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Emergency Preparedness

The Director of Emergency Management for the Town of Hanna is responsible for maintaining and implementing Hanna's Municipal Emergency Plan. This Master Plan is designed to aid the Emergency Management Agency in responding to any man made or natural disasters that may overwhelm the resources of regular day-to- day operations in our community.

The Hanna Emergency Management Agency is comprised of representatives from local industry, education, health agencies, first responder agencies (FIRE, EMS, RCMP, etc.), Non-Government Organizations, Non-Profit Organization's, the Town, (Public Works, FCSS) as well as surrounding communities through mutual aid agreements.

Major emergencies such as severe weather (tornadoes, blizzards, etc.), explosions, major fires, dangerous or hazardous goods spills, pandemics and even acts of terrorism would be dealt with by this comprehensive agency.

Hannas Town Council appoints an Emergency Management Committee to oversee the Agency. This committee is comprised of the Mayor and two appointed Council members and is responsible for setting policy and dealing with budget issues.

The Town also has a Director of Disaster Social Services who oversees the Disaster Social Services Emergency Plan, which is an annex to the Municipal Emergency Plan. This plan primarily deals with issues associated with the people and pets aspect of a major emergency or disaster where, for example, events such as evacuation of ones home might become necessary.

The Government of Alberta through its primary agency, Alberta Emergency Management Agency, sets out the rules and guide lines for all communities and municipality's when it comes to major emergencies or disasters in the Province. It aids each community in preparing its Municipal Emergency Plan, provides resources for training through grant programs and also provides and manages disaster recovery grant programs.

REMEMBER FOR ALL EMERGENCIES DIAL 911 and ask for the appropriate agency - POLICE, FIRE or AMBULANCE.

It is important not to panic, speak clearly and slowly, and if possible and no danger to yourself exists, stay connected to the 911 dispatcher until they have all pertinent information.

Important links:

Municipal Affairs
The Weather Network

Government of Canada Weather Office