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 8 municipalities and approximately 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” if needed 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
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: