Story last updated at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

Flooding assistance available
The Kenai Peninsula has been declared a Federal Disaster Area, making it eligible for federal dollars.

Representatives from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have been in Homer since yesterday and are here from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Saturday at the council chambers, Homer City Hall.

There is a limited time of 60 days to file for those of you who suffered losses and costs during the October flood. (Please note: FEMA has as yet not included the Nov. 23 flood.)

I had the opportunity to visit with two of the FEMA Community Outreach personnel on Saturday. They urged everyone to please come visit the federal program representatives that will be here this week.

You will need to file by phone, by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362). And, you will need to provide a phone number, your Social Security number, mailing address, address of the damaged property, a brief description of damages and insurance information, if you have insurance.

As your application is processed, it is possible that you will be asked to fill out a Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application. I would like to stress the importance of filling out and returning that application. If you do receive an SBA loan application, it must be completed and returned to SBA or the application process stops and you will be ineligible for additional assistance.

There are many folks who are not in Homer during this time of year, who may have suffered losses during the October floods. It is my hope that neighbors will contact neighbors to advise them of this opportunity to file.

If you have any questions, please, please do not hesitate to contact the 1-800 number, or me at 235-6652.


Milli Martin, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly