Press Release For Immediate Release
May 29, 2013
- Doreen Deaton, Communications Director (907) 452-8251 Ext. 3570
Fairbanks, Alaska — Tanana Chiefs Conference is coordinating with private, state, and government agencies to ensure that those impacted by the Galena flood have access to adequate housing, food, and other needed resources. The TCC Emergency Response team has been meeting each morning since the start of the Yukon River break-up to address the preparedness and response needs of the Yukon River communities.
“Tanana Chiefs Conference works on behalf of our tribes and is willing and able to respond as necessary,” said Health Director Victor Joseph, TCC’s on-call Incident Commander,” We are coordinating with tribal chiefs on the ground in their village with regards to their specific needs.”
As of Wednesday morning, May 29th, roughly 173 Galena residents had been relocated to Fairbanks, 52 to the village of Ruby, and 31 to Anchorage. TCC has been working alongside the American Red Cross to arrange housing and food transportation for evacuees in Fairbanks and Anchorage. The Stone Soup Kitchen in Fairbanks has donated use of their facilities to provide meals for Galena flood evacuees this week, and the Fairbanks Native Association has volunteered to assist with cooking meals.
TCC’s Behavioral Health Department has been available at the Willow House to provide counseling to the families affected by the flood, and TCC’s Headstart and Early Headstart Departments will be providing a list of activities for children and youth who have been evacuated to Fairbanks.
- Monetary donations can be made to the American Red Cross to assist with recovery efforts: http://www.redcross.org/ak/anchorage
- To volunteer with the relief efforts in Fairbanks, contact the Bureau of Indian Affairs at (907) 456-0222, and press any number 1-6 at the voice prompt.
Find a loved one
- To locate a loved one who has been evacuated contact TCC at 1-800-478-6822 ext.1865
- Available from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
- Or you can go to www.redcross.org/safeandwell
- Emergency Flood Assistance is available to all Native households that have been displaced because of significant flood damage to their home. Contact Joyce Robinson, Eligibility Specialist for more information at (907) 452-8251 ext. 3086 or 1-800-478-6682 (toll-free).
About Tanana Chiefs Conference: TCC is a non-profit organization that works toward meeting the health and social service challenges for more than 10,000 Alaska Natives spread across a region of 235,000 square miles in Interior Alaska.