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Wrangell Cooperative Association & FEMA Announce FEMA Assistance Now Available for Landslide Survivors

April 3, 2024

Anchorage, Alaska – FEMA Individual Assistance is now available for residents of the City and Borough of Wrangell affected by the landslides that occurred on November 20, 2023. Assistance may include grants for home repairs, temporary rental assistance, damaged vehicles and essential personal property, loss of subsistence items, as well as medical, dental, and funeral expenses caused by the disaster.

FEMA assistance is unable to duplicate benefits offered through insurance, state programs, or other programs. But if your losses or damage go beyond disaster assistance available from other sources – or include items or categories not covered by other assistance – you may be eligible for additional funds from FEMA. Even if you have already registered for the State of Alaska’s disaster assistance program, you must also register with FEMA to determine if you may be eligible to receive additional funds through FEMA.

  • Residents are encouraged to apply for FEMA assistance by calling the Alaska Helpline at 1-866-342-1699 between 9:30 AM and 5:30 PM AKT, Monday through Friday. The Helpline has staff trained to answer Alaska-specific questions. You can also apply by visiting disasterassistance.gov or using the FEMA mobile app.
  • If a reasonable accommodation — such as language translation or interpretation, mobility assistance, or sign language interpretation is needed – email FEMA-language-access-request@fema.dhs.gov. You can also notify FEMA staff in the field.

The U.S. Small Business Administration also offers long-term disaster loans to businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, as well as homeowners and renters to pay for repair or replacement costs not fully compensated by insurance or other assistance. For more information, go to: www.sba.gov/disaster or call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955, or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

In addition to Individual Assistance, the Wrangell Cooperative Association has also been approved for Public Assistance which will reimburse the tribal government, on a cost-share basis, for emergency protective measures taken in response to the disaster. The Wrangell Cooperative Association has also been approved for additional funding, on a cost-share basis, for hazard mitigation measures.

Additional designations may be made at a later date.

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