In Alberta, a tornado can strike quickly with significant damage. Wildfires can threaten communities and restrict movement. Heavy rains can cause flash flooding. In addition to natural disasters there are other types of risks. There are power outages, industrial and major transportation incidents. As well, there is the possibility of intentional acts including terrorism on Canadian soil. The following hazards could happen in your community:
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- Power outages
- Severe storms
In Alberta, municipalities respond first to local emergencies. Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing, through the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, is also there to help when needed. The agency assists Alberta communities to mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from major emergencies and disasters. Knowing the risks will help you make a more specific emergency plan for your family and home.
To learn how to prepare for more emergencies in Alberta such as: proximity to major industrial sites, and proximity to dangerous goods routes, contact your Community Emergency Management Coordinator through your local municipal office. Or, for more information on emergency management programs in Alberta, contact the Alberta Emergency Management Agency.
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