Thursday, June 20, 2013
Governor Declares Disaster for Early November West Coast Storm
Declaration authorizes state’s Public and Individual Disaster Assistance programs
On Monday Governor Sean Parnell declared the early November west coast storm a disaster, enabling funds to become available for public facilities and individuals in the affected communities.
According to a press release issued by the governor's office, "More than 35 communities and two boroughs have reported impacts from the storm, including damages to roads, airports, helipads, electrical distribution systems, sea walls, and utilities. A State/FEMA Joint Preliminary Damage Assessment Team visited 15 communities following the storm and reported a wide range of minor and significant damages from high winds and coastal flooding."
“As we focus on the more severely impacted communities and help them rebuild, we will not lose sight of the communities with minor damages. The collective weight of minor damages can have a lasting impact on a community,” said Governor Parnell. “Along with the activation of our state’s disaster recovery programs, we will seek a federal disaster declaration.”
The disaster declaration will provide grant funding to restore public facilities and individuals' homes to pre-disaster conditions.