National PTA and Alaska PTA Supports Disaster Relief Funding for Families and Schools Impacted by Earthquake

A vehicle lies stranded on a collapsed roadway near the airport after an earthquake in Anchorage, Alaska, U.S. November 30, 2018

National PTA President Jim Accomando and Alaska PTA President Candy Jo Bracken issued the following statement regarding the Nov. 30 earthquake and ongoing aftershocks:

“National PTA and Alaska PTA our deeply concerned for all communities affected by the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Southcentral Alaska. Many families and schools have been impacted by this devastation and we empathize with those who are experiencing loss of property, safety, and routines. School officials discovered collapsed ceilings, dangling vents and water damage in some schools. Every school was affected in some way, with some schools sustaining major damage.”

“As the nation’s and state’s oldest and largest child advocacy association, it is our duty to support families and school communities as they rebuild and recover. We remain committed to doing everything we can to assist in the restoration of learning environments and emotional support for students and families.”

“National PTA offers resources to help families and educators have conversations with children to help them deal with the fear, confusion, sadness and anger they may feel after incidents like the earthquake in Alaska. These resources and other tips are available at PTA.org.”

“The Disaster Relief Fund was established by National PTA to help with disaster assistance and respond to tragedies that grievously disrupt a school or education system. We encourage PTAs and schools impacted by this massive earthquake to apply for support from the fund. We also urge everyone to donate to the fund to help support PTAs and schools deemed not safe because of the damage.”

“In addition to National PTA’s Disaster Relief Fund, several community and charitable organizations are assisting those in need. Alaska PTA encourages those who can to join or donate to the Alaska VIP unit  to help classrooms recover from their losses.   The Red Cross is managing emergency shelters for those displaced by the earthquake is accepting financial donations for those people in need. We also encourage our members to support the Salvation Army, who is providing food for people sheltering at various centers and other organizations. “

“PTA members work hard every day to give our children, families and school communities what they need to thrive. Following this type of tragedy, our mission becomes that much more important. We know we can count on our PTA members across the country to help meet the needs caused by the Southcentral Alaska earthquake.”