Municipal and Community Affairs (MACA) Minister Shane Thompson has once again renewed the Territorial State of Emergency that was originally declared on August 15, 2023 and renewed for a first time on August 29, 2023 due to the wildfire situation across multiple Northwest Territories (NWT) regions. The extended Territorial State of Emergency will be for the South Slave Region and will be in effect from September 19 until October 02, 2023.
The Territorial State of Emergency was originally declared under the Emergency Management Act to allow the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) to acquire and deploy the necessary resources to support the management of this unprecedented wildfire season, and protect the health and safety of NWT residents.
This measure ensures that the Emergency Management Organization is better equipped to support the GNWT, community governments, and public agencies involved in emergency management plans and programs under the Emergency Management Act.
Under the Act, the Minister can declare a Territorial State of Emergency for a period of up to 14 days, and renew it if the emergency still exists. This current State of Emergency applies to the South Slave Region in recognition of the efforts needed to manage the ongoing wildfire season.
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Information Officer, Emergency Management Organization
Department of Municipal & Community Affairs
Government of the Northwest Territories