The Anchorage Assembly held an emergency meeting Sunday morning to discuss extending Mayor Ethan Berkowitz declaration of civil emergency following Friday's 7.0 earthquake.

 
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The original declaration would have expired Sunday morning 48 hours after the it was declared. The mayor asked the Assembly to extend it through the first few days of next week.

The declaration empowers the Anchorage police chief and fire chief to order evacuations and curfew.
It also allows the emergency operation center to remain activated to address the ongoing public health, safety and welfare issues resulting from the disaster.

Assembly members asked the mayor and municipal officials about the budget, a free dump day, and whether or not the city had checked in on homeless camps throughout town. Municipal manager Bill Falsey said more answers would be forthcoming at a press conference Sunday at 10:30 a.m., but did say that most utilities, with the exception of water, seem to be back online for the most part.

The brief meeting ended with the extension passing unanimously.

The extended emergency declaration will end Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 10 p.m. If needed, the group can discuss extending the civil declaration at the next Assembly meeting that day.

 

Cassie Schirm contributed to this report.

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