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August 30, 2013
Five days ago, Alaska reached the one-hundred-day mark since the Yukon River broke in mid-May and swallowed its first riverside community.For Alaskans, spring breakup is an annual event – a typical part of life for residents in the Last Frontier that signals a final meltdown before spring comes.However, this year, late-winter snowstorms and cold temperatures delayed the breakup of ice cover on Alaska’s big rivers. Then, temperatures rapidly increased causing sheets of ice to melt and move rapidly downstream.
August 30, 2013
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.
August 29, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Survivors of the spring floods now have until Wednesday, Sept. 25 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and return Small Business Administration disaster loan applications.People with flood-related losses can register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. Registration is also available by calling 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585 or 711/VRS.
August 26, 2013
August 21, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – As survivors of Alaska’s 2013 Spring Floods continue the process of rebuilding their lives and property, there is an issue many could face: “substantial damage,” as defined by the National Flood Insurance Program.It’s common to think substantially damaged merely describes a structure that has sustained a large amount of damage by a flood or any other source such as fire, tornado or earthquake.
August 19, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Yukon River 2013 flood survivors who had disaster-related damages have until midnight Aug. 26, 2013, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Registering with FEMA is essential, even if survivors have already registered with the State,” said State Coordinating Officer Bryan Fisher.
August 9, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Disasters frequently bring out the best in people but sometimes the worst. When fraud occurs, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a responsibility to take action.People who intentionally defraud the federal government are taking money away from those who truly need disaster assistance. FEMA must ensure that taxpayer dollars go only to people who incurred legitimate losses. This may include prosecuting anyone who makes a fraudulent claim.
August 5, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The State/Federal Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) in Galena and Fairbanks will close August 9 and transition to weekly visits to Galena and Fairbanks by FEMA caseworkers to meet the disaster-assistance needs of survivors of the 2013 Spring Floods.Both Disaster Recovery Centers will cease operations at noon Friday, Aug. 9, 2013.Until then, the centers will continue to provide face-to-face help from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
August 2, 2013
Q: What kinds of assistance are available?A: Disaster assistance may include awards to help pay for:
August 1, 2013
Survivors of the spring 2013 flooding in Galena, Alaska, don’t have addresses.That is, they have post office boxes, but not street addresses.And a street address, the physical location of a damaged property, is what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has to have for the disaster assistance process to proceed.After a survivor registers with FEMA, an inspector visits the property and determines the extent of damage.But first, the inspector needs to know where the property is located.