EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT SERVICES
Turner Valley Emergency Management Services (TVEMS) prepares for and responds to major emergencies and disasters that may impact Turner Valley residents, their health, properties, or livelihoods.
TVEMS is responsible for developing programs and plans to prevent disasters if possible and for reducing the vulnerability of residents to any disaster that cannot be prevented.
In the event of a major emergency or disaster, we ensure a coordinated response by working with the RCMP, Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, utility providers, industry, and provincial and federal government.
BEFORE A DISASTER
Information to prepare yourself, and/or your family for disaster
IF DISASTER STRIKES
Informationon evacuations, sheltering in place, floods, storms, and power outages
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR PETS
Information to prepare for your pets for disaster
Every household should have a 72-hour kit – that is supplies to support you and your family for 3 days in an emergency situation. Voluntary or mandatory evacuation notices may be issued that may require that you leave your home immediately; taking time to gather essential items may not be possible or may place you in danger. Emergency services, TVEMS and others will respond in the event of a disaster, but they may be busy assisting those in immediate danger.
KNOW THE RISKS, MAKE A PLAN, GET A KIT
EMERGENCY KIT SHOPPING LIST
CHECK YOURSELF, YOUR HOME, AND NEIGHBOURS
Use a flashlight – do not light matches or turn on the electrical switches if you suspect damage or smell gas
Check for fires and fire hazards
Sniff for gas leaks, starting at the water heater. If you smell gas, turn off the main gas valve, open windows and get everyone outside quickly. For information on safe procedures for shutting off the main gas valve, contact your gas company
Shut off any other damaged utilities. For information on safe procedures for shutting off utilities, contact your utility provider
Confine or secure your pets
Check on your neighbours, especially the elderly or people with disabilities
Help anyone who is injured
GET YOUR EMERGENCY KIT
LISTEN TO YOUR LOCAL RADIO STATION FOR INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION
DO NOT USE CELLULAR TELEPHONES UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY
Remember, if you turn off the gas, it should only be turned back on by a professional from the gas company.
A voluntary or mandatory evacuation notice may be issued during a major emergency or disaster. You will be notified of an evacuation by one or several means: Alberta Emergency Alert broadcast interruptions (television and radio), authorities coming to you home or community, or louldhailers. Instructions on the best route to take (to avoid hazards) and the location of a receiving center will be provided.
“SHELTER IN PLACE”
In some situations such as a hazardous chemical release – a sour gas leak, for instance – you may be instructed to “shelter-in-place.” This means take immediate shelter indoors where you are – at home, at school, or at work.
To “shelter-in place”, follow these instructions:
Close all windows and doors.
Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems.
Close the fireplace damper(s).
Go to interior room (if possible, one without windows) that is above ground level.
Take your emergency kit into the room, including a radio and a cell phone.
Monitor your television, radio, or AEA Website until you are told all is safe, or you are advised to evacuate.
If the odour is strong, seal the inside room as much as possible by placing wet towels at the base of the door. Breather through a damp towel to filter the air. Duct tape all registers, air openings and windows in the room.
Those with chronic conditions and breathing difficulties may be more affected and should seek medical attention as soon as possible – dial 911.
If an emergency occurs and you are forced to leave your home, take your pet(s) with you. Leaving your pet behind, even if you’ve done your best to ensure they are comfortable and safe, is not the best option as you might not be able to return as quickly as hoped.
Most emergency shelters do not have room for pets, so it’s important you plan ahead. Have a list of friends or relatives who can take your pets in emergency situations, as well as contact information for kennels and vet clinics.
Always make sure your pets are wearing collars and identification tags, so that if separated, you can more easily be reunited. Have a leash, kennel, pet food and water as part of your 72-hour kit.
The following links can also help you prepare for a disaster and monitor weather conditions.
ALBERTA EMERGENCY ALERT
Alerts are distributed to the public through various outlets including:
Radio and television
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc)
PUBLIC SAFETY CANADA
ALBERTA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY