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Calgary's Disaster Alley back after one year hiatus

Most of the people involved in the annual emergency preparedness event were called to Fort McMurray last year

At Disaster Alley, Calgarians can learn how to make a 72-hour emergency kit for their own home and meet disaster-management specialists like the Canada Task Force 2, shown here during a training exercise in Calgary.

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At Disaster Alley, Calgarians can learn how to make a 72-hour emergency kit for their own home and meet disaster-management specialists like the Canada Task Force 2, shown here during a training exercise in Calgary.

After a one-year hiatus, Disaster Alley is back.

The annual emergency preparedness event hosted by the City and Calgary’s Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) was cancelled last year as an actual emergency raged in Fort McMurray.

“When we got the call about the fires last year, we shifted from emergency preparedness efforts to emergency response mode,” said Ken McMullen, manager of emergency operations at CEMA. “Our community heroes had to go do their jobs.”

During the wildfire, Calgary sent hundreds of emergency responders to support the local crews who were battling the blaze and welcomed 2,500 evacuees, according to the City of Calgary.

At Disaster Alley, a free event, Calgarians can learn how to make a 72-hour emergency kit for their own home and meet disaster-management specialists like the Canada Task Force 2.

National Emergency Preparedness Week is May 7 - 13 and Disaster Alley is on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at McMahon Stadium.

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