Thursday, May 13, 2010

Disaster Alley Showcases Calgary's Rescue Agencies

On Saturday May 8th, The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) held its first Disaster Alley event.

Disaster Alley showcases about 27 local, provincial, national and international agencies that respond to potential catastrophe that could affect The City of Calgary.

Calgarians who attended the event saw demonstrations of the skills and equipment available for rapid disaster response. The focus of the event was to encourage citizens to think about what they might need to do in the event of a large scale emergency and suggest that they prepare a 72 hour home emergency kit. CEMA believes that only one in three Calgarians are prepared to survive without basic utilities for three days.

The Emergency groups at Disaster Alley were Police, Fire and EMS, but the event also included many of the unsung heroes; Water Services showcased emergency water supply equipment; ATCO had their backhoes; STARS brought air ambulances and ground support vehicles and Alberta Health Services set up an emergency field hospital.

If you’re sad you missed it, don’t worry, you can attend next year’s event. Just don’t wait that long to get your 72 hour survival kit together.

Here's an example of how an emergency kit was credited with saving two people's lives during the 2009 Philippine floods.

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