Emergency Preparedness

A local emergency can happen at any time, and we’d like to empower citizens of Rosetown to be prepared. If an emergency happens in our community, it may take emergency workers some time to reach you. You should be prepared to take care of yourself and your family for a minimum of 72 hours.

Being Prepared

  1. Know the Risks:
    Some examples of emergency situations include inclement weather (winter storms, flash-flooding, tornadoes), power outages, water advisories, among others. Get to know the risks in our area.
  2. Make a Plan
    Your family may not be together when a storm or emergency situation strikes. Plan how you will stay in contact with one another. Know the risks and review what you will do in different situations.
  3. Build a 72-Hour Emergency Kit:
    You will need basic supplies in an emergency. You may be without power or running water. 

Government of Canada's Emergency Preparedness Guide

Did you know?

  • The Prairies experience an average of 221 severe weather events each year, including tornados, heavy rain, wind and hail
  • Canada averages about 50 tornadoes per year, more than any other country except the U.S.
  • Flooding in Saskatchewan in 2011 featured the highest water levels in modern history. Thousands of residents were displaced from their homes
  • Only 40% of Canadians surveyed have an emergency kit

Staying Informed

Sask Alert App

If you think an emergency alert should be issued, contact your municipal office.
(See list of participating districts in the Rosetown and District EMO below).

Alerts can be issued by:

  • Environment Canada (weather-related alerts)
  • Government of Saskatchewan Ministries, Crowns & Agencies (emergency events affecting life and safety)
  • Participating Local Governing Bodies, including the Town of Rosetown (local alerts)

The Rosetown & District Emergency Measures Organization (EMO)

The Rosetown and District EMO is comprised of:

  • Town of Rosetown
  • Town of Zealandia
  • R.M. of St. Andrew’s
  • R.M. of Pleasant Valley
  • R.M. of Mountain View
  • R.M. of Marriott

Our districts working in collaboration with local and provincial agencies on prevention, emergency preparedness, and coordination in the event of an emergency event.

Join the EMO Committee:
The committee meets monthly to run scenarios and do training, and are always looking for new members to join us. Contact businessrosetown@sasktel.net to get involved.

Emergency Kits

Pages 16 to 19 of the Government of Canada's Emergency Preparedness Guide lists all of the items that should go into your family's emergency kit. You can make your own kit, or purchase one from many retail stores. You can also order one directly from the Red Cross.

Emergency Prepardness for Children

Start by teaching kids about natural hazards, especially those in our area (tornadoes, severe storms and blizzards) and what to do when they occur. Make sure they know about your family emergency plan, including meeting places and what to do. Consider involving your kids in building your emergency kit as a hands-on way to learn about emergency prepardness.

Learn more: Government of Canada's Emergency Preparedness for Children

Fire Safety this Holiday Season

Did you know?
  • Two of every five home decoration fires are started by candles
  • Nearly half of holiday decoration fires happen because decorations are placed too close to a heat source
  • One of every three home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical problems
Download our safety tip sheets with ways to protect you, your family and your home this holiday season.

Winter Storm Safety

Blizzards bring blowing snow, bitter cold, high winds and poor visibility. Even when snowfall is not heavy, poor visibility, low temperatures and high winds are a significant hazard, both at home and on the road.

Stay informed. When a blizzard is forecasted, monitor the radio and stay-tuned to the SaskAlert app on your mobile phone. Stay indoors during a storm, and if you must go out, dress for the weather.

On the road:

  • Before you go, consult the Saskatchewan Highway Hotline, available as phone app
  • If you must travel during a winter storm, do so during the day and always let someone know your route and arrival time.
  • Always be prepared. Have your cell phone in the car. Keep your gas tank close to full, have extra windshield washer fluid and antifreeze on-hand.
  • Have two emergency kits
    • Cab: flashlight, blanket, first-aid kit, matches, candles, emergency food and water.
    • Trunk: shovel, sand (or other traction aid), tow chain, booster cables, warning light/flares, extra warm clothing (mitts, hats, boots)

If your vehicle gets stuck:

  • Remain calm and stay in your vehicle. Call for help.
  • Allow fresh air into your car by opening the window slightly.
  • You can run the car engine about 10 minutes every half hour if the exhaust system is working well. Beware of exhaust fumes and check the exhaust pipe periodically to ensure it is not blocked with snow.
  • Keep your hands and feet warm. Exercise them often.
  • If you try to shovel snow from around your vehicle, avoid over-exerting yourself