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Coastal Areas of Alaska Declared a Disaster

Puerto Rico is receiving the majority of the news coverage.

How bad is it in Alaska following the coastal storms that impacted that state? Bad enough that the FEMA Region 10 administrator got on a plane to travel to that state versus coming to an emergency management conference.

Alaska did get significantly impacted by a coastal storm that had high winds and in some places an 8-foot storm surge, which is not insignificant.

Here is a brief summary of impacts: “Disaster declared in Alaska as intense storm sweeps homes off foundations.”

Because of the impacts of Hurricane Fiona on Puerto Rico, there will likely be little national news attention paid to what is going on in Alaska. Playing second fiddle in disasters is what happens when the news cycle can only handle one disaster at a time.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.