Public Education & Awareness

The primary objective of the public awareness and education programs and services of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA) is to create an informed public that knows the steps that should be taken to prevent and respond to a wide range of emergency incidents. These steps are to protect life, property, and the environment, and to promptly notify emergency response services.

Emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility. The basic tenet of public awareness and education is to increase their knowledge to enable safe attitudes and behaviours.

AEMA provides informational materials and resources to keep the public informed on a variety of topics ranging from fire prevention and safety, injury prevention, hazardous materials awareness, severe storm and flood preparedness, winter weather preparedness, self sufficiency for the first 72 hours after an emergency to pandemic flu preparedness, and more. In addition, during specific emergency situations, AEMA decides on the type of information to be made available to the public.

AEMA reaches the public through a number of methods. These include programs that are targeted to specific audiences such as school children, First Nations, seniors or the disabled; and programs and services that are directed to the general public through campaigns, publications, and teaching resources. Radio, television, newspapers, community public educators, AEMA staff, the audio-visual library, and the website play a vital role in providing public awareness/information messages of AEMA to the public.

The links below provide access to public awareness and education programs and services of AEMA: