Emergency Management BC (EMBC) has authorized disaster financial assistance (DFA) for those who experienced damage as a result of the flooding and debris flows triggered by the May 31 heavy rainfall event.
Those who may qualify for this assistance include: home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.
Applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. DFA is available only for essential, uninsurable losses.
Information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the DFA web site at www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance. There you will find the DFA Application Form, ‘Disaster Financial Assistance Guidelines for Private Sector’, information bulletins about DFA and insurance and ‘One Step at a time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery’.
Application forms can be downloaded from the Emergency Info page on http://www.rdek.bc.ca and are available through the RDEK on request by phoning 1-888-478-7335.
Applicants are encouraged to submit applications to EMBC. The deadline is September 28, 2020. EMBC will confirm eligibility and evaluators will contact eligible applicants to discuss the DFA program requirements and schedule an on-site visit.
Applicants should be aware of the following:
Applications must be submitted by the deadline in order to be considered.
As the program is Provincial, all questions about DFA, eligibility, or how to submit a claim, should be directed to Emergency Management BC at 1-888-257-4777 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The RDEK is grateful to EMBC and the Province for understanding the severity of the May 31 rain event and for stepping forward to help our residents and business owners manage the costs associated with the clean-up and repairs.