Applicants for state earthquake damage assistance must re-apply, state says

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The State of Alaska says residents who have applied for State Individual Assistance in the wake of the Nov. 30 earthquake will have to request reconsideration for their application.

Because of the requirement for state assistance applicants to have also applied for FEMA, those Alaskans still in need of assistance after the federal process will have to re-apply, according to a press release from the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

"Many State Individual Assistance applicants have received disaster assistance from FEMA or the Smal Business Administration, and may no longer have earthquake related disaster recovery needs," the release says. "If applicants still have unmet needs, requesting reconsideration with the state is the final step of the State Individual Assistance process."

The applicants must have, among other things, completed their state application before the Feb. 28 deadline and received a final determination notification, completed a disaster loan application with the SBA and have accepted or been denied, and apply for reconsideration with the state of Alaska.

Here's the state's page with the full requirements for reconsideration.

"The state assistance programs, are not designed or funded to make people 'whole' after a disaster," the release reads. They program is intended for essential repairs or serious needs, the state says.

If you have questions concerning the State of Alaska Individual Assistance program for the 2018 Cook Inlet Earthquake, call 855-445-7131 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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