Prince Albert National Park
Be prepared for all situations in Prince Albert National Park, including emergencies. In the event of an emergency in the park, know how you and your family will handle the situation in advance. It is easy to become confused or panicked in these moments - pre-planning will help keep you focused and act quickly when the unpredictable happens. To prepare, follow these three steps:
1. Know the risks
Emergencies don’t take vacations. While visiting Prince Albert National Park, you may encounter emergency situations, including, but not limited to, infrastructure failure, natural disaster, severe weather, or security treats.
Help keep resources focused on emergency response and be prepared to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours after an emergency. First responders will be focused on the situation and may take time to reach you or your family.
2. Make a plan
Get together with friends and family and create your emergency plan together. It is important to know what everyone will do in an emergency before it happens. Once completed, give everyone a copy and be sure to review it regularly.
As you write your plan, consider possible scenarios or the specific needs of your friends and family. For example, think about meeting locations outside of the national park if you are separated or telephone and internet services are down. Plan to take your pets with you and account for the specific needs of family members, like limited mobility or medical requirements.
3. Get an emergency kit
As part of your yearly planning, buy or put together an emergency kit. This will make it easier if you and your family must evacuate. Keep it somewhere where it is easy to get and light enough to lift it into a vehicle.
Always keep your gas tank in your vehicle full.
Some emergencies may require Parks Canada to order an evacuation. You will be informed of potential evacuations as early as possible. Support will be provided to those who need it during evacuations. Parks Canada issued notices may also identify a reception centre, if appropriate.
An Evacuation Alert means ‘prepare for evacuation.’ If you are ready to leave, please do so.
An Evacuation order means ‘leave immediately.’ This may follow an Evacuation Alert or have little or no advanced warning.
How to evacuate
This Evacuation Map depicts the entire townsite of Waskesiu from a bird’s eye view, including campgrounds and the golf course. The area is divided into the following evacuation zones:
- Zone 1 in red: Beaver Glen Campground
- Zone 2 in yellow: Red Deer Campground
- Zone 3 in black: Kapasiwin, Lost Creek Resort, and a third area not visible on the map
- Zone 4 in dark blue: Fern, Lily and Orchid Street, and Baker’s Cabins
- Zone 5 in light green: Bittern to Cormorant Street
- Zone 6 in pink: Bird street, Lakeview Drive to Pelican Street
- Zone 7 in dark green: Business area (Willow Street to Lakeview Drive including the Waskesiu Recreation Association)
- Zone 8 in orange: Montreal Drive from Elk Street to Grouse Street
- Zone 9 in light blue: Prospect Point, between hole 10 and 11 (The 10th Hole snack shop), 13 and 14, and 17 and 18 of the Waskesiu Golf Course
- Zone 10 in brown: Main Beach, Main Beach parking lot and Disc Golf course
The town of Waskesiu is divided into several evacuation zones. Know which zone you are staying or working in. First responders will use these zones to identify which parts of Waskesiu will be evacuated. Evacuations may be specific to zones or community wide.
If you require transportation, go to the assembly point closest to your campsite, cabin, or workplace. Dress for the weather and bring your emergency kit. Remember that it may not be safe for you to return.
If you have a vehicle and can take a passenger, stop by an assembly point on your way out. Parks Canada will organize transportation for people who are gathered at assembly points.
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