Whitehorse Daily Star

Become ready for a potential emergency, city tells residents

The City of Whitehorse is encouraging residents to be prepared in the event of a large-scale emergency.

By Whitehorse Star on May 19, 2023

The City of Whitehorse is encouraging residents to be prepared in the event of a large-scale emergency.

“Wildfire activity in the Northwest Territories, British Columbia and Alberta is a reminder that emergencies can strike at a moment’s notice and pose a serious threat to life and property,” the city said today.

“If a wildfire, or other major emergency were to occur in Whitehorse, being prepared is one of the best ways to ensure residents remain safe.”

All residents should have a 72-hour kit that contains enough supplies for themselves and their families to last at least three days, the city said. The kit should include important documents, medications, and pet supplies.

Residents are also advised to subscribe to Whitehorse Alert. This tool is one of the primary ways the city connects with residents in the event of a large-scale emergency.

Emergency responders can also use Whitehorse Alert to communicate with individuals who are trapped or unable to evacuate.

The City of Whitehorse works closely with partners to prepare for large-scale emergencies.

“By being prepared, you are helping responders focus on more urgent needs including helping those most in need,” the city said.

Though the coming long weekend won’t be as hot as the past week has been, the city is also urging everyone to be fire-safe.

“Every year, the City of Whitehorse Fire Department responds to unattended fires throughout the community,” the city said Wednesday.

“Warm conditions also increase the risk of wildfires, which can spread quickly, damage property and create the potential for loss of life.”

If you choose to have a fire this weekend, remember these fire safety tips:

• Only burn where permitted or within an approved fire pit.

• Never leave your fire unattended.

• When you’re finished, remember to properly put out your fire and soak, stir, repeat until cold to the touch.

• In the event of an emergency, call 911.

For more information on burning within city limits, visit https://Whitehorse.ca.

For current Yukon fire conditions, visit https://Yukon.ca.

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