In the wake of the Nov. 30 earthquake, Alaskans from all over Southcentral have applied for emergency disaster relief assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and last week, the organization did its first inspection of a property off the road system.

FEMA Spokesperson Jack Heesch says it sits on a remote lake between Skwentna and Susitna.

A FEMA team inspects a remote property after the owners applied for disaster relief assistance as a result of the Nov. 30, 2018 earthquake.

“We’re doing our due diligence, if you will, to make sure that people get the service that they’re entitled to,” Heesch said Monday.

The three-person crew included a person to answer questions about individual assistance, an inspections coordinator and an inspector.

Heesch didn’t discuss what the crew found during their inspection of the property, citing confidentiality.

While this is the first remote inspection FEMA has done for this disaster, Heesch says there may be more applications coming in.

“FEMA will only work with you on your primary residence, so a lot of those remote properties that we know about are not primary residences,” Heesch said. “There could be more, I just don’t know about them yet.”

The deadline to apply for FEMA assistance is Monday, April 1. You can do so by vising one of the disaster recovery centers in Anchorage, Eagle River, Kenai and Wasilla; going online to or calling 1-800-621-3362.

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