FEMA Provides Alaska Disaster Hotline

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has set up an Alaska-specific disaster assistance hotline for residents who have suffered damage or loss as a result from the severe mid-September storm in the Bering Strait, Kashunamiut, Lower Kuskokwim and Lower Yukon regions.

The online press release says residents affected by the storm can apply for FEMA disaster assistance in the following ways:

  • Residents can call 1-866-342-1699, the Anchorage-based FEMA hotline will be operational from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 9 and 16.
  • Dial 711 for TTY users. For TTY users with an out-of-state area code, dial 1-800-770-8973 for the Alaska Relay.
  • Go online to Disasterassistance.gov.
  • Download the FEMA app.

“FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program may include grants for temporary housing expenses, basic home repairs, or other essential disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. In Alaska, subsistence items lost or damaged by September storms may be eligible for assistance,” the statement said.

The State of Alaska has an Individual Assistance Program, which is a separate application. Residents must enroll in the FEMA and Alaska Disaster Assistance Program.

“If you are declared ineligible for federal aid, you may still be eligible for aid through the State of Alaska, but if you do not submit both applications, aid may not be available to you. “, says FEMA.

Some residents who request it may be referred to the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to apply for a disaster loan.

Here are the ways to apply for an SBA loan:

  • Apply online at https://disasterloanassistance.sba.gov/.
  • Dial 1-(800) 659-2955, for TTY users please dial 711.
  • Email [email protected] for more information about SBA disaster assistance.

More information is available on FEMA’s support for the storm’s impact on western Alaska at FEMA’s disaster site.

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