State Individual Assistance deadline is December 6th

    Alaska National Guardsmen of Joint Task Force-Bethel clear storm debris from a boardwalk in Newtok, Alaska as part of Operation Merbok Response. (Alaska National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Balinda O'Neal)

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - All with damages from the 2022 September West Coast storm are encouraged to apply.

    The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) is accepting applications for the State Individual Family Grant (IFG) and Temporary Housing programs until Tuesday.

    The program is designed to help individuals and families who suffered damages and losses to their personal and real property during the 2022 September West Coast storm, also known as the remnants of Typhoon Merbok.

    Disaster survivors can register for the State Individual Assistance program by visiting the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management webpage at Ready.Alaska.Gov.

    Telephone registration is also available at 1-844-445-7131.

    "It is critical that individuals and families in the affected area register for State of Alaska Individual Assistance and other federal assistance before the deadlines," said Director Bryan Fisher, Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. "If a resident has property, like a fish camp, but can't access the property to determine damages, we encourage them to start an application. We can always amend an application after the state IA deadline, but we cannot start a new one."

    The 2022 September West Coast storm impacted the fall and travel to fish camps, and other remote areas used for subsistence purposes, may not have been possible.

    Storm-related damages to structures and the loss of personal property at these locations may be eligible for disaster recovery grants.

    Residents of the Northwest Arctic Borough, Bering Strait Regional Education Attendance Area (REAA), Lower Yukon REAA, Lower Kuskokwim REAA, Pribilof REAA, and the Kashunamiut REAA, are eligible to apply for State Individual Assistance.

    Gov. Mike Dunleavy's declaration of Typhoon Merbok's disaster activated the state's Individual Assistance (IA) program which is designed to help people with damages and expenses related to the disaster event.


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