Message from Emergency Management BC

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Please see the attached message from Emergency Management BC regarding Disaster Financial Assistance.


Major flooding and debris flows in the Central and Southeast Regions that began on May 4, 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 the following areas:

Thompson-Nicola Regional District
North Okanagan Regional District
Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District
Central Okanagan Regional District
Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
Regional District of East Kootenay
Regional District of Central Kootenay

*including all electoral areas, municipalities and first nation communities within the geographic boundaries of these regional districts

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  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’.

DFA - Key Information