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PERSONAL EMERGENCY
PREPAREDNESS
Why everyone needs to be prepared
for the unexpected!
2013
Alberta Emergency Management Ag...
DO WE NEED TO BE
PREPARED?
• Slave Lake
• High River
• Hub Oil Explosion
• 2010 Medicine Hat / Cypress Flooding
• 2013 Alb...
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”...
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
•...
HOW WILL YOU BE ALERTED?
• Knock on the door
• Media
• Community (Twitter, Sirens, reverse 911)
• Alberta Emergency Alert
...
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...
PRACTICE THE PLAN
• Reminds you of the plan
• Ensures it works
• Helps identify changes (e.g. new phone
number, brother ha...
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?
• Backpa...
WHAT ELSE?
• Flashlight
• Radio to hear emergency information/alerts
• Cash (small bills)
• Toilet Paper
• Toiletries
• Fo...
ADD A CHECKLIST
• If you only have 5 minutes to evacuate, what
do you bring?
• Pictures / computer
• Heirlooms and memento...
CLOTHES AND BLANKETS?
• Why buy stuff you will never use?
• Take old blankets and favourite sweaters and
put in a bag.
• C...
THOSE DEPENDANT ON YOU
• Children
• Pets
• Elderly
• Dependent adults
• Temporary situations – crutches, pregnancy,
visito...
BE INFORMED
• Listen to the radio, watch media reports
• Monitor Twitter, Facebook, municipal websites
• Sign up for Alber...
“I NEVER EXPECTED IT TO
HAPPEN TO ME!”
• Reporter in Australia with the Brisbaine
Floods
• Had the 72 hour kit and got to ...
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
direct...
FOUR PARTS
• Know the Risks
• Have a 72 Hour Kit
• Create a Plan for Your Family / Practice the
Plan
• Be Informed
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Thank you!
http://www.aema.alberta.ca/personal_emergency_preparedness.cfm
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Mitigation Symposium - Barrie Brand

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Barrie Brand, Alberta Emergency Management Agency

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Mitigation Symposium - Barrie Brand

  1. 1. PERSONAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Why everyone needs to be prepared for the unexpected! 2013 Alberta Emergency Management Agency
  2. 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. 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. 4. FOUR PARTS • Know the Risks • Create a Plan for Your Family / Practice the Plan • Have a 72 Hour Kit • Be Informed
  5. 5. 2013 Southern Alberta Flooding 100,000 Albertans learn the importance of personal preparedness
  6. 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. 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. 8. PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS 2011 Slave Lake Wildfires 10,000+ Albertans learn the importance of personal preparedness
  9. 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. 10. PRACTICE THE PLAN • Reminds you of the plan • Ensures it works • Helps identify changes (e.g. new phone number, brother has moved)
  11. 11. PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS 2010 Airdrie Train Derailment 47,000+ Albertans might have needed evacuation
  12. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 19. PERSONAL PREPAREDNESS 2013 Edmonton Condo Fire 200 evacuated, 25 out for days/weeks
  20. 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. 21. FOUR PARTS • Know the Risks • Have a 72 Hour Kit • Create a Plan for Your Family / Practice the Plan • Be Informed
  22. 22. 22 Thank you! http://www.aema.alberta.ca/personal_emergency_preparedness.cfm

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