ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- More than $2 million in federal assistance has been disbursed to 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.
Federal Individual Assistance is designated for the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), the Kuspuk REAA, the Lower Yukon REAA, the Yukon Flats REAA, the Yukon-Koyukuk REAA, and the Yupiit REAA.
At the close of business Wednesday, 285 homeowners and renters have applied for disaster assistance and 269 of those homes have been inspected. Grants awarded to date total $1,280,927 to 90 applicants, which includes:
- $940,732 in housing assistance to cover temporary rental assistance, home repairs and replacement.
- $340,194 in other needs assistance to cover essential personal property losses, subsistence items, medical, dental, funeral, transportation or other serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance.
- $897,600 in Small Business Administration loans to pay for the repair or replacement of homes and businesses, or personal property not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
"In addition to providing grants to individuals for home repair or replacement FEMA will pay for the shipping of building materials from the point of purchase to the respective building site," said Doug Mayne, Federal Coordinating Officer. "We anticipate that most building materials will come from providers here in Alaska."
"By FEMA coordinating and paying for the transportation costs, it should help the individual homeowner get back into suitable housing before the winter weather sets in," said Bob Stewart, State Coordinating Officer.
Individuals in these REAAs who did not apply while teams were in their village have until August 10, 2009 to register for federal 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 leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.