the impact of any emergency or disaster by knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency and by having our emergency kits ready.
Emergency Preparedness Week
Emergency Preparedness Week encourages Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies. This special week is a national effort lead by Public Safety Canada, provincial and territorial emergency management organizations, Indigenous organizations, non-governmental organizations, and private sector.
By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face a range of emergencies – anytime, anywhere.
- Know the risks Although the consequences of disasters can be similar, knowing the risks specific to our community and our region can help you better prepare.
- Make a plan It will help you and your family know what to do.
- Get an emergency kit During an emergency, we will all need some basic supplies. We may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours in an emergency.
Visit www.getprepared.ca for more resources to help you and your family prepare for all types of emergencies.
The Province of Alberta has a public warning system that can be used to warn of severe weather conditions and to advise the public of actions to take in the event of an emergency. This system can be activated by local authorities and will broadcast important information throughout the region by television, radio, website, twitter and Facebook . News Release dated 23 August 2011 – New Alberta Emergency Alert System
In addition to the warning system, Alberta Environment provides a public advisory and warning system for high water conditions in both the river and creeks. In the event that stream levels are forecast to be significantly higher than normal an advisory and/or warning will be released by Alberta Environment as well as posted on their website.
Our communication system provides a timely and consistent approach to emergency and municipal communications in our region.
You can select categories like Transportation, Utilities, Waste Disposal, Community, Council Updates, Emergency Services, and the Westlock and Area Crime Coalition (WACC), to receive messages and notifications of events and alerts specific to those categories.
Each year, more and more dangerous goods are moved across Canada by road, rail, water and air. These shipments range from industrial chemicals to manufactured goods and, while indispensable to our modern way of life, they can pose a threat to public safety if not handled safely.
Transport Canada’s Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Directorate is the focal point for Canada’s national program to promote public safety during the transportation of dangerous goods.
Since the general public is entitled to be aware of the safety and mitigation measures Transport Canada has put in place to ensure public safety, they have prepared kits, containing safety awareness material developed by the TDG Directorate that could be of help. In this kit, you will find handouts and safety advisories that could be important to the general public. Please click here to obtain further information.