About Nova Scotia EMO


To take a leadership role coordinating emergency management planning and response through partnerships among governments and private partners to enhance the safety and well-being of Nova Scotians.


EMO is an organization that reflects integrity, innovation, and responsiveness. By building relationships with partners, and through intergovernmental and international cooperation, EMO provides Nova Scotians with effective emergency preparedness education and coordinated emergency responses.


To enhance Nova Scotians’ safety and well-being through innovative, collaborative, and integrated emergency planning and response.


The Emergency Management Office (EMO), a division of the Department of Municipal Affairs, aims to ensure the safety and security of Nova Scotians, their property and the environment by providing for a prompt and coordinated response to an emergency.

EMO works hand-in-hand with municipal authorities to provide assistance in planning for emergencies, coordinate provincial resources when an emergency occurs, and assist with analysis and evaluation after an emergency.

Headquartered in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, EMO operates under the four pillars of emergency management - mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery – to:

Click here for a copy of Nova Scotia’s Emergency Management Act

Emergency 911 Service
911 is well-established as the number to call for assistance in an emergency, whether you need police, firefighters, paramedics or poison control. Calls are toll-free from anywhere in the province. EMO delivers Nova Scotia's 911 service from four call centres, handling approximately 180,000 calls per year.

Emergency Management Training
EMO develops and delivers a variety of emergency management training programs throughout Nova Scotia. These programs are aimed at ensuring municipal, provincial and federal officials have the knowledge and skills needed to effectively manage emergencies.

Public Education
Preparing for emergencies begins with individuals. EMO provides Nova Scotians with advice on how to ready themselves and their families for emergencies through advertising campaigns, public presentations, trade shows, publications, and media relations.

Ground Search and Rescue
EMO assists with the training and coordination of Nova Scotia's ground search and rescue team. In partnership with the RCMP, Nova Scotia municipal police forces and Parks Canada, ground search volunteers conduct searches for lost persons (in the woods and along coastlines), and assist with community evacuations.

Disaster Financial Assistance
EMO is responsible for the administration of Disaster Financial Assistance programs authorized by the Nova Scotia government. Through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements, the federal government assists provinces in recovering uninsurable losses to provincial and municipal governments, businesses, non-profit organizations and citizens following significant natural disasters.