Victim Assistance Centre
When response activities have wound down after a disaster in which there has been widespread or catastrophic damage, there may be a need to draw together services from all orders of government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to meet the short and mid-term needs of victims. The nature of the event will dictate the types of services and support needed. In this case, the municipality would establish and operate a “one-stop shopping centre”, called a victim assistance centre. A victim assistance centre is typically established 2-3 days after the event and would operate for as long as necessary as determined by the municipality. The AEMA can assist with the operation of the centre if requested by the municipality.
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