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Nova Scotia. Emergency Management Office

Other forms of name: Nova Scotia. Civil Defence Coordinator
Emergency Measures Organization of Nova Scotia

The Civil Defence Act was passed in 1958, mainly to provide for disaster relief, and a civil defence coordinator appointed. In 1964 the act was renamed Emergency Measures Act and in 1966 the coordinator renamed Director, Emergency Measures Organization (EMO). In 1990 the 32-year-old Emergency Measures Act was repealed and replaced by a new act continuing the EMO and modernizing provisions for a prompt and coordinated response to a state of emergency. In 2005, in response to severe weather events over the autumn and winter of 2003-2004, the EMO was again renamed, becoming an office of the public service with its own minister and a chief executive officer. The Emergency Management Office focuses on emergency measures planning and emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

Notes: Authority record based on Statutes of Nova Scotia: 1958 c. 2, 1964 c. 56, 1966 c. 64, 1990 c. 8 and 2005 c. 48.