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Emergency Response

Did You Know?

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland is Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region.

Given current pressures, the North Saskatchewan River has the capacity to handle all water demands for all users.

The overall water quality of our river is good and has in fact improved substantially over the past 50 years.

Emergencies happen, and Alberta has experienced its share. How well we prepare can prevent an emergency from becoming a disaster. As individuals, municipalities and industry operators, we all share a role in being prepared, and having plans in place to respond to emergencies.

In our region, local mutual aid emergency response organization, Northeast Region Community Awareness Emergency Response (NR CAER), brings together emergency response professionals from 9 municipalities and more than 30 industries. In 1991, the group formed to be able to assist one another, and draw on each other’s strengths in the event of a large-scale incident. Through the NR CAER mutual aid emergency response plan, member resources can be accessed, allowing for a response to “get big quick” in a large-scale emergency. Members train together and meet regularly with a number of response partners, including RCMP, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Energy Regulator, and Alberta Environment SRD

Through NR CAER, members work closely on an ongoing basis on the following:

  • Mutual aid emergency response planning
  • Community Notification and information exchange through the UPDATEline 1-866-653-9959
  • Shelter in Place community safety education
  • Common training, including exercises and simulations
  • Sharing best practices in emergency management
  • Maintaining a strong emergency management network in advance of an emergency

Initiatives and Progress for 2016

  • NRCAER celebrates 25 years in 2016. A full day symposium, ongoing Incident Command System (ICS) training and emergency response exercises are planned for the year.
  • Outreach to the community will take place during Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1- 7) and other community events throughout the year.

Do your part! Take steps to ensure you and your family are safe, informed and prepared. Many resources are available through your municipal website, and the following links:

Northeast Region CAER

General Inquiries: 780.424.0162

Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development

Information Centre: 780.427.2700

Alberta Energy Regulator

Customer Contact Centre: 403.297.8311