Submitted by Whatcom County Library System
Preparing for winter weather? Add Whatcom County Library System’s Community Resources for Help, Support and Relief to your seasonal toolkit. The online database at wcls.org/community-resources is a go-to source for help in the event of emergencies or other difficult situations. Click on a category to see a searchable table of resources with contacts and other information.
Current categories are education, emergency and disaster, employment, financial and tax, food, health and COVID-19, housing, legal, and weather and flood. The extensive list is managed by library staff who regularly update it.
The more than 100 entries include links to the Department of Transportation real-time traffic map, Whatcom County road closures, severe weather shelters, Puget Sound Energy outage updates, flood assistance and more.
“Neighbors count on the library system to be a trusted reference source,” says WCLS Deputy Director Michael Cox. “The Community Resources page is an example of that work in action. This online database can serve as a critical resource for community members during times when quick answers are needed the most. We hope more people will become aware of it and share it with their friends and family.”
WCLS Trustee Lori Jump suggested the resource page following the 2021 flood that devastated Sumas and other parts of Whatcom County. For more information, contact Michael Cox at firstname.lastname@example.org.