Hurricane Dorian Financial Assistance Program

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT OFFICE--Financial Assistance Program for Dorian Damage 

Government announced today, Dec. 19, it will open a disaster financial assistance program on Jan. 8, to help those who sustained property damage from Hurricane Dorian.

The program will help individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have uninsurable claims and municipalities with uninsured losses.

"Hurricane Dorian caused widespread damage across Nova Scotia and its effects were felt from Yarmouth to Sydney," said Chuck Porter, Minister responsible for emergency management. "Based on the information we received from municipalities and provincial departments, the damage is estimated to be about $11 million."

Disaster financial assistance programs help residents, small businesses, not-for-profits and municipalities recover from emergency-related damage. Details on the program and where to apply will be provided on Jan. 8, at .

Quick Facts:
-- Nova Scotia was hit by Hurricane Dorian on Sept. 7
-- the hurricane was the largest and most powerful storm to impact the province in recorded history. At one point, more than 400,000 households were without electrical power
-- the last disaster financial assistance program was implemented in October 2016 following historic flooding in Nova Scotia

Additional Resources: Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office webpage: -30-

Media contact: Susan Mader Zinck                         902-499-1343                         Email:

Need Tourism Advisory Committee Members

Seeking seven tourism industry representatives for the Cumberland Region Tourism Advisory Committee.

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December 2019 Community Calendar/Newsletter

We're trying out a new format for the monthly Community Calendar.

In addition, we've also included some news items this time.  Please click on this link to read:

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Marketing for Small Business (Facebook & More)

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New Town Hall Hours

A friendly reminder to everyone that the Town Hall administrative offices will be open to the public from 10 am to 3:30 pm from Monday to Friday, beginning today, November 18, 2019. Staff will continue to work their regular hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

The Town Hall now has a secure payment drop off! It is available for anyone wishing to make payment on account or drop off registration forms or other information outside of our open hours. It is located on the door leading into Council Chambers – that’s the one closest to the crosswalk leading to the Sunset Thrift Store. The inside box is locked to ensure safekeeping of any mail dropped off, and is checked daily by staff. We hope this is a convenient way for you to continue to do your business with the Town

Town Hall Office Hours

Residents are advised that, beginning November 18, 2019, the Town Hall offices will be reducing the hours open to the public.

Beginning on that date, the hours of operation for public access will be between 10:00 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Staff will maintain their regular working hours, and this service adjustment is to improve the overall operations and services provided by the Town. Alternate online billing payment options are available. A secured mail drop off box will be installed at the Town Office entrance for everyone’s convenience.

Extended hours may be offered on particular billing due dates and will be advertised in advance.