Press Release: Alaska Fall Storm Update

Alaska Fall Storm Update

ALASKA, Sunday, September 23, 2012 — The Menard Sports Complex and the Palmer Fairgrounds have closed to sheltering. Red Cross of Alaska made the decision after damage assessment was started and it was determined that sheltering was no longer needed.

The Seward Emergency Operating Center is operating and American Red Cross of Alaska is monitoring the situation. If the need for sheltering arises, Red Cross volunteers are ready to assist.

Tanana Valley Red Cross volunteers are preparing to deploy to Southcentral Alaska on Monday to help in relief efforts. Member of the Disaster Action Team in Fairbanks are monitoring the flood watches issued for Nenana and are ready to assist if the need becomes apparent.

If your home has been affected by the recent storms and you need immediate assistance, please call 907-646-5401 or 1-888-345-4376.

Red Cross of Alaska is urging all Alaskans to practice personal preparedness and use this opportunity to update emergency kits and family emergency plans. For information and tips, visit

Red Cross of Alaska Media Contacts:
Katie Bender 907-250-7314
Laura Spano 832-407-0144

Shelters Still Operating

Willow Community Center Shelter
The Willow shelter opened around 8pm Wednesday evening in response to evacuations and flooding. Anyone who has been evacuated or has been affected by the ongoing rainfall should call the shelter at 907-232-2698, or go to the shelter located at the Willow Community Center (WACO).

Upper Susitna Senior Center
Volunteers opened the Upper Susitna Senior Center around 11pm Wednesday night after Yoder Road was evacuated near Talkeetna. Anyone evacuating from the Talkeetna area and those who have been affected by flooding can call the shelter at 907-733-6200 or go to the shelter location.

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