Emergency Preparedness

National Emergency Preparedness Week

The National Emergency Preparedness Week campaign aims to teach people the value of emergency planning, why every family should be prepared to survive for 72 hours during an emergency, and simple things anyone can do to be prepared.

PUBLIC SAFETY BEGINS AT HOME! Individual and family preparedness can greatly reduce the potential impact of an emergency.

A blackout or severe weather and other natural or manmade disasters can have serious and tragic consequences.

When disaster strikes, emergency workers may not reach everyone immediately, or even for several days. Families should be prepared to take care of themselves for a minimum of 72 hours.

How to prepare for emergencies:

  • KNOW the risks specific to your community.
  • DEVELOP a family emergency plan and practice it.
  • PREPARE an emergency kit for your home and your vehicle.

City of CALGARY launches a free, interactive, online course to help citizens become better prepared in the event of an emergency or disaster

The Ready Calgary eLearning course, which should take an average of 40-60 minutes to complete, explains the essentials of emergency preparedness. Topics include knowing the risks, making an emergency action plan, building a 72-hour kit, staying informed and protecting personal property.

"Calgary is a resilient city and we've proven that time and again in the face of numerous challenging situations," says Tom Sampson, Chief of Calgary Emergency Management Agency. "The Ready Calgary course will help individuals, families and communities to become even more resilient, so that when emergencies and disasters do happen, life in Calgary can return to normal as soon as possible."

The eLearning course outlines simple preparedness actions Calgarians can take now to help themselves during an emergency or disaster, and allow first responders to help others who are more vulnerable.

To take the course online and learn more about emergency preparedness in your home, workplace and community, visit our website.