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Brokers in flood-affected areas can help local residents access DFA funding

Emergency Management BC requests brokers' assistance during this flood season.

Due to recent, unprecedented flooding in the central and southeastern part of British Columbia, brokers will soon be getting numerous requests from their clients to complete an insurance form required as part of the application for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) from the province.

British Columbia's Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program has been authorized for eligible homeowner, residential tenants, farmers, small business owners and charitable organizations. One of the criteria for eligibility is that overland flood and/or sewer backup insurance is NOT reasonably and readily available to the applicant. The DFA bulletin on Overland Flood Insurance explains the eligibility criteria.

To determine whether an applicant has overland flood insurance or could have purchased this insurance, Emergency Management BC requires information from the applicant's insurance agent or broker. Applicants will need to bring this form to brokers' offices to be completed and returned to Emergency Management BC.

How quickly these forms are completed and submitted to Emergency Management BC will have a direct impact on how quickly they can pay DFA.

The form is in MS Word format. Brokers may find it helpful to transfer this information to their brokerage letterhead and pre-populate some of the fields to expedite the process for clients.

Further information:  
Johanna Morrow
Manager, Recovery and Funding Program
Emergency Management BC
PO Box 9201 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C. CANADA V8W 9J1

Ph: 250-952-4912  Toll Free: 1-888-257-4777
E-mail: or
website: http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance