Disaster Assistance Program Deadline Extended

Emergency Measures Organization (to Dec. 19, 2005)

November 18, 2003 10:19 AM

People who incurred uninsurable losses as a result of Hurricane
Juan have another two weeks to apply for disaster financial
assistance. Nova Scotia's Emergency Measures Organization
announced today, Nov. 18, that it has extended the deadline to
submit applications to Friday, Dec. 5, at 4:30 p.m.

"We realize that many people, especially farmers and small
businesses, have been busy trying to recover from Hurricane Juan
and still run their farm or business," said Ernest Fage, Minister
responsible for the Emergency Measures Act. "We have extended the
deadline by two weeks to take these concerns into account."

To date, 292 applications for assistance have been received from
farmers, fishers, small commercial woodlot owners, small
businesses and individuals.

Applications for disaster financial assistance are available at
designated provincial and municipal locations.

Individuals with inquiries related to the disaster financial
assistance program, or those wanting to know the designated sites
for applications, can call the province's public information line
at 1-800-670-4357 (902-424-5200 in the Halifax Regional
Municipality).


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province's Emergency Measures Organization has extended

the deadline for applications to the disaster financial

assistance program to Friday, December 5th, at 4:30 pm.

     Applications for assistance are available at designated

provincial and municipal locations.

     Individuals with inquiries related to the disaster

financial assistance program can call 1-800-670-4357 (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         November 18, 2003        10:17 A.M.