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Federal disaster declared for COVID for Alaska

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Alaska has received a federal disaster declaration from President Donald Trump to help with funding for State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in all areas of the state impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Michael F. O’Hare, former director of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and now the Region 10 director for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has been named the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the Alaska.

Typically, disaster declarations lead to the release of:

  • Individual Assistance – Assistance to individuals and households;
  • Public Assistance – Assistance to state and local governments and certain privatenonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities; and
  • Hazard Mitigation Assistance – Assistance to state and local governments and certainprivate nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

It’s not clear how these three categories will apply to the economic disaster created by the pandemic, or if new categories will be created.

Additional disaster designations, such as a “major disaster declaration,” or n economic disaster for commercial fisheries, may be made at a later date if requested by the State.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

Latest comments

  • Well there ya go. There’s your rainbow.

  • If the concern is the village health and the number of beds available, then maybe the should mitigate this by having medical flights available for those who need them based on the demand. It seems that even in the most concentrated areas some are still not effected by the virus. So testing for immunity in the case of remote work such as a fishing camp might be the best idea for this. Most of the waive of virus will probably be gone by the end of May. After the surge it seems it may be seasonal. If it is why would you take out one season for another, when in fact only the high risk population needs to be concerned after the initial waive of infections goes away.

    • You want to be in an airplane with a critical patient spreading Xi’s little helpers as fast as their body can make them?


      Containment pod or nothing if I’m on the crew.

    • Not true. Everyone is a high risk until you recover. Won’t work.

  • Ugh, FEMA what they lack in competence they make up for in fervor and paperwork. Line up to get your gubmint slop. At least we’ve got their inefficiency to comfort us.


    “The only thing that saves us from the bureaucracy is inefficiency. An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty.” ~Eugene McCarthy

  • South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem stated:
    “Our constitution ensures the citizen’s right is protected… I took an oath to uphold these constitutions… The people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety. They are the ones that are entrusted with expansive freedoms. They’re free to exercise their rights to work, to worship, and to play. Or to even stay home or to conduct social distancing. Since the middle of February I’ve been very clear that people need to take personal responsibility for their health and the well-being of their families.”

    This is for folks who never seen or heard a Real Conservative Governor.

    • Yep. And when they don’t, the Government is forced to supersede and react for the good of all. Habeas Corpus is set aside.

      • Those who think they are at risk are free to isolate themselves or “social distance” as Orwell himself might have said. The rest of the free-thinking, freedom loving population can take care of themselves without Big Brother and Big Pharma interference.

        The wannabe dictators of the world are taking full advantage of the fear mongering and scare tactics being promoted by their own propaganda arm of the MSM.

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