Be Ready for Emergencies

Be Ready for Emergencies

During a flood

Flood season typically begins in late April in the NWT. The risk of flooding in communities is highest during spring break-up when ice moves unpredictably through rivers during thaw. Watch the video to learn more about flooding in our communities. Download the Be Ready for Floods Planning Workbook


Steps you can take to reduce your risk during a flood: 

Stay up-to-date

Keep your cellphone charged and radio on. You may receive ale about the flood through these methods. Check and check local government and news sources online and on social media to find out what areas are affected, what roads are safe, where to go and what to do if the local emergency team asks you to leave your home.

Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice

Keep your emergency kit close at hand, in a portable container such as a duffel bag, back pack, or suitcase with wheels.

Never cross a flooded area

  • If you are on foot, fast water could sweep you away.
  • If you are in a car, do not drive through flood waters. The water may be deeper than it looks and your car could get stuck or swept away by fast water.
  • Avoid crossing bridges if the water is high and flowing quickly.

If you need to evacuate

  • Vacate your home when you are advised to do so by local emergency authorities. Ignoring such a warning could jeopardize the safety of your family or those who might eventually have to come to your rescue.
  • Take your emergency kit with you.
  • Follow the routes specified by officials. Don't take shortcuts. They could lead you to a blocked or dangerous area.
  • Make arrangements for pets. 
  • Time permitting, leave a note informing others when you left and where you went.