Governor Welcomes Passage of State Disaster Relief Legislation
April 13, 2010, Juneau, Alaska – Governor Sean Parnell today lauded the passage of legislation that updates the state Individual and Family Grant program, which assists Alaska households affected by natural disasters.
“Alaska is no stranger to natural disasters,” Governor Parnell said. “When I toured communities devastated by floods last year, I learned that our state Individual Assistance grant does not go very far. I am pleased the Legislature made these improvements that will benefit Alaskans in their time of need.”
The Individual and Family Grant program currently allows a maximum of $5,000 per affected household. HB 292 increases the maximum amount to $14,950 and allows for annual adjustments based on the consumer price index.
HB 292, sponsored by the governor, allows the state to grant up to one-half of what is available through the federal government from a presidential declaration, which is adjusted annually to the consumer index. The federal Individual Assistance Grant, which has a maximum of $29,900 per affected household, is given only during the worst disasters, after close coordination and assessments by local, state, and federal entities.
The state Individual and Family Grant program provides assistance when the federal program is not available. Representative Mike Kelly and Senator Albert Kookesh carried the bill in the House and Senate, respectively.