Emergency Management BC (EMBC) issued a release on March 27, 2017 that Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the Central and East Kootenay regions who may have been impacted from the flooding that occurred from March 1523, 2017.
DFA has been authorized for the Regional Districts of East Kootenay and Central Kootenay including all electoral areas and municipalities within these two Regional Districts who sustained damages from this event. 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. 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. 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 June 25, 2017. Please email or fax the completed application to EMBC directly at DFA@gov.bc.ca or 250-952-5542. EMBC will confirm eligibility and contracted evaluators will contact eligible applicants to explain the DFA program requirements and schedule an onsite visit.