Emergency Response

Emergency Management and Response

Although the federal and provincial governments actively engage in emergency planning, local municipalities are often the first to respond to emergencies and are therefore required to have plans and resources in place to respond to an emergency situation.

In case of a significant emergency event in the Sturgeon region, officials may require additional measures including providing instructions to protect people within the area. This section provides information on typical actions such as evacuation orders, reception centres, and sheltering in place.

IN CASE OF AN ACTUAL EMERGENCY EVENT, INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS WILL BE CONTAINED WITHIN THIS SECTION.

What is an emergency?

Alberta’s Emergency Management Act describes an emergency is an event that requires prompt co-ordination of action or special regulation of persons or property to protect the safety, health or welfare of people, or to limit damage to property.

Some emergencies such as house fires happen frequently with localized impact. Others, such as floods and ice storms, are less common but have severe consequences on the community and the environment. Some emergencies, such as hurricanes, are predictable and offer time to prepare. Others, such as major traffic accidents and spills of hazardous material are unexpected and give no warning.

The number, intensity, and consequences of emergencies and disasters—both in terms of people affected and financial costs—are increasing.

What is the difference between emergencies and disasters?

Emergencies and disasters have distinct qualities that make them different from each other. Do you know the difference?