Health Services Emergency Management

Health Services Emergency Management

Pandemic, labour disruptions, protection of critical infrastructure, adverse weather and climate change are all examples of threats that either have or could affect the ability of the health system to provide care.

Health Services Emergency Management (HSEM) helps to protect the health of Nova Scotians. The major focus of the branch is to enhance the provincial health system's preparedness to cope with local or provincial emergencies, including a national or international health crisis.

The branch developments mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies and works with partners on forward planning, education, exercise participation, and the revision of plans, based on lessons learned from past events.


Provide leadership in the department and the health system to ensure a state of readiness, using emergency management principles and practices, in preparation and response to adverse events.


Advance resiliency within the Nova Scotia health system.