Protective Services

Emergency Preparedness

Plan and prepare

Hazards in Yukon include earthquakes, floods and wildland fires. We experience power outages, communication failures and highway closures.

All Yukoners need to think about the risks associated with where they live, how they travel, and the activities they engage in. Knowing what emergency situations you could find yourself in will help you avoid them, protect your life and property when they occur, and recover faster. 


1. Know the risks
Learn about regional hazards, and make a list of scenarios that might affect you.

Talk to your children about emergencies that might affect them to help them prepare

Consider your business, too. These links can help.


2. Make an emergency plan
For each scenario you identified, use this online tool to make an emergency plan and review it regularly. Your plans will be different for a house fire, evacuation from wildland fire, and sheltering in place during a power outage.

If you or a family member has physical, medical, sensory or cognitive disabilities or requires extra assistance, establish a network of friends, neighbours and family who understand your needs and can assist during an emergency. These documents will assist you in preparing:

Don’t forget to plan for your pets!


3. Share your travel plans
Whether you are on a road trip or a backcountry excursion, be sure someone knows where you are and when you should be back. Make a travel plan with your destination, route, who is with you, and when you will return.

If you are traveling abroad, register with Canada’s free service for emergency notification.


4. Build your emergency kit
Plan to be self-sufficient for a minimum of 72 hours. Keep your emergency kit in a dedicated location and be sure everyone in your home knows where it is. Change and restock items as needed seasonally, and refresh your store of water, food and medication regularly.

Use these checklists to make kits for your home and vehicle, and adapt for what you might need at work.


5. Establish emergency contacts
Plan for each family member to call or e-mail the same out-of-town contact person who will not be affected by the emergency. This contact can help make arrangements, provide shelter and keep everyone informed. Tell your contact where you are and when you will call again.

In advance, provide your contact with a copy of your emergency information and any important—or hard to replace—documents you might need.

Local emergency contacts, such as neighbours, can pick up your kids or pets. Ensure that the designated people know they are your family contacts. Carry their numbers and e-mail addresses.

Tips for staying in touch during emergencies.


6. Record important information 
Keep paper copies of your identification, pet’s identification and photo, prescriptions and medication schedules, insurance policies and other essential documents with your emergency kit and make secure electronic copies you can access from another location or give to your out-of-town contact for safe keeping.

Download a household emergency information sheet.  (78 KB)


7. Know how to turn off utilities 
A burst pipe, a leaky propane pipe, an impending flood—depending on the emergency, and whether it is safe to do so, you may need to turn off utilities to your home. Know where the electrical panel, water shut off valves, and propane or oil tank shut offs are located, and how to use them.

Remember: 

  • Water and electricity don’t mix. Don’t try to turn off your power if water is present. Instead, call the electric company.
  • Propane is heavier than air and will flow along the ground like water, seeking low areas. Stay away from a damaged tank and evacuate uphill. 
  • Do not attempt to turn propane back on yourself—get a professional to do this.


8. Know where to get information
Online
: Safety tips and emergency information is posted on Twitter and Facebook. During an emergency, instructions and information will be posted there, as well as www.gov.yk.ca and @yukongov on Twitter.   

On air: Radio and television broadcasts may be interrupted with emergency messages through the national AlertReady system. Local media will also receive information to broadcast.

In person: Depending on the nature and location of the emergency, loud speakers, information posters, community meetings and other tools may be used. 


9. Make sure help can find you
Post your civic address at the driveway entrance and on your home. Try to use reflective material or illumination so that it can be seen in the dark.

If you don’t have a civic address, post your lot number, family name or other identifier that lets emergency responders know they have arrived.

See Tips for posting property numbers.