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Workers whose income took a hit from the Southcentral Alaska earthquake could be eligible for help

  • Author: Annie Zak
  • Updated: February 18
  • Published February 18

People whose income was reduced by the Nov. 30 Southcentral Alaska earthquake might be able to get federal assistance.

Alaskans living or working in the Municipality of Anchorage, the Kenai Peninsula Borough or the Matanuska-Susitna Borough who were unable to work as a direct result of the earthquake may be eligible to receive disaster unemployment assistance, the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development said.

Individuals can apply if they have exhausted regular unemployment insurance benefits, if they became unemployed or unable to work as a direct result of the earthquake, or if they meet a number of other qualifications. You can read about those on the state labor department’s website.

The funds come through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. President Donald Trump issued a disaster declaration in January, about a month after Gov. Mike Dunleavy requested it in the aftermath of the 7.0 earthquake. Several other forms of aid have also been made available to Alaskans affected by the quake.

Applicants may be eligible for up to $370 per week for up to 35 weeks beginning the week of Dec. 2, 2018. People can apply by calling 888-252-2557 or 907-269-4700. Applications for the assistance have to be submitted by March 14.

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