On Sunday May 4, residents of Calgary attended Disaster Alley, which was an event put together by the Calgary Emergency Management Agency. Visitors at McMahon Stadium learned how to better prepare for emergencies and were able to get an up-close look at some of the first responder equipment. Some of the equipment that was on display included fire trucks, K-9 members, ambulances, motorcycles and CPS helicopters.
There were 30 exhibitors at the event that were educating Calgarians about disaster readiness and were available to answer questions. Attendees were able to learn about the specialized techniques that the first responders use and how they get prepared for emergency situations. They also found out how they could make their homes better equipped to handle a disaster.
Booklets called "Household Emergency Action Plan" were handed out. These booklets included a check list of things that every home should have to help deal with the first 72 hours of a disaster-related incident. If you weren't able to attend the event on Sunday, the booklet is available at the CEMA website at www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Fire/Pages/Calgary-Emergency-Management-Agency/Calgary-Emergency-Management-Agency.aspx in PDF form.
While the flood last year proved that a disaster can strike Calgary at any time, the event was geared towards any other type of emergency such as fire, train derailments, severe weather etc. The idea is to prepare and plan for an emergency so that it can be handled more easily by both citizens and first responders.
While it is never fun to confront these types of things, it doesn't take long to put a bit of planning into effect. It will give you the security and confidence to know that should a disaster strike you will be better prepared to deal with it and know how to handle the situation.