It’s Emergency Preparedness Week (May 7-13).
For those of us in Northern Alberta, the greatest risk in the summer is fire. It was quite dry yesterday and the Fire Danger was High – but we had a good heavy rain last night! Currently the Fire Danger level is Low in our area, and Low to Moderate in most of Alberta.
Meanwhile, western and central Quebec is struggling with flooding and is receiving assistance from the Canadian Forces.
In B.C. rain and warm temperatures, plus the melting snow-pack have caused flooding and mudslides. Homes have been evacuated, highways are closed and at least two men are missing in British Columbia’s Interior. The City of West Kelowna has declared a state of emergency.
Sign-Up for Alberta emergency alerts … there are apps for Android and Apple devices, and more. Load the app on your mobile phone and set it to give alerts for your local area. For more information visit: http://www.emergencyalert.alberta.ca/content/about/signup.html There is also an Alberta Wildfire App available from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
Emergency Preparedness Week – Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA)
Fire Weather Maps – Canadian Wildland Fire Information System
Wildfire Status Map – Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Emergency Preparedness Week – Government of Canada, with links to other provincial emergency management agencies.