Major emergencies or disasters can happen anywhere, any time or any place. Although we may not be able to avoid an occurrence, we can be prepared. Working closely with city departments, provincial and federal agencies, and other key stakeholders, Airdrie Emergency Management plans for and coordinates all emergency services and resources required during a major incident. In order to best manage the demands on emergency resources during a time of crisis, individuals and families are encouraged to learn to take care of themselves for the first 72 hours of an emergency.
Being informed can help you better prepare for emergencies, disasters and life’s inconveniences. A few easy ways to get informed include:
- Downloading the Alberta Emergency Alert app for life saving alerts. Alberta issues alerts to provide critical information about an immediate disaster and what action you need to take to stay safe.
- Starting a conversation. Talk to your friends and family about what you can do to manage emergencies, disasters, and unexpected inconveniences before they occur.
- Knowing the risks – if you know the hazards in your community, you know how to prepare for them.
- Review Airdrie's Municipal Emergency Management Plan to gain an understanding of how the city responds during an emergency.
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The process of emergency management involves four distinct phases: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Emergency management works in coordination with many other city departments as well as other external agencies and organizations to achieve outcomes.
Mitigation: Mitigation efforts attempt to prevent hazards from developing into disasters altogether, or to reduce the effects of disasters when they occur. The mitigation phase differs from the other phases because it focuses on long-term measures for reducing or eliminating risk. A hazard analysis is conducted annually to assess overall risk and plan mitigation measures.
Preparedness: In the preparedness phase, emergency management develop plans of action for when disaster strikes. Regular updates and revisions to the Municipal Emergency Management Plan are conducted to ensure its effectiveness. Meetings of the Emergency Advisory Committee and the Emergency Management Agency in accordance with the Emergency Management Bylaw ensure the City’s plan remains relevant. Preparedness also focuses on training opportunities, exercises, and public education of designated staff and stakeholders.
Response: The response phase includes the mobilization of the necessary emergency services and first responders to a major incident site. This is likely to include a first wave of core emergency services, such as firefighters, police and medical crews. Emergency Management realizes the benefits of coordination and encourages the utilization of incident command system in the overall management of response and coordination of resources required at major incidents.
Recovery: The aim of the recovery phase is to restore the affected area to its previous state. It differs from the response phase in its focus; recovery efforts are concerned with issues and decisions that must be made after immediate needs and priorities are addressed. Recovery efforts are primarily concerned with actions that involve rebuilding destroyed property, re-employment, and the repair of other essential infrastructure. Various levels of coordination and involvement is necessary in order to achieve these sometimes long-term outcomes.
- Hazard preparedness - the following links include multiple pages dedicated to hazards in Alberta with preparedness tips and 60 second video clips that are sharable on social media:
- What to do before, during and after an emergency
- Tornadoes and extreme winds
- Power and water outages
- Thunderstorms, lightning, heavy rain and hail
- Blizzards, freezing rain, ice storms and extreme cold
- Build an emergency kit – is our most popular page and includes printable brochures and checklists for family, pet, farm animal and vehicle preparedness
- Pet Preparedness – includes tools and materials to help keep pets safe and comfortable, before, during and after an emergency
- Farm animals and livestock – includes tools and materials to help keep farm animals and livestock safe if you need to shelter in place or evacuate
- Raise awareness in your community – includes tools and materials for communities to raise awareness, including info on emergency preparedness week, #PrepareYourSelfie campaign, and 60 second videos that are sharable on social media
- Make an emergency plan – includes an emergency preparedness guide, tips on how to communicate during an emergency and information relating to pets, children and a guide for people with disabilities
- Emergency preparedness – includes hazard info and general emergency preparedness information including shelter-in-place and evacuation fact sheets
Emergency Management Coordinator