Emergency Preparedness Week

YELLOWKNIFE (May 9, 2023) – At 9:55 a.m. on May 10, 2023, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) – in partnership with RCMP G Division – will issue a live test of NWT Alert as part of Emergency Preparedness Week. NWT Alert is the Northwest Territories’ (NWT) public alerting system. Residents may see and hear the public alert test on wireless devices, radio stations, and cable networks across the NWT.

NWT Alert has been designed to keep residents and visitors informed of public safety and emergency events and is part of the national public alerting system “Alert Ready”. NWT Alert uses a website, a downloadable application, and broadcast messaging to communicate critical safety information to the public. For information during an emergency, check with your community government and visit www.NWTalert.ca.

It is important to note that not all residents will receive the test alert on their wireless devices. This may occur for a variety of reasons, including device compatibility, connection to an LTE network, cell tower coverage, device software, and settings. Residents are encouraged to check their devices’ compatibility on their wireless service provider’s website and ensure that their devices have the latest software update installed.

The national public alerting system is designed to deliver critical and potentially life-saving alerts to Canadians through television, radio, and wireless devices. The Alert Ready system is 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 NWT Alert visit https://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/en/services/nwt-alert.

National Emergency Preparedness Week

National Emergency Preparedness Week runs from May 7-13, 2023.  This is a time when residents are reminded to consider risks in their area and to take action towards ensuring personal preparedness.

Having a household emergency plan and an emergency kit in place are important steps that everyone can take. NWT Alert is another tool residents can use to ensure personal preparedness.

Be Prepared. Know your risks.

For more information about emergency preparedness activities, please visit the following website: https://www.maca.gov.nt.ca/en/BeReadyNWT and review the following resources:

Family Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for Emergencies: Pets

Preparing for Emergencies: Floods

Be Ready for Floods Planning Workbook


Media Requests, please contact:

Jay Boast

Communications Planning Specialist

Department of Municipal and Community Affairs 

Government of the Northwest Territories

(867) 767-9162 ext. 21044

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