GNWT releases updated Northwest Territories Hazard Identification Risk Assessment Report

Public Service Announcement

Yellowknife — March 7, 2024

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) has released an updated Northwest Territories Hazard Identification Risk Assessment (HIRA), which provides an examination of the risks that pose the greatest threat to the people, property, environment, and economy of the Northwest Territories (NWT).

This assessment is a critical part of the GNWT’s emergency management program. Identified hazards will be considered when developing territorial preparedness programs, mitigation strategies, emergency response plan exercises, and training and awareness programs.

The updated HIRA was prepared by an external consultant, and incorporates data from HIRA reports conducted in 2022 and 2014. The updated report identifies hazards that may pose a risk to residents and communities throughout the NWT. It should be used to understand what hazards should be planned for when reviewing emergency response procedures and plans at all levels, including households, communities, regions, and across the territory.

The top hazards identified in the updated HIRA include:

  • Flood (ice jam/freshet)
  • Wildfire/Interface Fire (fire at the point where the edge of a community meets the forest)
  • Critical Services (power or fuel interruption)

The public is invited to review the updated HIRA on the MACA website here:

For media requests, please contact:
Jay Boast
Senior Communications and Planning Advisor
Municipal and Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories