PRESS RELEASE: CITY TO DECLARE DISASTER EMERGENCY

Residents are still being affected by the winter storm that hit our community last week. Tomorrow, Mayor John Eberhart will issue a Proclamation declaring a Disaster Emergency within the City of Fairbanks and request state and federal assistance for residents who may need that support. “At this point we know that there are residents who are still without power, but the extent of the damage to residences and businesses is still undetermined. We want those citizens who may need assistance to have access to any available programs,” stated Mayor Eberhart.

The Proclamation cannot be continued for longer than seven days without City Council consent. The Proclamation is being issued tomorrow so that the City Council can act on it at the next meeting on Monday, November 25th, 2013.

Assistant Chief Ernie Misewicz reports that the City of Fairbanks Fire Department responded to over 60 emergency calls within the first 8 hours of the storm. “The challenges the citizens are having is large trees that have fallen on homes and outbuildings, blocking roadways and knocking out power lines.” Fire and ambulance crews continue to work to ensure the safety of people.

Police call volumes were quite high as well, and Police Chief Laren Zager implemented additional officer coverage by holding over shifts and having additional shifts report to work early. “The good news is that the situation seemed well controlled… there was just a higher volume of the things we deal with normally, fender benders and bad weather related calls,” he said.

Further information received on obtaining the requested assistance from state and federal agencies will be posted on our website, Facebook, and twitter accounts:

www.fairbanksalaska.us, https://www.facebook.com/fairbanksalaska.us, @cityoffairbanks

Contact: Amber Courtney, PIO, 907.459.6793 or abcourtney@ci.fairbanks.ak.us

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