News release

Applications Available for Financial Assistance Program for Dorian Damage

Nova Scotians who suffered uninsurable losses as a result of Hurricane Dorian can now apply for the disaster financial assistance program beginning today, Jan. 8.

“Hurricane Dorian caused widespread damage across Nova Scotia and its effects were felt from Yarmouth to Sydney. Based on information we received from municipalities and provincial departments, the damage is estimated to be about $11 million,” said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for emergency management. “This program helps people and communities get back on their feet after a disaster. It covers the costs of basic household items like appliances and furniture, as well as basic repairs of structural damage to a home or business that are not insurable.”

Details on the program and how to apply are available at https://beta.novascotia.ca/government/emergency-management-office . The deadline to apply for assistance is March 31.

Government announced the program on Dec. 19 to help individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have uninsurable claims and municipalities with uninsured losses.

Quick Facts:

  • Hurricane Dorian made landfall in Nova Scotia on Sept. 7
  • the disaster financial assistance program covers up to $200,000 per household, small business, not-for-profit. There is no deductible
  • food is not covered by this program. Food lost in power outages could have been covered by insurance
  • contact 2-1-1 for more information
  • the last disaster financial assistance program was implemented in October 2016 following historic flooding in Nova Scotia

Additional Resources:

Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office, https://beta.novascotia.ca/government/emergency-management-office

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