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Delegation Appreciates Disaster Declaration for Western Alaska

Washington, D.C. – Alaska’s Congressional Delegation was pleased to see results, after they supported Governor Parnell’s request for a disaster declaration by urging the White House give “immediate and positive assistance” to storm-afflicted Western Alaska communities.  Today the White House released the following information:       

On December 22, 2011, President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the State of Alaska triggering the release of Federal funds to help communities recover from severe winter storms and flooding which occurred November 8-10, 2011.  Details of the disaster declaration and assistance programs are as follows:

Incident:                                                              Severe Winter Storms and Flooding

Incident Period:                                                November 8-10, 2011

Public Assistance (PA):                                  Assistance for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

PA - Designated Counties:                           The North Slope Borough, the Bering Strait Regional Educational Attendance Area (REAA), the Lower Kuskokwim REAA, the lower Yukon REAA, and the Southwest Region REAA.

Hazard Mitigation (HM):                               Assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

HM - Designated Boroughs:                        All boroughs and REAAs in the State of Alaska are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

OTHER:                                                                 Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the State and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.

On December 8, the Alaska Delegation sent a letter to President Obama, asking for federal attention be given the region “from Hooper Bay to the North Slope” that was hit by “a winter storm of a magnitude not seen in decades.”

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