Anchorage Disaster Declaration Announced by FEMA

    A portion of a highway that collapsed during the earthquake on Friday in Anchorage. (AP Photo)

    Anchorage, Alaska (KINY) - Under the declaration, requested by Gov. Bill Walker, FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures.

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared an emergency for the Anchorage Municipality, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

    Under the declaration, requested by Gov. Bill Walker, FEMA is authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in the designated areas.

    Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures, limited to direct federal assistance, under the public assistance program at 75 percent federal funding.

    All hospitals are open and accepting patients. A tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas of Cook Inlet and the Southern Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, but was canceled at 10:05 am. Interruption of power and water utilities were reported across southcentral Alaska. Utility providers are steadily restoring normal utility service.

    “While damage to infrastructure has caused significant problems, we are thankful there has been no fatalities or major injuries,” said Mike Sutton, Director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. “The many organizations that were involved in this response effort should be proud. However, as the response effort begins to subside we will need to prepare for the long-term recovery effort.”

    Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy spent the day at the State Emergency Operations Center at JBER with Gov. Walker.

    Governor Walker is in charge of the SEOC, but has given Dunleavy full access to all information coming in and out of the center
     
    Additionally, a release from the Dunleavy transition team states the Alaska Department of Military and Veteran Affairs is fully operational and ready to respond as needed in Southcentral Alaska and the rest of the state
     
    According to Dunleavy's team, his new commissioners that have been announced will take over their respective departments on Dec. 3.

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