Municipalities and Response
At all times, local authorities in Alberta’s municipalities are responsible for managing the first response to an emergency event. When an emergency event exceeds the capabilities of a municipal response or there is a significant threat to life and property, the Alberta Emergency Management Agency coordinates the Government of Alberta’s support to the municipality by linking them with resources to help manage the event.
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency also supports municipalities through field staff. The Field Operations Unit provides direct service and program delivery to local stakeholders through fourteen field officers and four First Nations field officers who are deployed throughout the province.
Services to community and industry stakeholders include, but are not limited to, emergency and response planning advice and support, public awareness and prevention program support, conflict resolution support, emergency preparedness planning and support and specific emergency management and technical guidance to stakeholders. Included in these services is emergency management support to First Nations on a level comparable to that delivered to other Alberta communities.
The Field Operations Section is also responsible for the delivery of a variety of training programs to municipalities and industrial partners/stakeholders. In addition, the unit’s field officers can deploy to assist communities, industry and government with managing emergency events or disasters.
The Alberta Emergency Management Agency also provides Alberta’s municipalities with the Alberta Emergency Alert, a tool that municipal officials can use to quickly warn their residents about emergency events.