Application Forms for Disaster Financial Assistance

Emergency Measures Organization (to Dec. 19, 2005)

October 10, 2003 11:27 AM

Individuals and small businesses who suffered uninsurable damage
as a result of Hurricane Juan will have help determining if they
are eligible for disaster financial assistance.

Beginning Tuesday, Oct. 14, representatives will be available at
designated municipal and provincial locations to assist with the
application process. The deadline for claim submissions is
Friday, Nov. 21 at 4:30 p.m.

"In past situations where we have used the disaster financial
assistance arrangement, applications were given out and the
individual was left to determine for themselves if they were
eligible and what information they needed to provide," said
Ernest Fage, Minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Act.
"We are trying to improve this process by having a customer
service representative meet with the individual to help them with
the application process."

Since the program is for uninsurable losses, it is essential
individuals first contact their insurance company to confirm and
request written proof that the loss was not insurable.

Individuals with inquiries related to the disaster financial
assistance program, can call the province's public inquiries line
at 1-800-670-4357 (902-424-5200 in the Halifax Regional
Municipality). This line is staffed on Mondays and Tuesdays from
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays to Fridays from 8:30 a.m.
to 7 p.m.

The following is a list of sites where representatives and
applications will be available Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m:

Antigonish Access Nova Scotia
20 St. Andrews St.

Bridgewater Access Nova Scotia
77 Dufferin St.

Dartmouth Access Nova Scotia
Superstore Mall
650 Portland St.

Halifax Access Nova Scotia
West End Mall
6950 Mumford Rd.

Dept. of Natural Resources Middle Musquodoboit Area Office
12086 Highway 224

Mahone Bay Town Hall
493 Main St.

Milford Recreation Hall
2288 Highway 2

New Glasgow Town Municipal Office
111 Provost St.

Nova Scotia Fire School, Waverley
48 Powder Mill Rd.

Tatamagouche Fire Hall
202 Main St.

Truro Access Nova Scotia
35 Commercial St.

Wentworth Recreation Centre
13752 Highway 4


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     Nova Scotians who suffered uninsurable damage as a result of

Hurricane Juan will have help determining if they are eligible

for disaster financial assistance.

     Beginning Tuesday (October 14th), officials will be at

designated municipal and provincial locations to help with the

application process. The deadline for claim submissions is

Friday, November 21st at 4:30 p.m.

     Ernest Fage, the Minister responsible for the Emergency

Measures Act, says in the past when disaster financial assistance

was available, applications were given out and the individual was

left to figure out if they were eligible and how to apply. He

says officials are trying to improve the process.


     For more information on the disaster financial assistance

program, can call the province's public inquiries line at 1-800-

670-4357 (902-424-5200 in the Halifax Regional Municipality).

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Contact: Sheliah Tulloch
         Emergency Measures Organization
         902-424-0284
         E-mail: tullocsa@gov.ns.ca

kjd         October 10, 2003         11:25 A.M.