NWT Emergency Response Update - August 11, 2023 5:00pm

Public Safety Bulletin

Communities remain lead on response activities. Territorial and Regional Emergency Management Organizations are fully activated and providing resources for planning, coordination, and support to community emergency management operations.

Current status

Several NWT communities have been evacuated due to wildfires. Evacuation Notices, Alerts and Orders for a community are issued by the Community Government.

> Level 1 - Evacuation Notice: To advise you that an emergency event, such as a wildfire or flood, may present an increased risk to your community and could endanger life or property.

> Level 2 - Evacuation Alert: You may be at risk. Get ready to leave on short notice.

> Level 3 - Evacuation Order: You are in danger. Leave now – follow all directions from officials.


    Highway 3, kms 284 to 306 - Level 2 Evacuation Alert

    An Evacuation Alert remains in place for cabin and home owners between km 284 and 306 at Boundary Creek on Highway 3.


      Behchokǫ̀: Edzo and Frank Channel - Level 2 Evacuation Alert

      • An Evacuation Alert is in place for Behchokǫ̀ residents. This includes Edzo and Frank Channel. The Evacuation Alert for Rae has been stood down.
      • Residents need to be prepared to leave within one hour notice should an Evacuation Order be issued. Follow the directions of emergency officials.
      • For updates and information visit the Kǫ̀ Gocho Sportsplex Centre Facebook page and Tłı̨chǫ Government Facebook page.

        Kakisa - Level 2 Evacuation Alert

        • An Evacuation Alert is in place for Kakisa residents.
        • Residents need to be prepared to leave within one hour notice should an Evacuation Order be issued. Follow the directions of emergency officials and your community government.
        • For updates on the wildfire situation visit the NWT Fire Facebook page.

        Evacuee Registration Portal

        The Evacuee Registration Portal is for NWT residents who need to evacuate—or be prepared to evacuate—due to an emergency or disaster. 

        Your community government will advise you if you are to register on the evacuee registration portal. Communities remain lead on emergency response activities.

        Wildfire status

        > Follow NWT Fire for updates on wildfire:

        Highways

        > The Highway Conditions Map remains the most up-to-date source for NWT highway status.

        • Highway 3: Highway 3 between Behchokǫ̀ and Yellowknife is being monitored closely due to wildfire. The situation can change quickly with no warning.
        • Highway 5: Highway 5 is being monitored closely due to wildfire. The situation can change quickly with no warning. Expect intermittent delays between kilometre 187 to 226 of the highway. Avoid non-essential travel in this area.
        • Highway 8: Highway is being monitored closely due to wildfire.The situation can change quickly with no warning. 

        Air Quality

        • Exposure to smoke is highest in people who are physically active outdoors (including outdoor workers). Exposure can quickly result in sore eyes, tears, cough, and runny nose.
        • People at risk of more severe health impacts include young children, the elderly. people with diabetes, lung or heart conditions, and potentially pregnant women.   
        • You can reduce your exposure to smoke by avoiding strenuous outdoor activities and staying indoors with windows and doors closed.
        • Anyone experiencing serious symptoms such as wheezing, chest discomfort, or shortness of breath should go to their local health centre.
        • Visit Wildfire Smoke Exposure Advisory

        Actions today

        • The Territorial and Regional Emergency Management Organizations (EMO) continue to monitor the wildfire situation across the territory and are in regular communication with affected communities.

        Priorities for operations tomorrow

        • Continued monitoring of wildfire to assure safety of residents.
        • Continued support to affected communities and stakeholders.

        Staying safe in an emergency

        Be Ready for Wildfires

        > Get your Emergency Kit and essentials packed and ready. 

        Financial support

        Evacuee Income Disruption Support Program

        • The Evacuee Income Disruption Support program assists individuals who have lost employment income due to extended evacuation periods.
        • Provides financial support to adults 17+ whose employment has been disrupted by an evacuation lasting more than seven days.
        • Eligible residents can receive a one-time payment of $750.
        • For more information on how to apply:

        Income Assistance

        If you are experiencing financial difficulties and would like to speak to someone about applying for Income Assistance, contact the ECE Regional Service Centre located in your community/region.

        Donations

        Ways non-displaced residents can help: 

        More information

        NWT Alert

        Follow the latest emergency alerts here: https://nwtalert.ca/#/

        NWT Wildfire