Evacuations

You will be informed of potential evacuations as early as possible. You must take the initiative to stay informed and aware. Evacuation routes, timing and affected areas will change depending on the situation. Evacuation zones may be specified, but in the event of a large wildfire, a community-wide evacuation is more likely to happen.

Keep a full tank of gas in your vehicle at all times and have an emergency kit ready to go.


Alerts 


The Municipality of Jasper will issue two kinds of notices. Know the difference! 


Evacuation Alert:

 An Evacuation Alert tells people to prepare for an evacuation. If you are ready to go and can evacuate early, please do so.

Evacuation Order:

 An Evacuation Order tells people to evacuate immediately. This may happen in circumstances where there is little or no time to notify, or following an Evacuation Alert.

If an emergency is in progress but no evacuation is required, information updates will be provided. If you have to evacuate, make a plan to go visit family or friends who live outside of Jasper, or go camping! During an evacuation, a reception centre will be set up to help people who have nowhere to go. The location of the reception centre will be included in emergency notifications.

How to evacuate  


Evacuation zones


Jasper has been divided into several evacuation zones. Know which zone you live in, which zone your children attend school in, and which zone you work in. First responders will use these zones to identify which parts of town must be evacuated. Evacuation zones may be specified, but during an event like a large wildfire, a community-wide evacuation is more likely to happen.

Transportation


Have a plan in place before an evacuation. If you don't have a vehicle ask a friend, neighbour or colleague if you can travel with them in the event of an evacuation. If you need transportation, go to the assembly point closest to your home or workplace. Dress for the weather and bring your emergency kit. Keep in mind that you may not be able to return to your home.

Help out


If you have a vehicle and can take a passenger, stop by an assembly point on your way out. The Municipality of Jasper will organize transportation for people who are gathered at the assembly points.