FLOOD SEASON: ARE YOU PREPARED?
While spring brings the promise of warm weather and longer days, it can also bring heavy rain and rapid snow-melt that may increase your flood risk.
Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Alberta and can occur at any time of the year. You do not need to live near a river to be affected.
- Ensure melting snow piles are away from basement windows and doors.
- Put weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground level doors, if accessible.
- Install the drainage for downspouts a sufficient distance from your residence, or ensure spouts drain away from the house.
- Consider installing a sump pump or zero reverse flow valve in the basement to protect against high groundwater saturation and sewer backup in your home.
- Ensure items stored in the basement are protected by either keeping them off the floor or using plastic/sealed containers for important paperwork or sentimental items.
Protect your home this flood season with these valuable tips.
For more information on Emergency Management in Alberta, visit the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) website.
72 Hours: Are you Prepared?
If an emergency happens in your community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.
Learn how quick and easy it is to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies-- anytime, anywhere. Use this Emergency Preparedness Guide to create your own emergency plan. Use the checklists to build a 72-hour emergency kit. These basic steps will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.
Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals
Do you know how to protect your farm animals from risks posed by natural disasters, including collapsed barns, freezing weather, flooding, dehydration, and electrocution?
From barn fires to hazardous materials spills to natural disasters, emergency situations often call for special measures to shelter, care for, or transport farm pets, livestock, and poultry.
Safeguard your animals, your property, and your business by taking precautions now, no matter what the risks are in your area. Make an Emergency Plan with the Emergency Preparedness for Farm Animals guide.
For more information on Emergency Preparedness, visit getprepared.ca
Rural Emergency Plans
The Rural Emergency Plan is a new tool created by farmers and those on the front lines of emergency response. The REP is a personalized, easy-to-use tool for rural landowners to prepare for personal and environmental safety emergencies on their farms, ranches, and acreages. It's also a way to let emergency responders know critically important information about rural properties so they can respond to emergencies quickly, effectively and safely.
Basically, a REP is an emergency response map that each participant fills out for their own location. It is stored in a simple PVC tube holder typically mounted on the main power pole or another central area where it can be easily identified and accessed by emergency personnel.
Kneehill County has a limited number of Rural Emergency Plans and tubes free of charge, available for pick up at the County office. For more information, visit ruralemergencyplan.com.
The Kneehill Regional Emergency Management Agency (KREMA) is the core to Kneehill County's emergency management process. KREMA is a regional initiative involving the municipalities of Trochu, Three Hills, Linden, Carbon, Acme and Kneehill County. The Agency meets quarterly to discuss and make updates to the plan, including risk assessments.
Kneehill County Emergency Contacts:
Director Emergency Management: Deb Grosfield
Deputy Director Emergency Management: Laurie Watt
Deputy Director Emergency Management: Natalie Chubala
After Hours Emergencies: 403-443-5541
KREMA Hosts Emergency Management Exercise
On Friday, October 12, 2018, the Kneehill Regional Emergency Management Agency (KREMA) participated in a
table-top emergency management exercise at the Acme Community Center. Funded by an Alberta Emergency Management Agency provincial grant awarded to the region, representatives from the municipal offices of Kneehill County, Three Hills, Trochu, Linden, Acme, Carbon, KRFCSS, and RCMP took part in the day's events.
The mock emergency focused on implementing Incident Command System basics to an emergency situation, demonstrating how an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) lends support to the field in an escalating emergency event and providing each member opportunity to put their emergency management skills into practice.
Through hands-on learning, the exercise taught the group what to expect in an EOC and the roles and responsibilities of each position within, facilitating and emphasizing the importance of teamwork and collaboration with each community.
KREMA plans on having more mock emergencies in the future, to build upon the valuable information and experience drawn from the exercise. The Agency continues to meet monthly to discuss regional emergency management training and initiatives.
Kneehill County's local Emergency Responders played their first Annual Fun Pitch in recognition of Emergency Preparedness Week.