Alaska's Gov. Mike Dunleavy has moved the deadline to apply for individual earthquake assistance from the state to Feb. 28, 2019.

The 30-day extension was announced Monday in a news release from Jeremy Zidek, a spokesperson for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

“We encourage everyone with damages from the Cook Inlet Earthquake to apply for State Individual Assistance. If damages are discovered at a later date, or damages from the earthquake are compounded by ground thaw in the spring, an application may be amended,” director of the division, Mike Sutton, said.

The program provides assistance to individuals and families who suffered damages or losses during the Nov. 30 earthquake and is available to residents in the Municipality of Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough. People with damages to primary residences, personal property or transportation during the earthquake or aftershocks are asked to apply.

To apply, call 1-855-445-7131 or go to ready.alaska.gov. Residents who miss the Feb. 28 deadline will not be able to apply for earthquake assistance from the state.

Alaskans who have applied for individual assistance from the state will be required to apply for federal disaster recovery programs if or when they become available, according to the department's release.

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