Flood Relief Resources for Businesses
Updates from our leaders
Updated November 24th, 2021
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.
Residents are asked to complete a Business FEMA Information Form for reporting to the Division of Emergency Management.
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Both amendments will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 18, unless the order is rescinded.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 DelBene: The Recovery Ahead for Communities Devastated By Western WA Floods
November 22, 2021
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
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."
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
- Whatcom Strong: Information Regarding Whatcom County Flood Relief
- Congresswoman Suzan DelBene's Office: Flood Recovery Guide
- Whatcom County: Flood Response Information | Whatcom County, WA - Official Website
- Whatcom Community Foundation: Donations
Local Banking Options:
- WECU: Offers emergency assistance program to businesses
- Peoples Bank: Offering: 90-day loan payment deferrals, Personal Loans, Business Loans
WA Department of Labor & Industries
- Worker and premises safety: Resources for Home/Business/Employers and Workers after Natural Disaster
WA Department of Revenue
- Disaster Relief for Taxpayers: Disaster relief for taxpayers | Washington Department of Revenue
- Filing Extension Request: Excise tax return extensions | Washington Department of Revenue
- Penalty Waiver: Penalty waivers | Washington Department of Revenue
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.
- SBA Database of currently declared disasters: Search to see if you’re in a covered area
- IRS: Disaster Assistance & Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses
- FEMA: Home page
- FEMA: Fact sheet on flood recovery
- USDA: Farms & Ranching Disaster Assistance Programs