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N.S. announces plans to create new crisis response team

By Evan Taylor Mar 28, 2024 | 11:56 AM

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Nova Scotia is gearing up for enhanced emergency preparedness with the introduction of a new department and volunteer corps. Premier Tim Houston unveiled legislation today, March 28, to establish the Nova Scotia Guard, a volunteer group aimed at aiding communities during and after emergencies.

The Nova Scotia Guard will comprise volunteers from diverse backgrounds across the province, including individuals with specialized skills tailored to various emergency scenarios. Premier Houston emphasized the importance of community spirit, stating, “As we’ve seen time and again, whenever an emergency happens, the first thing Nova Scotians do is step up and help their neighbours – that’s the Bluenoser way.”

Under the purview of the newly proposed Department of Emergency Management, the Nova Scotia Guard will operate alongside existing emergency response teams, streamlining efforts to address crises. Premier Houston highlighted the imperative for such measures in light of escalating challenges posed by climate change, including wildfires and floods.

The Department of Emergency Management, slated to be established in the fall, will be headed by John Lohr, Minister responsible for the current Emergency Management Office, and Deputy Minister Paul LaFleche. This initiative represents a significant step towards bolstering the province’s readiness to tackle emergencies collaboratively.

Nova Scotians interested in volunteering for the Nova Scotia Guard can register their interest online or by calling 211. Government officials anticipate immediate collaboration among various teams across departments, with ongoing engagement planned with municipalities and stakeholders to fine-tune the legislation in the coming months.