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Advance Forms for Flood Relief due on July 9

July 5, 2012 – The Disaster Relief Committee (DRC) is reminding those affected by the flood that don't have insurance, have inadequate insurance, or have insurance that doesn’t cover the flood damage that the deadline to submit Advance Claim Forms to City Hall is Monday, July 9. There will be staff available in the lobby until 8 pm on Monday for those needing assistance to complete their Advance Form.

“To qualify for the advance of $1000 against any disaster assistance, we are urging everyone that was affected by the flood to get their yellow forms in by Monday,” said Lynn Peterson, Vice Chair of the DRC.

Those affected by the flood who don’t have insurance or have inadequate insurance coverage can pick-up forms at City Hall, the Canada Games Complex, Churchill Pool, NorWest Community Health Centre, VictoriaVille Civic Centre, Oliver-Paipoonge and Conmee Municipal Offices or download at

The DRC also announced that Kari Chiappetta has been hired as the Program Manager for the Thunder Bay & Area Disaster Relief Fund. The position is part of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) that is funded by the Province to provide ongoing administrative support for the DRC in both fundraising and claim settlement activities.

Mrs. Chiappetta was born and raised in Thunder Bay and has over 18 years of Community Development experience. She is a Social Worker by trade, and has owned and operated an Event Management company for the past 7 years.

Donations to the Thunder Bay & Area Disaster Relief Fund can be made at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre on River Street, the Canada Games Complex, Volunteer Pool, Churchill Pool and the Victoriaville Civic Centre Cashiers. The United Way of Thunder Bay, The Salvation Army and the Red Cross are also accepting donations for the Thunder Bay & Area Disaster Relief Fund.

To download forms, and for more information on donating and anything flood-related visit:

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Contact: Kari Chiappetta, Program Manager – Disaster Relief Fund, 621-6225