Posted by: Savannah Brehmer & Ashlie Chandler – FEMA External Affairs, Alaska
Five days ago, Alaska reached the one-hundred-day mark since the Yukon River broke in mid-May and swallowed its first riverside community.
Disaster recovery has demanded that responders adapt to Alaska’s unique environment. Many of the villages affected by this spring’s flooding are so remote, recovery cannot be delivered via road-based means. Hard-hit communities continue to come together to discuss plans for the future and strategies for building back stronger and more resilient.
Below are 10 milestones reached in the 100 days of Alaska’s response and recovery:
$3.3 million in Disaster Loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $3.3 million in low-interest disaster loans.
$2.6 million in Disaster Assistance
More than $2.6 million in federal disaster assistance has been approved for individuals and families who were affected by Alaska’s spring floods.
$1 million in Mitigation Assistance
More than $369,000 in federal mitigation assistance has been approved to harden infrastructure to better meet environmental hazards. These funds have a projected future benefit of more than $1 million saved.
$631,900 for Debris Clean-Up
FEMA has now obligated more than $631,900 to pay for cleaning up debris and emergency measures.
200,674 Pounds of Building Materials
Forty-four shipments of sheltering supplies and donated items weighing 200,674 have been delivered to Galena, Alaska.
The feeding task force has prepared and served 8,060 meals to flood survivors.
4,931 Pounds of Pet Food
About 4,931 pounds of donated cat and dog food has been distributed for pet survivors in the affected riverside communities.
1,500 Postcards Mailed
The multidenominational Galena Bible Church sent out 1,500 postcards explaining what help they needed. One hundred fifty volunteers from across the nation came to Galena responded showed up to help.
159 Work Orders Requested
AmeriCorps members and staff have completed nearly 75% of the 159 homeowner work-order requests for AmeriCorps assistance.
12 New Jobs
FEMA has added 12 Alaskans to its workforce in Anchorage.
For more information about the recovery in Alaska, visit the disaster page Alaska Flood 2013.