Hurricane Recovery Report Oct 3

first_img As power restoration continues throughout Halifax RegionalMunicipality (HRM) and northeast Nova Scotia, the province isensuring that hurricane victims can get the food and suppliesthat they need over the weekend, Ernest Fage, Ministerresponsible for the Emergency Measures Act, said today, Oct. 3. In areas affected by power outages, the province is asking policenot to lay charges against stores that may open this Sunday, Oct.5, to provide food and other emergency supplies. “Special circumstances call for special measures,” said Mr. Fage.”Many people are in need of fresh food and supplies to helprestore their properties. As more customers regain power over theweekend, they will need access to grocery and hardware stores.That’s why we’ve decided to allow stores to open this Sundayonly.” Consumers who believe they have paid too much for essential goodsand services in the wake of Hurricane Juan should seek help fromlocal law enforcement authorities. Complaints about overchargingfor gasoline can be registered with the Department of Environmentand Labour at 902-424-7773. Only incidents involving gasolinewill be dealt with by provincial authorities. The Department of Community Services will continue to providesupport and services over the weekend. Any income assistanceclients with urgent needs should contact the HRM EmergencyMeasures Organization at 490-4000. Community Services staff willbe available at that number to provide necessary support andassistance. Lunch was provided today to seniors’ homes by Northwood Manor anddelivered by the fire department. Supper for families and seniorswithout power is being provided by the Red Cross. “Everyone involved in the hurricane recovery effort has beenexceptional. From the crews who cleared roads and debris, to thevolunteers helping to bring food to those in need, the provincethanks every person involved for their contribution,demonstrating once again the great spirit and compassion thatNova Scotians are noted for,” said Mr. Fage. Metro Regional Housing Authority staff volunteers worked with theMetro Food Bank today to prepare food baskets for seniors’ homeswhere power was restored on or after Wednesday, Oct. 1. They weredelivered by federal government employees. Federal government staff are also delivering hot food along theEastern Shore in co-ordination with local fire departments andthe RCMP. Most schools in HRM are expected to be open on Monday, Oct. 6.School boards with closures are working hard to ensure studentsreturn to a safe learning environment as soon as possible.Parents and school staff should continue to listen for updates orcall their local school board. Outpatient services at the Nova Scotia Hospital reopened today. More information about the Hurricane Juan recovery efforts andcontact numbers can be found on the Web site or through public inquiries. That number is902-424-5200 in Halifax or toll-free 1-800-670-4357. -30- EMERGENCY MEASURES ORGANIZATION–Hurricane Recovery Report, Oct.3last_img

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