Anchorage, AK -- One month after President Bush declared the Copper River and Alaska Gateway Regional Education Attendance Areas a federal disaster area from the Nov. 3-10 earthquake and aftershocks, disaster assistance has topped $400 thousand, according to federal and state officials.
"Decisions on federal loans and grants are made on a case-by-case basis and we are pleased that we have been able to provide a financial helping hand to individuals and business owners who had losses during the November earthquake," said William Lokey, federal coordinating officer for the disaster.
Individuals in the declared area have until Jan. 17, 2003 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toll-free number 1-800-621-FEMA (3362); and TTY: 1-800-462-7585 for the hearing- or speech-impaired.
The following is a summary of disaster recovery assistance at close of business today:
- $266,000 approved for in housing assistance
- $118,900 in U.S. Small Business Administration low-interest loans approved
- $44,000 approved for disaster-related needs not met by other programs
- 259 teleregistration calls received through FEMA's toll-free line
- 201 individuals visited one of the four Disaster Recovery Centers. Slana and Tetlin recovery centers opened Nov. 23 and closed Nov. 27. Slana had 54 visitors: Tetlin had 67 visitors. Mentasta Lake and Northway centers operated Nov. 30 through Dec. 3. Mentasta had 36 visitors: Northway had 44 visitors.
- 214 home and property inspections completed. 219 requested.
- 8 public facility applicants applied for help through the public assistance infrastructure program and are working with FEMA/state teams to develop project work sheets.