Trump declares federal earthquake disaster

Friday, February 1, 2019 - 15:25

Federal disaster assistance for Alaskans can now begin flowing after President Trump on Thursday issued a federal disaster declration for the state.

“The President’s action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the Municipality of Anchorage, Matanuska-Susitna Borough, and Kenai Peninsula Borough,” read a statement issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). “Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.”

Individuals and businesses can begin the federal aid application process by registering at disasterassistance.gov or calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585.

Funding is also availble to state and tribal governments in the affected area, the announcement said.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy praised the declration in a Thursday press release.

“We are eternally thankful for President Trump and his entire team, including FEMA, for working quickly to evaluate our reuquest and respond to our needs,” Dunleavy sadi. “The November 30th earthquake hit Alaska hard and recovery efforts and repairs will take time, but we are looking forward to working with our federal partners and doing what it takes to get Alaska back up and running.”

The State of Alaska has already declared a disaster. The federal declaration now opens the door for people impacted by the quake to file for both state and federal aid. Anyone who has yet to file a state claim can visit ready.alaska.gov. The state deadline for filing a claim is Feb. 28.

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