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Disaster Preparation & Recovery

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Prepare You Family

Disasters can occur at any time. Knowing the potential risks for your region can help you prepare yourself and your family.

Public Safety Canada advises that you should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours if a disaster happens in your community because it may take emergency workers time to get to you as they help those in desperate need first.

You can lessen the impact of any emergency or disaster by knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency and by having your emergency kits ready.  Visit the Government of Canada's Get Prepared website for helpful website and download your free Emergency Preparedness Guide, or create your own Emergency Preparedness Plan.  You can also visit the Public Safety Canada to see the federal government's emergency framework.

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Shelter in Place
Shelter in place is a way to protect your household from toxic chemical release and/or harmful materials released into the air during disasters.

CF has established its Community Awareness & Emergency Response (CAER) program which works to maintain a high level of community awareness with Shelter in Place information. CF shares its information to help ensure that in the event of an incident, public safety officials and the community itself has the information and expertise they need to respond effectively to protect the public.

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Flood Preparation
Flooding is our most prominent disaster in The City Medicine Hat and Region. EM continually works with the Province of Alberta to ensure that residents are informed about any potential flooding that could occur in the City, Town and County. The potential for flooding is dependent on four factors:

  • rainfall
  • soil moisture
  • snowpack
  • temperature

If flooding becomes an issue for the City of Medicine Hat, EM will work with all applicable City Departments to provide the most up-to-date information. Information updates are typically provided via the City website, local media, social media and through a flood information hot line. For all City news, visit the City newsroom.

For more information about flood preparedness, see the links below: 

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Disaster Recovery Claims
Should a disaster impact the City and/or the region on a scale that prompts a declaration of a State of Local Emergency (SOLE), a damage recovery claims program will generally be established by, or in concert with, Alberta Municipal Affairs (Alberta Emergency Management Agency).

Information regarding the claims application process will be advertised through various media outlets including this website. Directions for how claimants can have applications processed will be released immediately following a disaster.

For more information about Disaster Recovery Claims, please visit the Government of Alberta Disaster Recovery Programs.

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Helpful Resources

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