Typhoon Merbok impacted over 50 communities in Western Alaska in September 2022. Soon afterwards, winter set in, and many communities are still unearthing the storm’s destruction as the snow and ice recede this spring. The long winter delayed disaster recovery efforts, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and State of Alaska are working together to support impacted areas. FEMA’s Interagency Recovery Coordination team represents a multitude of agencies and is collecting information on the unmet needs of communities as well as programs and resources that can provide assistance. This team will develop a Recovery Needs Assessment and look at strategies to support the long-term recovery of communities. If you live or work in the area impacted by Typhoon Merbok, come join this session to hear about recovery efforts and share information about the disaster impacts and needs in your community.
John Harrison, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Sarah Marquart, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Moderator: Grace Cochon, U.S. Department of the Interior