Flooding throughout the SLRD, especially in Electoral Areas C and D, from December 8-12, 2014, may have 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 the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District.
All applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. Depending on the circumstances, businesses and farmers may have been able to obtain commercial insurance for certain losses. As part of the DFA qualification process, businesses, farmers and charitable/volunteer organizations will need to provide a letter from their insurer indicating that they could not have purchased insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.
Information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the DFA website. There you will find the DFA Application Form, ‘Disaster Financial Assistance Guidelines for Private Sector’ and ‘One Step at a time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery’. If you do not have internet access, a hard copy of these documents can be requested from the SLRD office in Pemberton.
Although we encourage people to submit their application as soon as possible so that we can have the damage assessment completed promptly, the deadline to submit this form to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) is March 12, 2015.
Applications may be submitted by email to DFA@gov.bc.ca or by fax: 250-952-5542. As applications are received in this office, EMBC-contracted evaluators will contact the applicants to explain the DFA program requirements and schedule an onsite visit.
If you are an affected SLRD resident, and encounter difficulties with the DFA process, please contact Ryan Wainwright, SLRD Emergency Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at (604) 698-6442.