Coaldale Emergency Management

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Emergency Management

Mission Statement: Our mission is to enhance public safety of town residents by preparing for, responding to and recovering from large scale emergencies and disasters. We do this through a continuous cycle of building hazard specific plans; training of staff and volunteers; testing the plans via exercises and making changes to the hazard plans as required.


Clayton Rutberg
Director of Emergency Management

Julie Garbutt
Emergency Services Coordinator

The Town of Coaldale’s Emergency Management team is committed to working diligently with numerous groups to provide emergency management public safety to town residents.  The team collaborates with the various town departments, Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs) – such as Red Cross, Government of Alberta departments, City of Lethbridge, Lethbridge County staff, town volunteers, town businesses, church groups, RCMP, Fire, schools, medical facilities, lodges and others to ensure we are prepared for large scale emergencies and disasters. Our goal is to be well prepared so we can respond effectively and then recover quickly from emergency incidents.

The town recently completed a Hazard Impact Risk Assessment and we are now in the process of creating an all-hazards plan for the town. Once completed, we’ll continue to provide skill and knowledge training to town staff and volunteers, complete training exercises and re-evaluate and improve our emergency plans.

The Town of Coaldale has an Emergency Advisory Committee, who’s purpose is to advise and assist Town of Coaldale Council on matters that relate to the development and operation of a “gold star” emergency management program.

The Town of Coaldale has an Emergency Management Agency, who’s purpose is to act as the agent of the local authority’s statutory powers and obligations before, during and after an emergency or disaster.  The key role is to prepare and implement the municipal emergency plan and associated plans.

A copy of the Town of Coaldale’s Emergency Management Bylaw can be found HERE.

Emergency Preparedness – Alerts

There are many ways you can obtain information during an emergency or disaster. You can monitor local media through a television set or radio, you can check for alerts through social media and you can monitor the situation on various websites.

Alberta Emergency Alert

Alberta Emergency Alerts are issued to warn people about potential risks to their health and safety. By signing up to receive this information directly, you will be better informed and better prepared. You can follow Alberta Emergency Alert on Twitter @AB_EmergAlert​, or download their app for iPhone  or Android devices or visit their website for more information.

You can also surf Environment Canada’s website for weather ALERTS.

Family Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness starts with you and your family. It is easy as one, two, three…

  1. Know the Risks

Knowing what to do beforehand can reduce the stress of an emergency situation. Emergency incidents that could occur in Coaldale involve, Hazardous Materials release – from rail or road accidents, overland flooding, water pollution or water shortage, tornados, fires, pipelines break, and acts of terrorism.  Each of these events could cause an emergency or disaster in our area.

  1. Make a Plan

Every individual and family should know what to do in an emergency:

  • Prepare and family emergency contact list
  • Have a meeting place to reunite with family
  • Know safe exits from home and neighbourhood
  • Have a designated person to pick up children if you are unavailable
  • Special health needs
  • Place for your pet to stay
  • Know the location of your fire extinguisher, water valve, electrical box, gas valve and floor drain

To complete your emergency plan online, visit  Your plan should include both evacuation and shelter in place options.

  1. Emergency Kit

In an emergency, you will need some basic supplies. You may need to get by without power or tap water. Be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. Make sure your kit is easy to carry and everyone in the household knows where it is. Keep it in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet.

Remember to include:

  1. Water,
  2. Canned foods
  3. Energy bars
  4. Dried fruit
  5. Manual can opener
  6. Wind up battery powered flashlight
  7. Batteries
  8. First aid kit
  9. Extra car and house keys
  10. Cash
  11. Your emergency plan
  12. Special items such as prescription medication
  13. Infant formula
  14. equipment for people with disabilities,
  15. food and water for your pets.

You can also include water for cooking and cleaning, candles, matches or lighter, change of clothing and footwear, sleeping bag, toiletries, hand sanitizer, utensils, garbage bags, toilet paper, water purifying tablets, basic tools, small fuel operated stove and fuel, whistle, duct tape (to tape up windows, doors, etc. For more information, please go to:

Remember to check your kit once a year

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Make copies of important documents

Make copies of birth and marriage certificates, passports, licences, wills, land deeds and insurance. Take photos of family members in case a lost person’s record is created. Keep them in a safe place, both inside and outside your home. You might want to put them in a safety deposit box or give them to friends and family who live out of town.


Shelter-in-Place means:

  • Go indoors and tune your radio or television to a local station, or access your Community’s social media website(s).
  • Close all windows, doors and vents.
  • Turn off your furnace, air conditioners and exhaust fans.
  • Seal a room with duct tape and plastic sheets.
  • Prepare for a possible evacuation.
  • Continue to listen to the radio, television and/or social media website(s) for further instructions and keep phone lines free.
  • Notify absent household members that they are not to approach the area until notified.

Evacuation information

Town authorities will not ask you to leave your home unless they have reason to believe that you may be in danger. If a number of homes and businesses are evacuated, authorities will likely establish a Reception Centre. Be sure to register at the Reception Centre even if you are not planning to stay there. Authorities need to track evacuees as closely as possible.

Having a Ready to-Go-Kit is important for a quick evacuation response. If you are ordered to evacuate, take your Ready-to-Go Kit, your wallet, personal identification for each family member and copies of essential family documents with you. Bring a cellular phone and spare battery or charger with you, if you have one.

Use travel routes specified by local authorities. If you have time, call or email your out-of-town contact. Tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive. Once you are safe, let them know. Tell them if any family members have become separated. If possible, leave a note telling others when you left and where you are.

Make sure all electrical appliances are turned off. Shut off water and electricity if officials tell you to do so. Leave natural gas service on unless officials tell you to turn it off. If you turn off this service, the natural gas company has to reconnect it.

In a major emergency, it could take weeks for a professional to respond. Take pets with you. Lock your home and follow instructions from authorities. Do not return home until authorities advise that it is safe to do so.

Reception Centres

The Town has several locations for reception centres. If you are told to evacuate, please listen to media and social media to find out which reception centre you should report to.


In case of an emergency or disaster:

  • Follow your emergency plan
  • Get your 72-hour kit
  • Make sure you are safe before assisting others
  • Listen to the radio, social media or television for information from local officials and follow their instructions
  • Stay put until all is safe or until you are ordered to evacuate

If you are ordered to evacuate, take:

  • Your 72-hour kit
  • Your emergency plan
  • Essential medications and copies of prescriptions
  • A cell phone and charger
  • Your pets – Remember, pets are not allowed in most emergency shelters, so plan ahead for a pet friendly location

Looking for additional information?

Is your family prepared?  Take 20 minutes to make your family plan, and practice it regularly

What do I do with my pets in an emergency?

The Public safety Canada website provides emergency preparedness information to the public.

What to do if you experience flooding.