Alaskans affected by the Nov. 30 earthquake now have until May 31 to register for federal disaster assistance. The original deadline was April 1. 

In a release from Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration Monday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) accepted the extension. 

“The spring thaw may uncover earthquake damage to southcentral homes that had previously gone undetected, or will be exacerbated by thawing ground,” Dunleavy said in the release. “The extension gives property owners time to look for new or hidden damage, apply for federal disaster assistance, make the necessary repairs and get their lives back in order. I also want to thank FEMA officials for understanding Alaska’s arctic conditions and for approving my request within a matter of days.”

Those affected by the earthquake can call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go to www.disasterassitance.gov.

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