News release

Application Forms for Disaster Financial Assistance

EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION--Application Forms for Disaster Financial Assistance


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:
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