Community Resources

Community Resources for support, help and relief

Resources for Help, Support and Relief
We have pulled together a database of community resources to help in the event of emergencies and other difficult situations. Click on the category below to see a searchable table of resources with contacts and other information.

 

 

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WRIA 1 Water Rights Adjudication Resources

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/4282/WRIA-1-Water-Rights-Adjudication-Resourc

Whatcom County Public Works
311 Grand Avenue
Bellingham, WA 98225

On May 1, 2024, the Washington State Department of Ecology filed a water rights adjudication with the Whatcom County Superior Court. This water adjudication covers all of Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 1 Nooksack Basin, including the entire Nooksack River watershed as well as nearby Bellingham Bay, Birch Bay, Chuckanut, Drayton Harbor, Lake Whatcom, Lummi Bay, Point Roberts, and Sumas River watersheds, which comprise the majority of incorporated and unincorporated Whatcom County.

The Washington State Legislature has provided funding to Whatcom County to develop and implement outreach and provide filing assistance to the water users involved. Whatcom County Public Works is the department administering this assistance.

Resources
Use the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Subscription Manager to sign up for the WRIA 1 – Nooksack Adjudication e-newsletter.
Visit the Department of Ecology’s WRIA 1 Adjudication Website.
Contact the Department of Ecology at 360-255-4406 or email WRadjudications@ecy.wa.gov for more information.
Whatcom Conservation District’s Historical Scanned Aerials web map includes aerial photos from 1943 to 1995. These are helpful to show historic agricultural use.
Whatcom County Public Works is working with a consultant to develop a water use estimator for domestic and agricultural water use. The link to the water use estimator will be posted here once it is complete (anticipated in June).
Additional instructions to aid water users in collecting information for the adjudication court claim form will be posted here (anticipated this summer).
See the Whatcom County Water Adjudication Guidance webpage for a summary of the initial phase of the court process.

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Washington State Hands & Voices

https://wahandsandvoices.org

425-268-7087

2950 Newmarket St
Ste 101-124
Bellingham, WA 98226

Washington State Hands & Voices (WA H&V) is a parent-driven non-profit grassroots organization recognized by stakeholders to provide resource information and peer support without bias of communication choice to families of children who are deaf, deafblind, deaf plus and hard of hearing (DHH).

05/09/2024, aging-disability disaster-resources
Whatcom County Exemption and Tax Relief Programs

https://whatcomcounty.us/3406/Exemptions-Tax-Relief
“Information from Whatcom County about
-tax relief programs for senior citizens and people with disabilities
-Limited Income Deferral – postpone payment of your property taxes or special assessment
-Destroyed Property – If your property is damaged or destroyed, you may be eligible for a reduction in your assessed value
-Home Improvement – Improvements to a single family residence may apply for a 3-year exemption from taxes on the value of the physical improvement”

02/07/2024, , , , disaster-resources financial-resources
IRS Forms, Instructions & Publications

https://www.irs.gov/forms-instructions
Most income tax materials can be downloaded using the form and publication search on this Internal Revenue Service (IRS) website.

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Tax Support 2024

https://www.whatcomabc.org/money-management/taxes/
360-746-0100

One stop source for a number of resources in Whatcom County providing tax support. Tax Hotline: Call 360-746-0100 Mon. – Fri. 8am – 4:30pm or email taxes@oppco.org. Scheduling information for volunteer tax return preparation support for eligible households making less than $66,000/year. Information about how to file your own taxes online by utilizing free tax software.

One stop source for a number of resources in Whatcom County providing tax support.

Tax Hotline Email taxes@oppco.org, or call 360-746-0100 | Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm.
File your taxes online by utilizing a free tax software program or fillable forms:

GetYourRefund – This free service partners with IRS-certified Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites to provide tax filing assistance to families earning less than $66,000 a year. Get started at GetYourRefund.org

IRS Free File – IRS Free File lets you prepare and file your federal income tax online for free. File at an IRS partner site with the IRS Free File Program or use Free File Fillable Forms.

  • My Free Taxes – Anyone with a simple return can file their taxes for free through My Free Taxes. More complicated returns can be filed for an additional fee.

Additional Tax Supports:

  • Tax Information in 20 Languages
  • IRS Tax Tips
  • Why Use an IRS Certified Tax Preparation Site?
  • Low Income Taxpayer Clinics
  • Tax Identity Theft
  • Save Your Refund, Enter to Win Prizes
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Overnight Severe Winter Shelters 2024

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3167/Winter-Shelters

Overnight severe weather shelters will open in Bellingham and Ferndale on nights when weather conditions are severe. To find out if these are open, call the shelter hotline at (360)788-7983 or follow the link.

Find Information For…

Year-round Shelters
Additional Winter Shelters – open nightly Dec. 1, 2023 – Feb. 29, 2024.
Temporary Overnight Severe Winter Shelters (SWS) – open only during severe weather events.
Severe Winter Shelter Location FAQs
Shelter for Unaccompanied Minors
Community Member Involvement

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AlertSense Alerts

https://public.alertsense.com/SignUp/

Sign up to receive public safety alerts and severe weather warnings that could directly impact you and your family. These alerts are provided free of charge, however standard text messaging rates and other charges may apply. Optionally, feel free to download the AlertSense myAlerts App for Apple and Android devices. Another easy way to subscribe is by sending your zip code to 38276.

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Homeless Outreach Team

360-312-3717
https://www.oppco.org/whsc/

Connecting persons experiencing homelessness with services and supporting community members in working through issues surrounding homelessness. Monday to Friday, 7AM – 5:30PM.

01/12/2024, , disaster-resources emergency-resources housing-resources
Get Ready For An Emergency

https://doh.wa.gov/emergencies/be-prepared-be-safe/get-ready
Emergency events in our state range from earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions to more common events such as flooding, windstorms or disease outbreaks. Now is a good time to get ready for whatever might happen.

  • Have an emergency kit
  • Make a plan with your family
  • Get involved in your community

Washington State Department of Health offers practical advice to ensure you are prepared.

01/12/2024, disaster-resources emergency-resources
Whatcom Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program

http://www.whatcomready.org/cert/
360-778-7163
311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, Washington

The Whatcom CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills.  CERT members are prepared to safely and efficiently assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

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Ferndale Severe Weather Shelter – United Church of Ferndale

Please call or text “help” to (360) 612-5075 for current shelter status and location.

The emergency shelter is open in the winter and during severe weather events to provide individuals and families in need with a safe place to sleep, warm food, and referrals to community resources whenever possible.

Locations:

  • Primary – United Church of Ferndale (2034 Washington St)
  • Secondary – Christ Lutheran Church (5094 Vista Dr)
  • Capacity: 12 individuals per night (men, women, and families)

Conditions for activation:
A temperature threshold of 28°F or below is forecasted as the overnight low and/or; A temperature threshold of 32°F or below is forecasted as the overnight low AND 1” or more of precipitation has accumulated and/or is projected overnight, and/or; A temperature threshold of 32°F or below is forecasted as the overnight low AND a high wind warning has been issued. At the discretion of the Program Coordinator, with agreement from the host agency, the shelter may be opened when none of the conditions of activation have been met, if other extenuating severe weather conditions exist (example: the overnight low is only projected to reach 40°F but moderate to major flooding is expected).

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WA Alert & Warning Notifications for Extreme Weather events

https://mil.wa.gov/alerts

The Washington State Emergency Management Division offers various local options for you to be quickly alerted to floods, wildfires, and more.

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Emergency Shelter Options for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness

Link: https://cob.org/services/housing/homeless/shelter-resources
Phone: (360) 778-8000
Address: 1530 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

Emergency Shelters and Day Centers
The City of Bellingham partners with and/or provides funding to several organizations that provide emergency overnight shelter and day center accommodations for people experiencing homelessness.

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Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office

Website: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/200/Sheriff
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomSheriff/
Sheriff’s Office
311 Grand Avenue, Public Safety Building (Enter off Prospect St.), Bellingham, WA 98225
360-778-6600
Email: Sheriff@co.whatcom.wa.us

Please report any flood-damaged property as soon as possible to our Division of Emergency Management at (360) 788-5311. More cases reported increases the likelihood that Whatcom County will meet thresholds for state and federal assistance.

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North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral

North Sound ACH Care Coordination Referral Form: https://northsoundach.org/referral/
Address: 1204 Railroad Ave., Suite 200 Bellingham WA 98225
Phone: (360) 543-8858
E-mail: info@NorthSoundACH.org

North Sound ACH currently works with clinical and community organizations across five counties – Island, San Juan, Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom. We partner across the state with other ACH regions, working to make Washington a place working to make the state a welcoming place for all.

Care Coordination Agencies:

Call, email, or use submission form to indicate areas of need and North Sound ACH staff will connect you to the appropriate resource(s). Examples of resources include:
1. Distributing food kits, care kits
2. Providing hotel vouchers
3. Connecting to navigators in multiple languages throughout the North Sound

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DSHS Emergency Programs Application for Benefits

Website: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/node/62
Download Application in 12 languages
Emergency Programs Offered include: Medical Programs, Emergency Food Assistance, Emergency Cash Assistance

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Washington Connection: Your Link to Services

Website: https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/

Washington Connection offers a fast and easy way for families and individuals to apply for a variety of services such as Food, Cash, Child Care, Long-Term Care, and Medicare Savings Programs. Individuals that are age 65 or older, blind or disabled may also apply for medical assistance.
Benefits and Programs you can apply for: https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/availablebenefits.go

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DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Program

Washington Department of Social and Health Services Disaster Cash Assistance Program
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/esa/emergency-assistance-programs/disaster-cash-assistance-program

4101 Meridian St., Bellingham, 98226
877-501-2233

Cash program activated due to natural disasters or other specified states of emergency declared by the Governor. It is available to families or individuals without children who face an emergency and don’t have the money to meet their basic needs.

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American Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Services

Northwest Region Disaster Relief and Recovery Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington/get-help.html
Northwest Region Website: https://www.redcross.org/local/washington.html
Northwest Region Disaster Relief and Recovery Phone: (206)-323-2345

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East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC)

For transportation to our shelter and warm up center please call (360) 599-2823 and speak with the Fire Department.
EWRRC Website (Opportunity Council): https://www.oppco.org/ewrrc/
EWRRC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EWRRC
8251 Kendall Road, Maple Falls, WA – (360) 599-3944
The East Whatcom Regional Resource Center (EWRRC) is open to everyone. Feel free to stop by and get support if you need it. In extreme cold weather, if you are safer to stay home please do stay home!
Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00 am-12:00 pm & 1:00-4:00 pm
Open Thursdays 12:00-7:00 pm
Google Map: click here.

The Opportunity Council is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency serving homeless and low-income families and individuals. Our mission is to help people improve their lives through education, support, and direct assistance while advocating for just and equitable communities.
For over 50 years we have offered a broad scope of services that range from addressing immediate and crisis-oriented needs (food, emergency shelter, eviction-prevention) to longer-term programs that promote self-sufficiency in our community (early childhood education, home weatherization).

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Blaine Community Assistance Program (CAP)

Blaine CAP Website: https://blainecap.org/
Friends of CAP Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/capmatt25
The CAP Center, 508 G Street, Blaine, WA 98230
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1067, Blaine, WA 98231
Email: info@blainecap.org
Phone: (360) 392-8484

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Whatcom Breaking News

Whatcom Breaking News Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomNewsAlert/
Whatcom Breaking News Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/whatcom_news

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Whatcom County Government News Updates

Whatcom County Government Website (with News Flash (News and Updates): https://www.whatcomcounty.us/

Flood Response Information: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3827/Flood-Response-Information
How to Get Help If You’ve Been Affected, and How to Help Your Fellow Community Members

Swift Creek and Sumas River Flooding and Asbestos Fact Sheet (Download PDF)

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Puget Sound Energy (PSE) Outage Map

Real-Time Power Outage Map: https://www.pse.com/outage/outage-map

Report an Outage: https://www.pse.com/outage

Safety first. Never touch or go within 35 feet of downed power lines because they might be energized. Call PSE at 1-888-225-5773 or 911 to report problems.

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Radio: KGMI 790 AM

Local News: https://kgmi.com/news/sections/local/

Weather: https://kgmi.com/weather/

School and Event Closures: https://kgmi.com/closings/

Studio Line: 360-676-KGMI (5464)
24-Hour News Tips: 360-733-4564
Email News Tips: kgmi@kgmi.com
General Questions/Comments: kgmi@kgmi.com

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Dept of Transportation Real-Time Traffic Map

Traffic Map of Washington State with Real-Time incident and closure alerts: https://wsdot.com/travel/real-time/map/

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Whatcom County Road Closures and Restrictions

Whatcom County Road Closures & Restrictions: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/952/Road-Closures-Restrictions

Whatcom County Public Works: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/308/Public-Works

Whatcom County Public Works Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomCountyPublicWorks/

Public Works Department

Public Works Administration
322 N Commercial Street
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360-778-6200
Fax: 360-778-6201

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Whatcom County Weather (Randy Small)

Lynden resident and amateur weather chaser Randy Small provides detailed weather analysis, live video drive throughs and other resources.
Whatcom County Weather Website: http://whatcomcountywx.com/
Whatcom County Weather Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomCountyWeather
Whatcom County Weather Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/RandySmall

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Whatcom Asset Building Coalition (ABC)

Whatcom ABC Website: https://www.whatcomabc.org/
Whatcom ABC Flood Recovery Resources Page: https://www.whatcomabc.org/flood-resources/
Whatcom ABC Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WhatcomABC/
admin@whatcomabc.org

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Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

Information from the Small Business Administration on low-interest disaster relief loans
https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance

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CDC: Reentering Your Flooded Home

Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on returning to a flooded home after a natural disaster.
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/floods/after.html

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CDC: Clean Up Safely After a Disaster

Advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on safe cleanup after a disaster, including sanitation advice and dealing with mold
https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/cleanup/facts.html

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Washington State Dept. of Health – Flood Cleanup

Washington State Dept. of Health Flood Cleanup Tips https://www.doh.wa.gov/Emergencies/BePreparedBeSafe/Floods/Cleanup

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FloodSmart.gov (FEMA) How to Document Damage and Start Cleanup

How to Document Damage and Start Cleanup: https://www.floodsmart.gov/document-damage-and-start-clean
Disaster Assistance: (800) 621-FEMA
Email: floodsmart@fema.dhs.gov

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance

https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
The Disaster Assistance Improvement Program’s (DAIP) mission is to provide disaster survivors with information, support, services, and a means to access and apply for disaster assistance through joint data-sharing efforts between federal, tribal, state, local, and private sector partners.

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National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service (Map)

Interactive map from the National Weather Service with real time data from flood gauges around the state. Select ‘Nooksack River’ from the Waterway Menus, then choose a specific area or tributary for more information.
https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=SEW

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Find Flu Vaccines

https://www.vaccines.gov/find-vaccines/

Influenza (flu) vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the flu viruses that are used to make vaccine. The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research suggests will be most common during the upcoming season.

Find and schedule a flu vaccine near you.

11/22/2023, disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Influenza (Flu) Resources

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3208/Influenza-Flu

The flu is more than just a bad cold. Influenza, also known as the flu, is a contagious and sometimes severe disease caused by viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Influenza can cause anything from mild symptoms to severe illness that can result in hospitalization or death.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated each year. The flu vaccine protects you and the people around you too. Get the vaccine at your health care provider’s office, or search for a flu vaccine provider near you.

You can also stop the spread of the flu by washing your hands often and well, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home when you’re sick.

Some people are at greater risk for complications from the flu:

  • People 65 and older.
  • Kids under 5, and especially kids under 2.
  • Pregnant women.
  • People with chronic conditions like asthma, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • American Indian and Alaska Native people.
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Flu Activity – WA State Department of Health

https://doh.wa.gov/you-and-your-family/illness-and-disease-z/flu/flu-activity

The flu is a disease that infects the nose, throat, and lungs. It can cause moderate to severe illness, including death. Find local information about:

  • Flu Activity
  • Flu Basics
  • About Flu Vaccine
  • Where to Find Flu Vaccine
  • Flu Vaccine Recommendations
  • Vaccine Safety
  • Prevention and Treatment of Flu
  • Antibiotics
11/22/2023, disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Narcan Leave Behind Program

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/4251/Narcan-Leave-Behind-Program

Whatcom County Emergency Medical Services is proud to continue the Narcan Leave Behind Program. This program provides Narcan Kits to those At-Risk individuals, an involved bystander, or family that are At-Risk of opioid related overdose. Narcan is a medication that can save lives by reversing the effects of an opioid overdose.

Narcan Kits: The kits can be requested by emailing Steven Cohen at scohen@co.whatcom.wa.us.

Training: Whatcom County EMS is available to train individuals, organizations or provide training resources. Contact Steven Cohen, EMS Training Specialist, at 360-820-6157 or scohen@co.whatcom.wa.us.

Legal: If you are worried about being sued or arrested in relation to using Narcan, Washington State has laws to protect you.

11/22/2023, disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Needles and Sharps Disposal in Whatcom County

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3303/Needles-Sharps-Disposal

360-778-6000

Used needles, syringes, or other sharps pose a danger because they can potentially spread diseases like hepatitis or HIV.

We provide needle clean-up kits for businesses or community groups who want to clean up and safely dispose of used needles found on private or public property.

You can get rid of used sharps from personal, household use in your regular garbage if they are properly packaged. Learn how to package them for safe disposal.

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Order free at-home COVID-19 tests

https://special.usps.com/testkits

As of September 25, 2023, residential households in the U.S. can order one set of #4 free at-home tests from USPS.com again. Here’s what you need to know about your order:

Limit of one order per residential address
One order includes #4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests (COVIDTests.gov has more details about at-home tests, including extended shelf life and updated expiration dates)

10/11/2023, disaster-resources health-covid-resources
FTC Report Identity Theft

identitytheft.gov

IdentityTheft.gov can help you report and recover from identity theft.

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Washington State Office of the Attorney General Complaint Forms

https://www.atg.wa.gov/file-complaint

(360) 753-6200

1125 Washington St SE
PO Box 40100
Olympia, WA 98504

The Washington State Office of the Attorney General offers an informal complaint resolution service to Washington state residents, and to consumers with complaints about businesses located in Washington state. Types of complaints include Robocall, Reproductive Rights, Pregnancy Accommodations, Manufactured Housing, Medicaid Fraud, COVID-19, and General Consumer Complaints.

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WCLS Book List: Memory Loss

https://wcls.bibliocommons.com/list/share/75828291/2357468039

If you are caring for a friend or family member with memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, these resources may help. From research to practical advice to personal stories, this list offers perspectives and ideas to help you feel less alone in the journey.

All listed resources, and more, are available to Whatcom County residents for free with a library card: https://www.wcls.org/getacard/

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Whatcom Overdose Prevention

https://whatcomoverdoseprevention.org/

Whatcom County residents can now view local overdose data, request Naloxone, or find resources related to opioids in one central location for local information.

The website has an online form for people or organizations to request free Naloxone (an opioid overdose-reversing drug), as well as a list of other resources for free mail-order Naloxone and how to purchase the drug at a pharmacy.

The site’s data dashboard includes information on emergency department overdose visits, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) calls for suspected overdoses, and overdose deaths, with data from Whatcom County EMS, Medical Examiner’s Office, and Health and Community Services.

This website will be updated regularly with additional information on community programs, and resources for community members and service providers.

09/06/2023, disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Homeschool Resources – WCLS

https://www.wcls.org/homeschool/

Homeschool families, we are here for you.

We’re excited to help you find the resources you need to make learning come alive around your kitchen tables. No matter if you are homeschooling for the first time or if you have been part of the homeschool community for a while, we have a wealth of databases, books, and websites with free content that may suit your needs. We aim to support all learners. Library staff are on hand to offer personalized recommendations at each of our locations.

09/06/2023, disaster-resources education-resources
College Bound – WSAC

https://wsac.wa.gov/college-bound

1 (888) 535-0747, Option 1

917 Lakeridge Way SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The College Bound Scholarship is an early commitment of state financial aid to eligible students who enroll in middle school and meet the pledge requirements. The College Bound Scholarship covers average tuition at public college rates, some fees, and a small book allowance at over 65 colleges, universities, and technical schools in Washington.

What are the College Bound Scholarship requirements?

As part of the College Bound sign-up process, you pledge to:
• Graduate from a Washington State high school or approved homeschool program with a
cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
• Have no felony convictions.
• Apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) beginning your senior year of high school.

In order to receive the scholarship, you must fulfill the pledge and:
• Be determined as income-eligible by your college with the information from your FAFSA or
WASFA.
• Start attending college within one year of graduating from high school. In order to receive
College Bound funds, you must attend an eligible college at https://wsac.wa.gov/sfa-institutions
• Meet the program’s state residency standards for College Bound.

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Whatcom Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

https://whatcomaa.org/

Mailing Address: District 11 P.O. Box 2268 Bellingham, WA 98225

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Find a local group near you. 24/7 Hotline (360) 734-1688.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

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Worksource Washington

https://worksourcewa.com/

WorkSource is a statewide partnership of state, local and nonprofit agencies that provides an array of employment and training services to job seekers and employers in Washington.

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Aging and Long-Term Support Administration – DSHS

https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa

The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) promotes choice, independence, and safety through innovative services and partnerships with tribes, advocates, providers and caregivers to support seniors and people with disabilities so they can live with good health, independence, dignity and control over decisions that affect their lives.

Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Home and Community Services (HCS) provides and administers long-term care services to eligible individuals and collaborates with Area Agencies on Aging to share community service options.

Residential Care Services (RCS) provides licensing, certification, and regulatory oversight to long-term care facilities including:
Nursing Homes
Assisted Living Facilities
Adult Family Homes
Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)
Supported Living; and
Enhanced Services Facilities

The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) provides service to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled facing communication barriers. Services include telecommunications, reasonable accommodations and client services.

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Lummi Senior Program

https://www.nrcnaa.org/service-locator/center/42

Lummi Tribe
Lummi Senior Program
Address: 2400 Lummi View Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226
Phone: 360-758-3500 alt Ph: 360-389-8376
Director: Connie Martin
Email: conniem@lummi-nsn.gov
Website: https://www.lummi-nsn.gov
Hours: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Services
The following services are offered by the Lummi Senior Program at the Lummi Tribe:
Caregiver Programs
Case Management
Congregate Meals
Elder Abuse Prevention Programs
Government Assisted Housing
Home Delivered Meals
Home Health Services
Information and Referral/Assistance
Legal Assistance
Personal Care
Respite Care
Senior Center Programs
Transportation
Volunteer Services

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LAW Advocates – Whatcom Legal Assistance

https://lawadvocates.org/
360-671-6079
1415 Commercial St., Bellingham, WA 98225

LAW Advocates provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Whatcom County. Get help with any civil law questions over the phone or in person. For up-to-date information regarding clinics and services call our office – (360) 671-6079 dial ext. 15. If you would like to speak with an attorney by phone call CLEAR – 1 (888) 201-1014, Monday-Friday from 9:15am-12:15pm.

“LAW Advocates provides free legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in Whatcom County. Get help with any civil law questions over the phone or in person. For up-to-date information regarding clinics and services call our office – (360) 671-6079 dial ext. 15. If you would like to speak with an attorney by phone call CLEAR – 1 (888) 201-1014, Monday-Friday from 9:15am-12:15pm.

https://lawadvocates.org/programs/

If you are a victim of a scam or have been taken advantage of by a lender, call CLEAR to talk to an attorney who will screen you for eligibility, may be able to offer you initial legal advice, and may refer you for assistance from a volunteer attorney. 1-888-201-1014 – CLEAR Hotline”

If you are a victim of a scam or have been taken advantage of by a lender, call CLEAR to talk to an attorney who will screen you for eligibility, may be able to offer you initial legal advice, and may refer you for assistance from a volunteer attorney. 1-888-201-1014 – CLEAR Hotline

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Aging and Long-Term Support Administration – DSHS

https://www.dshs.wa.gov/altsa

The Aging and Long-Term Support Administration (ALTSA) promotes choice, independence, and safety through innovative services and partnerships with tribes, advocates, providers and caregivers to support seniors and people with disabilities so they can live with good health, independence, dignity and control over decisions that affect their lives.

Adult Protective Services (APS) investigates reports of abuse, neglect, and exploitation of vulnerable adults.

Home and Community Services (HCS) provides and administers long-term care services to eligible individuals and collaborates with Area Agencies on Aging to share community service options.

Residential Care Services (RCS) provides licensing, certification, and regulatory oversight to long-term care facilities including:
Nursing Homes
Assisted Living Facilities
Adult Family Homes
Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICFs/IID)
Supported Living; and
Enhanced Services Facilities

The Office of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ODHH) provides service to individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, deaf-blind and speech-disabled facing communication barriers. Services include telecommunications, reasonable accommodations and client services.

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Nooksack Youth and Family Services

https://nooksacktribe.org/departments/youth-family-services/

(360) 306-5090

Mailing:
Nooksack Family Services
5061 Deming Road, PO Box 157
Deming, WA 98244

The Nooksack Youth and Family Services Department provides an array of advocacy and case management services to Nooksack children and families involving child welfare, domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse.

The Youth and Family Services Department manages the following programs and services for the Nooksack community:
Indian Child Welfare Program and Independent Living
Extended Foster Care
Tl’ils Ta’á’altha
Men and Boys Outreach and Advocacy Program
Supervised Visitation and Safe Exchange Program
Child Protection Team

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Aging & Disability Resources – NWRC

https://nwrcwa.org/aging-and-disability-resources-adr

(360) 738-2500

600 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

ADR staff provide information, referrals, and assistance in obtaining services that support independence, dignity, and health of older adults and people with disabilities.

Staff is available to meet with you on the telephone, or if necessary, in-person to help you identify services that address issues commonly faced by people who are older or who are disabled:

In-Home Care
Medicaid
Caregiver Support
Long-term Care Options
General Resources

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Whatcom County Senior Centers

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/1023/Senior-Centers

There are 8 senior centers located throughout Whatcom County. The centers provide a place where senior citizens can come together and enjoy a variety of social activities, have a nutritious meal, and take classes. Programs vary by site so check out the individual centers below:

Bellingham
Blaine
Everson
Ferndale
Lynden
Point Roberts
Sumas
Welcome (Deming)

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Barrier-free Trails

https://www.wta.org/go-outside/seasonal-hikes/summer-destinations/ada-accessible-hikes

Finding a wheelchair-friendly trail can be challenging. In addition to general information about what you see along the way, wheelchair hikers need to know things like the cross slope (it can affect how a chair performs.) They also need to know the type of surface they’ll be traveling on, and the angle of the trail itself — how steep is it?

Trails don’t have to specifically be designated ADA-accessible to be wheelchair friendly, but it helps. If they don’t meet ADA requirements but they’re wide enough for a wheelchair, trails are called ‘barrier-free’. That means that in ideal maintenance conditions, a wheelchair hiker could navigate their way along the route.

We’ve compiled this list of our favorite barrier-free hikes, though there are many more out there. Get inspired, head out, and of course write a trip report when you’re back! While this list has been assembled with wheelchair-hikers in mind, it’s a useful resource if you’re hiking with a stroller or walker as well.

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Accessible Nature – Washington State

https://www.accessiblenature.info/?page_id=165

Everyone, regardless of age or ability, needs their Nature Fix. Learn where to go and share what you know.

Find trails near you that are:
Wheelchair accessible
Easy walking – Not suitable for wheelchairs, but easy walking
For visual impairment – Designed for visually impaired hikers

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Washington Student Achievement Council – Washington College Grant

https://wsac.wa.gov/wcg

360-753-7800

Washington College Grant gives eligible people money for types of education like certificate programs, job training, apprenticeships, or college. The amount you receive depends on family size, income, and the cost of your school or program. Visit the website to learn more about who is eligible and to estimate what your financial aid award could be.

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Northwest Workforce Council

http://www.nwboard.org/

360.676.3209

Northwest Workforce Council
101 Prospect St
Bellingham, WA 98227

Career planning, job search coaching, creating online applications, occupational classroom training, paid learning experiences, GED and High School Diploma support, scholarship application support. Types of eligibility include low-income adults, dislocated workers, and youth.

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Al Boe Wheelchair Warehouse

https://www.bellinghamcentrallions.org/al-boe-wheelchair-warehouse/

(360) 752-5526

4137 Bennett Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226

The Wheelchair Warehouse loans durable medical equipment to folks in Whatcom and Skagit Counties. Equipment loaned includes wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes, and bedside and bathroom helpers of all kinds.

Equipment is loaned to the public regardless of economic status. We do not sell or rent medical equipment. There is no charge for your use of the equipment. Equipment is loaned for a period of three months. This loan period may be extended if need is demonstrated.

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Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB)

https://dsb.wa.gov/

206-906-5500

3411 S. Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98118

Washington State Department of Services for the Blind (DSB) provides services for people of all ages who are blind or have low vision in the state of Washington. The agency provides services to more than 2,800 Washington State Residents to help them gain or retain employment.

Services include
Vocational Rehabilitation – Providing tools to gain, retain, and build successful careers.
Pre-Employment Transition Services – Helping young people prepare for prosperous futures.
Business Engagement – Resources for businesses of all sizes to build a diverse and inclusive workforce.
Independent Living – Empowering people to thrive in their homes and communities.
Self-Referral Form – Request services for yourself or a loved one.
Patient Referral Form for Physicians

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Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center (HSDC)

https://www.hsdc.org/

360-647-0910

Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center
Bellingham Crown Plaza
114 West Magnolia St, Suite 106
Bellingham, WA 98225

HSDC is a nonprofit organization serving the Puget Sound area. We foster accessible communities through communication, advocacy and education. We offer services for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing or have speech/language differences as well as their families and friends. We also offer trainings for organizations that wish to better serve Deaf and hard of hearing community members.

Services We Provide
Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center offers a comprehensive array of services including, but not limited to, those listed below.

Audiology & Hearing Aids
Speech, Language & Communication
Request an Interpreter
Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
Early Childhood Education

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Non-Emergency Medical Transportation

https://www.nwrcwa.org/non-emergency-medical-transportation

(360) 738-4554

600 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

Need a Ride? Call us at (360) 738-4554
Health Care Authority uses NWRC to provide non-emergency transportation to Medicaid eligible recipients. Please give at least two full business days’ notice for requests.

Find additional information about:
Bus passes in Whatcom and Skagit counties
Gas vouchers and reimbursement forms
Forms for doctor offices
After-hours transportation assistance

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WTA Paratransit Service

http://www.ridewta.com/types-of-service/paratransit

WTA’s paratransit service provides curb-to-curb (and if needed, door-to-door) transportation to riders whose disability prevents them from riding our fixed route bus system. ​

You may use paratransit for any trip purpose, other than a medical emergency. Paratransit riders use the bus to get to work or school, to visit friends and family, to go shopping, or to church, to see movies, enjoy parks and trails, keep medical or dental appointments, and many other trip purposes. By law WTA may not give one trip purpose priority over another.

​Everyone who rides paratransit must qualify and be approved before riding.

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Center for Independence (CFI)

https://www.cfi-wa.org/

(360) 393-3890

502 State Ave #102
Marysville, WA 98270

The Center for Independence (CFI) is a non-residential, community-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization operated by people with disabilities, serving people with disabilities ages 14 and up.

We serve as a resource for individuals with disabilities to fully access and participate in the community through outreach, advocacy, and independent living skills development. We work together with participants to achieve independent living goals such as self-advocacy, self-sufficiency, and self-determination.

Core Services:
Information & Referral
Independent Living Skills Training
Peer Support
Individual & Systemic Advocacy
Transition Services (Youth Transition & Deinstitutionalization)

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NWRC (Northwest Regional Council)

https://nwrcwa.org/

360-676-6749

600 Lakeway Drive
Bellingham, WA 98225

Support for older adults, adults with disabilities, and caregivers in Island, San Juan, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties

Connect with local services for:
Aging & Disability
Behavioral Health
Care Coordination
Dementia Support
Family Caregiver Support
In-Home Care
Jail Health Program
Non-Emergency Transport
Tribal Outreach

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Dementia Support Northwest

https://www.dementiasupportnw.org/

360-671-3316

2950 Newmarket Street #210, Bellingham, WA 98225

Each year we provide hundreds of hours of support to caregivers in Whatcom and Skagit County through our free programs:

Adult Day Programs for scheduled caregiver respite
Support Groups for adults caring for those affected by dementia
Staying Connected Memory Support Groups for adults newly diagnosed or experiencing minimal memory loss
Adult Children Support Groups for those adults caring for a parent affected by dementia
Dementia-Friendly events
Art Access Classes with Allied Arts of Whatcom County
Project Lifesaver (a partnering with the Whatcom County Sheriff) providing electronic technology to locate those who wander

All seek to provide a support to those living with dementia as well as to those providing their care.

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The Arc – Whatcom County

http://arcwhatcom.org/wp/

(360) 715-0170

Dan Godwin Community Center
2602 McLeod Rd
Bellingham, WA 98225-1368

The Arc is Here for You!
Our goal is to act as an information resource, linking persons with developmental disabilities and their families with available resources in the community. Several hundred individuals and their families, guardians and caregivers are served annually.

Head to our website to find out about:
Educational Programs & Workshops
Parent Coalition
Parent to Parent
Self-Advocacy
Padres a Padres
Down Syndrome Outreach
Medicaid Personal Care Parent Training
Legislative Advocacy

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Developmental Disabilities Program – Whatcom County

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3246/Developmental-Disabilities

360-778-5000

311 Grand Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225

The Developmental Disabilities Program contracts with various agencies in the community to provide services for residents of Whatcom County with developmental disabilities and their families.

Learn more about:
Child Development Services for infants and toddlers birth to age 3.
Pathways to Employment and Community Inclusion Services for Adults 21+.
School to Work Program.
Information and Family Support.
Find out how your agency can become a County qualified service provider.
Attend a Developmental Disabilities Advisory Board meeting.

Get connected to programs and services:
Child Development Services
Pathways to Employment
School To Work Program
Community Inclusion

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Max Higbee Center

https://maxhigbeecenter.org/

360-746-7181

1400 N State #101 Bellingham, WA 98225

Max Higbee Center supports and empowers teens and adults with developmental disabilities to build community, friendships, happiness, life skills and health through recreation.

The Center offers group in-person programs for $5 per hour as well as virtual programs. In order to ensure equity and access to our programs and services, full financial aid is available to anyone who needs financial assistance. No documentation is necessary to qualify.

Other services include a Recreation Mentor Service, Community Engagement, and Specialized Outreach.

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Washington Talking Book & Braille Library

https://www.wtbbl.org/eligibility.aspx

(206) 615-0400

2021 9th Avenue Seattle, WA 98121

The Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) is a program of the Washington State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State. Located in Seattle, WTBBL provides library services state-wide, at the library and by mail, to any Washington resident unable to read standard print material due to blindness, visual impairment, deaf-blindness, physical disability (cannot hold a book or turn pages), or reading disability.

Who is Eligibile for service?
WTBBL services are available to all Washington state residents who are unable to read standard print due to one or more of the following conditions:

  • Legal blindness
  • Visual impairment
  • Physical disability causing an inability to turn pages or comfortably hold a book for extended periods of time
  • Deaf-blindness
  • Reading disability
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Family Law Center – Seattle U Law

https://law.seattleu.edu/centers-and-institutes/family-law-center/

206-398-4289

We Advocate + Educate. Find free legal help with:

Domestic Violence
The Family Law Center provides legal advocacy in domestic violence cases. Through our practicum, Center faculty and Seattle U Law students assist in the preparation, filing, and representation at ex parte hearings and return hearings for Domestic Violence Protection Orders. We have capacity to take cases during the semester and commit to seeing these cases through the return hearing even after the semester has ended. Students work under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.

Family Law
We provide legal advocacy in dissolution and custody cases. Through our practicum, we assist in the preparation, filing, and representation for dissolutions and custody cases. We have capacity to take cases during the semester and commit to seeing these cases through temporary orders even after the semester has ended. Students work under the direct supervision of a licensed attorney.

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Whatcom County Law Library

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/306/Law-Library

360-778-5790

311 Grand Avenue
Courthouse Suite B-06
Bellingham, WA 98225

Hours of Operation: The Law Library is open to the public Wednesday through Friday 10 am to 4:30 pm. Closed on Monday and Tuesday. Our hours are subject to change at short notice so you are encouraged to call ahead to make sure there is staffing.

Assistance to Library Users: Library staff cannot give legal advice or interpret materials, but can assist in locating and using legal research materials in print and electronic formats. Subscription Databases: The library provides free access to a wide range of WestLaw® subscription databases for legal research.

Public Access Computers & Copier/Scanner: Six computers are available to access legal research databases or work on legal pleadings. A photocopier/scanner is available for public use (cash only). Legal Research

The Law Library maintains a website of legal research links, including free sources for statutes, case law, and public records.

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Washington Wills

https://wa-wills.com/

(206) 203-1950

Assemble Law Group, PLLC
200 First Ave W, Suite 104
Seattle, Washington 98119

The free online library to help residents of Washington State draft their own last will and testament.

Write your own simple will and other basic estate plan documents with our free forms and instructions.

Look up the meaning of the legal terms you’ll commonly encounter on Washington Wills.

Browse answers to frequently asked questions about estate planning and Washington Wills.

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Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)

https://www.dvsas.org/

360.715.1563

Mailing Address: 1407 Commercial St. Bellingham, WA 98225

With one-to-one support and advocacy counseling, DVSAS can help you plan for your safety, answer legal questions, connect you with services like housing and counseling, and stand by you as you recover and heal from domestic violence and sexual assault. 24 Hour Helpline: 360.715.1563

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Washington Courts Self Help Resources

https://www.courts.wa.gov/newsinfo/index.cfm?fa=newsinfo.displayContent&theFile=content/selfhelp

Find self-help resources on:

Consumer Protection
Criminal History
Divorce and Family Matters
Going to Court
Legal Assistance
Records
State Laws

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Whatcom County World Relief

https://worldrelief.org/western-wa/about-us/whatcom/
360-320-6407
805 W Orchard Dr Ste 5, Bellingham, WA 98225

World Relief’s Whatcom County location was approved by the U.S. State Department in September 2021. Shortly after the fall of Kabul and amidst many Afghans arriving to the U.S., our team began welcoming families in Bellingham and beyond.

Services in Whatcom:
Refugee Resettlement
Youth & Family Services
Immigration Legal Services
English Classes

Contact Us:
infowhatcom@wr.org
360-320-6407

Our Location:
805 W Orchard Dr Ste 5
Bellingham, WA 98225


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City of Bellingham Identity Theft Resources

https://cob.org/services/safety/police-services/reporting/identity-theft-tips
Bellingham City Hall, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham, WA 98225

Find information for local groups you may want to contact if you are the victim of identity theft or fraud as well as helpful tips for proactive protection.

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Washington State Senior Fraud

https://www.atg.wa.gov/senior-fraud

1125 Washington St SE, PO Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504

Consumers lose billions of dollars each year to fraud. People over age 50 are especially vulnerable and account for over half of all victims, according to a study conducted by AARP. People who commit these types of crimes, “con criminals,” often target older people knowing they have spent a lifetime earning their savings. Con criminals go wherever they can to find money to steal. They use everyday tools—the mailbox, the telephone, the Internet—to reach into your pocketbook.

You can help educate your friends, parents, and others by becoming familiar with some of the more common scams and how they operate. Then share that information with others.

Find resources specific to protecting seniors from fraud and scams here.

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Washington State Identity Theft / Privacy

https://www.atg.wa.gov/guardit.aspx
1125 Washington St SE, PO Box 40100, Olympia, WA 98504

Find resources to help:

PROTECT my personal information
RECOVER from identity theft or fraud and/or report a crime
IMPROVE security and privacy practices for my business or organization

LEARN about:
common scams
AGO initiatives
Data Security Breaches Affecting Washington Residents

ATTEND a free shredding event


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AARP Fraud Watch Network

https://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/about-fraud-watch-network/

The AARP Fraud Watch Network is a free resource for all. With AARP as your partner, you’ll learn how to proactively spot scams, get guidance from our fraud specialists, and feel more secure knowing that we advocate at the federal, state, and local levels to protect consumers and enforce the law.

If you’ve been targeted by scams or fraud, you are not alone. Our trained fraud specialists provide support and guidance on what to do next and how to avoid scams in the future. The AARP Fraud Helpline, 877-908-3360, is free and available to anyone. We also offer online support sessions for further emotional support.

Looking for resources in Spanish? Go to www.aarp.org/fraude

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Dept. of Labor and Industries (L&I): Verify a Contractor, Tradesperson or Business

Website: https://secure.lni.wa.gov/verify/
Phone: 360-902-5800
You can check on the status of a contractor’s licensing and bonds through the Department of Labor and Industries. If you’d like assistance or more information on contractors and permitting requirements and how they apply to your situation, please contact us at 360-902-5800, and we will do our best to help.

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Washington State Dept of Revenue Disaster Relief for Taxpayers (Businesses)

https://dor.wa.gov/get-form-or-publication/publications-subject/tax-topics/disaster-relief-taxpayers

DOR will work with businesses that cannot file or pay their taxes on time due to a natural disaster.

Businesses can request an extension or penalty waiver by sending a secure email in their My DOR account or by calling Revenue’s customer service staff at 360-705-6705, Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Businesses in the impacted areas can also request:

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Whatcom County Government Flood Response Information

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

  • How to Document Flood Damage
  • Current River Levels and Forecasts
  • Road Closures and Power Outages
  • Shelter Information
  • My Home or Business Was Impacted
  • Donations and Volunteering
  • Staying Healthy and Safe
  • Mail Delivery in North East Whatcom County
  • Waiver of Emergency Repair Permit Fees
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USDA Farm Service Agency Disaster Assistance Programs

Website: https://www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/disaster-assistance-program
USDA offers a variety of programs to help farmers, ranchers, communities, and businesses that have been hard hit by natural disaster events. Below you’ll find available FSA programs; visit farmers.gov for additional USDA programs that can help agricultural producers recover.

Livestock Assistance

Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) provides compensation to eligible livestock producers who have suffered grazing losses due to drought or fire on land that is native or improved pastureland with permanent vegetative cover or that is planted specifically for grazing. Learn more about LFP.

Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather or by attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government. Learn more about LIP.

Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease (including cattle tick fever), adverse weather, or other conditions, such as blizzards and wildfires, not covered by LFP and LIP. Learn more about ELAP.


Farm Loans

Emergency Loan Program provides loans to help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding, other natural disasters, or quarantine by animal quarantine laws or imposed by the Secretary under the Plant Protection Act.

Disaster Set-Aside Program provides producers who have existing direct loans with FSA who are unable to make the scheduled payments to move up to one full year’s payment to the end of the loan.  Assistance is available in counties, or contiguous counties, who have been designated as emergencies by the President, Secretary or FSA Administrator.


Farmland damage

Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) helps farmers and ranchers repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters and helps put in place water conservation methods during severe drought. Learn more about ECP.

Emergency Forest Restoration Program (EFRP) helps owners of non-industrial private forests restore forest health damaged by natural disasters. Learn more about EFRP.


Crop Losses

Noninsured Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) pays covered producers of covered noninsurable crops when low yields, loss of inventory, or prevented planting occur due to natural disasters (includes native grass for grazing). Eligible producers must have purchased NAP coverage for the current crop year. Learn more about NAP.

Tree Assistance Program (TAP) provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes, and vines damaged by natural disasters. Learn more about TAP.

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Request Free COVID Rapid-Test Kits

Website: https://sayyescovidhometest.org/

The Washington State Department of Health is offering free, rapid, at-home COVID-19 test kits to residents of eligible communities. Availability changes, so keep checking back. You may also be eligible to order more than once and perhaps even on a monthly basis. Details will be available on your order confirmation page.

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Washington Indian Behavioral Health HUB

https://www.voaww.org/wa-ibh

1-866-491-1683

Serving Native American & Alaska Native Communities throughout the state of Washington to access culturally appropriate behavioral health resources.

How We Help…
Coordinate care for individuals experiencing behavioral health concerns prior to a crisis

Help with accessing treatment beds (voluntary or involuntary)

Coordinate care after a person has been discharged from a facility (emergency room, outpatient treatment, psychiatric hospital, and more)

Provide culturally appropriate resources and assist with overcoming barriers

Follow up with the person over the next two weeks

Collect individual feedback on cultural sensitivity of facilities and programs

Provide behavioral health resources

Support navigation of Joel’s Law: when a designated crisis responder has decided a family member does not meet the criteria to be in involuntary treatment, but the family feels their loved one would benefit from it.

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988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

https://doh.wa.gov/you-and-your-family/injury-and-violence-prevention/suicide-prevention/988-suicide-and-crisis-lifeline

Call, text, or chat 988 to be connected to the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. It is confidential, free, and available 24/7/365. The ten-digit number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL), 1-800-273-TALK (8255), is still active along with 988.

Contact 988 if you are having:

Thoughts of suicide
Mental health crises
Substance use concerns
Any other kind of emotional distress
You can also contact 988 if you are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

Services are available in Spanish, along with interpretation services in over 250 languages. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, and TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.

If you are a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, dial 988 and press 1 to be connected to the Veterans Crisis Line. The Veterans Crisis Line serves Veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and those who support them. You don’t have to be enrolled in VA benefits or health care to call.

The Native and Strong Lifeline is the first program of its kind in the nation dedicated to serving American Indian and Alaska Native people. Operated by Volunteers of America Western Washington, this line is available for people who call 988 and choose option 4. It is specifically for Washington’s American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Calls are answered by Native crisis counselors who are tribal members and descendants closely tied to their communities. Native and Strong Lifeline counselors are fully trained in crisis intervention and support, with special emphasis on cultural and traditional practices related to healing.

11/17/2022, disaster-resources health-covid-resources
The People’s Harm Reduction Alliance – Get Naloxone Delivered for Free

http://phra.org/mail-order-naloxone

Get Naloxone/Narcan mailed to you for free anywhere in Washington State. Do you have Naloxone (a.k.a. Narcan) in your first aid kit? This medication is given when opioid overdose happens or has possibly happened. It can reverse an overdose & provide crucial time for emergency medical responders to arrive to render further aid. Did you know that individuals who reside in Washington State can order Naloxone for FREE & have it mailed directly at not cost to them?
11/01/2022, disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Smoke Map for US and Canada – with forecasts

https://firesmoke.ca/

This interactive map gives views of current fires in the US and Canada, shows the location and direction of the smoke from those fires, and provides a 48hour visual forecast.

10/20/2022, , , disaster-resources emergency-resources health-covid-resources weather-flood-resources
Washington State Dept. of Ecology Air Monitoring Network – Interactive Map

https://enviwa.ecology.wa.gov/home/map

10/18/2022, , disaster-resources health-covid-resources weather-flood-resources
Whatcom County Health Dept. Wildfire Smoke Information

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3308/Wildfire-Smoke

Smoke from fires can be dangerous for everyone. Fortunately, there are steps you can take both before and during smoky days to protect your health.

10/18/2022, , disaster-resources health-covid-resources weather-flood-resources
NW Clean Air

https://nwcleanairwa.gov/air-quality-center/

Get updates and information about the air quality in northwest Washington. Our agency operates real-time ambient air quality monitors in seven locations in our jurisdiction. Most of these air quality monitors keep track of air pollution in populated areas. Others – like the monitor near Lynden – measure regional background air quality.

10/18/2022, , , disaster-resources emergency-resources health-covid-resources weather-flood-resources
Veterans’ Assistance Fund

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3301/Veterans-Program

360-778-6050

If you’re a Whatcom County veteran, we can help you or your family access local, state, and federal benefits and services. You can receive assistance through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for: Health care Compensation and Pension Housing and Home Loans Employment Education Childcare

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Secure Medicine Return

https://med-project.org/

What should you do with your expired or unwanted medicine? Medicines help treat diseases, manage chronic conditions, and improve health and well-being for millions of Americans. It is important that patients take their medicines as prescribed by their health care provider. However, if you have expired or unwanted medicines, proper disposal is important and easy.

Return kiosks have been installed at convenient drop-off locations throughout Whatcom County. To find your closest drop-off location, visit https://med-project.org/locations/washington/#locations

If you can’t get to a drop-off location, you can pick up a free mailer to return your medications. Mailers are available at most libraries in Whatcom County or by requesting one from MED-Project.

10/13/2022, , disaster-resources health-covid-resources
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

https://nami.org/Home

NAMI Washington
1107 NE 45th St Ste 330
Seattle, WA 98105-4697

800-950-6264

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

10/13/2022, , disaster-resources emergency-resources health-covid-resources
Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT)

800-584-3578

To access this service, call the VOA Crisis Response Services (the Care Crisis Line) at 1-800-584-3578 24/7 – 365 days-a-year to speak with a mental health professional who will assess the situation, make appropriate referrals, and/or dispatch the MCOT community based outreach team.

The Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (MCOT) is a community-based outreach team with the ability to respond to and provide crisis services in the community (e.g., homes, schools, shelters). The Team serves adults, adolescents, and children who are experiencing a behavioral health (mental health and/or substance use) crisis regardless of their funding source. MCOT offers short term crisis intervention and prevention services utilizing strength-based, solution-focused, culturally competent, trauma-informed, and recovery-oriented interventions.

What services do we offer?
Urgent community response, usually within 2 hours
Care planning services for up to 2 weeks
Community Outreach
Involuntary Treatment Act Services

10/13/2022, , disaster-resources emergency-resources health-covid-resources
Whatcom Community Detox

2026 Division Street
Bellingham, WA 98226
Phone: 360-812-7220

Services:
Safe withdrawal from alcohol and drugs
Counseling
Motivational programming
Referrals to mental health services
Assessments and referrals to substance use disorder treatment, once admitted

10/13/2022, , disaster-resources emergency-resources health-covid-resources
Crisis Care Line (Volunteers of America, Regional hotline)

1-800-584-3578
www.imhurting.org

Whether you had a bad day, or just need a non-judgmental ear to listen, we are here for you, no matter what you want to talk about. Our highly-skilled and compassionate staff are here to help.

If you are in a state of distress, reach out today. Our crisis services are available 24/7 by phone and via chat. Call 1-800-584-3578 or visit www.imhurting.org. Our support is free, confidential, and always available.

10/13/2022, , disaster-resources emergency-resources health-covid-resources
Whatcom County Crisis Stabilization Center

1-800-584-3578
2026 Division Street, Bellingham, WA 98226

The Whatcom County Triage Center (WCTC) provides services to adults who are experiencing a mental health crisis, or who are in need of withdrawal management services, and helps them restore and stabilize their health.

The stabilization facility offers an alternative to hospitalization or arrest. It is also a clear point of access to mental health and substance use services in Whatcom County.

To access this service, call the VOA Care Crisis Response Services ‘the Care Crisis Line” at 1-800-584-3578, 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year to speak with a licensed mental health professional who will assess the situation and make appropriate referrals.

10/13/2022, , , disaster-resources emergency-resources health-covid-resources
Economic Relief for Homeless Service Workers

https://www.homelessworkerstipend.com/

(855) 582-3973

The Homeless Service Worker Stipend Program offers economic relief for homeless service workers up to $4,000.

Who is eligible for the homeless service workers stipend?
If you are a homeless service worker with an immediate economic need and you are working for an organization that contracts with a Washington state city or county providing homeless services, you may qualify!

10/13/2022, , disaster-resources financial-resources housing-resources
FLARE classes with the Opportunity Council

https://www.oppco.org/flare-registration/

FLARE is a FREE series of seven consecutive classes designed to increase adults’ knowledge on money habits, saving strategies, budget skills, credit, and landlord/tenant law.

Tuesdays, October 11-November 22, 2022 from 5:30-7:45. In-person at Opportunity Council, 625 Cornwall Ave. Dinner will be served. We are unable to provide childcare.

Contact Yarrow Greer at (360) 734-5121 ext. 1223 with any questions.

10/13/2022, , , disaster-resources education-resources financial-resources housing-resources
The Biden-Harris Administration’s Student Debt Relief Plan Explained

https://studentaid.gov/debt-relief-announcement/one-time-cancellation

On Aug. 24, 2022, the Biden-Harris Administration announced a Student Debt Relief Plan that includes one-time student loan debt relief targeted to low- and middle-income families.

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) will provide up to $20,000 in debt relief to Federal Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 in debt relief to non-Pell Grant recipients. Borrowers with loans held by ED are eligible for this relief if their individual income is less than $125,000 (or $250,000 for households). More information available here.

09/21/2022, , disaster-resources education-resources financial-resources
Futures Northwest

https://www.futuresnw.org/
The path to higher education shouldn’t be a secret, so we make sure every student has the information and guidance they need to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. We achieve these goals through academic mentoring, family engagement, as well as through workshops such as QuickStart to College and Financial Literacy (FAFSA/WASFA) events.

09/21/2022, , disaster-resources education-resources financial-resources
Sustainable Connections Flood Relief Resources for Farms and Farmers

Sustainable Connections list of opportunities to donate, as well as help available for farms and farmers
https://sustainableconnections.org/flood-relief-resources/

If a farm needs flood emergency or recovery assistance, they should contact Whatcom Emergency Management at 360-676-6681.
If the need cannot be addressed locally, it is passed up to State Emergency Operations Center which has staff from the state Department of Agriculture (WSDA).
Locally, the federal USDA Farm Services Agency (FSA) can be reached at 360-318-8121 or in person at: Everson Service Center 914 Citadel Drive, Suite C, Everson WA 98247
FSA has three programs that might provide assistance to local farms depending upon their circumstances:
ECP helps pay for fence replacement, cleaning debris off of fields, emergency loans.
TAP help costs if plants (trees, berries) die from flooding. Pays cost-share on purchasing and replanting of new plants.
ELAP helps with feed loss. Producers have to provide a way to document what they normally feed with the costs and how much was lost.

09/07/2022, , , , , , , , disaster-resources emergency-resources weather-flood-resources
Rental assistance with the Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA)

(360) 676-6887
208 Unity Street
Bellingham, WA 98225

The Housing Choice Voucher program (Section 8) is a rent subsidy program funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and administered by the Bellingham Housing Authority (BHA). This voucher based program is designed to assist lower income families, disabled individuals, and the elderly to find well-maintained housing in the private market in a location of their choosing, at a price they can afford.

Households generally pay private landlords no more than 40% of their income for rent and utilities. The household must agree to abide by rules and regulations in order to remain in compliance with the program and keep their rental assistance. Bellingham Housing Authority pays directly to the landlord the remainder of the rent over the resident’s portion, subject to Fair Market Rate caps. All subsidized units must meet HUD’s basic Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and are inspected regularly.

06/17/2022, disaster-resources housing-resources
Recovering or Replacing Personal Documents

DisasterAssistance.gov resources: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/information/moving-forward/your-official-documents

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COVID-19 Funeral Assistance – FEMA

Website: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/coronavirus/economic/funeral-assistance

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred on or after January 20, 2020.

Call this dedicated, toll-free phone number to complete your COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application with a FEMA representative. Multilingual services are available:
COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline

844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time

06/17/2022, , , , disaster-resources financial-resources health-covid-resources
Individual and Small Business Assistance from Washington Emergency Management Division Human Services Program

Website: https://mil.wa.gov/for-individuals-households-businesses#Individual
The Individual Assistance Program (IA): IA is the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program to support individual and business recovery and is authorized through a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration. The IA program has multiple components including cash assistance and crisis counseling, a detailed declaration process and benefits that vary depending on several factors.  For more information, please click here.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program: SBA disaster loans are available even without a Presidential Disaster Declaration and are a great tool to provide low-interest loans to individuals, families, businesses and organizations that suffer physical or economic loss due to a disaster or other disruption. For more information, please click here. For more information, please click here.

Limited English Proficiency Program: The LEP program supports language accessibility for individuals, families and businesses by working with state and local governments and community organizations to promote preparedness activities in communities around the state. For more information, please click here.

Disaster Resilience, Recovery and Restoration: Disaster Recovery includes both pre-disaster recovery planning and post-disaster recovery to re-envision and restore a community. Technical assistance and information is available for local governments, special districts, and organizations. Please click here for more information.

Individual Assistance, SBA, other Human Services Programs
Travis Linares-Hengen
Human Services Program Manager
Travis.linares-hengen@mil.wa.gov
(253) 512-7028

Limited English Proficiency Program
Lewis Lujan
Limited English Proficiency Coordinator
Lewis.Lujan@mil.wa.gov
(253) 512-7138

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Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF)

https://studentaid.gov/manage-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service
1-855-265-4038

U.S. Department of Education
FedLoan Servicing
P.O. Box 69184
Harrisburg, PA 17106-9184

If you are employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.

The PSLF Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

06/17/2022, , disaster-resources education-resources financial-resources
Foothills Food Bank

Foothills Foodbank Website: https://foothillsfoodbank.org/
Foothills Foodbank Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/foothillsfoodbank.org/

06/09/2022, , , , , , , disaster-resources food-resources
Miracle Food Network (MFN)

MFN Website: http://www.miraclefoodnetwork.org/
MFN Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MiracleFoodNetwork
5611 3rd Ave, Ferndale WA 98248
Phone: (360) 656-5468

Miracle Food Network is a non-profit organization that attacks the war on hunger by optimizing its resources and empowering individuals.
Miracle Food Network distributes food to Bellingham, Ferndale, Blaine, Sumas, Lynden, Birch Bay, and Maple Falls along with some areas in Skagit County.

06/09/2022, , , , , , , , , , , , disaster-resources food-resources weather-flood-resources
Goodwill job training and education programs

https://evergreengoodwill.org/job-training-and-education

(360) 738-0483
1115 E Sunset Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226

Goodwill offers job training and education programs to people in the community, as well as help finding a job. All completely free.
Job Seeker Resources
Adult Basic Education
Career Exploration
Youth Programs
Support Services

06/09/2022, , disaster-resources education-resources employment-resources
Whatcom County Govt. Weather, Flooding, River Conditions & Road Closures

Weather Forecasts and Current River Conditions: https://www.whatcomcounty.us/666/Forecasts-Current-River-Conditions

06/09/2022, , , , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
Whatcom News

Whatcom News Website: https://whatcom-news.com/
Whatcom News Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/News_Whatcom
Whatcom News Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NewsWhatcom

06/09/2022, , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA Website: https://www.fema.gov/
Washington Severe Storms, Flooding: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4635

06/09/2022, , , , disaster-resources emergency-resources weather-flood-resources
Facebook Page: NOOKSACK RIVER FLOOD Disaster November 2021

Public Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/495680071479063
Nooksack River Flooding Disaster November 2021. This Group is for getting information, sharing pictures, rescue stories, and anything related to this horrible disaster. Everyone is welcome.

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Northwest Youth Services

https://www.nwys.org/

Northwest Youth Services is a non-profit organization serving young people ages 13-24 experiencing homelessness in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.

We support youth in identifying goals and building the skills necessary to reach their own sense of stability.

Northwest Youth Services offers housing, street outreach, help finding a job or enrolling in school, connection to mental health services, support for LGBTQ youth, restorative justice for juvenile respondents, and referrals to other services in the community.

05/20/2022, , disaster-resources emergency-resources
CLEAR Hotline

https://nwjustice.org/clear-hotline
1-888-201-1014
401 Second Avenue S, Suite 407
Seattle, WA 98104

CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education, Advice and Referral) is a toll-free legal hotline for people with low incomes.

Outside of King County, call the CLEAR Hotline at 1-888-201-1014 weekdays between 9:15 am – 12:15 pm.

In King County call 2-1-1. 2 1 1 is open weekdays 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. 2 1 1 will identify and refer you to the appropriate legal aid provider.

Seniors (age 60 and over) can also call CLEAR*Sr at 1-888-387-7111 (statewide)

Facing Eviction? Call 1-855-657-8387

Facing Foreclosure? Call 1-800-606-4819

Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired callers can call CLEAR or 2 1 1 (or toll-free 1-877-211-9274) using the relay service of their choice.

2 1 1 and CLEAR will provide interpreters.

05/05/2022, disaster-resources legal-resources
CPR Training – American Red Cross

https://www.redcross.org/local/washington/take-a-class/cpr
Washington CPR classes and first aid training opportunities are available in dozens of locations throughout the state, making it easy to find one that will suit your schedule. Learn more about our classes and find out how to get certified locally.

After successfully completing your CPR training in Washington your certification will be good for two years. In order to help you maintain your certification, we offer abbreviated CPR and first aid renewal classes not only allow you to stay up to date on the latest techniques, but once complete they allow you to extend your certification by two additional years.

05/05/2022, , disaster-resources emergency-resources
Dementia Legal Planning

https://www.probonocouncil.org/dementia-legal-planning
1239 120th Ave NE, Suite J
Bellevue, WA 98005

If you are a Washington State resident and need help navigating the completion of dementia legal documents, you may be able to connect with a legal professional who will guide you through them. Attorneys can help talk through:

  • Powers of attorney for finances and health care
  • Health care directives
  • Dementia directive form

This program serves those who are 60 and over, people living with dementia of any age, or those under 60 with a family history of dementia.

05/05/2022, , disaster-resources legal-resources
Whatcom Small Business Recovery Grants

https://insight-editor.livestories.com/s/v2/whatcom-community-foundation-small-business-relief-fund/7e3dea8a-18b8-4869-a23b-2a6d3d2a7078?fbclid=IwAR0DwLg1V3avdsQgjWSTiqloNiBx7AuFHPPVWB2A3dWA0rHnFCTJ0_SypX0

Grants up to $5,000.
The Fund is providing resources to support and invest in the recovery and resilience of Whatcom County’s flood affected small businesses to preserve community character and foster economic viability. Recovery Grants are intended to help cover essential expenses, including rent, payroll, repairs and mitigation measures to better face future disasters.

Applications must be submitted by May 3, 2022.

General Timeline:

• April 15th – May 3rd, 11:59 PM: Portal for applications is open.
• Incomplete applications will not be considered after the window to apply closes.
 Early May: Notification of grant awards.
• By May 20th: Funds will be dispersed to successful grantees.

04/21/2022, , , disaster-resources emergency-resources weather-flood-resources
Northwest Justice Project

https://nwjustice.org/home
401 Second Avenue S, Suite 407
Seattle, WA 98104

Northwest Justice Project (NJP) provides free legal assistance to address fundamental human needs such as housing, family safety, income security, health care, education, and more. Our work challenges structural and racial inequities to promote the long-term well-being of low-income individuals, families and communities across Washington State. Learn about NJP’s racial justice commitments.

04/08/2022, disaster-resources legal-resources
Washington LawHelp

https://www.washingtonlawhelp.org/

Self-help resources for many legal topics:
Family
House & Apartment
Work / Farmworker Rights
Personal Safety
Money & Debt
Planning Ahead / Seniors
Civil Rights / LGBTQ+
Emergencies & Disasters
Health
Immigration
Native American Issues
Public Benefits
Re-Entry, Criminal Records, LFO/Fines
Veterans
Youth Law & Education

04/08/2022, disaster-resources legal-resources
COVID-19 Community Levels by County from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html
CDC tool to know your COVID-19 Community Level.

02/28/2022, , , disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Whatcom County COVID-19 Information

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3329/Novel-Coronavirus-COVID-19
Provides news and information on Covid-19 Data, Vaccines, Testing, Exposure, and Health Care Providers.

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3388/COVID-19-Testing
Offers information and scheduling options for individuals with exposure/symptoms or in need or testing for travel.

https://www.whatcomcounty.us/3530/COVID-19-Vaccine-Information
Regularly updated list of pop-up vaccine clinics for all ages along with a list of regular providers of COVID vaccines.

01/19/2022, , , , , , , disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Scheduling your COVID-19 vaccination or booster

Website: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/

Everyone 5 years of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot.

Vaccines.gov helps you find clinics, pharmacies, and other locations that offer COVID-19 vaccines in the United States. Information is available about which vaccine or booster you should get.

01/19/2022, , , , , disaster-resources health-covid-resources
CDC: What to do if you have COVID-19

Website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

If you are sick with COVID-19 or think you might have COVID-19, follow these steps to care for yourself and to help protect other people in your home and community. This resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention covers current quarantine guidelines, symptom monitoring, how to keep others safe, and when to seek emergency medical attention.

01/19/2022, , , , , , , disaster-resources health-covid-resources
TestDirectly: Drive-Through SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) PCR Testing

Website: https://www.testdirectly.com/patient/home

Find and schedule community COVID testing near you. Testing costs are covered for individuals with symptoms or exposure to confirmed cases. Self-pay is available for Canadians and others with insurance outside the US at $180, with a 25% discount for payment at the time of service. Payment may be made with a credit card or debit card.

01/19/2022, , , disaster-resources health-covid-resources
ArriveCan form to Enter Canada

Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html

Mandatory form for returning to or visiting Canada. Also has information on travel restrictions and any other requirements for crossing the border.

You must use ArriveCAN to provide mandatory travel information before and after your entry into Canada. It only takes minutes to help keep each other safe.

Who needs to use ArriveCAN

All travellers, with limited exceptions, whether entering Canada by air, land, rail or marine vessel, must use ArriveCAN unless you’re exempt from this requirement due to an accessibility need.

You’ll need to submit your information within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada.

Available for iOS, Android and web.
The mobile app is free and is available in English, French and Spanish (displayed in the language of your device).

01/19/2022, , disaster-resources health-covid-resources
Whatcom County Flooding Call Center

(360) 788-5303
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
This line is available for those impacted by recent flooding who might not have internet access. You can reach them (360) 788-5303 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Staff are prepared to respond to calls regarding: how to get help (food, shelter, sandbagging, cleanup); current road conditions, shelter status; reports on conditions (loose cattle, debris, infrastructure); resources available; and where to report damage.

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Disaster Cash Assistance Program – Severe Weather

Website: https://www.washingtonconnection.org/home/
Disaster Cash Assistance is a temporary program activated by the Governor’s declaration of a statewide emergency and subsequent proclamation. It is a Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) program. Households in a county designated as a disaster area by Governor Inslee may be eligible for DCAP, if they meet all eligibility criteria and even if they’ve received DCAP for the COVID-19 pandemic or wildfires. Allowed financial losses that will not be covered within 30 days of application may be used to reduce the countable income and could bring a household under the net income limit.

This emergency cash assistance program is available to people who are not eligible for other cash assistance programs. Unlike Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, people without children and who are not pregnant may be eligible as well as families who meet the income and resource limits of the program listed in the tables below. This cash assistance is available to Washington residents regardless of citizenship status and does not require applicants to provide a Social Security number.

12/02/2021, , , , , , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
Whatcom Strong

Website: https://www.whatcomstrong.com/
whatcomstrongdispatch@gmail.com
(564) 209-8702
One Place for all information regarding Whatcom County Flood Relief

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Lummi Nation Communications (Facebook)

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lummicommunications

11/28/2021, , , , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
Nooksack Indian Tribe Communications (Facebook)

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NooksackIndianTribe

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WWU Small Business Center Flood Relief Resources for Businesses

Website: https://sbdc.wwu.edu/flood-relief-resources-businesses
From Western Washington University
The SBDC team is working with regional and national officials and collecting resources to help our businesses recover.

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Opportunity Council

Opportunity Council Website: https://www.oppco.org/
Flood Recovery Resources: https://www.oppco.org/2021-flood-recovery-resources/
PO Box 2134, Bellingham, WA 98227
1419 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 734-5121 | Fax: (855) 224-7921 | Email: info@oppco.org
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/oppco

11/20/2021, , , , , , , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
National Heritage Responders

Website: https://www.culturalheritage.org/resources/emergencies/national-heritage-responders
The National Heritage Responders (NHR) respond to the needs of cultural institutions and the public during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors, and the public.
Members of the public, if your personal items have been damaged in an emergency, email: NHRpublichelpline@culturalheritage.org

Cultural institutions, if your collections have been affected by an emergency, contact: 202.661.8068
Not urgent? Email emergencies@culturalheritage.org.

11/19/2021, , , , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Caring for Children in a Disaster

Website: https://www.cdc.gov/childrenindisasters/index.html
Resources and articles about children in disasters from the CDC

11/18/2021, , , , , , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Website: https://www.nctsn.org/what-is-child-trauma/trauma-types/disasters
Helpful information for before, during and after disasters such as:
Earthquake
Extreme Heat
Flood
Hurricane
Landslide
COVID-19
Tornado
Tsunami
Wildfire
Windstorm
Winter Storm

11/18/2021, , , , , , , disaster-resources weather-flood-resources
Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center

Website https://www.samhsa.gov/dtac
DTAC helps states, U.S. territories, tribes, and local providers plan for and respond to behavioral health needs after a disaster.
Disaster Distress Hotline: Call or Text 1-800-985-5990

DTAC offers several tip sheets and other resources to help first responders and survivors after disasters and traumatic events. Spanish and Punjabi versions are also offered, when available: https://www.samhsa.gov/dtac/disaster-behavioral-health-resources

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Christ the King Church

Christ the King Church Website: https://www.ctk.church/

Bellingham
4173 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-733-1337
bellingham@ctk.church

Blaine
549 Cherry Street, Blaine, WA 98230
360-733-7498
blaine@ctk.church
https://www.facebook.com/CTKBlaine/

Downtown Bellingham
1419 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225
360.733.1337
downtown@ctk.church

Ferndale
5629 3rd Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248
360-733-1337
ferndale@ctk.church
https://www.facebook.com/ctkferndale

North Bay
4895 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Birch Bay, WA 98230
360.332.1951
northbay@ctk.church
https://www.facebook.com/ctknorthbay

Sudden Valley
8 Barnview Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229

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Point Roberts Now

Point Roberts Now Website: https://pointrobertsnow.com/
Emergency Services in Point Roberts: https://pointrobertsnow.com/emergency-information-non-emergency-community-contacts/

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City of Lynden

City of Lynden Website: https://www.lyndenwa.org/
City of Lynden Facebook Page
300 4th St, Lynden, WA 98264
Phone: 360-354-1170
Email: cityhall@lyndenwa.org

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City of Blaine

City of Blaine Website: https://www.ci.blaine.wa.us/
City of Blaine Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BlaineCity/
City of Blaine Twitter Account: https://twitter.com/City_of_Blaine
435 Martin, Blaine, WA 98230
360-332-8311

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City of Ferndale

City of Ferndale Website: https://www.cityofferndale.org/
City of Ferndale Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/cityofferndale
City of Ferndale Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/CityOfFerndale
P.O. Box 936/2095 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248
(360) 384-4302

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Sumas Police Department

Sumas Police Department Website: https://www.cityofsumas.com/sumas-police-department/
433 Cherry Street, Sumas, WA 98295
Business Hours (non-emergency): 1-360-988-5711

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Lynden Tribune

Newspaper serving Lynden and North County
Lynden Tribune Website: https://www.lyndentribune.com/
Lynden Tribune Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/lyndentrib
Lynden Tribune Twitter Feed: (dormant since January 2020) https://twitter.com/lyndentribune

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The Northern Light

Newspaper serving Blaine and Birch Bay
Northern Light Website: https://www.thenorthernlight.com/
Northern Light Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TheNorthernLight/
Northern Light Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/tnlreporter/

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Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Herald Website: https://www.bellinghamherald.com/
Bellingham Herald Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/bellinghamherald
Bellingham Herald Twitter Feed: https://twitter.com/BhamHerald

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City of Everson

City of Everson Webpage: https://www.ci.everson.wa.us/
EVERSON CITY HALL P.O. Box 315
111 W Main Street, Everson, WA 98247
Phone: (360) 966-3411

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City of Sumas

City of Sumas Website: https://www.cityofsumas.com/
City of Sumas Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/sumascityhall
433 Cherry Street / P.O. Box 9
Sumas, Wa. 98295
Phone: 360-988-5711
After Hours Non-Emergency/ Utility Dispatch: 360-676-6911

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Mold Cleanup in Your Home

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) article about mold cleanup: https://www.epa.gov/mold/mold-cleanup-your-home

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Flood Damage Cleanup

FloodSafety.com article about flood damage cleanup: https://www.floodsafety.com/national/property/cleanup/

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Point Roberts Fire Department

Point Roberts Fire Department (Fire District 5) Website: https://wcfd5.com/

Whatcom County Fire District 52030 Benson Road
Point Roberts, WA 98281
Phone: 360-945-3473
Email: chief@wcfd5.com

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Blaine Chamber of Commerce

Blaine Chamber of Commerce Website: https://www.blainechamber.com/
Blaine Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/blainechamber/

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Lynden Chamber of Commerce

Lynden Chamber of Commerce Website: https://www.lynden.org/
Lynden Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Lynden-Chamber-of-Commerce-149316018250

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Ferndale Chamber of Commerce

Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Website: https://ferndale-chamber.com/
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/FerndaleChamber

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Everson Police Department

Everson Police Dept. Website: https://www.ci.everson.wa.us/departments/police_department/index.php
Everson Police Dept Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/EversonWAPoliceDept/

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Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund

Donate to Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund https://wcf.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1455

Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) Website: https://whatcomcf.org/

Whatcom Center for Philanthropy
1500 Cornwall Avenue, Suite 202
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 671-6463
wcf@whatcomcf.org

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