Nova Scotians will be able to start their applications for disaster financial assistance today, Oct. 16. “We know that people are going through a very stressful time and we want to do whatever we can to ease their burden,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This is another step in the rebuilding effort.” Affected residents can now make direct applications to the Disaster Financial Assistance Program. This program helps homeowners, small businesses, farmers and not-for-profit organizations recover from emergencies. It also provides support for municipalities. In recognition of the extent of damage and hardship being experienced, the program will cover up to $200,000 per household. Applications are available online at http://novascotia.ca/flooding and will be available next week at several locations, including Access Nova Scotia Centres, MLA offices, and town halls. Residents are asked to continue to assess damage, keep all receipts, and take pictures and video, as well as work with their insurance companies. Government continues to post updates on the flood at www.novascotia.ca/flooding .