News release

Disaster Financial Assistance for November Storm

Nova Scotians who suffered uninsurable losses in post-tropical storm Noel in November can apply for assistance under the province's disaster financial assistance program.

"Although the storm didn't reach the magnitude of Hurricane Juan in 2003, it still caused significant damage in some parts of the province," said David Morse, acting Minister of Emergency Management. "This cost-sharing program with Public Safety Canada will assist municipalities, homeowners and owner-operated small businesses who meet the claim guidelines."

A province or territory may request government of Canada disaster financial assistance when eligible expenditures exceed $1 per capita, based on provincial or territorial population.

Some eligible expenses are evacuation operations, restoring public works and infrastructure to pre-disaster condition, as well as replacing or repairing basic, essential personal property of individuals, small businesses and farmsteads.

Individuals must cover the first $1,000 of eligible costs. There is a maximum payment of $50,000 for individuals and owner-operated small businesses. Damage to cottages, secondary homes or hobby farms does not qualify for assistance.

Application forms and more information are available at Access Nova Scotia and Registry of Motor Vehicle Offices, and online at the provincial website at www.gov.ns.ca/emo .

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If your home or small business was damaged in tropical storm Noel last November, you might qualify for disaster financial assistance.

Acting Emergency Management Minister David Morse says the province and federal government will cover some uninsurable losses.

Morse says the storm caused significant damage in parts of the province.

Municipalities and provincial government departments can also qualify to recover costs caused by the storm.

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