Phone: 1-902-226-2400

Toll Free: 1-800-567-2600


Q & A Disaster Financial Assistance Programs

Q&A Disaster Financial Assistance Programs  

Q1. Who can apply?   

Residents, small business owners (including agriculture and aquaculture) and not-for-profit organizations are eligible.   

Q2. Is there a minimum or maximum amount?  

There is no minimum. The maximum available is $200,000 dollars.

Q3. What does the program cover?   

The Program covers non-insurable losses, like some flooding.

 Q4. What doesn’t the program cover?  

 The program doesn’t cover insurable losses like roof shingles, fallen trees and spoiled food. 

Q5. Are there any programs that will help people with things that the program doesn’t cover?

 We encourage people and businesses to work with their insurance providers. The province partners with the Red Cross to assist with urgent and immediate emergency need for residents.  

Q6. How long will it take to get my money back?   

There is an application process to ensure individuals and/or businesses qualify. Each application will be assessed individually as quickly as possible. We work very quickly to get money in the hands of people who qualify as quickly as possible. 

 Q7. Who can I contact for additional information?  

 Please contact 211 with any questions you may have.

Disaster - Financial Assistance

HURRICANE FIONA/EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE--Disaster Financial Assistance for Hurricane Fiona Damage

Nova Scotians can apply for disaster financial assistance related to damage from hurricane Fiona starting today, September 26. The Province’s Disaster Financial Assistance Program is designed to help Nova Scotians, municipalities, small businesses, and not-for-profit groups get back on their feet after a major storm or natural disaster. Not all disasters are covered by private insurance, and this program helps those whose losses are not insurable. Types of losses can include structural damage to homes and damage to uninsurable items like basic household goods and appliances, such as washers, dryers and furnaces. The program covers up to $200,000 in uninsurable losses per household, small business and not-for-profit group. “It’s a stressful time for Nova Scotians as we continue to assess and dig out from the damage caused by hurricane Fiona,” said John Lohr, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “We’ve got a ways to go before things are back to normal, but this is a step in the right direction.” Applications are available at: -- online: -- Access Nova Scotia centres -- MLA offices -- municipal offices.

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Hurricane Fiona - Assistance

Any Richmond County residents in need of assistance in the aftermath of hurricane Fiona should call 902 226-2400.

General Storm and Emergency Information:

General Storm and Emergency Information:

For up-to-date storm information, you can visit the CBC storm centre at:

Please dial 211 to find information on non-profit, community or government programs, including food and shelter. We are available 24/7.



  • In the event of an emergency in Nova Scotia, please dial 911.
  • For professional health advice in Nova Scotia, please dial 811.
  • For road conditions in Nova Scotia, please dial 511.

For information on preparing for an emergency, you can visit:

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Time to Review your Storm Plan and Preparations

The Emergency Management Office (EMO) is reminding Nova Scotians to take steps to help minimize risk of property and personal damage from a hurricane or tropical storm.

Strong winds, heavy rains, storm, and power surges can cause significant damage. All Residents are asked to prepare in advance and monitor local weather forecasts for changing conditions / notifications. All loose items around properties that may blow away in high winds or cause damage to your property or neighbours should be secured or placed in an area to minimize the chance of blowing away. Ensure emergency supplies are stocked up and items are refuelled and ready to go, waiting for last minute impact / notification should be avoided.

This is a basic checklist:
  • Have enough food and water for at least 72 hours
  • Take account the number of people it is needed for and make sure supplies are sufficient for Infants, Elderly and anyone needing special items
  • Monitor local media outlets for updates (additional preparation as needed)
  • Secure gates, doors, and windows to minimize potential damage
  • Move yard furniture, secure trash cans, hanging plants and anything that can be picked up by the wind
  • Check radios for batteries and ensure spares are available
  • Ensure all electronics are fully charged to ensure that they can be used for updates in the event power goes out
  • Fill vehicles with gas and park them away from trees
  • Keep pets inside and limit time outside for breaks
  • Move any type of watercraft to high ground
  • Ensure the safety of you and your family
  • Check on neighbours when safe to do so
  • If the power has gone out, do not leave candles unattended

EMO is working with Environment Canada and partners on the approaching storm, gathering municipal information, identifying possible local risk areas, and conducting information sessions with provincial and municipal emergency management officers and co-ordinators.

Additional Resources:

For information on how to prepare for a hurricane and regular updates visit and .

Power outages should be reported to Nova Scotia Power at 1-877-428-6004.