Flood Awareness

Yellowknife — April 30, 2020
Public Service Announcement

As the spring melt and break-up approach so does flood season in the NWT. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to be prepared.

The communities of Hay River, Fort Simpson, Fort Liard, Nahanni Butte, Tulita, Fort Good Hope, Fort McPherson, Aklavik and Tuktoyaktuk are all in flood prone areas and residents in these communities are encouraged to take steps to ensure they are prepared and protected.

This flood season has many unique considerations due to the Territorial response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Regional staff with Municipal and Community Affairs are working with at risk communities to ensure emergency and evacuation plans are compliant with the public health measures currently in place.

In the event of a flood in your Region, residents may see or hear a public alert through the NWT Alert system on cell phones, radio stations and cable networks.

The NWT Alert system provides public alerts to NWT residents during emergencies and disasters and is part of the national public alerting system “Alert Ready.” Alert Ready is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio and cell phones. 

The Alert Ready system has been developed in partnership with federal, provincial and territorial emergency management officials, Environment Canada and the broadcast industry to ensure you receive alerts immediately and know when to take action to keep yourself and your family safe.

For more information on public alerting and the Alert Ready system visit www.alertready.ca

NWT residents are reminded to be aware of the risk in their area, have an emergency plan and kit ready. In the event of an evacuation, follow the directions provided by emergency management officials.