FREDERICTON (GNB) – The first two of 12 special offices to help people with their disaster financial assistance claims opened today. They are located in Lincoln and Grand Bay-Westfield.

The New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization is opening offices from Lincoln to Quispamsis. Claims officers will be on hand to assist with applications and answer questions about the recovery process.

“We understand this is a difficult time for many New Brunswickers. People are looking for answers and help, and we are bringing that help to people in their communities,” said Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry.

The office hours for these one-day openings are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call to book an appointment. More dates will be arranged subject to demand.

  • June 6 – Lincoln – Lincoln Elementary School (Multipurpose Room), 506-453-6514;
  • June 6 – Grand Bay-Westfield – River Valley Community Centre, 506-658-5390;
  • June 7 – Keswick – Keswick Ridge Community Hall, 506-453-6514;
  • June 7 – Kingston – Long Reach Fire Department, 506-658-5390;
  • June 8 – Maugerville/Sheffield – Maugerville Community Centre, 506-453-6514;
  • June 8 – Oak Point region – Royal Canadian Legion Branch 87, 506-658-5390;
  • June 11 – Jemseg/Grand Lake/Lakeville Corner – Jemseg Lion’s Club, 506-453-6514;
  • June 11 – Rothesay/Quispamsis – Q-Plex, 506-658-5390;
  • June 12 – Minto – Minto Senior Citizen’s Centre, 506-453-6514;
  • June 12 – Clifton Royal – Moss Glen Legion, 506-658-5390;
  • June 13 – Chipman – Chipman Heritage Centre, 506-453-6514; and
  • June 14 – Cambridge-Narrows – Town Hall, 506-658-5390.

Disaster Financial Assistance satellite offices have also been opened in:

  • Saint John – 15 King’s Square North (506-658-5390);
  • Hampton – 410 William Bell Dr., Unit 1 (506-832-6030);
  • Fredericton – Service New Brunswick building, 432 Queen St. (506-453-6514); and
  • Burton – Burton Courthouse, 23 Rte. 102 (506-357-4622).

If residents have registered for disaster financial assistance and have not heard from the province about a home inspection, call 1-888-298-8555 or speak to someone in person at either a satellite office or temporary office.

“More than 1,700 health and safety inspections have been done, but we know there are more left to do,” said Landry. “If you have not registered, please do so. If you have registered and have not heard from the government, please contact us. We encourage everyone who has registered to submit their application so we can help you as quickly as possible.”

People affected by the recent flood are reminded they do not have to wait for an inspection to begin the recovery process. Anyone who has registered for disaster financial assistance or is thinking about doing so should take pictures of the damage, keep all relevant receipts and take any necessary steps to recover.