Last month's spring floods in and around Drumheller were a reminder to people that things can change in a heartbeat and you have to be prepared.
This is Emergency Preparedness Week, an annual event to encourage Canadians to take concrete actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.
"People should be aware and try to be self sufficent for a 72 hour period," stated Drumheller Fire Chief Bruce Wade. "Have a stock of food, have water, cell phone chargers, medication, that type of thing so that if the emergency happens, you're self sustaining for 72 hours in the event that emergency services can't get to you."
While Drumheller doesn't have to worry about things like hurricanes and earthquakes, residents know all too well that Mother Nature can be nasty when she wants to.
"We could get a severe weather storm and it could knock out power for 72 hours," reminded Wade. "People have to start thinking about things like food in freezers and that kind of thing, not having cell phone coverage if that happens to be part of the severe weather."
"It's just a matter of taking the time and sitting down with your family and preparing a plan so that everybody knows what happens if you get separated, a meeting place, all that type of thing," he continued. "It's something that needs to involve the (whole) family, not just the parents."
More information, including links to Alberta and Federal Government web pages, can be found here.