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Here’s how you can help those still affected by the earthquake

  • Author: Madeline McGee
  • Updated: December 2, 2018
  • Published November 30, 2018

In the aftermath of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that damaged roads and buildings throughout Southcentral Alaska, organizations across the region are asking for help tending to those who were most affected.

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Red Cross

The American Red Cross is managing emergency shelters for those displaced by the earthquake at the Egan Center in Anchorage and the Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla. The organization said in a statement Friday that financial donations are “the quickest and best way to get help to the people who need it most.” The Red Cross is taking donations and volunteer applications at

Salvation Army

In the Mat-Su, the Salvation Army is providing food for people sheltering at the Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla. To give a financial donation, visit the organization’s website here.

Bean’s Cafe

The Bean’s Cafe soup kitchen near downtown is asking for donations of paper plates, disposable cups and flatware in the event the building’s power remains out. The kitchen said on Facebook it could also use battery-operated lanterns and charcoal, as well as sandwiches, coffee and toilet paper are also needed. Donations can be dropped off at 1101 E. Third Ave. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. The organization is also accepting financial donations online through its Facebook page.

Anchorage Animal & Care Control

Anchorage Animal Care & Control advises anyone who finds a loose pet that has been scared off by the earthquake to bring it to the agency’s night drop kennel in the back of the building at 4711 Elmore Road. If the kennels are full, the agency asks that those who find pets keep the animals with them, if safety and accommodations allow, until the shelter re-opens the next day.

KEUL Glacier City Radio

The Girdwood radio station KEUL 88.9 is asking for help cleaning its station in the aftermath of the earthquake. The Girdwood Fire Department said in a Facebook post that all 52,000 of the radio station’s CDs are on the ground in need of re-alphabetization. To help, call KEUL at 907-754-2489.

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