FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was released today by Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry as part of National Emergency Preparedness Week, May 6-12:

In light of the historic flood levels that are affecting many areas in our province, National Emergency Preparedness Week is an opportunity to recognize the hard-working men and women who are ensuring New Brunswickers remain safe and secure during this emergency situation.

While the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization continues to co-ordinate the provincial response to this event, we are grateful to the hundreds of emergency responders and officials leading efforts at both regional and municipal levels.

In recent days, our emergency responders have proven how crucial they are, responding efficiently and effectively wherever assistance is required. We are thankful for their quick response and for their dedication to protecting people living in flood-affected regions.

Currently, the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is still in the midst of co-ordinating provincial response operations to address the flood. In the weeks ahead, staff will administer a Disaster Financial Assistance program, continuing to play an important role in helping flood victims rebuild and recover.

This is a difficult time for New Brunswickers, and we are proud of the commitment shown by our emergency responders, and thank them for their ongoing service.