JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — The Alaska State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) works closely with state, federal and private sector partners to coordinate the shipping and distributing thousands of pounds of humanitarian supplies to West Alaskan communities hardest hit by Typhoon Merbok.
A recent delivery, coordinated by SEOC, the American Red Cross of Alaska, and Alaska Voluntary Disaster Organizations, collected and shipped more than 14,000 pounds of food, water, and relief materials. construction at the central communities of Bethel and Nome. The 176th Wing of the Alaska Air National Guard transported relief supplies via HC-130J Combat King II and C-17A Globemaster III cargo planes yesterday and today.
Additional supplies have been donated by nonprofit, voluntary, faith-based, private sector, tribal and Indigenous organizations, all of which are working to support recovery efforts.
“As always, our volunteer organizations do an incredible job of meeting the immediate needs of disaster survivors. The American Red Cross of Alaska, Alaska Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters, Team Rubicon and many others have stepped up to provide essential assistance to those who need it most,” said Desiree Chambers, Care Supervisor of mass for the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. . “Many non-governmental organizations have been involved and we will need their support throughout the ongoing response and recovery effort.”
SEOC, a component of DHS&EM, will further coordinate distribution based on community requests and field assessments.
“Caring for people after a disaster is our top priority. Our volunteer and charitable partners are essential in our efforts to provide essential assistance to people in a timely manner,” said Bryan Fisher, director of DHS&EM.
how to help
The American Red Cross of Alaska provided shelter, clean-up kits, hygiene supplies, food and water, and weatherization materials to affected communities in western Alaska . Right now they are looking for cash donations at www.redcross.org/Alaska.
The Alaska Voluntary Organization Active in Disasters (AKVOAD) provided water and food, clean-up kits and hygiene supplies. AKVOAD member Lutheran Social Services is accepting financial donations for the AKVOAD Typhoon Merbok response and recovery effort at www.lssalaska.org.
Lutheran Social Services is also looking for shelf-stable foods such as preserves, pilot bread, rice and pasta. Lutheran Social Services is also looking for diapers, formula, baby wipes, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, plastic clothing and other paper products. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1303 W 33rd Ave, Anchorage. Clothing and frozen foods are not required at this time.
For those who need it
Individual and public assistance requests for FEMA and the state have been opened and are available by phone and online to individuals and businesses in the affected area. Survivors in the declared disaster area in need should apply to state and federal programs to maximize potential assistance.
For state assistance, call 1-844-445-7137 or visit ready.alaska.gov/storm.
For federal assistance through FEMA, call 800-621-3362 or Disasterassistance.gov.