NRCaer is encouraging residents get prepared for emergency situations with the winter weather here.
 
There are many occurrences that could cause an emergency situation like a power outage this time of year. A main factor is weather hazards, such as ice storms or blizzards.
 
"We encourage people and families to think about all hazards and be prepared for 72 hours so that you can look after you and your family's needs for that length of time," executive director Brenda Gheran explained.
 
Gheran recommended that residents make an emergency preparedness kit to keep necessities together, like a first aid kit, food and water for all members and pets of the household, as well as flashlights with extra batteries. Matches, candles, manual can openers and activities are also important to have during extended power outages.
 
NRCaer has an Alberta Emergency alert app which is a free download app that contains more information about preparing for emergencies. It is available to all Albertans. They also have an online course that came out earlier this year.
 
"It's called Personal Preparedness and it guides you through building your own personal emergency kit and a grab-and-go kit. It even has pet emergency items in there and a number of tips and tricks so you can be prepared for all types of emergencies."
 
Information on the hazards and risks in the area can be found here.

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