Annual Disaster Alley event to teach Calgarians life-saving emergency preparations

This Saturday, May 5th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McMahon Stadium, Calgarians are invited to attend Disaster Alley and learn ways to prepare their homes and families for emergencies such as floods, power outages and severe weather events.

Calgarians will meet our city’s everyday heroes and first responders, including the Calgary Fire Department, Calgary Search and Rescue Association (CALSARA), HAWCS, and more than 30 exhibitors who provide assistance in emergencies and disasters.

Agencies will be giving demonstrations on how they use specialized emergency response equipment and how specifically trained canines are used to assist in rescue efforts.

“Being prepared can make all the difference in an emergency situation,” says Tom Sampson, Chief of Calgary’s Emergency Management Agency. “Some of the simple preparations we’ll show include how to build a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit to keep families safe for three days in an emergency.”

Disaster Alley occurs during Emergency Preparedness Week, a national event that aims to build a culture of preparedness in Canada.

This event is proudly sponsored by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC).

For more information on Disaster Alley, a free event for all ages, visit