Weather Resources

Weather & Flood Resources
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AlertSense Alerts

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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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.


  • 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

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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Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office

Facebook Page:
Sheriff’s Office
311 Grand Avenue, Public Safety Building (Enter off Prospect St.), Bellingham, WA 98225

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:
Address: 1204 Railroad Ave., Suite 200 Bellingham WA 98225
Phone: (360) 543-8858

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

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


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:

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DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Program

Washington Department of Social and Health Services Disaster Cash Assistance Program

4101 Meridian St., Bellingham, 98226

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:
Northwest Region Website:
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):
EWRRC Facebook Page:
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:
Friends of CAP Facebook Page:
The CAP Center, 508 G Street, Blaine, WA 98230
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1067, Blaine, WA 98231
Phone: (360) 392-8484

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Whatcom Breaking News

Whatcom Breaking News Facebook Page:
Whatcom Breaking News Twitter Feed:

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Whatcom County Government News Updates

Whatcom County Government Website (with News Flash (News and Updates):

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:

Report an 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:


School and Event Closures:

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

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Dept of Transportation Real-Time Traffic Map

Traffic Map of Washington State with Real-Time incident and closure alerts:

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Whatcom County Road Closures and Restrictions

Whatcom County Road Closures & Restrictions:

Whatcom County Public Works:

Whatcom County Public Works Facebook page:

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:
Whatcom County Weather Facebook Page:
Whatcom County Weather Twitter Feed:

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Whatcom Asset Building Coalition (ABC)

Whatcom ABC Website:
Whatcom ABC Flood Recovery Resources Page:
Whatcom ABC Facebook Page:

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Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

Information from the Small Business Administration on low-interest disaster relief loans

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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.

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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

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Washington State Dept. of Health – Flood Cleanup

Washington State Dept. of Health Flood Cleanup Tips

12/01/2023, , , , (FEMA) How to Document Damage and Start Cleanup

How to Document Damage and Start Cleanup:
Disaster Assistance: (800) 621-FEMA

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FEMA Disaster Recovery Assistance
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.

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

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)

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


  • 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

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 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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Smoke Map for US and Canada – with forecasts

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.

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Washington State Dept. of Ecology Air Monitoring Network – Interactive Map

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Whatcom County Health Dept. Wildfire Smoke Information

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.

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NW Clean Air

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.

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Veterans’ Assistance Fund


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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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

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.

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Recovering or Replacing Personal Documents resources:

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Individual and Small Business Assistance from Washington Emergency Management Division Human Services Program

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
(253) 512-7028

Limited English Proficiency Program
Lewis Lujan
Limited English Proficiency Coordinator
(253) 512-7138

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Miracle Food Network (MFN)

MFN Website:
MFN Facebook Page:
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.

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Whatcom County Govt. Weather, Flooding, River Conditions & Road Closures

Weather Forecasts and Current River Conditions:

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Whatcom News

Whatcom News Website:
Whatcom News Twitter Feed:
Whatcom News Facebook Page:

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Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

FEMA Website:
Washington Severe Storms, Flooding:

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Facebook Page: NOOKSACK RIVER FLOOD Disaster November 2021

Public Facebook Page:
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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Whatcom Small Business Recovery Grants

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.

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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

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.

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Whatcom Strong

(564) 209-8702
One Place for all information regarding Whatcom County Flood Relief

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Lummi Nation Communications (Facebook)

Facebook Page:

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Nooksack Indian Tribe Communications (Facebook)

Facebook Page:

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WWU Small Business Center Flood Relief Resources for 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:
Flood Recovery Resources:
PO Box 2134, Bellingham, WA 98227
1419 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: (360) 734-5121 | Fax: (855) 224-7921 | Email:
Facebook Page:

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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:

Cultural institutions, if your collections have been affected by an emergency, contact: 202.661.8068
Not urgent? Email

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Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Caring for Children in a Disaster

Resources and articles about children in disasters from the CDC

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National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Helpful information for before, during and after disasters such as:
Extreme Heat
Winter Storm

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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center

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:

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Christ the King Church

Christ the King Church Website:

4173 Meridian St
Bellingham, WA 98226

549 Cherry Street, Blaine, WA 98230

Downtown Bellingham
1419 N Forest St, Bellingham, WA 98225

5629 3rd Ave, Ferndale, WA 98248

North Bay
4895 Birch Bay Lynden Rd, Birch Bay, WA 98230

Sudden Valley
8 Barnview Dr, Bellingham, WA 98229

Point Roberts Now

Point Roberts Now Website:
Emergency Services in Point Roberts:

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City of Lynden

City of Lynden Website:
City of Lynden Facebook Page
300 4th St, Lynden, WA 98264
Phone: 360-354-1170

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City of Blaine

City of Blaine Website:
City of Blaine Facebook Page:
City of Blaine Twitter Account:
435 Martin, Blaine, WA 98230

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City of Ferndale

City of Ferndale Website:
City of Ferndale Facebook Page:
City of Ferndale Twitter Feed:
P.O. Box 936/2095 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248
(360) 384-4302

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Sumas Police Department

Sumas Police Department Website:
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:
Lynden Tribune Facebook Page:
Lynden Tribune Twitter Feed: (dormant since January 2020)

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The Northern Light

Newspaper serving Blaine and Birch Bay
Northern Light Website:
Northern Light Facebook Page:
Northern Light Twitter Feed:

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Bellingham Herald

Bellingham Herald Website:
Bellingham Herald Facebook Page:
Bellingham Herald Twitter Feed:

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City of Everson

City of Everson Webpage:
111 W Main Street, Everson, WA 98247
Phone: (360) 966-3411

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City of Sumas

City of Sumas Website:
City of Sumas Facebook Page:
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:

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Flood Damage Cleanup article about flood damage cleanup:

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Point Roberts Fire Department

Point Roberts Fire Department (Fire District 5) Website:

Whatcom County Fire District 52030 Benson Road
Point Roberts, WA 98281
Phone: 360-945-3473

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Blaine Chamber of Commerce

Blaine Chamber of Commerce Website:
Blaine Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page:

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Lynden Chamber of Commerce

Lynden Chamber of Commerce Website:
Lynden Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page:

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Ferndale Chamber of Commerce

Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Website:
Ferndale Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page:

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Everson Police Department

Everson Police Dept. Website:
Everson Police Dept Facebook Page:

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Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund

Donate to Whatcom Community Foundation Resilience Fund

Whatcom Community Foundation (WCF) Website:

Whatcom Center for Philanthropy
1500 Cornwall Avenue, Suite 202
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 671-6463

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