Alberta Emergency Alert
Alberta Emergency Alert is designed to provide information when there is an unexpected and unusual threat to Albertans. When an alert comes through your radio, television, phone or internet, take immediate action. If an emergency develops, you should follow the safety instructions provided by an alert to protect yourself and your family.
Based on the urgency, severity and certainty of the alert, an emergency message will air directly over television, radio, social media, the mobile application and through partner distribution channels such as websites and municipal road signs.
Sign up to receive direct alerts
Alberta Emergency Alerts are issued by the communities where a disaster or emergency is occurring. By signing up to receive this information directly, you will be better informed about potential risks to your health, safety or community.
- Download the Alberta Emergency Alert mobile application for Android and Apple.
The app has the following features:
- Allows alerts to be delivered based on current location (“where you are”);
- Receive alerts for preselected areas (“where loved ones may be located”);
- Allow the user to change the alert tone for informational alerts; and
- Links to the emergency preparedness website with details of the 72-hour Emergency kit.
Emergencies are unpredictable. Disaster can happen with little or no warning, leaving affected communities and individuals with limited time to prepare. Ensure you and your family are ready for an emergency. Prepare an emergency kit and be ready to stop, listen and respond.
How the system works
Alberta Emergency Alert works with its partners to distribute emergency alert messages as widely and as rapidly as possible. Alerts are issued by authorized users, designated and trained emergency personnel, Environment Canada and other public safety partners.
Local government officials can use Alberta Emergency Alert to warn residents about emerging situations that threaten life and property and advise residents about precautions and actions they can take. If you believe that an Alberta Emergency Alert should be issued in your area, please contact your municipal office.
Alerts can be issued for various scenarios, at either an information or critical level of emergency. A list of the types of alerts that can be issued is available. You can also listen to an audio clip of an alert sample that Alberta Emergency Alert uses to test the system on a quarterly basis
Alberta's first public warning system, called Emergency Public Warning System (EPWS), was created in 1992. The EPWS was the first rapid warning system of its kind to use media outlets to broadcast critical life-saving information directly to the public.
In 2011 the existing system was upgraded to address the changes in technology as radio and television moved from analogue to digital. The new system, called Alberta Emergency Alert, works together with broadcasters, government emergency management officials and key agencies to issue warnings to the public.
In 2014 a mobile application was developed to provide the public with critical and life-saving notifications regarding disaster and emergency events directly to their hand-held device.
Alberta Emergency Alert is issued through partners who create and broadcast alerts to the public.
An Alberta Emergency Alert can be issued by individuals who have been designated by their community, organization, or department. Authorized users may include:
- Emergency Managers
- Municipal Officials
- First Nation Representatives
- Provincial Government Departments (i.e. Alberta Emergency Management Agency, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development)
- Federal Government Departments (i.e. Environment and Climate Change Canada)
- Alberta Police Services are also authorized to issue AMBER Alerts, which notify the public if a child or an adult with a proven mental or physical disability has been abducted.