Preparing for Emergencies: Floods

Flood Season in the NWT

In the NWT, damaging floods can occur during the spring breakup period as a result of ice jams. Spring breakup starts in April in the southern region of the Mackenzie River, and works its way northward, and is completed in about ten weeks. The following nine NWT communities are considered as flood risk areas:

  • Hay River;
  • Fort Simpson;
  • Fort Liard;
  • Nahanni Butte;
  • Tulita;
  • Fort Good Hope;
  • Fort McPherson;
  • Aklavik; and
  • Tuktoyaktuk.

Emergency Preparedness Starts with You

If you live in a flood risk area, you can take steps to reduce your flood risk and damage. Here are some tips to remember during flood season:

  1. Know your community’s emergency plan and get prepared.
  2. During flood season, know the risk and listen to the news to keep up to date on current conditions.
  3. Have an emergency plan and prepare and emergency survival kit.
  4. Move equipment, vehicles and personal belongings to a location that is safe from flooding.
  5. Elevate supplies and equipment stored in garages and sheds.
  6. Install barriers to protect low lying assets that cannot be relocated.
  7. Evacuate your home and follow instructions from authorities when requested to do so.
  8. Gather pets and pet supply kit.
  9. Safeguard electrical and heating appliances and turn them off if not in use before evacuating your home.
  10. If you evacuate, register at the identified location or advise local authorities where you are going.
  11. Talk to your insurance provider about flood insurance options for your home and property.

Community Information Resources:

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