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Travel safely on the land!

23 November 2018 

Public Service Announcement

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.

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Media Contact:

Nasra Esak
Communications Specialist
Community and Government Services
Government of Nunavut
867- 975-5342
nesak@gov.nu.ca