Know the hazards in your community

  • Wildfires
  • Floods
  • Earthquakes
  • Severe weather and power outages
  • Telecommunications outages
  • Avalanches

Know what hazards are possible in your area so you can get prepared.

  1. Wildfires

    Wildfires are common in the Yukon from May to September. You should prepare for the possibility that a wildfire might approach your home.

    Make sure you understand what to do before, during and after a wildfire.

    Before a wildfire

    Prepare for and prevent wildfires by:

    During a wildfire

    Learn how to prepare your household and your property if a wildfire is approaching.

    After a wildfire

    Learn how to safely return to your home once the wildfire is contained and authorities have lifted any evacuation orders.

  2. Floods

    Floods usually occur in the spring and summer due to ice jams on rivers and rapid snow melt. Floods can:

    • damage buildings;
    • cause power outages;
    • disrupt transportation;
    • create landslides; and
    • be hazardous for people.

    Take time to prepare and understand what to do before, during and after a flood.

    Before a flood

    If you’re in an area that’s prone to flooding, there are some simple things you can do to prepare.

    During a flood

    You can stay safe during a flood by:

    • understanding flood advisories and warnings;
    • taking steps to protect yourself; and
    • evacuating if and when you are asked to.

    Stay informed

    After a flood

    Returning home after a flood can be overwhelming. If you use caution and take it 1 step at a time, it’s possible to recover and return your home to normal.

  3. Earthquakes

    Earthquakes can create many types of emergencies. There's initial danger from the shaking that can throw you to the ground or result in injury from falling objects. There's also potential for:

    • building collapse;
    • landslides;
    • floods;
    • fires; and
    • electrocution.

    Find out what you can do to prepare for earthquakes.

  4. Severe weather and power outages

    Severe weather

    Severe weather is common in the Yukon. Always check for special weather statements before you travel and ensure your vehicle is equipped with:

    • food;
    • water; and
    • emergency supplies, including warm clothing.

    Visit the safe winter driving page for tips.

    Power outages

    A power outage is a short- or long-term loss of electric power to an area. During a power outage you may be without:

    • light;
    • heat; and
    • hot water.

    Power outages can occur at any time. They're dangerous if you rely on electricity to heat your home during the winter.

    Find out what you should do during a power outage.

  5. Telecommunications outages

    Disruptions can happen to the:

    • phone network;
    • cell phone network; and
    • radio.

    Find out:

  6. Avalanches

    If you plan to travel in the mountains during winter, you should learn about avalanche safety.