KTVA Feature Story Highlights McKinley Fire Efforts

Crews from Mennonite Disaster Services, and the McKinley Fire Longterm Recovery Group (convened and coordinated by UWMS) are still hard at work assisting survivors of the McKinley Fire in rebuilding. Work crews will remain in Alaska through the summer and into fall to ensure that homes are completed.

The MFLTRG Donations Warehouse is accepting items to help complete homes. At this time, building materials are most needed. A current list of needs includes:

  1. Pre-hung exterior doors for 6 inch walls
  2. Windows, various sizes (for 6-inch walls)
  3. 2 inch by 12 inch lumber for floor joists
  4. 2 inch by 6 inch lumber, minimum 8 feet and up in length
  5. 1 inch by 4 inch lumber, minimum 8 feet and up in length
  6. Plywood OSB  (minimum ½ inch)
  7. T & G sheeting, ¾ inch for flooring and roof
  8. T-111 siding
  9. Ice and water shield rolls
  10. R19 insulation
  11. R30 insulation
  12. Pre-hung interior doors
  13. Electrical wire 12-2 w/ ground
  14. Electrical receptacle boxes,  single and double sizes

Call 203-1890 with questions or to inquire whether your items are needed.


A New Home for McKinley Fire Survivors

This week, a McKinley Fire family received the gift of a new home for several of its members.

The 14’x 50′ Atco trailer had been retrofitted as living quarters by MEA, and was donated by them to benefit a family in need of a new home.
Additionally, MEA included a three-stall bathhouse that is ready to be hooked up to hot water.
Our amazing friends at Towz R Us and Scrap Alaska Pilot Car Services made a “night move”, towing and piloting the structures into the fire area and right up to the family’s property.

We are so grateful for the support of our community as we continue to work toward full disaster recovery in the Upper Susitna area! Our Valley businesses are doing big jobs with BIG heart.

Thank you!

For more information on how you can support ongoing McKinley Fire recovery efforts, visit mckinleyfireltrg.info

Alaska’s 2-1-1 Call Center Needs Volunteers!

Alaska’s 211 Call Center is requesting volunteer support for answering the phone lines for the next 2 to 3 weeks.  The work could be done remotely and only during regular call center hours (7am-8pm). Volunteer schedules can be split into two shifts.

Volunteers will be registered through Alaska Respond, a volunteer registry that serves as Alaska’s Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (ESARVHP).  Volunteers will be scheduled and supervised by representatives from Alaska Respond and will not be working under the purview of the United Way of Anchorage, the agency that operates Alaska 2-1-1.

Volunteers will only be answering calls related to COVID-19 related topics.  Requests for other social services resources will not be routed to Alaska Respond volunteers.

Please call Wendy Allen at 907 764-4306 for more information.

Help McKinley Fire Survivors Rebuild This Summer!

Volunteers Needed!

The McKinley Fire Long Term Recovery Group anticipates a busy summer of assisting McKinley Fire survivors in rebuilding their homes. The LTRG invites community members to volunteer for a number of tasks that will help survivors return to their pre-disaster living conditions, such as:

  • preparing properties for building to begin
  • basic framing, carpentry and home construction
  • landscaping and yardwork
  • staffing our donations warehouse
  • flooring installation
  • helping families move appliances and furniture into new homes

With your help, we can restore the Upper Su area and provide fire survivors with safe, welcoming housing. Volunteers will be needed throughout the summer and into fall.

Volunteers will need the ability to travel into the Upper Su area, and must agree to adhere to all applicable COVID-related mandates and safe distancing, PPE, and sanitation protocols. Volunteers must provide own transportation and be ready to work outdoors.

If you are interested in making a difference for a McKinley fire survivor, register as a volunteer at unitedwaymatsu.org/volunteer

Questions? Please call (907)745-5824 or email admin@unitedwaymatsu.org

Business Spotlight: Towz R Us

Towz R Us is ready and willing to help no matter when we call! During the 2019 McKinley Fire, Towz began assisting fire survivors and the community immediately, deploying drivers to run supplies to Willow and Talkeetna and accepting community donations in their shop.
The donations program grew to include UWMS, with Towz R Us locating usable space at the Ritchie Bros. Auction lot in Meadow Lakes. For many weeks, the Towz crew continued to assist with donations pickup and storage, delivering supplies into the affected area, and always on call to help us with any other needs.
In recent months we have called on Towz as our authority on any task from trucking an ATCO trailer to Talkeetna to assisting with delivering food boxes to local seniors. The Towz crew is always ready and willing to help in any way they can.
Thank you, Towz R Us, for your dedication to our community! We appreciate you.

Mat-Su Valley COVID Testing Sites

Here is a current list of Mat-Su Valley COVID-19 Test Sites

The symptoms of COVID-19 vary widely from minor cold like symptoms to more serious symptoms like shortness of breath, fevers and trouble breathing.  If you are newly ill with respiratory symptoms, you should be screened.  Some people present with gastrointestinal symptoms as well such as diarrhea or fatigue and muscle aches.  These individuals may be tested as well. Each clinic offering COVID testing has their own protocols for patient screening and testing. Some protocols include, patient registration, screening, or an exam by a medical professional prior to testing. Protocols may vary between clinics and locations. 

Mat-Su Regional Urgent Care
Daily 9am – 7pm
950 E Bogard Rd, Ste 103, Wasilla
(907) 352-2880

Mat-Su Regional Medical Center

2500 S Woodworth Lp, Palmer

(907) 861-6000

Mat-Su Health Services
M-F, 7:30am-4:30pm

1363 W Spruce Ave, Wasilla

(907) 376-2411

Mat-Su Health Services – Big Lake
M-F, 9am-4:30pm

3261 Big Lake Road, Big Lake

(907) 376-2411

Benteh Nuutah Valley Native Primary Care

1001 S Knik Goose Bay Rd., Wasilla

(907) 631-7600

Ceyiits’ Hwnax Life House Community Health Center
M-F, 8am-5pm

11495 N Callison St., Sutton

(907) 631-7665

Sunshine Community Health Center
M-F, 9am-5pm

24091 Long Lake Rd, Willow

(907) 495-4100

Urgent Care at Lake Lucille                 

M-F, 8am-6 pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

185 E Parks Hwy, Wasilla | (907) 373-4200

Capstone Clinic
M-F, 8am – 8pm

3122 E Meridian Park Lp, Wasilla

(907) 864-4642

Capstone Clinic Palmer Mobile Testing Site
M-F, 8am-6 pm, Sat-Sun 10am-6pm
12039 E. Maple Springs Way Suite A,  Palmer
(907) 864-4642

Capstone Clinic provides COVID-19 testing options. Testing turnaround time for COVID-19 samples is generally between 2 and 3 days.

The ability to pay for testing/treatment is not a prerequisite or requirement to be tested for COVID-19.
Patients are asked to call the Capstone Clinic triage line at 907-864-4642 to be directed to either the Wasilla or Palmer respiratory treatment mobile center testing site.