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Nunavut Emergency Management

About Us

Nunavut Emergency Management is responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization and the support of Search and Rescue operations throughout Nunavut. 

Emergency Management Organization

The Emergency Management Organization (EMO) provides overall advice, guidance, and ensures compliance with mandatory Territorial and Federal legislation and policy regarding Emergency Management. The EMO is responsible for Emergency Preparedness plans and provides assistance to Nunavut communities in creating their own plans.

Emergency Measures Act 

Search and Rescue Program

Nunavut Emergency Services works to enhance community-based search and rescue (SAR) capability and preparedness across Nunavut. The SAR Program provides training to Search and Rescue Organizations and assisting with equipment and communications systems.

Community Based Search and Rescue Contributions Policy

Emergency Search and Rescue Funding

Nunavut Emergency Services assists communities and qualified organizations through providing emergency search and rescue contribution funding.

Travel Safely on the Land

Are you planning to travel on the land? The Government of Nunavut reminds Nunavummiut to take the following safety precautions:

  • Always travel with an emergency communications device and a GPS that is in working order.
  • Sign out a free SPOT device at your hamlet office, wildlife office or hunter’s and trapper’s organization.
  • GPS devices sometimes fail. Be sure to bring a backup like a compass and maps, and make sure you know how to use them.
  • Always travel with a partner or with a group.
  • Tell family and friends where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Prepare for 72 hours on the land - bring extra fuel, food, clothing and camping equipment, even on day trips.
  • Plan a time to notify search and rescue if a family member’s arrival is overdue.

If you are the person responsible for calling search and rescue because someone’s arrival is overdue, please contact the Emergency Line at 1-800-693-1666.

If you get lost, stranded or have an emergency while on the land, remember:

  • Stay with your equipment and your travel companion – do not continue traveling.
  • Press "Help" on your SPOT device if you are stranded or lost.
  • Press "911" on your SPOT device in the event of a serious emergency.

Even experienced travelers sometimes need help. When you make and stick with a travel plan for your excursions on the land, your best experience will be arriving home safely.

What You Need For Self-Reliance On The Land

Contact Us: 

Nunavut Emergency Management
Department Community and Government Services
Government of Nunavut
P.O. Box 1000 Station 700
Iqaluit, Nunavut
X0A 0H0
Fax: (867) 979-4221
Email: NEM@gov.nu.ca

Emergency Measures 24 Hour TOLL FREE: 1-800-693-1666
Emergency Services Response 24 Hours: 1-867-979-6262

Director of Nunavut Emergency Services
Phone: (867) 975-5477

Manager, Emergency Preparedness
Phone: (867) 975-5403

Manager, Response & Recovery
Phone: (867) 975-5322

Emergency Measures Officer
Phone: (867) 975-5320

Telecommunication Systems Technologist
Phone: (867) 975-5321

SAR Training and Logistics Officer
Phone: (867) 975-5325