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Municipalities: Disaster Prevention and Preparedness

Preparing for an emergency

In Saskatchewan, municipalities are obligated to establish emergency plans by The Emergency Planning Act, 1989, which also gives council the responsibility for the direction and control of a municipal emergency response in order to take action to implement the plan and to protect the property, health, safety and welfare of the public.

In an emergency, response agencies focus their efforts first where the need is greatest. That is why individual emergency preparedness is so important. It only takes three simple steps to become better prepared to face an emergency:

  • know the risks
  • make a plan
  • get or prepare an emergency kit

Suggested mitigative actions to reduce risks

The Saskatchewan Flood and Natural Hazard Risk Assessment Report provides an understanding of flood and natural hazard risks in the province.

The document can be used as a tool to help communities plan long-term disaster mitigation measures.

The report was produced following consulting with stakeholders, who provided their insights, along with an analysis and summary of natural hazard risks.

Both documents were produced by the Saskatchewan Research Council.

Suggested mitigative actions to prevent flooding

  • Clear neighbourhood storm water catch basins, where present, to help water drain.
  • Determine if any private wells could be infiltrated by flood water and consider the adequacy of wellhead protection and the security of the well' power supply.

If you are an administrative official and your community requires assistance in preparing for flooding, including ordering flood supplies and equipment, please contact the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency.

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