From landslides to floods and wildfire, various disasters can affect the safety of residents in any community. In addition to natural disasters, other incidents such as power outages and transportation accidents may also affect you and your family.
In Jasper, the most likely risks to community safety include:
In recent years, mountain pine beetles have killed thousands of trees around Jasper, increasing the wildfire risk to our community.
In the event of a large wildfire, first responders will be busy fighting the fire. You should be ready to get out of Jasper and look after yourself and your family for at least 72 hours.
With a major highway and a railway in close proximity to the town, toxic or hazardous material spills can cause a risk to public safety. Depending on the nature of the incident and the affected area, residents may be directed to evacuate or shelter in place.
How to shelter in place
While a wildfire is the most likely disaster to affect our community, a toxic spill on the railway or highway may lead to public directives to shelter in place. This means the best way to protect yourself and your family from a hazard is to stay indoors. To shelter-in-place means selecting a small, interior room, with no or few windows, and taking refuge there.
How to Shelter-in-Place at Home
- Close and lock all windows and exterior doors
- If you are told there is a danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds or curtains.
- Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Close the fireplace damper.
- Get your emergency kit and make sure the radio is working.
- Make sure that you have your 72 hour kit.
Keep listening for updates from local officials as specific instructions will vary depending on the situation. Instructions to shelter-in-place are usually provided for durations of a few hours, not days or weeks.
Information will be shared across a variety of platforms including the Municipality of Jasper alert system, radio, social media and mobile applications (such as the Alberta Emergency Alert app).
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