Reception/Evacuation Centres

Active Reception Centres

In the event of a Regional Emergency Response, the partner municipalities will band together to assist each other, not only with emergency responders, but with resources to assist evacuees at Reception Centres. This may mean that the Reception Centre is not in your municipality.

Listen carefully to directions provided by the affected municipalities and use the listings below to locate an active Reception Center near you!

ACTIVE RECEPTION CENTRES: There are no active Reception Centres at this time.
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Evacuation/Reception Centre Supplies

The following outlines items you should plan to bring with you in case of evacuation including items you may need in an Emergency Evacuation or Reception Centre.


Pets may not be allowed in reception centres, but you need to plan for their safety during an evacuation

  • Pet ID tags
  • Collar, leashes
  • Pet medications
  • Water and food dishes
  • Recent photo


Disabilities are considered when configuring a reception center, but sometimes physical barricades exist.

  • Walker / scooter / cane
  • Personal medical supplies
  • Medications
  • Contact information for support worker / association
  • Copy of prescriptions or special needs products


Children have limited play options in reception centres 

  • Passports or child identification information
  • Small games (cards or electronics)
  • Favorite toy/comfort items
  • Extra clothing
  • Medications
  • Contact information if separated


  • Birth certificates / passports
  • Vehicle & home insurance information
  • Alberta health care card
  • Computers (laptops, tablets, ear buds, chargers)
  • Important legal papers (home title, ownership documents, etc)
  • Marriage certificate
  • Tax returns
  • Bank information


  • Cash
  • Credit/debit cards
  • Wallet/purse
  • Bank books
  • Blank cheques/cheque books


  • Analgesics
  • First aid kit
  • Motion sickness
  • Dentures
  • Prescription glasses
  • Prescription hearing aids
  • Prescription medications
  • Medic alert information or id tags 

Jewelry / Sentimental   

  • Medals/awards/honors/pins
  • Family heirlooms / irreplaceable keepsakes
  • Family bible or religious text
  • Original paintings, photos, slides, movies, etc.
  • Gold/silver/precious and semi precious items

Food / Water / Toiletries

  • Manual can opener
  • Non-perishable ready-to-eat food
  • Pet food
  • Water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Sanitary devices / supplies
  • Personal hygiene items (soap, shaving, deodorant, sanitary items)
  • Toothbrushes / paste
  • Towels / wash cloths


  • One complete change of clothes per person
  • Several pairs of underwear /socks per person
  • Coats/ jackets/ footwear to suit the season
  • Sleepwear (could be in a dormitory style set up)

Time Permitting

  • Cameras / chargers / cell phones
  • Covered container (emergency toilet)
  • Flashlight/ extra batteries
  • Portable radio and extra batteries
  • Reading and recreational items

What Not to Bring to a Reception Centre

The evacuation process is implemented to make people safe and comfortable in a stressful and difficult time. For this reason some items are not permitted at the Reception Centre due to their illegality, dangerous nature or allergic reactions.

Here are a few examples of prohibited items:

  • Large quantities of fuel (gasoline, diesel, propane)
  • Firearms and Ammunition
  • Alcohol or cannabis products
  • Street drugs
  • Pets (may be redirected to alternate locations)
  • Weapons (Knives, Clubs, Chains, etc.)