ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 196
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
May 24, 2002
I, Tony Knowles, Governor of the State of Alaska, make the
1. On December 20, 2001, fire destroyed the community center
building in Sleetmute, Alaska. The building housed the community
medical and dental clinics, the village public safety officer
(VPSO) office and jail facilities, the washeteria, the Sleetmute
Traditional Council office, and equipment for the Alaska Rural
Communications Service television station. The village's JD-966
wheeled loader, which was parked next to the community building,
was heavily damaged and needs replacement.
2. The Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs, Division
of Emergency Services (DES), performed a threat assessment and
resolution determination. This assessment found that replacement
of the destroyed facilities and equipment is essential for public
health and safety. The community medical and dental clinics are
essential for public health, and the VPSO office and jail are
necessary for public safety. The washeteria provides the only
public washing and shower facility in a community where over
70 percent of the households lack both water and sewer service.
The loader is the community's sole piece of heavy equipment available
for flood and wildfire control. The assessment found that if
the community facilities are not reconstructed and the loader
is not replaced, there will be a significant risk to public health
and safety, and to public and private property.
3. In its assessment, DES estimated the cost of replacing
the destroyed facilities and equipment at approximately $2.42
million. The assessment evaluated funding sources other than
the disaster relief fund (AS 26.23.300) and located nondisaster
relief fund funding for most of the recovery costs. The assessment
found that there is an unmet need of approximately $150,000 (including
project administrative fees) when all available funding sources
outside the disaster relief fund are considered.
4. Based on information from the threat assessment and resolution
determination by DES, I have determined that this incident poses
an imminent and continuing threat of sufficient severity and
magnitude to justify state action.
5. Under AS 26.23.020(h), I find it appropriate that money
from the disaster relief fund be expended to respond to the effects
of this incident by assisting in the replacement of the essential
facilities and equipment.
Under the authority of art. III, sec. 1, of the Alaska Constitution
and AS 26.23.020(h) and AS 26.23.300(b), I, Tony Knowles, Governor
of the State of Alaska, hereby order that:
Consistent with AS 26.23.010 - AS 26.23.220 (Alaska Disaster
Act) and AS 26.23.300(b), expenditures be made from the disaster
relief fund to supplement funds from other available sources
for the replacement of the community center, including the community
medical and dental clinics, the VPSO office and jail facilities,
and the washeteria and showers, and for an appropriate piece
of heavy equipment to replace the loader. The amount of these
expenditures is not to exceed $150,000, including project administrative
This Order takes effect immediately.
Dated at Juneau, Alaska, this 24th day of May 2002.