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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.
July 31, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Disaster assistance applicants referred to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) who do not complete and submit the companion SBA disaster assistance loan application may be jeopardizing eligibility for other types of assistance.In addition to businesses, homeowners, renters, and private, nonprofit organizations may be eligible for low interest home repair loans. The loans can be used to cover the costs of repair or replacement of damaged real estate, personal property and business assets not covered by insurance or other aid.
July 29, 2013
Flood water is a nasty, destructive element. For the survivors of the 2013 Spring Flood in Alaska, flood waters from the Yukon River carried off or contaminated a lot of items essential for everyday life. Alaskan volunteer organizations are working together with community volunteers to get these essential items to the flood survivors that need them.
July 26, 2013
There are several job openings in Alaska for local hires to assist with recovery efforts after this spring’s flooding. Job seekers can view the openings by going to alexsys.labor.state.ak.us, choosing "Find a Job," selecting "Anywhere in Alaska," and searching for the keyword FEMA. You must register with the Alaska Department of Labor & Workforce Development to apply. If you are already registered with ALEXsys, you can search for these positions by employer.The positions are as follows:
July 26, 2013
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Alaska’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management urge Alaska residents affected by the 2013 Spring Floods to be alert for potential fraud and to keep these points in mind: