Those seeking assistance from the state for damages caused by the November storms in Southwest Alaska and the floods in the Kenai Peninsula Borough now have until Friday, Jan. 24 to do so.

That's one week after the previous deadline was set.

Officials with the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management said extending the deadline is not uncommon, as some people don’t utilize the program at first.

They also said minor damages may become more severe over time.

Residents within these communities may be eligible for the state’s individual family grant program or temporary housing assistance.

As of mid-December, the state reports that teams in Kotlik, Stebbins, Fairbanks Borth Star Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough have verified over 90 applications for disaster assistance.

Before applying for individual assistance, residents will need to develop a description of damages and or losses. They’ll need to gather ownership and insurance documents, personal identification as well as proof of occupancy, such as a utility bill.

State officials said having these documents will speed up the process as it takes time for the state to make a determination of the extent of the damage once someone applies.

To apply, call the toll free number at 1-855-445-7131, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applications are also being taken online at a state website.