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Public Safety Notices

NWT Telecommunications Outage

Telephone Service Alert for Yellowknife Airport, Kam Lake and Frame Lake areas

There will be a network upgrade that will affect telephone and cell phone communications at 1100 PM on November 24th 2020; Approximately 900 customers will not be able to receive and make calls for approximate 15 min during these procedures.

If you can't reach local emergency services or 911, please go directly to the RCMP detachment or Health Center.


Public Safety General Information

To report a community emergency, contact the NWT Emergency Management Organization 24 hours a day at 867-920-2303.

Below is a list of web pages with the most recent, accurate official information to help keep residents informed on issues related to their communities. For more information, please contact the appropriate department representative.


Wildland Fire

Highway Closures

The Department of Infrastructure provides up-to-date highway condition information, including highway closures, through the following platforms:     

Air Quality and Public Health Advisories

Fire Bans and Park Closures

  • Information about fire bans and territorial park closures will be found under alerts on Industry, Tourism and Investment’s NWT Parks website.
  • You can also follow NWT Parks on Twitter at @NWTParks or Facebook at fb.com/nwtparks for updates.


Each department or organization is responsible for updating their pages on their own as required by the current situation. Requests for information or updates should be directed to the responsible department.

Government of the Northwest Territories departments are working together with community governments and other organizations and agencies to monitor and respond to potential threats to public safety, communities and critical infrastructure in the Northwest Territories.

The NWT Emergency Plan sets out the policy and guidance whereby GNWT agencies and their partners support local emergency operations, and meet a collective responsibility to provide a prompt and coordinated response management for territorial emergencies.

Information to help individuals prepare their family and pets for an emergency are available on the Department of Municipal and Community Affairs’ website.

Last modified: 
November 24, 2020