The Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) issued a Local Disaster Declaration Monday afternoon, March 16, 2020 as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The administration requested the assembly to extend the disaster period 90 days by way of a laydown resolution at the March 17, 2020 regularly assembly meeting.
The disaster declaration activates the borough’s emergency response plan and requests disaster assistance from the State of Alaska by making available resources as needed for the ongoing response and recovery from the current and potential impacts. The declaration also allows the State to provide technical expertise and guidance to help the borough in its response and recovery from this event. Residents may also be eligible to apply for individual assistance for affected businesses and individuals when these programs are available.
The declaration has been forwarded to the Alaska Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management, which has been sent to Governor Mike Dunleavy. Upon his approval, State resources can assistance borough and impacted communities in need. The declaration may also position the State to seek federal assistance when the scope of the event exceeds the State's resources.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Local Emergency Declaration and legislation can be viewed at https://kpb.legistar.com/
The borough has limited or restricted public access to many borough facilities, postponed service area meetings and working group meetings. Residents are asked to call or email the borough departments to conduct business. The administration is making every effort to ensure employees’ safety while maintaining government services. You can view the full announcement and contact information by department or service area at www.kpb.us
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Media contact: Brenda Ahlberg, Public Information Officer 907-231-6505