Flood Relief Resources for Businesses

Updates from our leaders

Updated November 24th, 2021

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Whatcom County hosting community meeting to address flood and recovery efforts

Local, state and federal lawmakers will also be on the panel.

The meeting is tonight, 11/24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nooksack Valley High School.

It will also be streamed live here (English) and here (Spanish), and we will broadcast it on KGMI and at KGMI.COM.

Residents are asked to complete a Business FEMA Information Form for reporting to the Division of Emergency Management.

Logo of Washington State Governor Jay Inslee

Inslee updates severe weather emergency proclamation as cleanup continues

Reported in mynorthwest.com - After major flooding last week in northern Washington counties, more financial assistance is expected to arrive from the state for those residents starting Monday.

Governor Jay Inslee revised his severe weather damage emergency proclamation Friday to allow the Department of Social and Health Services to make emergency cash assistance available to eligible individuals and families in the affected counties.

The cash assistance program goes into effect Monday, Nov. 22.

Also, effective immediately, the governor temporarily waived restrictions that limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate a vehicle. That’s expected to address concerns over whether farmers can receive enough grain and feed for some 60,000 dairy cows.

Both amendments will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 18, unless the order is rescinded.


Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Congresswoman DelBene: The Recovery Ahead for Communities Devastated By Western WA Floods
November 22, 2021

Dear friends,

My heart breaks for all who have been affected by the devastating flooding we saw across Western Washington this week. In many cases, our rivers rose to levels that our communities have not seen in decades. While flooding has receded, a lot of work must be done in the weeks and months ahead to address damages and secure support for families and towns hit by this disaster.

I am working closely with state and local officials to make sure we swiftly deliver federal assistance to our communities. As folks across the district begin to assess damage and clean up, there are many helpful online resources from Washington state and our county governments to assist you and your family.

Please visit my flood resources website


Governor Inslee Visits Whatcom County

Inslee tours flood impacts in Whatcom County, pledges to seek federal aid

November 19, Bellingham - Gov. Jay Inslee met with local leaders, first responders, and families in Whatcom County Wednesday to view impacts from extreme flooding in the area. 

This week Washington state has had at least 12 rivers flooding throughout the state, most heavily affecting counties in the northwest and southwest Washington, including Whatcom County. The most impacted communities in Whatcom County are Everson, Nooksack, and Sumas.

"The damage is significant." Inslee said during a media availability. "We talked to families who recognize this community has been hit by the strong currents of the Nooksack River, but they have been saved by the strong currents of community strength we have seen from this community."

See more on the governor's Twitter page.

Get help for flood damaged businesses

Updated November 23rd, 2021

The devastating floods that struck throughout Whatcom County damaged homes businesses and infrastructure.

Your WWU SBDC team understands the terrible toll suffered by our local businesses facing the crises of the last 24 months and we are here to help.

The SBDC team is working with regional and national officials and collecting resources to help our businesses recover.

Please visit this FEMA article to learn how a disaster is declared and how the relief effort begins.

Check back frequently for additional resources

Our local emergency planners are assessing the situation.  Hopefully, we will have a declaration of emergency soon that will trigger many resources. 

Disaster Information and Assistance 

Local Banking Options: 

State Resources

WA Department of Labor & Industries 

WA Department of Revenue 

Federal Relief

The Stafford Act states, in part that: "All requests for a declaration by the President that a major disaster exists shall be made by the Governor of the affected State." 

If and when a gubernatorial declaration occurs, and if that declaration rises to the Federal relief level, the US Small Business Administration (SBA), FEMA and additional Federal agencies will provide further resources.


Video: How The Declaration of Disaster is Made