The responsibility of the Alaska DHS&EM Individual Assistance (IA) Section is to provide financial assistance to individuals or families whose primary residence, primary mode of transportation, or essential personal property are damaged or destroyed or who incur medical/funeral/dental expenses as a direct result of a declared disaster and for which they are underinsured or uninsured and other assistance is either unavailable or inadequate. IA is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by a disaster; it is intended to meet basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts. IA grants are not considered income or a resource when determining eligibility for other State assistance programs. The IA Program includes Individual Family Grants (IFG) and Temporary Housing (TH) Assistance.
Individual and Family Grants (IFG) assistance is comprised of four provisions, housing assistance, essential personal property items, transportation losses and Other Needs Assistance (ONA). Housing Assistance may be provided in the form of financial assistance for housing repairs. Personal property assistance may be available for the replacement of certain personal property items included on the state’s essential personal property list. Transportation assistance may be available when the applicant’s only means of transportation is destroyed by the event. Finally ONA may be provided when applicants experience expenses for moving and storage, transportation assistance, funeral assistance, medical and dental assistance and Group Flood Insurance Policy. Some of this assistance may require applications through the Small Business Administration first.
Temporary Housing assistance provides financial assistance when an eligible applicant’s primary residence is rendered uninhabitable due to a declared disaster. Rental assistance can be authorized for renters for up to three (3) months and for homeowners up to eighteen (18) months. Temporary housing (rental/lease) payments including deposit will be made directly to landlords/owners. Lease and/or rental agreements will include instructions that deposits are to be returned to the State at the termination of the agreement. Renters displaced by Landlords whose primary residence has been damaged by a declared disaster and who then occupy the rental property will also be eligible for 3 months temporary housing.
Individuals must apply for Individual Assistance (IA) within 60 days of the disaster declaration date. There are several ways to apply:
The information on this site is very general in nature. At the time of application associated with a state or federally declared disaster, specific guidance for that particular event will be made available to affected jurisdictions through official State of Alaska press releases, FEMA press releases, media announcements and local officials. Each assistance applicant will be assigned either a FEMA case worker or an Alaska Disaster Assistance officer to provide program guidance.
You must apply for Individual Assistance (IA) within 60 days of the disaster declaration date. There are several ways to apply:
To complete your application you will need to provide:
See “Appeal Process”
and enter your address.
If you are found eligible for an Individual and Family Grant it will come with specific directions regarding what it can be used for. In general, an Individual and Family Grant may be awarded to you to help you repair or replace disaster-related damages to your primary owner-occupied residence essential personal property, and/or, primary transportation. The grant may also be made available to assist you with disaster-related medical, dental or funeral expenses.
Listen to local radio, television and other media for announcements that a disaster declaration has been made. Ask local government officials what kind of disaster assistance is available. If you have damages or losses call the Disaster Assistance Hotline or visit a Disaster Assistance Center.
The Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management works closely with local governments and media to announce that the Individual and Family Assistance Program is available. Listen to local and regional radio and television, check for announcements on local bulletin boards and at local government offices, and talk with your local government officials and neighbors.
Applications are taken by telephone over a Disaster Assistance Hotline or in affected communities at a Disaster Assistance Center. Disaster Assistance Hotlines are toll free telephone numbers staffed by Disaster Assistance Officers. Because disaster can be widespread and we need to help as many victims as possible, please apply as soon as possible using the application type provided for your community. Do not assume another type of application process will be available.
Applications will be accepted for 60 days following the date of the disaster declaration. The deadline will be written on the Disaster Assistance Hotline announcement or the announcement for the Disaster Assistance Center. The deadline and reminders will be announced over the media.
You will likely be denied assistance.
Do not hesitate to go to the Disaster Assistance Center because you do not have information you think or are told will be required. This will be your opportunity to begin the recovery process. If you have the following items it is best to bring them:
The disaster area delineations can be difficult to determine so please contact the Disaster Assistance Hotline or visit a Disaster Assistance Center and let our Disaster Assistance staff determine whether your primary residence is included in the disaster declaration.
Write down damages you have. Take photos if possible and be ready to share this information with local, state and federal disaster workers collecting damage information. If you have been impacted by a disaster and do not know if your area is within a declared disaster area continue to monitor media and other information and call the Disaster Assistance Hotline or visit local Disaster Assistance Centers if they are set up in your area and apply for the Individual Assistance Program.
An applicant has the right to formally appeal any decision made by the Division regarding assistance denials and awards, including inspections and eligibility determinations. An applicant must appeal the decision of the Division in writing within 60 days of their award/denial notification letter. In requesting an appeal, the applicant should state the reasons why he/she believes the Division’s decision is incorrect, and provide any additional information he/she may have relating to the application. After receiving the appeal request the IA Officer will render a decision and provide to the Director or designee for a final decision. This final decision will be sent to the applicant with no further appeal rights. The final determination and supporting material will be documented and filed in the applicant's folder as a permanent part of that case.
Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Mr. Michael "Mike" Sutton was appointed as acting director of the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHS&EM) within the Alaska Department of Military and Veterans Affairs on December 11, 2017. He was appointed Deputy Director on June 5, 2015.
Mr. Sutton started his career with the State of Alaska in November of 2005. Mike was the Exercise Program manager in the DHS&EM Preparedness Branch where he planned, coordinated, executed and evaluated the largest homeland security exercise in Alaska's history - Alaska Shield 07.
Following a highly successful exercise and after more than 28 years of public service, Mr. Sutton ventured into the private sector and started his own business. As president of Alaska's leading veteran-owned emergency management consulting firm, he won contracts for developing an Emergency Operations Plan for the National Science Foundation's Antarctic outpost at McMurdo Station, writing the Alaska Catastrophic Response Plan for FEMA Region X, creating the first Regional Tribal Response Plan for FEMA, and updating emergency operations plans for dozens of Alaska's borough's and communities.
Mr. Sutton retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2005 after 25 years of service with over 2,400 hours in the F-4E and RC-135 aircraft.
Mr. Sutton holds a Bachelors of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M University graduating in 1978, and completed post-graduate work in Leadership, Management, and Cultural Diversity. Mr. Sutton is a Distinguished Graduate of Squadron Officer's School, completed Air Command and Staff College, and is a graduate of Armed Forces Staff College.
Mike is an avid outdoorsman and can be found on most weekends with his wife Alisha on one of Alaska's many hiking trails or on their boat out in Prince William Sound. They have 3 grown children and live in Anchorage, Alaska.
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