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State to Open Disaster Assistance Center in Savoonga


DAC to Take State Individual Assistance Applications

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will open a Disaster Assistance Center (DAC) in the Savoonga City Hall to provide information and help disaster survivors with eligible damages to their homes and/or personal property to utilize a State of Alaska Individual and Family Grant Program (IFG). The DAC will begin to physically take applications on Jan. 25, 2011.

Individuals and families with damages to their homes and/or personal property, as a direct result of the declared disaster event, are encouraged to apply in person at the Savoonga City Hall DAC. Applicants should bring a description of damages, ownership documents for damaged property and insurance information.  A Siberian-Yupik translator will be available in the DAC. The DACs will remain open until Jan. 29, 2011.

To apply for IFG Assistance visit the

Disaster Assistance Center

at the

Savoonga City Hall

January 25-29, 2011

10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

“The response effort has concluded, and now we are in the recovery process,” said DHS&EM Director John Madden “There are many individuals and families who sustained damages to their homes. The Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will work with all available partners to ensure that the recovery phase is as swift and well coordinated as the response effort.”

The deadline to apply for individual assistance is March 15, 2011.

After the DAC is closed, applicants will be able to apply for assistance by phone.

The state’s Individual and Family Grant Program is designed to provide timely assistance to individuals or families to meet eligible disaster-related necessary expenses. In 2010, Governor Parnell introduced successful legislation tripling the maximum possible state Individual Assistance award. For the current year that maximum amount is $15,100.

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