Disaster Financial Assistance for Flooding

MESSAGE FROM EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT BC RE: UPDATED DFA NOTIFICATION

Flooding in various areas of the Columbia and Kootenay Regional Districts from  March 5 to April 10, 2017 has caused property and content damages. As a result of the damages sustained from this event, provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has been authorized for qualifying claimants, such as 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.

Disaster Financial Assistance has been authorized for:

  • Regional District of East Kootenay (including all electoral areas and municipalities within the RDEK)
  • Regional District of Central Kootenay (including all electoral areas and municipalities within the RDCK)
  • Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (including the electoral area A and municipalities within area A)
  • Columbia Shuswap Regional District (including all electoral areas and municipalities within the CSRD)

All applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. As part of the DFA qualification process, the applicant’s insurer will be asked to provide a letter indicating that the applicant could not have purchased insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the DFA web site at http://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’.

Although we encourage people to submit their application to us as soon as possible so that we can have the damage assessment completed promptly, the deadline for EMBC to receive this form is July 9, 2017.  Applications can be e-mailed or faxed to this office (e-mail: DFA [at] gov [dot] bc [dot] ca; fax: 250-952-5542).  As applications are received in this office, EMBC will confirm eligibility and contracted evaluators will contact eligible applicants to explain the DFA program requirements and schedule an onsite visit.