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Assistance to Environmentally Threatened Communities

DCRA staff provides assistance to environmentally threatened communities in partnership with the Denali Commission Village Infrastructure Protection Program, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Center for Environmentally Threatened Communities and a number of other state and federal agencies and organizations. Currently, the focus is on the 26 communities* who were ranked highest for flood, erosion, permafrost degradation and combined threats in a 2019 Statewide Threat Assessment. DCRA staff assists these communities with local planning as well as providing access to the broad range of local government resources DCRA has to offer.

Map of Environmentally Threatened Communities
Click to open interactive map of Environmentally Threatened Communities

The Communities

For information on community history, culture, economy, governance, critical infrastructure, natural hazard threats and current/proposed efforts to address each the natural hazards impacting each community, please explore the drop-down menu below.

Akiak Alakanuk Allakaket Bethel Chefornak Circle Deering Diomede Eagle Emmonak Fort Yukon Galena Golovin Hughes Huslia Kivalina Kotlik McGrath Napakiak Napaskiak Newtok St. Michael Savoonga Shaktoolik Shishmaref Tuluksak Unalakleet DCRA's Community Resilience Programs

*The village of Diomede was included by DCRA as a 27th community because the village's access, viability and food security are being threatened due to a reduction in sea ice, a hazard that was not considered in the Statewide Threat Assessment

For more information contact:

Sally Russell Cox

Division of Community and Regional Affairs
Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development
550 West 7th Avenue, Suite 1640, Anchorage, AK 99501-3569
Phone (907) 269-4588 Fax (907)269-4539
Email: sally.cox@alaska.gov