ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Since President Obama declared the spring flooding and ice jams a federal disaster on June 11, 2009, federal agencies have committed over $4.7 million in disaster-related individual assistance and loans to residents of the Yukon River and Kuskokwim River communities.
Officials of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management remind all Alaska residents affected by the disaster in the federally declared areas that the deadline for individual assistance registration is August 10. They can register by calling, toll-free, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA) (TTY 1-800-462-7585) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Alaska Daylight Time, seven days a week, or by registering online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
State Coordinating Officer Bob Stewart said, "We don't want anyone to miss the deadline. People should get appropriate help in these situations."
Residents of the Alaska Gateway Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), Yukon Flats REAA, Yukon-Koyukuk REAA, Lower Yukon REAA, Kuspuk REAA, and Yupiit REAA are eligible to apply for disaster-related individual assistance.
So far, 658 Alaska homeowners and renters have applied for disaster-related individual assistance, and inspectors have visited 636 homes. Funds awarded to date total $4,747,726 which includes:
- $1,999,312 in Housing Assistance to cover temporary rentals, home repairs and replacement;
- $1,795,114 in Other Needs Assistance to cover essential personal property losses, subsistence items, medical, dental, transportation or serious disaster-related expenses not covered by insurance; and
- $953,300 in Small Business Administration loans to pay for the repair or replacement of homes, businesses, or personal property not fully covered by insurance or other compensation.
Federal Coordinating Officer Doug Mayne expects the amount of federal funds invested in the recovery effort to increase. "Because of the climate in the affected areas, we have a limited time during which rebuilding can be accomplished," observed Mayne. "Right now, there's a flurry of activity. FEMA will continue to process applications for individual assistance as quickly as possible, to get funds and materials to the people who need them."
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.