NTHSSA Emergency Information

During emergencies such as wildfires, floods, telecommunications outages, etc., it is important for NWT residents and visitors to our territory to know what health and social services programs and services are available and how to access them. 

Need to Know Information

  • In all emergencies, if you are unable to reach your local health clinic or hospital by phone, go in person for any urgent needs.
  • If you have an urgent issue that requires assistance from child and family services and you are unable to reach the on-call emergency number, please present at your local health centre for assistance.
  • In an emergency such as a telecommunication/power outage where you may have a family member in care that you are trying to reach, please either go in person or use online platforms such as messenger, FaceTime or WhatsApp, as internet services may remain available in certain areas, during emergencies.   
  • In an emergency if services are reduced in an evacuated location, specific details to support your health and social services needs will be provided both locally and through public guidance issued about that specific community and event.
  • Registered nurses are available 24/7 to provide you with confidential health advice and support. Call 811 or 1-844-259-1793 to speak with a registered nurse and get guidance on a range of health concerns, from general health queries to non-urgent health issues.
  • If you require information about your medical travel and are accessing services through the NWT Medical Travel Program, the backup phone number is 867-446-6828.

Mental Health Supports

  • Wildfires, evacuation, and crises can have many different impacts on you and your family. If you have questions about managing stress, mood, sleep, or feel you/your family members are struggling, there are many supports available to you. Visit our Mental Health Resources and Supports webpage for eMental health links and/or information about how to access crisis lines, including 811.   

General Emergency Information

NTHSSA News and Updates

  • In the event of an emergency, the NTHSSA will issue public notices that can be found by visiting the NTHSSA newsroom page.
  • Regular updates during emergencies can also be found on the NTHSSA Facebook page as needed.