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FEMA Disaster Assistance teams visiting Akiachak

The Akiachak School in Akiachak, Alaska. June 23, 2023.
MaryCait Dolan / KYUK
The Akiachak School in Akiachak, Alaska. June 23, 2023.

On Nov. 7, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that disaster assistance teams had scheduled a visit to Akiachak to help people register for disaster assistance from the ice jam and snowmelt flooding that occurred this past spring.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, and Thursday, Nov. 9, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be in Akiachak. They will set up at the Akiachak Bingo Hall to register survivors for disaster assistance and answer questions about the application process and what happens next.

According to a press release, immediately following registration, housing inspectors will travel to the applicants’ damaged properties to perform a home and personal property inspection. FEMA staff will always have appropriate federal identification and will never charge for assistance.

If unable to apply with FEMA specialists in the field, people can also register by calling FEMA’s Alaska Hotline at 866-342-1699 between 8:30 AM and 6 PM AKST, Monday through Saturday, visiting disasterassistance.gov, or using the FEMA mobile app.

Language assistance is available for individuals who do not speak English well. If you require assistance, call or text 907-727-6221 or send an email to FEMA-language-access-request@fema.dhs.gov. You can also notify staff in the field.

Francisco Martínezcuello is the KYUK News Reporting Fellow and a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.