ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- More than $235,000 in federal assistance has been approved for Alaskan residents to help them recover from the 2009 spring floods and ice jams announced officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHS&EM).
On June 11, 2009, the President declared a disaster declaration for the State of Alaska to address damages from the spring flooding and ice jams in designated areas.
Individual assistance is designated for the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), the Kuspuk REAA, the Yukon Flats REAA, and the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA.
At the close of business Thursday, 225 homeowners and renters have applied for disaster assistance and 220 of those homes have been inspected. Grants awarded to date total $235,218 to 21 applicants, which includes:
- $137,911 in housing assistance to cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs and replacement.
- $97,307 in other needs assistance to cover essential personal property losses, medical, dental, funeral, transportation or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
Many applicants have already begun receiving assistance and more grants are being processed each day. Individuals may receive assistance in the form of a check or an electronic funds transfer to a bank account.
"Our goal is to have everyone in suitable permanent housing by September 15," said Doug Mayne, Federal Coordinating Officer. "In addition to money, FEMA and DHS&EM are looking at other ways to provide assistance to individuals and families to meet their housing needs."
"Additional communities/REAAs have been identified for Individual Assistance by the state and have been forwarded to FEMA for potential add on to this disaster declaration," said Bob Stewart, State Coordinating Officer. "FEMA is now considering that request."
Individuals who did not apply while teams were in their village have until August 10, 2009 to register for federal-state assistance. Individuals should call the FEMA toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or 1-800-462-7585 (TTY), between 3 a.m. and 9 p.m. local time, seven days a week. Individuals can also register on-line at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Applicants can call the FEMA Alaska help line, 1-877-444-0829, with any questions about federal assistance. The Alaska help-line is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
FEMA Individual Assistance
Individual assistance includes grants for temporary housing if the primary residence is uninsured or underinsured and uninhabitable, and for home repairs to make the dwelling "safe, sanitary and functional." Grants also are available for replacement of essential, uninsured or underinsured household items.
The repair and replacement of personal property may include clothing, furnishings and appliances, job-related tools and necessary educational materials, subsistence items, and clean-up items. Other vital expenses may be medical and dental services, and even repair or replacement of a primary vehicle.
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.