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GNWT Reminds Residents of Various Evacuation Protocols

During the GNWT’s first wildfire update of the season, the opportunity was taken to remind NWT residents of the varying levels of evacuation commands in the case of an emergency.

The information was relayed by Emily King, who serves as the Director of the Emergency Management Organization Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. She explained that knowing the difference between these specific terms can promote good understanding and reduce confusion in chaotic situations.

There are three categories of evacuation commands that residents should be aware of, as King explained.

“Level 1 is Evacuation Notice. An Evacuation Notice is for information only and it is an advisory that an emergency event, such as a wildfire, is currently in the area.

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“Level 2 is Evacuation Alert. An Evacuation Alert is issued to advise residents of the potential for danger or loss and damage to property from an emergency event, and to be prepared to evacuate on short notice. Officials make every effort to provide as much advance notice as possible.

“Level 3 is Evacuation Order. An Order is issued to advise of the need to evacuate the area due to imminent danger. An Order can be issued without declaring a State of Emergency, however it can only be enforced if a State of Emergency is declared.”

Currently, a Level 1 Evacuation Notice has been issued for the Hamlet of Fort Liard. The GNWT and NWT Fire are monitoring all other current wildfires incredibly closely, and Premier R.J. Simpson has previously expressed his confidence that the fires will be handled much better this year as compared to last year.

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