ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHS&EM) are urging public officials to apply for assistance under the FEMA Public Assistance Program to help pay for public infrastructure repair. Officials from both agencies are currently visiting communities to brief officials on the Public Assistance Program.
To start the process for Public Assistance a representative from each agency or local jurisdiction must fill out a Request for Public Assistance. The form is available at flood.alaska.gov/ under the Quick Links heading. The Request for Public Assistance form should be completed and returned to Sam Walton at DHS&EM P.O. Box 5750, Fort Richardson, AK 99505-5750 or via FAX at 907-428-7009 by July 11, 2009.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recently announced a disaster declaration to help state, local and tribal governments, including Alaskan Native Villages, as well as certain private nonprofits, such as educational and medical facilities, recover from eligible losses incurred during the 2009 spring flood and ice jams event in designated areas.
The Yukon Flats, Alaska Gateway, Kuspuk, Lower Kuskokwim, and Yupiit Regional Education Attendance Areas and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough have been designated for Public Assistance. The Public Assistance Program is designed to assist local, state and tribal governments and certain non-profits repair damages to public infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and to assist eligible applicants with costs incurred during the response stage of the disaster.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.