Following is Governor Palin’s press release in its entirety pertaining to her survey of flood-damaged Tanana:
Governor Sarah Palin on Saturday traveled to flood-damaged Tanana. The governor walked house to house before meeting with residents collectively at the community hall (Tanana, 2009, Â¶1).
Governor Palin discussed recovery options and expressed thanks to the many local, state, non-profit and tribal entities that have responded to the life and safety needs of Alaskans during this year’s severe spring break-up flooding (Tanana, 2009, Â¶2).
The village’s children are displaced in Fairbanks while work continues to replace structures damaged by the flood waters. Displaced families are staying in various structures throughout the towns as their homes are being gutted and cleaned (Tanana, 2009, Â¶3).
“Everyone in this community has pulled together and pitched in to rebuild,” Governor Palin said. “I appreciate the positive attitudes and the can-do spirit of these resilient folks” (Tanana, 2009, Â¶4)
Governor Palin declared a disaster for the flooding event in the Interior of Alaska, including the drainages of the Yukon, Kuskokwim and Kobuk rivers. The disaster declaration allows greater coordination among state agencies and provides easier access to state disaster relief funds. The declaration also paves the way for receipt of federal funds from a possible federal disaster declaration (Tanana, 2009, Â¶5).
As noted in prior commentaries on the Governor’s site surveys, this is an invaluable tool that helps her precisely allocate money and resources where they’re needed. Governor Palin is a hands-on executive, a most welcome rarity in today’s world. This hands-on style ensures that Governor Palin has complete operational knowledge of that which she manages, administers, and executes.
Governor Palin visits Tanana. (2009, May 18). State of Alaska, Governor. Retrieved May 19, 2009 from: http://www.gov.state.ak.us/news.php?id=1849