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Being Prepared...
Be prepared for any emergency.
Are you and your family prepared if disaster strikes? In a large-scale disaster, responders may be busy helping those most in need. You can do your part by preparing ahead of time, in the event of a disaster. The best emergency planners know that it's not a question of if a disaster strikes, but when a disaster will strike.

Follow these guidelines and visit the following websites, to make sure you are prepared.

How information is disseminated during a disaster is a key part of our preparedness strategy. By signing up for Emergency Alerts, residents will receive accurate and timely information. Please read the following for more information:
  • Sign up for Emergency Alert to have Lloydminster emergency notifications sent directly to you via call or text or email. Emergency Alerts will only be issued for immediate or occurring disaster events.
  • Information sent in an Emergency Alert call/text/email may include the type of disaster event and a set of brief instructions for residents to follow.
  • Emergency Alert is meant to supplement the Alberta Emergency Alert System by notifying residents directly via call/text/email of immediate danger. You must sign up for Emergency Alert to receive this service.
  • When you receive an Emergency Alert message, turn on your radio and tune into one of the following local radio stations: 95.9 Lloyd FM or 106.1 FM The Goat. The City will disseminate information to these local radio stations.
If you are experiencing or come across an emergency or disaster, please call 911. Notification to the appropriate response organizations begins here.


Prepare a 72-hour household emergency kit with enough supplies to last 72 hours for you and your family including: 

  • Non-perishable foods
  • Bottled water
  • First-aid kit
  • Battery or crank-operated radio and flashlight, extra batteries
  • Important documents and identification
  • Prescription medication and emergency phone numbers
  • Change of clothes
  • Extra infant items that are regularly refreshed (such as diapers, bottles and formula)
  • Petty cash (in case ATM’s are not working)
  • Extra house keys
  • Duct tape
  • Sleeping bags/blankets
  • Toilet paper

You may also want to consider saving important documents on a flash drive and storing the flash drive with your emergency kit.

Prepare a kit for your car as well including:

  • Blankets, winter clothing (winter boots, mitts, snow insulated snow pants)
  • Shovel
  • Cat litter, sand or old towel for traction
  • Booster cables
  • First-aid kit and high-energy non-perishable food items (such as granola bars, trail mix, etc.)
  • Whistle, flares, battery or crank-operated radio and flashlight
  • Seatbelt and window-breaker tool
  • Roadside assistance number and cell phone charger
  • Fire extinguisher, water-proof matches, long burning candles and deep can (for candles)
  • Tow rope and/or chain


Prepare your Children...

Seven Reasons Why Your Children Should Be Prepared

1. The earlier we educate our children about hazards, how to prepare and respond to them, the more likely they will carry this information and a prepared attitude with them through life.

2. Educating children about hazards and how to cope with them may help reduce the fear often associated with the word "disaster."

3. Many older children are now caring for younger siblings before and after school. Just as they should be trained in first-aid in order to mitigate the effects of an emergency in the house when you're not home, so too should they be educated about the hazards outside the home that can affect them, such as: shelter-in-place, tornado, severe storm safety, family emergency plan, etc.

4. Children often incur the same vulnerabilities as their parents. For example, if you don't have your own transportation or don't have an established social network of friends that you can rely on to help you in a disaster, your children will also lack these resources in a disaster. It doesn't matter where you live, there are always hazards and vulnerabilities based on your living location and family's unique circumstances.

5. Children can be incredibly creative! Involve them in finding solutions to reducing your family's vulnerability and creating your family's unique emergency plan.

6. As adults, when it comes to our own safety we sometimes adopt the "It will never happen to me" attitude. That is, until it does happen to us and we are left wondering why we didn't prepare sooner. Fortunately, we tend to put our children ahead of ourselves, which is why they can be great motivators and catalysts of emergency preparedness information for not only their parents and siblings, but grandparents, extended family and friends.

7. Engaging children in emergency management is easy and fun! Talk to your kids about the hazards in your neighbourhood, the vulnerabilities your family may face and how you can work as a family to address those and what the City of Lloydminster is doing to address, prepare for and mitigate the effects of hazards.

Inspiring Examples of Children Effectively Reducing Disaster Risk:
  • 2005 Pakistan Earthquake: Children conducted a community needs assessments (Save the Children).
  • Tropical Storm Ida, 2009 El Salvador: Community members evacuated to shelters with the help of young people (Plan International).
  • 2004 Tsunami, Thailand: Ten-year-old Tilly Smith alerted and subsequently saved almost 100 tourists just minutes before the 2004 tsunami in Thailand, having learned about tsunamis in school two weeks earlier.
  • Several New Zealand children have been credited with helping to save lives thanks to tsunami and earthquake education in school.
  • In Bangladesh and the Philippines, children's disaster risk reduction groups have been recognized at the local government level (Plan International).

For more information, visit:



Preparing for someone with special needs...
It’s been said that people with special needs are often their own best emergency planners, as special needs can vary diversely. Some basic things to keep in mind when preparing your personal emergency kit, in addition to those listed under preparedness, include considerations such as assistive devices like wheelchairs, walkers, canes, hearing aids etc., a minimum of one week’s worth of prescription medications, extra batteries for support devices, a back-up plan for power outages, transportation requirements and service animal provisions.

For more information on planning for special needs, including disability specific planning guides and videos for special needs planning, please visit Independent Living Resource Centre’s Disaster Emergency Management Network and the BC Coalition for People with Disabilities.



Prepare for your Pets...
Don't forget about your pets in the event of a disaster. Pack an emergency kit for your pets, as well as the rest of your family. Should you become separated from your pet, be sure to also include the following items in your personal disaster kit: pet first-aid kit, kennel phone numbers and/or phone numbers of friends or family who you've made arrangements with ahead of time to care for your pet in an emergency. Include the following:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Feeding Dishes
  • Leash
  • Collar
  • Carrier/Kennel
  • Copies of Vaccinations
  • Waste Disposal Items (waste bags, cat litter)
  • Cleaning Supplies for Pet Dishes
  • Paper Towel
  • Comfort Toy
  • Blanket
  • Pet ID
  • Prescribed Pet Medication
  • Photos of Your and Your Pet for Identification


Additional Preparation...

You may also want to create a snowmobile emergency kit that may include:

  • Compass
  • Tarp
  • Small tool kit
  • Extra ignition key
  • GPS

Are you a first responder or will you be required to respond in a large-scale disaster? If so, you may want to consider preparing a personal “go-bag” for yourself that you can take with you as you report to work.

This may include: 

  • Work specific emergency plans (paper and/or electronic)
  • Workplace keys, work phone and charger
  • Spare change of clothes and appropriate footwear
  • Flash drive with important information
  • Any other personal effects you may need over a period of a few days including family emergency contact information

Travel outside of the country

It’s important to be prepared for emergencies both at home and while travelling abroad. Before travelling, familiarize yourself with local hazards in your destination location as well as any emergency plans or precautions local governments have in place.

Canadian Foreign Affairs recommends that before travelling you register online using the Registration of Canadians Online tool. This tool allows government officials to contact you and assist you if needed. It’s also recommended you carry the contact number for Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada’s Emergency Operations Centre with you. It’s open 24/7 and accepts collect calls (where available) from Canadians abroad needing help. The number is: 613-996-8885.

For more information on safe travel outside of the country, including travel advisories, travelling with children, traveller’s checklist, advice for cruise travellers, hurricane season, working and retiring abroad, please visit Government of Canada.

Also, helpful for women travelling alone from the Government of Canada is Safe Travel for Women Travelling Alone.




For advice on how to be prepared, visit Public Safety Canada.

For more information about snowmobile emergency preparedness, visit Safe Riders.


Contact Us
Contact
Jordan Newton
Senior Manager, Emergency Services
Email
P: 780 874-3710 ext. 2905

In an emergency or disaster, please call 911.