Emergencies and disasters can happen quickly. Sign up for advisories and alerts so you know when emergencies or disasters occur in your area.
During an emergency or disaster, listen to radio and TV for more information from local authorities/ Always follow instructions from authorities — they will give you information to keep you safe.
Alert Ready is Canada’s national alerting system. It automatically sends life-saving emergency alerts through television, radio and compatible mobile devices.
Alberta Emergency Alert
Alberta Emergency Alert is Alberta's emergency alerting system. Communities issue emergency alerts when a disaster or emergency is occurring and provide life-saving instructions.
These alerts are broadcast on television and radio, and posted on social media. Download the Alberta Emergency Alert app on your smartphone or tablet from the Apple Store or Google Play store, or text FollowAB_EmergAlert to 21212 to receive text notifications.
Weather watches, warnings and statements
Weather advisories – including heat warnings, extreme cold warnings, snowfall warnings, tornado watches and more – are issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada when severe weather poses a threat to Canadians.
- A special weather statement lets you know of a possible hazard for awareness only, as the impacts are expected to be minimal or the likelihood of the hazard occuring is uncertain.
- An advisory is issued for specific weather hazard is occurring, will occur or is expected to occur, but where the impacts are less severe.
- A watch is issued for weather conditions that are favourable for a storm or severe weather that could be dangerous to the public.
- A warning is issued when severe weather is either occurring or will occur.
Health advisories and warnings
Health advisories are issued by Alberta Health Services when there is a risk to the general population or more at-risk groups, like children, seniors and those with certain health conditions. These advisories include air quality advisories, heat advisories, blue-green algae advisories, boil water advisories and more.
Fire advisories, restrictions and bans
Fire advisories, restrictions and bans are issued when there is increased risk of a fire and people in the community need to take action to prevent urban fires and/or wildfires.
Fire advisories, restrictions and bans are posted to Alberta Fire Bans; call the Alberta Fire Bans information line at 1-866-FYI-FIRE (1-866-394-3473). Download the Alberta Fire Bans app on your smartphone or tablet from the Apple Store or Google Play store.
Alberta Wildfire posts the latest updates on the status of all wildfires burning in Alberta. Report a wildfire by calling toll-free to 310-FIRE (310-3473). Download the Alberta Wildfire app on your smartphone or tablet from the Apple Store or Google Play store.
Flood advisories and warnings
Flood and ice advisories, watches and warnings are issued by the Government of Alberta. They are issued when weather or river forecasts suggest a provincial waterway could flood.
These notifications are referred to as any of the following:
- high streamflow and spring runoff advisory
- flood watch
- flood warning
- ice advisory and spring runoff advisory
- ice jam watch
- ice jam warning
Alberta’s Industrial Heartland information line
Many municipalities in the Sturgeon Regional Emergency Management Partnership belong to an organization called NRCAER. This stands for Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response. NRCAER maintains an update line where municipalities and industry can upload messages about events going on within the NRCAER boundaries for residents to be aware of.
Call the update line at 1-866-653-9959.