Town of Canmore

Emergency Preparedness

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Town of Canmore Emergency Plans

The Town of Canmore regularly reviews and updates our comprehensive internal Municipal Emergency Management Plan. Every emergency is different, and there are plans and evacuation routes in place which are dependent upon the specific circumstances of the emergency. Sometimes those circumstances change quickly, and plans need to change. Residents need to be prepared with an emergency kit, know where to go to get emergency instructions, and follow instructions when the time comes.  

Are you curious about what the Municipal Emergency Management Plan looks like? We've created a public version so you can better understand what Town of Canmore officials and assisting agencies follow during an emergency, and what guides their operations, organization, responsibilities, and coordination in order to provide effective response and recovery from major emergencies or disasters. 

Click here to download the Public Municipal Emergency Management Plan

Stay Informed

One of the most important things you’ll need during an emergency is information. 

In the case of an emergency, we will provide updates from the Town of Canmore on:

Evacuation Zones Map

Know the Common Hazards and Know What to Do

Learn about hazards in Alberta and how you can be better prepared by clicking here.

Be Prepared

Do you know what you would do if you had a single hour to evacuate in the case of an emergency? What would you do first?

Every home needs an emergency plan. Click on a link below to take 20 minutes to make a family emergency plan and emergency kit. Your future self will be grateful for when you need it most.

  1. Build an emergency kit
  2. Pet Preparedness
  3. Make an emergency plan
  4. Emergency preparedness 

Know Your Neighbour

Your strongest resource during an emergency event, large or small, is your neighbours. Building relationships with your neighbours will help you form strong networks and cope during an emergency. Strong and connected neighbourhoods and communities are more resilient and recover more quickly following emergencies.

Here are some ways to connect as neighbours and become more prepared:

  • Create a neighbourhood map identifying a muster station and people with pets, skills, and resources. Also note who may require extra assistance.
  • Learn together! Organize a first aid course for those interested in your neighbourhood. 
  • Create a neighbourhood tool library of supplies you can share everyday and during and emergency
  • Save money by bulk purchasing emergency supplies and kits together

In the Case of an Emergency Evacuation


An Evacuation Alert tells people to prepare for an evacuation. 


An Evacuation Order tells people to evacuate immediately. This may happen in circumstances where there is little or no time to notify, or following an evacuation alert.


There are situations where it is safer for people to stay in the home or building where they are during a sudden emergency.      

We will not ask you to leave your house unless there is reason to believe you are in danger. If you are ordered to evacuate, please do so, and either go to the reception centre that will be set up, or an alternative safe place to stay.

Take your emergency kit, essential medications, copies of prescriptions, personal identification of each family member, and a cellular phone with you. Take pets with you, lock your home, and use travel routes specified. Stay informed using the channels outlined above.

Following Emergency Orders
When an emergency exists, sometimes residents are asked to take action to ensure that everyone, including residents and emergency personnel, is kept safe. If orders are issued, please follow them. They are issued for the safety of everyone involved.

Learn More

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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