BC dairy farmers working together.

This week’s unprecedented flooding in BC has created severe challenges for dairy farmers, alongside BC’s entire agriculture community. It has also once again demonstrated the strength of BC’s farming community.

Holger Schwichtenberg
BC DAIRY FLOOD RECOVERY FUND

How can I help dairy farmers?

BC Dairy Association is not a registered charity. However, in response to interest from the public we have set up an emergency recovery fund. All funds raised will be used to support BC dairy farmers impacted by the floods.

Electronic transfers can be made to floodrecovery@bcdairy.ca.

Donations by direct deposit can be made to:

British Columbia Dairy Association
Transit #: 00320
Bank #: 003
Account #: 1002658
Remittance email: floodrecovery@bcdairy.ca

Note: as BC Dairy Association is not a registered charity, charitable donation receipts cannot be issued. 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please send an email to contactus@bcdairy.ca

Offers of in-kind donations.

Many members of the public and agricultural community have reached out with offers of support for dairy farms in the form of labour, equipment, and supplies. We are deeply grateful for the generosity at this challenging time. We are taking note of all the offers and will reach out if you can be of assistance.

How can I help affected communities?

Donations can be made to these reputable organizations that are working to support communities affected by the floods.

Donate to the Red Cross – British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal 
The Canadian Red Cross is working to get help to people in and around affected areas as quickly as possible and provide humanitarian assistance for new needs as they arise. Money raised will enable the Red Cross to carry out relief, recovery, resiliency and risk reduction activities in and beyond the region at the individual and community levels. 

Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund
The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF), the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the University of the Fraser Valley have been following the impact of the flooding on and around our community. In response we have jointly established the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund. This fund will support front-line agencies providing essential services to affected families and businesses. 

Abbotsford Food Bank Donations During BC Flooding
The Abbotsford food bank is reaching out to the community to help refill their supplies of food and donations towards increased procurement costs. 

Hope Food Bank Donations
Help support the community of Hope with financial donations for much-needed food and supply purchases.  

Chilliwack Food Bank Donations
Help support the community of Chilliwack with financial or food and goods donations for much-needed food and supplies. 

Government of British Columbia Disaster Financial Assistance
After a disaster, the provincial government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). Once declared, the DFA program may compensate applicants for essential uninsurable losses. 

United Way for BC Flood Response Fund
A variety of programs and essential supports will be critical as BC residents respond and recover physically and emotionally from the devastation of floods throughout our province. The United for BC Flood Response Fund will play an important role in helping affected communities in the aftermath of these floods. Funds go towards addressing important needs like housing, food assistance, trauma and mental health support.  

Canadian Blood Services
In many parts of the Fraser Valley, blood donations are needed. Donors can visit the Canadian Blood Services website for details. 

GoFundMe Verified Campaigns 
Help Those Affected by BC Flooding by donating  to these verified fundraisers.

More resources.


Emergency Info BC—flooding updates, road closures, evacuee information
The latest updates on the state of flooding in BC, road closures, evacuee registration, and Emergency Support Services Reception Centre locations.

The Government of BC regularly updates this interactive map with emergency-related information, including Evacuation Alerts & Orders and Flood Watches & Warnings.

Mental health support.

BC Crisis Line – 24/7 distress phone lines and online chat services between 12pm and 1am. You call 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE), or call your local crisis centre.

Local crisis line numbers can be found at Map/Crisis Lines.

Language Service: Both of the 310-6789 and 1-800-SUICIDE phone lines are available in over 140 languages using a language service.  Let us know which language you require, and we will try and provide an interpreter.

KUU-US Indigenous Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717 (toll free, 24/7 support available)

Kids Help Phone: Text CONNECT to 686868

Here you can find virtual mental health supports available in BC

CMHA BC have gathered some guidance in coping through a natural disaster emergency – mental health tips for you and your family

 

Media inquiries.

Please contact Shawn Hall with requests for information or interviews.
Shawn Hall
604-619-7913
shawn@apogeepr.ca