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72 hours: Is your family prepared?

Note: though specific to Alberta, the following information can generally apply to any locale

How long can your family survive without outside assistance? If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

What kinds of risks do we face in Alberta?

Although the consequences of various disasters can be similar, knowing the risks in your region can help you better prepare. Across Canada, we face a number of hazards, such as blizzards, tornadoes and wildfires. In addition to natural disasters, there are other types of hazards, such as power outages and industrial or transportation accidents.

In Alberta a tornado can strike quickly with significant damage. Wildfires can threaten communities and restrict movement. Heavy rains can cause significant overland flooding. We all need to prepare for all hazards.

Won’t the government take care of my family?

In Alberta, while municipalities respond to local emergencies, it is vital to the community that you and your family are prepared to be on your own for the first 72 hours. It can take some time for emergency workers to reach you. Emergency services will first attend to those in need of lifesaving assistance. Even if you are not injured, you need to make sure you have the supplies and food you need to survive. By being prepared to support yourself and your family for the first 72 hours, you free up emergency workers to assist those who have been injured.

The Government of Alberta is also there to help. The Alberta Emergency Management Agency coordinates the efforts of the government to assist Alberta communities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from major emergencies and disasters.

Make a plan for your family

Every Alberta household needs an emergency plan. It will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency. Take 20 minutes to make your plan with your family.

Your family may not be together when an emergency occurs. Plan how to meet or how to contact one another. Discuss what you would do in different situations.

Disasters often cause confusion and distress, so it is important to take the time now to know the hazards and the risks to better prepare yourself and your family.

Use the list below to check off hazards that exist in your community. This will help you make a more specific emergency plan for your family and home.

• Blackouts
• Proximity to dangerous goods route
• Earthquakes
• Floods
• Proximity to major industrial site
• Infectious disease outbreaks
• Severe weather
• Landslides or avalanches
• Tornadoes
• Wildfires
• Other:_______________

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This great information was taken with permission from the Alberta Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Preparedness Week Campaign Kit
Download the brochure in its entirety here.

8 areas of emergency preparedness Water - Vital for Life Food - Sustain Your Health Shelter - Protect Yourself From The Elements First Aid - Saves Lives
8 areas of emergency preparedness Light - Diversification is Key Heat - Maintain Your Core Temperature Communication - Stay In Touch Sanitation - Often Overlooked