President Joe Biden approved Alaska Gov. Michael Dunleavy’s request for a federal disaster declaration to support Western Alaska’s recovery from the impact of Typhoon Merbok, which struck a large swath of the coast on Sept. 17 and 18. The announcement was made Friday, two days after Dunleavy made the request to the federal government. All members of the Alaska congressional delegation signed a letter of support for the declaration.
The federal disaster assistance through FEMA supplements state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the remnants of Tropical Storm Merbok, which left flooding and landslides, and extensive damage to infrastructure.
The president’s action makes federal funding available to governments, tribes, individuals and organizations in the Regional Educational Attendance Areas of Bering Strait, Kashunamiut, Lower Kuskokwim, and Lower Yukon. Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-interest loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the storm.
Timothy Manner of FEMA was appointed the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations for this disaster.