Let’s be honest — you can expect anything here in Calgary. From flash floods, to power outages, to sudden blizzards (that means you, Snow-tember), we’ve seen it all.
As the city grows, so does the population and infrastructure. With more people, buildings, businesses, and services, there are not only more hazards and risks, but we’re more vulnerable than ever to an emergency or natural disaster.
In order to reduce the impact of these events, it’s important to educate yourself on emergency procedures so that you can be aware of the risks, prepare yourself, and bounce back if something ever does happen.
The City of Calgary has made it their mission to provide Calgarians with the tools and resources we need so that we can be prepared for whatever is coming next. But it never hurts to do your own research into the unique issues that our city may face in the future and how you can ensure that you and your loved ones are ready should the worst happen.
What can you do to prepare?
Despite the crazy weather changes and Chinook winds, it’s hard not to love this city — so it’s our job to ensure that we protect ourselves and our fellow Calgarians in the event of an emergency.
The easiest way to do this is to make sure that your home, workplace, and car are equipped with 72-hour emergency kits and develop an emergency action plan with your family or friends. Knowing how to assess potential hazards and risks and being educated on the safest reaction is key as well.
Want to put your knowledge to the test? Take the short quiz below and see if you’re ready for an emergency in Calgary.
What programs and resources are available?
Not sure where to begin? Don’t worry, the Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) has got you covered. They’ve put together an emergency preparedness program, called Ready Calgary, that has been designed to inform, educate, and build resilience among Calgarians. They’re looking to empower individuals so that as a community, we can learn from the past and be better prepared for the future.
The course is completely free, doesn’t take much time to compete, and covers how to prepare your home and family in the case of an unexpected emergency. It will only take you about an hour and can be done online.
As a sprawling prairie city, Calgary comes with its own unique set of risks. You can’t be prepared for everything — especially with how temperamental Mother Nature seems to be these days — but you can take steps to make sure our amazing city (and its residents!) are kept as safe as possible.