Town of Canmore

Emergency Preparedness

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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.

Stay Informed

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:

Evacuation Zones Map

Know the Common Hazards and Know What to do

·  During the flood season, stay up to date with the latest high-water monitoring information
·  Learn what to do before, during, and after a flood
Power and water outages
Severe Storms
Chemical releases

Be Prepared

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.

  1. Build an emergency kit
  2. Pet Preparedness
  3. Make an emergency plan
  4. Emergency preparedness 

Emergency Preparedness Week
Every year in the first week of May, we join emergency management organizations across Canada to recognize Emergency Preparedness Week. Follow the Town of Canmore's Facebook account for emergency preparedness tips and resources to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared.

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.

Ideas for Increasing Connection
If you are not already familiar with your neighbours, consider reaching out and making those connections! 

·    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.


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.

Following Emergency Orders
When an emergency exists, sometimes residents are asked to take action to ensure that everyone, including residents and emergency personnel, is kept safe. If orders are issued, please follow them. They are issued for the safety of everyone involved.

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. 

The Government of Alberta announced changes to the program in 2021 that include:
· A new 90:10 cost-sharing arrangement with local governments and private-sector applicants, which include homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, landlords, agriculture operations, condominium associations, and not-for-profit organizations and cooperatives

· 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

Learn More

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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