Strathcona County Crime Watch Association -

                                "The Eyes and Ears of Your Community"

Emergency Preparedness


  • Listen to the local radio or TV and follow instructions.
  • Shut off utilities if instructed to do so.
  • Take your evacuation kit.
  • Ensure your pets are cared for.
  • Lock up your home.
  • Register at the reception centre.


  • Go inside.
  • Close all windows and doors.
  • Turn off furnace and exhaust fans.
  • Listen to the local radio or TV for further instructions. Keep phone lines free.
  • If odour is strong, seal an inside room with wet towels at the base of the door.
  • Breathe through a damp towel to filter air.


  • Listen to the local radio or TV station.
  • Remain indoors.
  • During a tornado, go to the basement or get under a heavy table or desk. Stay away from windows, outside walls and doors.
  • Outside, find shelter or crouch in a ditch, culvert or ravine with your feet together and your head down.
  • Keep away from trees, power and telephone lines.
  • You may stay in your car.


  • Dress for the weather.
  • Cover mouth and nose in extreme cold.
  • Use public transportation if possible.
  • Ensure you have at least half a tank of gas and a travel kit in your vehicle.


  • Get to higher ground.
  • Listen to the local radio or TV station.
  • Avoid already flooded areas and fast flowing water.
  • Get out of a stalled vehicle immediately in rising water.
  • Move items in basement to higher levels.


  • Wash your hands often, using plenty of soap and warm water. If not possible, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer liquids.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with tissues. If you can, cough into your sleeve.
  • Stay away from others as much as possible when sick.
  • Stay home from work and school if you become sick.
  • Get an annual flu shot.
  • Get plenty of rest and strive to stay healthy with proper nutrition and exercise.


  • To report a downed power line in Strathcona County, call either 911 or FORTIS Alberta’s toll-free number at 780-310-9473 immediately with information on the exact location of the line. Always assume that downed lines are energized.
  • Keep back a minimum of 15 metres (49 feet) from the wires or anything in contact with the wires.
  • Warn others in the area of the danger.
  • If a power failure affects your whole street or area, locate your flashlight, emergency radio and extra batteries. Stay tuned to your local radio station for more information.


  • Turn off all electrical appliances and equipment.
  • Keep fridge and freezer closed as much as possible.
  • Stay warm. Gather family members in the warmest room in the house. Dress in layers, draw drapes or cover windows to prevent heat loss.
  • Do not use camp stoves, kerosene heaters or barbecues indoors as they emit carbon monoxide.
  • Gas stoves used as a heat source for long periods without ventilation will do the same.
  • Ensure you have access to a phone that doesn’t need power to operate, or a cellphone. Cordless phones won’t work without power.
  • Ensure your vehicle has at least a half-tank of fuel at all times. During a power outage, fuel stations are closed.
  • ATCO Gas is on call 24-hours a day, every day of the year responding immediately to calls and emergencies involving:
    • natural gas odour
    • hit or ruptured natural gas lines
    • carbon monoxide
    • natural gas outages, and in cold weather, if your natural gas furnace is not working
  • If you smell natural gas inside a building:
    • Leave the building immediately.
    • Call 911 or ATCO Gas using a neighbour’s phone.
    • ATCO Gas 24-hour Emergency Services 1-800-511-3447 (toll free)


Keep in a waterproof, easy-to-carry container that is easily accessible:

  • prescription and non-prescription medications
  • non-perishable food
  • non-electric can opener
  • bottled water
  • battery-powered radio
  • flashlights
  • extra batteries
  • extra clothes
  • cash and credit cards
  • important documents
  • first aid kit
  • special needs items for baby, elderly, disabled, pets
  • important family documents saved on a USB flash drive (e.g. passports, prescriptions, etc.)

Pet Kit for Evacuation:

  • 3 days of food and water
  • disposable litter trays (aluminum roasting pan)
  • litter or paper towels
  • feeding dishes
  • extra leash/harness
  • a traveling bag or sturdy carrier and blanket
  • a photo of your pet


Household Members:

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Signs & Decals Available

Strathcona County Crime Watch now has signs and decals available for our members

Decals (static) - 3.5" x 10" or 4" x 4" - FreeGate post signs (plastic) 14" x 10.75" - $3.00 each
Fence post signs (plastic) 5.5" x 24" - $3.00 each

To order, email