YELLOWKNIFE (October 21, 2015) – The Government of Northwest Territories (GNWT), through Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA), conducted an after action review of the 2014 wildfire season and the civil emergency response to identify recommendations to improve the NWT’s ability to help prepare for and respond to emergency events in the future.
The 2014 wildfire season was the most severe season on record for the Northwest Territories (NWT), resulting in impacts which posed considerable challenges for the NWT emergency response system.
“The wildfires were a serious threat to many communities and we learned a lot from the emergency response efforts,” said Robert C. McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs. “We have a unique opportunity to capture what we learned and use it to improve our emergency response system and be better prepared for the next big event.”
The After Action Review considers input and feedback from communities, GNWT responders, critical infrastructure operators, and the public. It recommends actions to improve and strengthen the territorial emergency response system.
In the coming months, the recommendations will guide the GNWT’s efforts to modernize the NWT emergency management regime. This includes new civil emergency measures legislation and an update to the NWT Emergency Plan.
The report, After Action Review – Civil Emergency Response, 2014 Wildfires, is available to the public on the MACA website at www.maca.gov.nt.ca.
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