When it comes to emergency preparedness and emergency management, we all have a role to play.
Individuals and families should be prepared to take care of themselves for a minimum of 72 hours during an emergency and should also understand the basic principles of first aid and safety.
First responders, such as police, paramedics or firefighters, are normally the first to respond to an emergency. They, in conjunction with local municipalities, are responsible for managing most local emergencies.
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency leads the coordination, collaboration and co-operation of all organizations involved in the prevention, preparedness and response to disasters and emergencies in Alberta, and will become involved in large-scale emergencies to provide assistance as required.
Non-government organizations, such as the Canadian Red Cross, St. John Ambulance and The Salvation Army, play an important role in emergency management, including disaster prevention/mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
Federal departments and agencies support provincial or territorial agencies, as requested. They also manage emergencies that involve areas of federal jurisdiction, such as nuclear safety, national defence and border security.