The climate in Edmonton is warming at a faster rate than other parts of the world, with the most noticeable warming occurring in winter. Year-round we should expect to see changes. Although we’ve always been exposed to hail storms, flash floods, freezing rain, high winds and extreme heat, climate change increases both the frequency and intensity of these “climate shocks” (also called “climate hazards”).

Extreme weather events are cause for concern because they can appear suddenly and with an intensity that can be damaging to personal property and city infrastructure alike.

Being climate prepared means knowing what climate hazards to expect, how to mitigate any hazards before they become an emergency and how to respond in the event of an emergency.

Preparing for Climate Hazards

Things To Do In Advance

Prepare Your Home

Adapting Your Home    Fireproof Your Property

Prepare Your Family

  • Be prepared to stay at home for many hours or days. This is commonly called “shelter in place.”
  • If you are instructed to evacuate, you will need a “grab and go” kit to help you, your family and pets to survive outside your home for an extended period. 

Personal Preparedness

Get to Know Your Neighbours

  • You can rely on and support each other during emergency situations as you wait for trained first responders to arrive.
  • During heat waves it's important to frequently check on the health of your neighbours.

By knowing what to expect and making advance preparations, we are better able to minimize the impacts of climate shocks.