City of Edmonton Emergency Reception Centre to close 
September 18, 2023

As evacuation orders have been lifted for the Town of Hay River and the Town of Fort Smith in the South Slave Region of the Northwest Territories, the City of Edmonton will close the Edmonton Emergency Reception Centre at 7 p.m. on Monday, September 18.

Since August 18, 7,540 evacuees and 1,314 pets were registered and offered support. The Edmonton Emergency Reception Centre provided temporary lodging, food, clothing, animal care, health care and mental health supports. More than 4,100 meals were served, and hotel rooms were arranged for 1,760 households. 

The City of Edmonton has provided evacuees access to services and amenities such as transit and recreation centres. These services will also conclude on Monday, September 18 at 7p.m.

“I’m proud of our Emergency Support Response Team who have provided compassionate support to our neighbours from the Northwest Territories when they needed it most,” said City Manager Andre Corbould. “We remain prepared to support future emergencies should the need arise.” 

In addition to reception centre support the City of Edmonton also provided support with re-entry flights. public transportation and recreational activities. The Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS), together with support from City Operations maintenance staff and heavy equipment haulers, deployed equipment to Yellowknife. EFRS firefighters, mechanics and leaders, alongside firefighters from other organizations, assisted in Yellowknife firefighting efforts and returned back to Edmonton this week. 

Evacuees should continue to refer to the Government of Northwest Territories website for information on re-entry and other supports:
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