This episode is about the 911 twin towers attack, rerouted planes, and Nova Scotia's emergency response. Over the years, the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia, Canada has had its share of fires, floods and hurricanes. However, in 2001, in response to the World Trade Center terrorist attack on September 11th, 40 planes were diverted to the Halifax Airport in Nova Scotia and remained for four days, until stranded passengers could be transported to their U.S. destination or point of origin. 18 Reception Centres/ Shelters were set up, 17 in Halifax and 1 in Aldershot. These were in schools, community centres, stadiums, 4 military bases, plus one hotel ball room & a church hall. Over 8,000 people were on those 40 planes. The Canadian Red Cross managed some of the reception centers and provided emergency social services. In other cases, schools, and other community organizations assisted. Many community billets were used. All flights and most people departed 12 noon on September 15. John Webb was Nova Scotia's Director of ESS during 9-11 and it was his job to manage the shelters in Halifax. In this MYD episode he recalls the event, what happened, and how his community stepped up to the plate during a very difficult time. In addiition to those who stepped up in Newfoundland, of which the "Come from Away" musical is based on, this truly is a wonderful example of how many Canadians stepped up to help those in need. Since 2014, John has been on the national board of the Canadian Red Cross and he continues to share his knowledge and experience when possible.
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