The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) would like congratulate the NWT winners of $500 for national Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. This is a campaign organized annually on the first Saturday of May and hosted by FireSmart Canada, an initiative focused on encouraging shared responsibility for fire protection and empowering individuals, communities and industries to directly reduce the risk of wildfires in or near populated areas.
To apply for the funding, communities had to submit an application along with an explanation of what they intended to do with the prize. The $500 must go towards a Wildfire Preparedness event that takes place between May and October. The NWT recipients of 2019 are Fort Good Hope, Whatì and Wrigley.
“Every year we see more of our communities applying for and winning this award,” said Amber Simpson, Wildfire Prevention Coordinator with ENR's Forest Management Division. “It’s really great to see communities coming together and doing what they can to help protect their homes. It goes to show that protecting homes doesn’t have to be a long, expensive process. Getting together for a day with your neighbours to thin and prune trees around the area can be a good start.”
Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is supported through a national program offered by FireSmart in partnership with The Co-operators, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) and the governments of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Newfoundland and the Northwest Territories.
To learn more about FireSmart or Wildfire Preparedness, visit www.firesmartcanada.ca.