Dunleavy issues disaster declaration for Interior Alaska and Mat-Su storms

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy discusses his budget proposal at a news conference on Dec. 15, 2021. (Wesley Early/Alaska Public Media)

Gov. Mike Dunleavy declared a disaster emergency on Monday for some areas in Alaska affected by severe winter storms.

Dunleavy’s declaration covers the Copper River and Delta/Greely areas, as well as the Fairbanks North Star, Denali and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs.

Extreme winds and cold temperatures have affected the areas. At one point over the weekend, 20,000 households in Mat-Su lost power. 

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Dunleavy says now is the time to check in with neighbors and stay off the roads if possible. 

The declaration activates a program that provides assistance to individuals or families to meet disaster-related necessary expenses and serious needs. 

The Mat-Su Borough and American Red Cross established shelters at the Menard Sports Center in Wasilla and Palmer Junior Middle School. 

A contingent of National Guard soldiers and airmen are activated in Fairbanks to assist the borough with any transportation needs.

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Andrew Kitchenman is the state government and politics reporter for Alaska Public Media and KTOO in Juneau. Reach him at akitchenman@alaskapublic.org.

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