Emergency alerting system test and other awareness activities planned for Emergency Preparedness Week

As Yukoners come together for Emergency Preparedness Week, May 5 to 11, 2024, the Government of Yukon is marking this important week with a series of awareness and educational activities to help Yukoners prepare for flood and fire season.

This year’s Emergency Preparedness Week theme – Be prepared. Know your risks. – highlights the importance of understanding regional hazards. In line with this theme, the Yukon government encourages Yukoners to take the time to learn more about local risks and take simple steps around their home to protect themselves and their family. This includes preparing for a potential emergency by taking these three steps: know the hazards, build an emergency kit and make a plan.

Emergency preparedness is a joint effort and starts with every individual long before an emergency occurs. This week is a great opportunity for Yukoners to consider whether they are prepared for emergencies and how they can contribute to wildfire resilient Yukon communities.

This week, Yukon government response agencies are participating in events in Mount Lorne and Whitehorse. Throughout May Yukon communities are holding events to share information about wildfire and emergency preparedness. People can stay tuned to their local channels to learn more about upcoming events.

On Wednesday, May 8 at 10:55 am (YT), the Government of Canada will be issuing a test of the AlertReady emergency alerting system to wireless devices, radio and televisions.  

Yukoners are encouraged to participate in one of the planned activities this week, follow Yukon Protective Services on social media and visit PreparedYukon.ca to learn how to prepare for all hazards.

For a full list of activities, people can visit www.Yukon.ca/ep-week

Preparing for disasters starts with each of us, long before an emergency occurs. It is important to get ready for whatever natural disaster might visit where we live and I thank all Yukoners who are making emergency preparedness a priority for themselves and their families.

Minister of Community Services Richard Mostyn


Planned activities

Wednesday, May 8, 10:55 am: AlertReady emergency alerting system test;

  • The Government of Canada will be issuing a test of the AlertReady emergency alerting system at approximately 10:55 am Yukon time.
  • The test will be broadcast to wireless devices, radio and televisions across the territory.
  • Visit the AlertReady website to learn more about emergency alerting, and to complete a feedback survey after the test on Wednesday. 
  • Some Yukoners may also hear the Northwest Territories alert at 8:55 am Yukon time, due to overlap in the broadcasting system.


Community events;

  • Emergency Preparedness BBQ, Saturday, May 4, 12 to 4 pm, Lorne Mountain Community Centre.
  • Saturday, May 11, 11 am to 4 pm, Shipyards Park, Whitehorse.


Sunday, May 5 to Saturday, May 11: Follow Yukon Protective Services on social media;

  • Yukon Protective Services will be sharing emergency preparedness tips all week long on Facebook.
  • Learn simple steps Yukoners can take to prepare their household for all hazards, and how to prepare for specific types of emergencies such as wildfires and floods.
Media contact 

Laura Seeley
Cabinet Communications

Julia Duchesne
Communications, Protective Services

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