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March 21, 2018 - Did you hear the emergency alert this afternoon on your TV or radio? It was a test and is part of Canada's Alert Ready System and is used during emergencies or large-s​cale disasters that put lives at risk such as fires, floods, earthquakes, civil emergencies among others.

Do you know how to take care of yourself and your family for 72 hours following an emergency or disaster? Sign up for a free emergency preparedness session - Be a Hero, Be Prepared.

Emergencies and disasters can occur anywhere, at any time. It could be anything from an earthquake, to a flood, to a severe winter storm. In the event of a major disaster, you and your family should be able to take care of your basic needs for at least 72 hours.

We encourage everyone to prepare their personal or family emergency plan, and have an emergency kit ready that includes basic supplies as well as special needs items. Always maintain a ¼ tank of gas in your vehicle and keep a flashlight and hard-soled shoes beside each family member’s bed so evacuation in the dark, at night during an emergency is easier to navigate.

Preparedness Training Sessions - ​Be a Hero, Be Prepared

The City of Coquitlam’s Emergency Management Office offers HEROS Community Emergency Preparedness training to help you become better prepared at home.

Watch for these sessions in your community, or request a course for your community group by contacting 604-927-6434 or

For preparedness tips, visit our Preparedness Information page.

Emergency Program Office

Phone: 604-927-6438