Emergency Preparedness Week: Wildfires

By DarrenRD - File:Landscape view of wildfire near Highway 63 in south Fort McMurray.jpg, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=48561288

Today is Day Two of Emergency Preparedness Week.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity to encourage Canadians to take actions to be better prepared to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.

We will highlight different possible events this week.

Canada is no stranger to wildfires. Wildfires are a natural hazard in any forested and grassland region in Canada. The regions with the highest wildfire occurrence are British Columbia, and the Boreal forest zones of Ontario, Quebec, the Prairie provinces, and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.

During a wildfire, monitor local and trusted information. Be prepared to evacuate at any time. If told to evacuate, do so. Keep all doors and windows closed in your home. Remove flammable drapes, curtains, awnings or other window coverings. Keep lights on to aid visibility in case smoke fills the house. If sufficient water is available, turn sprinklers on to wet the roof and any water-proof valuables.

On May 1, 2016, a wildfire began southwest of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. On May 3, it swept through the community, forcing the largest wildfire evacuation in Alberta's history, with upwards of 88,000 people forced from their homes.