Anchorage, AK - Federal and state agencies continue working in partnership to help Alaska residents who had damages or losses during the Nov. 3-10 earthquake and aftershocks. Total assistance today totals $444,630.
The following is a summary of ongoing response and recovery efforts since the Nov. 8 Presidential disaster declaration:
- Declared area for federal assistance expanded Dec.11 to include individuals and business owners in Fairbanks North Star Borough and Delta Greely Regional Education Attendance Area
- $144,200 approved in low-interest loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration
- Disaster housing funds totaling $238,540 approved for home repairs or rental assistance
- $61,890 approved for disaster-related losses not met by other programs, such as replacing lost heating oil and essential household items
- 294 teleregistration calls received through FEMA's toll-free application line
- 240 home and property inspections completed: 265 requested
- 11 public facility applicants applied for help through the public assistance infrastructure program and are working with FEMA/State teams to develop project work sheets
- The last day to apply for disaster-related unemployment assistance is Dec. 26
Individuals in the declared area have until Jan. 17, 2003 to register for disaster assistance and may do so by calling 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, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alaska Standard Time.