Reminders: The deadline to register for FEMA assistance is Monday August 10, 2009, 7 pm local time. FEMA representatives in Eagle are available to assist with this. The registration for FEMA assistance can also be done by calling 1-800-621-3362 or online at www.disasterassistance.gov
Small Business Administration (SBA) low interest loans are available to homeowners, renters and businesses. That would include the owners of rental properties who want to rebuild. The SBA deadline is also August 10. The contact number for SBA is: 1-800-488-5323.
Eagle Needs Donations of Building Materials to Help The Community Help Themselves-Please Consider Giving.
The leaves are turning on the trees and the temperatures are already dipping near freezing. The building and demolition/salvage work continues at a rapid pace. Residents are not going to get caught admiring the handiwork. There is still much work to do. They are a community and there are still families without homes for the winter.
Some residents who lost homes to the flood do not qualify for the FEMA Housing Assistance Program. They are trying to build out-of-pocket. Others are hard-pressed to balance the need to replace their homes, essential personal belongings, and tools against their own limited resources and assistance provided by state and Federal programs. The ERCT Team wants to help these folks out by securing donations of building materials. Please keep an eye on the Various Needs Lists if you are interested in being a part of this project. You can also contact Mr. Robert Paire, Volunteer Coordinator, 907.547-4002 firstname.lastname@example.org to let Eagle know of your interest.
Our house is going up at an alarming rate. We are so excited. It is so beautiful. We cannot give enough thanks to the folks of MDS, Samaritans’ Purse, and Eagle Rebuilding Construction Team along with all the other volunteers who have come in to rebuild our home and community. We would also like to thank those who have donated to this amazing project by sending supplies or cash donations. You are all beautiful people!
An Eagle Resident
August 4, Please see updates to Various Needs Lists. There is a critical need for volunteers skilled in all phases of building construction and demolition/salvage. There is a need to repair 5 oil-fired boilers in Eagle Village (more information will be provided as it is obtained).
Near record high temperatures (high 80’s) and long workdays are testing the limits of crews and equipment. Crews are managing with higher levels of safety awareness and plenty of water. Equipment is a different matter. The heat and continuous use is taking a toll on the generators used to power sanders and saws. Progress on the log cabins may be slowed down if two additional generators are not secured.
Samaritans Purse volunteers worked next to Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers to make quick work of the second two-story cabin. In another area a crew of Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers and Eagle residents are preparing logs. Running log wizards, sanding and planning are hot, dusty and labor intensive work. More Mennonite Disaster Service volunteers are finishing the gable ends on three houses. With one person expediting supplies to sites and quick on-site planning the workflow is steady and progressing at a rapid pace.
Volunteers still find time to enjoy the Alaskan summer. Workers are accompanying Eagle residents on runs to check fish wheels and feed sled dog teams in the early morning hours. The community treated those who could attend to dinner, and a special music program. [excerpted in part from daily report prepared by Mennonite Disaster Services volunteer leadership]
July 29, The new Mennonite Disaster Service crew hit the ground running early this week. By Tuesday the log walls for the home started just last week were complete and the beginnings of another two-story log home appeared. The crew continued preparing logs delivered last week. All are looking forward to the delivery of metal roofing material. We can report the first crew made it safely to their flight out of Eagle while proving you can never have enough tires or good Samaritan’s in Alaska. Some good Samaritan’s along the Taylor highway helped them replace two flat tires on their bus with a spare and one from the dual set on the other side of the bus. [excerpted in part from daily report prepared by Mennonite Disaster Services volunteer leadership]
July 28, Exciting rebuilding in Eagle! The community is literally buzzing with production in every corner. It is beautiful to see a master plan such as this come together as envisioned by the Eagle Rebuilding Construction Team (Andy Bassich). The rebuilding efforts in Eagle began in Eagle village with the Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS), Samaritan’s Purse and the Eagle Rebuilding Construction Team (ERCT). Currently, an astounding 10 homes are underway within the community and more to follow. The volunteers and ERCT are the major driving force for the push to completion. It is literally a race against the long, cold closely approaching winter. It is just amazing to see this in person; the rate of noticeable progression is uplifting to say the least.
July 27, The dust hasn’t settled in Eagle--sawdust, that is. As we pause to provide an update we bid farewell to eleven Mennonite Disaster Service (MDS) volunteer builders and welcome 14 fresh recruits. Lessons learned by the first crew will be passed on by three MDS volunteers that will be staying on, and by residents of Eagle who have been working side-by-side with the MDS volunteers. In two weeks time the exterior walls are nearing
completion on three homes, and roof trusses are beginning to take shape on one. The start of a fourth home and delivery of the logs for two additional homes coincided with the arrival of the new crew. We are well on our way towards meeting the goal of building thirteen log homes in Eagle by September 12. [excerpted in part from daily report prepared by Mennonite Disaster Services volunteer leadership]
July 6, Folks took a much needed break from the cleanup effort, and enjoyed a festive time relaxing and visiting with friends and family over the holiday. Also we want to send out a big Thank You! to the many volunteers and who have given so generously of their time and talents over the past two months. Rebuilding would not be possible with out your help.
July 2, Internet Service at Eagle Community school has been down since yesterday, and this is having a dramatic negative effect on communications. Our service provider does not expect the problem to be resolved until Monday due to the 4th of July Holiday.
July 1, Eagle residents are expecting a stream of volunteers to begin arriving next week, kicking rebuild efforts into high gear. Samaritan's Purse and Mennonite Disaster Services are teaming up to bring 15 volunteers per week into Eagle. Volunteers will be organized by three volunteer construction coordinators who will remain in Eagle all summer to provide continuity for the work teams.
June 26, Its been weeks since the ice flood. Old Eagle Village was finally cleared of ice by D.O.T. and residents were able to see the total destruction. The entire village was pushed farther down river and back into the brush. Fallen trees are a jumbled mess and in some areas the ice is still twelve or more feet high. So far fifteen crushed autos have been found as well as damaged/destroyed boats, fish racks and smoke houses.