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Public Safety Notices

Evacuation Order Lifted

May 6th – 10:45 am

The Local State of Emergency and Evacuation Order has been lifted for Vale Island and West Channel residents. Evacuees should checkout of any booked accommodations and can return home. For transportation or other assistance, please contact the Registration Centre at 1-833-699-0188.

Note that water levels are still high and ice and other debris along the riverbanks present risks. Activity along the riverbanks should be avoided.

Thanks everyone for their safe practices during the evacuation and assisting others where needed.

  • 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.

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: 
May 8, 2020