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FLOOD RELIEF DONATIONS

If you are interested in making a monetary contribution to help those affected by this event, you can provide a donation to the Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund.

Disaster Relief Resources

FOOD ASSISTANCE AND DONATIONS

MIRACLE FOOD NETWORK

http://www.miraclefoodnetwork.org/

https://www.facebook.com/MiracleFoodNetwork

info@miraclefoodnetwork.org

The Miracle Food Network is located at 5611 Third Avenue, Ferndale (in Pioneer Center) and will accept food donations, either fresh or shelf stable items, between 10am and 1pm Monday through Friday.

CLEANUP ASSISTANCE AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

FERNDALE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER

(360) 380-2200

https://www.facebook.com/FerndaleCommunityResourceCenter

coordinator@ferndalecsc.org

http://ferndalecsc.org/resource-center

The Ferndale Community Resource Center is coordinating volunteer efforts and donations right here in Ferndale. If you need help or can provide help, please visit their facebook page or call (360) 380-2200 and leave a message so they can connect you to the correct resource.  They will also be coordinating efforts with Samaratins Purse, a non-profit organization that may be able to assist in the cleanup of structures.

WHATCOM COUNTY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

(360) 788-5311

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3827/Flood-Response-Information

The Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management is collecting contact information from those who need assistance and is also collecting information and reports of storm and flood damage. Please call (360) 788-5311 to report storm damage and be sure to leave your name, address and contact information, including phone number.  This information will be used to seek federal disaster relief funds and assistance.

FOR VOLUNTEERS: The Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management is accepting calls from volunteers who wish to aid in cleanup efforts. Please call them at (360) 676-6681 to offer your help. Callers should provide their names, contact information and capability for volunteer efforts (i.e. cleanup, carpenter, electrician, general all-around, etc.).

RECONSTRUCTION AND REBUILDING

CITY OF FERNDALE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

(360) 384-4006

www.cityofferndale.org

If your structure has suffered damage and you are located within Ferndale City limits, please contact the City Community Development.  Director Michael Cerbone can assist you in determining permitting requirements can also assist in determining which permits be fast-tracked.  That telephone number is (360) 384-4006 or email him directly at MichaelCerbone@cityofferndale.org

UNSURE WHO TO CALL?

CITY OF FERNDALE

(360) 384-4006

www.cityofferndale.org

https://www.facebook.com/cityofferndale/

Unsure who to turn to? Please feel free to call City Hall during normal business hours at (360) 384-4006, and we will do our best to assist you.

FERNDALE COMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTER

(360) 380-2200

https://www.facebook.com/FerndaleCommunityResourceCenter

coordinator@ferndalecsc.org

http://ferndalecsc.org/resource-center

The Ferndale Community Resource Center is coordinating volunteer efforts and donations right here in Ferndale. If you need help or can provide help, please visit their facebook page or call (360) 380-2200 and leave a message so they can connect you to the correct resource.

WHATCOM COUNTY DIVISION OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

(360) 788-5311

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3827/Flood-Response-Information

The Whatcom County Division of Emergency Management is collecting contact information from those who need assistance and is also collecting information and reports of storm and flood damage. Please call (360) 788-5311 to report storm damage and be sure to leave your name, address and contact information, including phone number.  This information will be used to seek federal disaster relief funds and assistance.

FEMA, Permits and Repairs

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established regulations within this area that the City is responsible for administering. The City recognizes that the recent flood events may have affected your property and belongings and we are trying to make the process to document the impacts as easy as possible for you. If your property was damaged during the flooding event that occurred between November 15th and 27th of this year, you must apply for an Emergency Repair Permit. There will be no fees required to submit for the Emergency Repair Permit provided you contact the Community Development Department and submit the information required for the permit by January 31, 2022.

Information required for an Emergency Repair Permit:

Property Owner Name:

Site Address:

Description of Damage:

Itemized Estimated Cost to Repair:

For structures within the Special Flood Hazard Area our floodplain regulations (FMC 15.24) require the City make a determination of whether the structure has been Substantially Damaged. This determination is based on a comparison of the cost estimated for the work required to restore the building to its pre-damage condition compared to the market value of the building(s) themselves (excluding land value). When the cost to repair equals or exceeds 50-percent of the market value of the building, your building is considered Substantially Damaged.

If your building is Substantially Damaged due to the flood event, you will be required to bring the building into compliance with the flood damage-resistant provisions of the Ferndale Municipal Code (FMC 15.24). The most significant requirement is that the lowest floor, as defined in the code, must be elevated to at least one (1) foot above the base flood elevation (BFE). You may wish to contact your insurance agent to understand how raising the lowest floor higher than the minimum required elevation can reduce NFIP flood insurance premiums.

Construction activities related to flood damage that are undertaken without a proper permit are violations and may result in enforcement action. Any work performed other than what is necessary to repair the damage may require an additional permit. Please contact City Staff at (360) 384-4006 with questions, or stop by City Hall and come up to the second floor. We can accept the information for the Emergency Repair Permit in person, via e-mail, or regular mail.

INCREASED COST OF COMPLIANCE

If your structure is substantially damaged and you have flood insurance through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), you may be eligible for up to $30,000 of additional coverage (Part D – Increased Cost of Compliance or ICC) to assist you in bringing your structure up to the current flood standards (elevating, floodproofing, relocating or demolishing the structure). If you lost your policy documentation during the flood, ask your adjuster for a copy; there is a section on ICC coverage and eligibility in NFIP policies. To access your ICC coverage, you will need a Substantial Damage Determination from our office.

Please be aware that you will need to submit a proof of loss and substantial damage determination to amend your initial flood insurance claim within 60 days of the date of the loss to access the ICC coverage.  If you need additional time for filing your claim it is possible to request an extension of the filing deadline. Talk to your insurance agent or adjuster for more information.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries Electrical Permits, Inspections, Disaster Recovery FAQ’s

https://www.lni.wa.gov/licensing-permits/_docs/DisasterRecoveryFAQ.pdf

Federal Emergency Management Substantial Improvement/Substantial Damage Desk Reference

https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/fema_increased-cost-of-compliance_fact-sheet.pdf

Increase Cost of Compliance Coverage Fact Sheet

https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-08/fema_increased-cost-of-compliance_fact-sheet.pdf

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