Homeowners with fire property damage transition to a new normal

Published: Aug. 30, 2019 at 1:50 PM AKDT
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Homeowners impacted by the McKinley Fire are facing a difficult question: How to transition into a new normal after their homes were destroyed?

Overnight shelters have officially closed down, but Red Cross Disaster Relief workers are still connecting families to options. While many have found long-term housing, others are still searching for options.

Red Cross will continue providing recovery services and casework to connect people to housing options through this Saturday, at the Upper Susitna Senior Center in Talkeetna from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the Menard Center in Wasilla from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

From Sunday through Tuesday, recovery caseworkers will be available by appointment from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at both shelters. The number to call to set up an appointment is 907-764-2407.

Red Cross will also continue distributing emergency supplies like water, masks, and blankets through Saturday evening at the following times and places:

Upper Susitna Senior Center from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sheep Creek Lodge from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Curtis D Menard Memorial from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

For more information on available relief services, or to find out how to donate, visit

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