My Home or Business Was Impacted

3-ways-to-applyOn Wednesday, January 5, 2022, United States President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Washington State and ordered federal assistance to help recover from the devastating November 2021 floods.

If you are someone who has been affected by the flood disaster, please register for disaster assistance. You can do this by phone, online or by downloading the app. Please register whether you have insurance or do not have insurance.

By phone: 1-800-621-3362
Download the app:
Apple: text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)
Google Play: text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA)

Reporting Flood Damages

Reporting flood damage as part of the process to qualify for state and federal assistance:

  • To report home and rental damage use the damage reporting forms.  Para español, haga clic aquí
    • Fill this form out one time for each location where the damage occurred. Do not combine locations into one form.
    • Do not fill out this form if you have already called the Damage Assessment Line at 360-788-5311. We will be calling you if we haven’t already.
    • If you need help filling out this form, please call the Damage Assessment Line at 360-788-5311 and leave a message.   Someone will call you back to fill it out.
  • Damage to businesses can be reported using the damage reporting forms (en español) or by calling the Damage Assessment Line at 360-788-5311

 Those with ANY flood-damaged property are requested to report their damages to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management. 

 Anyone who experiences damage should keep as much documentation as possible, including taking photos and saving receipts

 Reporting damage and, or conditions from around the county:

  • To report non-emergency damage and, or conditions from around the county such as loose cattle, debris, or infrastructure issues phone the Whatcom County flood response call center at (360) 788-5303. 
  • To report emergency conditions (those that are an immediate threat to life and safety) call 911.

Whatcom County Waives Emergency Repair Permit Fees

In response to the extraordinary needs of County residents resulting from recent flooding, the County permit fee for emergency building repairs has been waived per an executive order signed by County Executive Satpal Sidhu on November 24, 2021. 

  • Emergency repair requests must be received by Whatcom County Planning & Development Services (PDS) no later than January 31, 2022, in order for the fee waiver to apply. 
  • The waiver only applies to Whatcom County permits. Residents of incorporated towns and cities should contact their local jurisdiction for repair permit information.
  • PDS advises residents to take photos to document the damage and verify that repairs are necessary. 

For additional information please see this newsflash for more information. 

For Individuals and Households

  • Property damaged or destroyed by flooding may qualify for a reduction in assessed value.
  • The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)has activated its Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) for Whatcom County residents impacted by recent severe weather and flooding.
    • To start the application process online visit and complete the online application. After your online application is completed call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877–501–2233 to complete the required interview. 
    • To complete the entire application process over the phone call the Customer Service Contact Center at 877–501–2233. For the quickest response, it’s best to call before 11 a.m.

Additional information and details about eligibility, benefits, and the application process can be found in this news release.

  • Samaritan's Purse is providing help with clean-up for homeowners whose homes havebeen damaged by floodwater and have little or no insurance. They are providing help free of charge. Requests are handled based on need and volunteer availability. 
    • To request help call (360) 303-3563.
  • The Whatcom Strong Donation Center is providing items to displaced families and flood victims at the Northwest Washington Fairground in Lynden. For further information (including hours):

To get to the donation center in Lynden, enter the fairgrounds at Gate 5, located at the south entrance of the fairgrounds at 1775 Front Street in Lynden. Keep left to get to the large, red Henry Jansen building.

For Businesses