NWT Emergency Response Update - June 30, 2023 4:30pm

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


  • Residents of Wekweètì were evacuated due to wildfire concerns.

  • An evacuation order was issued on behalf of Wekweètì.

  • Supports and information were provided to evacuees upon their arrival in Yellowknife.

Sambaa K’e

  • Residents of Sambaa K’e are preparing to return to the community on July 1, 2023.

  • There may be times where air quality in Sambaa K’e is affected by smoke from the wildfire.

  • The wildfire situation will continue to be monitored and residents should be prepared to evacuate on short notice in the event there are changes to the current wildfire conditions.

Returning home safely after a wildfire

Returning home after a wildfire affected the area may be stressful and traumatic. This guide will help you know what to do and where to get help. Before returning home think about what you will see, hear and smell in your community upon return to emotionally prepare yourself and your family. Your community may have changed dramatically.

Keep yourself safe and healthy, with the checklists in the guide.

Wildfire Status

Roads and Airports

For the latest information on NWT Highways, please refer to the Highway Conditions Map.

Wekweètì Airport:    

  • Airport access restricted to medevac and fire operations only (with prior permission) until further notice.

Sambaa K’e Airport:

  • Airport has resumed normal operations.

Evacuee Accommodations

Sambaa K’e Evacuation Reception Centre

  • The Evacuation Reception Centre in Fort Simpson for evacuees from Sambaa K’e will close by end of day on July 1, 2023.

Mental Health Services for Evacuees

The following supports are also available:

  • NWT Help Line: 1-800-661-0844
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Or text CONNECT to 686868
  • Wellness Together Canada: Adults: 1-866-585-0445, Youth: 1-888-668-6810
  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566
  • Hope For Wellness: 1-855-242-3310
  • Family Violence Crisis line: 1-866-223-7775

Financial Support for Evacuees

The 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:

The Community Government Hosting Evacuees Grant

  • The Community Government Hosting Evacuees Grant provides financial assistance to eligible community governments that host evacuees outside of a designated Evacuation Centre.
  • To be eligible for the grant, community governments must host 10 or more registered evacuees.
  • Funding starts at $20,000 and is capped at $40,000, and is based on total evacuees hosted.
  • Funding can be requested after an evacuation order has been in place for seven or more days.

Business Relief

Actions today

Emergency Management Organization (EMO) Activation:

  • The Territorial, North Slave, South Slave, and Dehcho Emergency Management Organizations (EMO) remain activated and are in regular communication with affected communities.

Priorities for operations tomorrow

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

Staying safe in an emergency

For the latest, most accurate emergency information, continue checking for updates with your local community government and visit www.gov.nt.ca/public-safety.


Monetary donations are being accepted by United Way NWT.

More information

NWT Alert

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

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