Anchorage, AK -- State and federal officials remind residents in the Copper River and Alaska Gateway Regional Education Attendance Areas that they have until 4 p.m., Dec. 3, to meet with disaster recovery specialists at the Mentasta Lake and Northway Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC).
"Individuals and business owners with disaster-related losses from the November 3-10 earthquake and aftershocks have until Tuesday, Dec. 3, to meet individually with recovery specialists at a recovery center in Mentasta Lake or Northway," said Jim Butchart, state-coordinating officer for the disaster.
Even though the centers are closing, help is still as close as a telephone call. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) maintains a toll-free disaster phone line. To register, call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Anyone with questions about FEMA programs or the status of their applications may call the same number for answers. Those who are hearing or speech-impaired can call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585 to apply or to check on their applications. The telephone numbers are operational from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Alaska Standard Time, seven days a week, until further notice.
The centers, which opened November 30, are located at the Mentasta Lake Community Hall and the Northway Community Hall. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., through December 3.
DRCs in Slana and Tetlin, which closed November 27, provided service to 120 people. Since Nov. 8 when the federal disaster was declared, 203 individuals have registered for disaster assistance.
Disaster assistance programs include housing assistance, grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other programs, and low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration for earthquake-damaged residential and business property. Disaster unemployment assistance and other services are also available to persons affected by the disaster.