Five days ago, Alaska reached the one-hundred-day mark since the Yukon River broke in mid-May and swallowed its first riverside community.
Disaster recovery has demanded that responders adapt to Alaska’s unique environment. Many of the villages affected by this spring’s flooding are so remote, recovery cannot be delivered via road-based means. Hard-hit communities continue to come together to discuss plans for the future and strategies for building back stronger and more resilient.
Below are 10 milestones reached in the 100 days of Alaska’s response and recovery:
$3.3 million in Disaster Loans
Galena, Alaska, July 1, 2013 -- Dave Walker, a Small Business Administration (SBA) expert, works with Marlene Marshal a business owner with major damage. The SBA works closely with FEMA to assist disaster survivors.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $3.3 million in low-interest disaster loans.
$2.6 million in Disaster Assistance
Alaska, July 15, 2013 -- At the local municipal building, FEMA Tribal Liason talks with disaster survivor Olivia Moses after severe flooding impacted the lower Yukon Bourough. Individuals and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov
or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA.
More than $2.6 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for individuals and families who were affected by Alaska’s spring floods.
$1 million in Mitigation Assistance
Eagle, Alaska, Aug. 8, 2013 -- Nick Turner (R) discusses his elevation effort with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph A. Diemont (L) and state State Coordinating Officer Bryan Fisher (C) after he raised his home above the base level elevation. As a result of his participation in the mitigation program, the Turner family did not have recent flood waters into their residence.
More than $369,000 in federal mitigation assistance has been approved to harden infrastructure to better meet environmental hazards. These funds have a projected future benefit of more than $1 million saved.
$631,900 for Debris Clean-Up
Emmonak, Alaska, July 15, 2013 -- The Deputy State Coordinating Officer Sam Walton (L) and Federal Coordinating Officer Dolph A. Diemont (R) meet to discuss the FEMA programs which will assist in the recovery efforts after severe flooding cripples the entire infrastructure. Federal funding in the form of Public Assistance (PA) is available to state, tribal and eligible local governments and certain nonprofit organizations on a cost sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the flooding in the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Copper River REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA.
FEMA has now obligated more than $631,900 to pay for cleaning up debris and emergency measures.
200,674 Pounds of Building Materials
Nenana, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2013 -- FEMA logistics specialists inventory housing materials at a distribution yard along the Tanana river. The supplies are being barged up river to Galena, Fort Yukon and Circle by FEMA to the individuals that were affected by recent flooding.
Forty-four shipments of sheltering supplies and donated items weighing 200,674 have been delivered to Galena, Alaska.
Galena, Alaska, Aug. 18, 2013 -- The Bureau of Land Management provides home cooked meals for the disaster survivors, emergency managers and those volunteers who will be providing recovery support to individuals who were affected by the severe flooding. FEMA funds the cost of the meals, while the Bureau of Land Management provides skilled labor, which feeds the emergency managers, volunteers and the disaster survivors.
The feeding task force has prepared and served 8,060 meals to flood survivors.
4,931 Pounds of Pet Food
Galena, Alaska, Aug. 27, 2013 -- Alyson Esmailka helps organize pet food donated to spring flood survivors at the donation center in Galena, Alaska.
About 4,931 pounds of donated cat and dog food has been distributed for pet survivors in the affected riverside communities.
1,500 Postcards Mailed
Galena, Alaska, Aug. 24, 2013 -- United Methodists Volunteer in Mission member Bruce Russell of Idaho attaches drywall in a kitchen damaged spring floods. Water poured into the home, requiring volunteers and homeowner to gut much of the interior, replacing insulation, rewiring electrical and installing new drywall.
The multidenominational Galena Bible Church sent out 1,500 postcards explaining what help they needed. One hundred fifty volunteers from across the nation came to Galena responded showed up to help.
159 Work Orders Requested
Galena, Alaska, July 24, 2013 -- Not just insulation and wall board, but occasionally some heavy lifting is required, as when these AmeriCorps members move a damaged freezer. AmeriCorps teams often provide much needed expertise as well as manual labor.
AmeriCorps members and staff have completed nearly 75% of the 159 homeowner work-order requests for AmeriCorps assistance.
12 New Jobs
Anchorage, Alaska, July 28, 2013 -- FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) Dolph A. Diemont officially swears in the first local hire for the recovery mission. FEMA is hiring local specialists to transition the permanent full time staff and reservists with locally hired human capital.
FEMA has added 12 Alaskans to its workforce in Anchorage.
For more information about the recovery in Alaska, visit the disaster page Alaska Flood 2013.