FEMA: More than $100 million has come to Alaska to rebuild from November earthquake

The grant is funded by FEMA’s Public Assistance program, an essential source of funding for communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency. (MGN)

ANCHORAGE, (KTUU) - The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more than $100 million in State of Alaska and federal disaster assistance has come to the state for the recovery of residents and businesses that suffered damage in the Nov. 30 Alaska earthquake.

FEMA says as of Thursday, July 11, the agency's Individuals and Households Program has approved more than $21 million to repair disaster-damaged homes and pay for temporary housing.

Another $299,350 was approved under Other Needs Assistance, a FEMA program that provides funding for disaster-caused expenses and serious needs including medical, dental, transportation, and moving and storage expenses.

Additionally, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved $78,266,800 in low-interest disaster loans to 1,884 homeowners, renters and businesses.

As far as state funding goes, the state of Alaska’s Individual Assistance program has provided $1.2 million in disaster assistance to individuals and families affected by the earthquake.

More than 13,800 residents applied to the state for assistance. The final day to apply was Feb. 28, 2019. If you have questions about your existing application with the state, go to ready.alaska.gov or email mva.grants@alaska.gov.

While the FEMA application period has ended, if you have an application on file, you can still get questions answered, submit appeal letters and request extensions to submit documents.

If you disagree with a decision on your FEMA application, you can appeal. Applicants have 60 days from the date on their FEMA decision letter to appeal. If you submit an appeal after the 60-day mark, be sure to include the reason for the delay—for example, if previously unknown damages are identified or if a contractor just became available to provide an estimate.

For help on how to submit an appeal or to update your contact information, call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 (FEMA).TTY users may call 800-462-7585. The hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

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