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Town of Canmore Emergency Plans
The Town of Canmore regularly reviews and updates our comprehensive internal Municipal Emergency Management Plan. Every emergency is different, and there are plans and evacuation routes in place which are dependent upon the specific circumstances of the emergency. Sometimes those circumstances change quickly, and plans need to change. Residents need to be prepared with an emergency kit, know where to go to get emergency instructions, and follow instructions when the time comes.
Are you prepared?
In an emergency situation, you may be isolated for up to 72 hours. Is your home ready for an emergency? Do you have an emergency plan? Here are some steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family in case of an emergency.
One of the most important things you’ll need during an emergency is information.
In the case of an emergency, we will provide updates from the Town of Canmore on:
- Our Emergency Alert webpage
- Emergency newsletter (sign up at the top of this page to receive it)
- Town of Canmore's Facebook page
- Local media including Rocky Mountain Outlook, Crag and Canyon, and 106.5 Mountain FM (keep radio and batteries on hand)
- Alberta Emergency Alerts (if life-threatening) Click here to sign up for alerts and download the Alberta Emergency Alert app onto your phone. Visit the Alberta Emergency Alert website for current alerts
Know the Common Hazards and Know What to do
· Learn what to do before, during, and after a flood
· Click here for information about current fire bans or restrictions and tips for safe fires.
· Learn what to do before, during, and after a wildfire
Do you know what you would do if you had a single hour to evacuate in the case of an emergency? What would you do first?
Every home needs an emergency plan. Click on a link below to take 20 minutes to make a family emergency plan and emergency kit. Your future self will be grateful for when you need it most.
Know Your Neighbour
Increase your emergency preparedness by strengthening social connections with your neighbours. Being prepared is not only about having the right supplies. Your ability to recover from unexpected situations also relies on your connections to others.
Get to know who has young children, seniors with decreased mobility, newcomers with limited English, people with disabilities, or others who may need extra support in an emergency.
· Smile, wave and introduce yourself
· Ask for help – if you are going out of town, ask them to pick up your mail or feed your cat, let them know you are happy to reciprocate!
· Host block party or a neighbourhood movie night
In the Case of an Emergency Evacuation
An Evacuation Alert tells people to prepare for an evacuation.
An Evacuation Order tells people to evacuate immediately. This may happen in circumstances where there is little or no time to notify, or following an evacuation alert.
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There are situations where it is safer for people to stay in the home or building where they are during a sudden emergency.
We will not ask you to leave your house unless there is reason to believe you are in danger. If you are ordered to evacuate, please do so, and either go to the reception centre that will be set up, or an alternative safe place to stay.
Take your emergency kit, essential medications, copies of prescriptions, personal identification of each family member, and a cellular phone with you. Take pets with you, lock your home, and use travel routes specified. Stay informed using the channels outlined above.
Disaster Recovery Program
Recovering from a disaster is difficult. The Government of Alberta makes it easier by providing financial assistance through the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) to qualifying applicants to help restore uninsurable property lost or damaged by a disaster to its basic, pre-disaster functional condition.
· A $500,000 funding cap per homeowner application, and
· A one-time limit on disaster financial assistance per property.
Click here to learn more about how this may impact you