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PERSONAL EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS
Why everyone needs to be prepared
for the unexpected!
2013
Alberta Emergency Management Agency
DO WE NEED TO BE
PREPARED?
• Slave Lake
• High River
• Hub Oil Explosion
• 2010 Medicine Hat / Cypress Flooding
• 2013 Alberta Flooding
• But many are smaller events!
• Edmonton Rutherford Condo Fire – 25 people
out for weeks
WHY DON’T WE PREPARE?
• How many of you have a 72 hour kit right
now?
• “It takes too much time”
• “It won’t happen to me”
• “It won’t be that bad”
• “If it is that bad, there’s nothing you can do”
• “The government will help”
• “It costs too much”
FOUR PARTS
• Know the Risks
• Create a Plan for Your Family / Practice the
Plan
• Have a 72 Hour Kit
• Be Informed
2013 Southern Alberta Flooding
100,000 Albertans learn the importance of
personal preparedness
WHAT ARE THE RISKS?
• Fire
• Floods
• Tornadoes
• Power Outages
• Dangerous Goods
• Pipeline Breaks
• Winds
• Landslides
• Water Quality
• Train Derailments
• Snow Storms
EACH COMMUNITY WILL BE
DIFFERENT!
HOW WILL YOU BE ALERTED?
• Knock on the door
• Media
• Community (Twitter, Sirens, reverse 911)
• Alberta Emergency Alert
• View at www.albertaemergencyalert.ca
• Sign up with Twitter or Facebook (on the
website)
PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS
2011 Slave Lake Wildfires
10,000+ Albertans learn the importance
of personal preparedness
HAVE A PLAN
• Where will you go? (Close and further)
• How will you reunite? (Phone Numbers)
• Are there evacuation routes?
• What if your normal exit road is blocked?
• What about other plans?
PRACTICE THE PLAN
• Reminds you of the plan
• Ensures it works
• Helps identify changes (e.g. new phone
number, brother has moved)
PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS
2010 Airdrie Train Derailment
47,000+ Albertans might have needed
evacuation
IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE ITEM IN
YOUR KIT, WHAT SHOULD IT
BE?
• Water!
• $5 - $10 for a jug
• Can you run with a jug?
• Backpack with small
bottles
WHAT ELSE?
• Flashlight
• Radio to hear emergency information/alerts
• Cash (small bills)
• Toilet Paper
• Toiletries
• Food? You can go for days without it!
• Cell phone charger
• Flash Drive with important papers/copies
ADD A CHECKLIST
• If you only have 5 minutes to evacuate, what
do you bring?
• Pictures / computer
• Heirlooms and mementos
• Medications / prescription
• Jewelry and valuables
• Keys/wallet/purse/glasses (easy to forget!)
• Appropriate clothing for the weather
• STAPLE TO YOUR BACKPACK!
CLOTHES AND BLANKETS?
• Why buy stuff you will never use?
• Take old blankets and favourite sweaters and
put in a bag.
• Commercial kits often have trinkets like a
whistle, glow-stick and compass.
• Consider your camping gear for cooking
THOSE DEPENDANT ON YOU
• Children
• Pets
• Elderly
• Dependent adults
• Temporary situations – crutches, pregnancy,
visitors
• A separate bag and/or list may be required
BE INFORMED
• Listen to the radio, watch media reports
• Monitor Twitter, Facebook, municipal websites
• Sign up for Alberta Emergency Alert
• Talk to municipal officials
17
“I NEVER EXPECTED IT TO
HAPPEN TO ME!”
• Reporter in Australia with the Brisbaine
Floods
• Had the 72 hour kit and got to the evacuation
centre.
• Diapers, baby formula, toys, blankets in a
well-prepared kit.
HER KIDS WERE IN COLLEGE!
PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS
2013 Edmonton Condo Fire
200 evacuated, 25 out for days/weeks
THIS IS FOR YOUR FAMILY
• Does it matter if it is one house or a
thousand?
• Being singed is more likely than being
directly impacted.
• Studies have shown, if you don’t get the water
today, you won’t do it at all.
FOUR PARTS
• Know the Risks
• Have a 72 Hour Kit
• Create a Plan for Your Family / Practice the
Plan
• Be Informed
22
Thank you!
http://www.aema.alberta.ca/personal_emergency_preparedness.cfm

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Mitigation Symposium - Barrie Brand

  • 1. PERSONAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Why everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected! 2013 Alberta Emergency Management Agency
  • 2. DO WE NEED TO BE PREPARED? • Slave Lake • High River • Hub Oil Explosion • 2010 Medicine Hat / Cypress Flooding • 2013 Alberta Flooding • But many are smaller events! • Edmonton Rutherford Condo Fire – 25 people out for weeks
  • 3. WHY DON’T WE PREPARE? • How many of you have a 72 hour kit right now? • “It takes too much time” • “It won’t happen to me” • “It won’t be that bad” • “If it is that bad, there’s nothing you can do” • “The government will help” • “It costs too much”
  • 4. FOUR PARTS • Know the Risks • Create a Plan for Your Family / Practice the Plan • Have a 72 Hour Kit • Be Informed
  • 5. 2013 Southern Alberta Flooding 100,000 Albertans learn the importance of personal preparedness
  • 6. WHAT ARE THE RISKS? • Fire • Floods • Tornadoes • Power Outages • Dangerous Goods • Pipeline Breaks • Winds • Landslides • Water Quality • Train Derailments • Snow Storms EACH COMMUNITY WILL BE DIFFERENT!
  • 7. HOW WILL YOU BE ALERTED? • Knock on the door • Media • Community (Twitter, Sirens, reverse 911) • Alberta Emergency Alert • View at www.albertaemergencyalert.ca • Sign up with Twitter or Facebook (on the website)
  • 8. PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS 2011 Slave Lake Wildfires 10,000+ Albertans learn the importance of personal preparedness
  • 9. HAVE A PLAN • Where will you go? (Close and further) • How will you reunite? (Phone Numbers) • Are there evacuation routes? • What if your normal exit road is blocked? • What about other plans?
  • 10. PRACTICE THE PLAN • Reminds you of the plan • Ensures it works • Helps identify changes (e.g. new phone number, brother has moved)
  • 11. PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS 2010 Airdrie Train Derailment 47,000+ Albertans might have needed evacuation
  • 12. IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE ITEM IN YOUR KIT, WHAT SHOULD IT BE? • Water! • $5 - $10 for a jug • Can you run with a jug? • Backpack with small bottles
  • 13. WHAT ELSE? • Flashlight • Radio to hear emergency information/alerts • Cash (small bills) • Toilet Paper • Toiletries • Food? You can go for days without it! • Cell phone charger • Flash Drive with important papers/copies
  • 14. ADD A CHECKLIST • If you only have 5 minutes to evacuate, what do you bring? • Pictures / computer • Heirlooms and mementos • Medications / prescription • Jewelry and valuables • Keys/wallet/purse/glasses (easy to forget!) • Appropriate clothing for the weather • STAPLE TO YOUR BACKPACK!
  • 15. CLOTHES AND BLANKETS? • Why buy stuff you will never use? • Take old blankets and favourite sweaters and put in a bag. • Commercial kits often have trinkets like a whistle, glow-stick and compass. • Consider your camping gear for cooking
  • 16. THOSE DEPENDANT ON YOU • Children • Pets • Elderly • Dependent adults • Temporary situations – crutches, pregnancy, visitors • A separate bag and/or list may be required
  • 17. BE INFORMED • Listen to the radio, watch media reports • Monitor Twitter, Facebook, municipal websites • Sign up for Alberta Emergency Alert • Talk to municipal officials 17
  • 18. “I NEVER EXPECTED IT TO HAPPEN TO ME!” • Reporter in Australia with the Brisbaine Floods • Had the 72 hour kit and got to the evacuation centre. • Diapers, baby formula, toys, blankets in a well-prepared kit. HER KIDS WERE IN COLLEGE!
  • 19. PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS 2013 Edmonton Condo Fire 200 evacuated, 25 out for days/weeks
  • 20. THIS IS FOR YOUR FAMILY • Does it matter if it is one house or a thousand? • Being singed is more likely than being directly impacted. • Studies have shown, if you don’t get the water today, you won’t do it at all.
  • 21. FOUR PARTS • Know the Risks • Have a 72 Hour Kit • Create a Plan for Your Family / Practice the Plan • Be Informed

Editor's Notes

  1. Transition Slide
  2. Thingscan change verysuddenly.
  3. Thisisjustoutside of Airdrie, Alberta. Couldthis have been ourLac Magentic?
  4. Know what is going on.There is no such thing as too much information in these situations.
  5. This condo wasunder constructionsonobodywas living in it. But itwas the 200 people in the homes across the streetsthatwere out.