Murkowski: Government shutdown shouldn't hinder earthquake relief funding
Sen. Lisa Murkowski says the federal government shutdown shouldn't keep Alaska from getting funding to repair damage caused by the Nov. 30 earthquake.
Alaska's senior senator posted a statement on her Facebook page Friday morning, saying New Year's Eve's 5.0 aftershock served as a reminder that Alaskans are still feeling the effects of the quake. She's urging the Federal Emergency Management Agency to analyze available data expeditiously and make a recommendation to President Trump so he can declare an emergency disaster.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested an emergency disaster declaration from President Trump on Thursday. If that request is approved, school districts, local and state governments could get federal reimbursement for up to 75 percent of their infrastructure costs. Individuals can receive nearly $35,000, but less if they receive state assistance.
According to the latest damage update from Dunleavy’s response team, more than 7,700 people have applied for state assistance. Alaska received a federal emergency declaration on the day of the quake which would have covered any required search and rescue efforts.
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