Emergency Management

Emergency Management Act

Effective May 2007, the Disaster Services Act has been replaced by the Emergency Management Act.

In 2007, the County of Stettler, Town of Stettler, Villages of Big Valley, Botha, Donalda, Gadsby and Summer Villages of White Sands and Rochon Sands formed a regional partnership agreement for emergency management services.

The Director is responsible for full-filling the obligation of this position serving both the County and Town of Stettler.· Part of this mandate is that developing and co-ordination of an overall regional program of·preparedness for, response to, and recovery from, emergencies and disasters as well as assisting other municipalities to develop and maintain a high level of emergency preparedness.

The Director for the Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency (formerly Disaster Services) is:

John Bishop
Ph: (403) 742-4441
Fx: (403) 742-1277
Cl: (403) 741-6133
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The Deputy Directors for the Stettler Regional Emergency Management Agency (formerly Disaster Services) are:

Terry Best
Ph:·(403) 742-4441
Fx: (403) 742-1277
Cl: (403) 741-6133
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Phil Holton
Ph: (403) 742-4441
Fx: (403) 742-1277
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Basic Emergency Preparedness

Basic Emergency Kit

You may have some of these basic emergency kit items already such as a flashlight, battery-operated radio, food, water and blankets. The key is to ensure they are organized, easy to find and easy to carry (in a suitcase with wheels or in a backpack) in case you need to evacuate your home.· Whatever you do, do not wait for a disaster to happen!

Easy to Carry - think of ways that you can pack your emergency kit so that you and those on your emergency plan can easily take the items with you, if necessary.

Water - Two litres of water per person per day (include small bottles that can be carried easily in case of an evacuation order).

Food - That will not spoil, such as canned food, energy bars and dried foods (remember to replace the food and water once a year).

Manual Can Opener - Flashlight and batteries, battery-powered or wind-up radio (and extra batteries).

First Aid Kit
Special Needs Items -·Prescription medications, infant formula or equipment for people with disabilities
Extra Keys - for your car and house

Cash -Include smaller bills such as $10 bills (travellers cheques are also useful) and change for payphones.

Emergency Plan - Include a copy of it and ensure it.

Make an Emergency Plan

A family emergency plan will help you and your family know what to do in case of an emergency.· Every Canadian household needs an emergency plan.· It will take you about 20 minutes to complete your personalized plan on-line.· You can access the Emergency Plan on-line here then you can print it out.· Before starting your home emergency plan, you will need to think about:
Safe exits from home and neighbourhood
Meeting places to reunite with family or roommates
Designated person to pick-up children should you be unavailable
Contact person(s) close-by and out-of-town
Health information
Place for your pet to stay
Risks in your region
Location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain
Shelter-in-place

You may be instructed to "shelter-in-place" if chemical, biological or radiological contaminants are released into the environment. This means you must remain inside your home or office and protect yourself there.

The following steps will help maximize your protection:

  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air-conditioning systems to avoid drawing in air from the outside.·
  • Close the fireplace damper.
  • Get your emergency kit and make sure the radio is working.
  • Go to an interior room that is above ground level (if possible, one without windows).
  • In the case of a chemical threat, an above-ground location is preferable because some chemicals are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are closed.
  • Using duct or other wide tape, seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
  • Continue to monitor your radio or television until you are told all is safe or are advised to evacuate.

Evacuation Orders

Authorities will not ask you to leave your home unless they have reason to believe you are in danger.· If you are ordered to evacuate, take the following items with you:

  • your emergency kit;
  • your emergency plan;
  • essential medications and copies of prescriptions;
  • a cellular phone; and
  • your pets.

Pets are not allowed in some emergency shelters, so plan in advance for a pet-friendly location.

Who does what in an Emergency?

When it comes to emergency preparedness and emergency management, we all have a role to play.

Individuals take steps ahead of time to prepare themselves and their families for emergencies. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency.· You should also understand the basic principles of first aid and safety.· Every disaster is a local disaster.· Different levels of organizations respond progressively as an emergency escalates and their resources are needed.· The first ones to respond are closest to the emergency.··

First Responders, i.e. fire fighters, police, paramedics, and search and rescue teams are normally the first to respond to an emergency.· They are responsible for managing most local emergencies as part of the municipal emergency plan.· Find out more about the emergency plan in your area by contacting your emergency management organization (EMO).·

Non-Government Organizations

There are several non-profit, non-government organizations (NGOs) that play very important roles in emergency management, including disaster prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.· Some examples include the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and·the Salvation Army.· They work in partnership with governments to help Canadians deal with emergencies from providing first aid training to disaster relief.··

Provincial and Territorial Governments

Every province and territory has an emergency management organization (EMO) which manages large-scale emergencies and provides assistance to municipal or community response teams as required.· EMOs fulfill an important role in support of first responders and municipalities.· Federal departments and agencies support provincial or territorial EMOs as requested.· They also manage emergencies that involve areas of federal jurisdiction, such as nuclear safety, national defence and border security.

 

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