Latest: FEMA to assist earthquake aid applicants through next weekend

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - Update: FEMA representatives will be on site at the Z.J. Loussac Library in Midtown during regular businesses hours, through at least next week, assisting Alaskans with federal assistance applications.

After President Donald Trump's major disaster declaration on January 31st, Alaskans impacted by the November 30th earthquake will be eligible for federal aid in the form of low interest loans or grants to cover qualifying repairs or temporary housing arrangements.

This federal assistance is not the same as the state's individual assistance program, which will remain open to applicants until February 28th. Impacted Alaskans have been urged to apply for both programs.

FEMA officials began assisting applicants in Anchorage at the Z.J. Loussac library this weekend. They will be on site again next week through regular library hours.

To apply in person, you'll need to provide the following information
• Social security number
• Current mailing address
• Damaged home address
• Phone numbers
• Type of insurance coverage
• Total annual household income
• Routing and account number from your bank (if you want to have disaster assistance funds transferred directly into your bank account.)

According to a press release from FEMA:
"Alaska residents who apply for federal disaster assistance for the Nov. 30 earthquake may be contacted by a FEMA inspector to schedule an inspection to verify disaster-related damage. As the application for federal assistance is separate from the state’s application, an additional inspection may be needed, even if the state has already sent a loss verifier for the State Individual Assistance program."

Applicants for the federal assistance can also go through the enrollment process online at or by phone at 1-800-621-3362.

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