Floodplain Meeting Findings


Floodplain Meeting Findings

The meeting was held on August 31st, 2016 at 6pm AKDT. There were no participants that showed up to voice their concerns. We also gave out an email for people to send their comments and concerns to and we have received no messages concerning BFC’s plan to build in a floodplain. We did internally identify two potential impacts to building in the floodplain. These impacts are property loss and erosion. To combat these impacts we are taking the following actions. The building’s foundation will be built high enough to where the bottom of the finished floor will be above the 500-year flood level. The City of Bethel requires us to get a National Flood Insurance Program Elevation Certificate at the end of the project. To avoid erosion of the site we are leaving as much vegetation as we can along Main St and 4th Ave. The bare soil will be covered with grass and natural vegetation. The parking lot will be gravel because asphalt does not last long up here on the tundra/permafrost. The ditches and culverts will allow for the run-off to keep its normal pathway to the drainage basin. There will be silt fences installed on the edge of the property to ensure that the least amount of erosion takes place.

If there are any comments or concerns please feel free to contact us at 907-543-3773 and ask for Kyle or stop by the Bethel Family Clinic and talk to us in person.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Since January 1, 2016 there have been 477 domestic violence gun related fatalities. Together we can take a stand against domestic violence by going to http://ncadv.org/takeastand. By taking a stand we intend to remind the nation that there are still countless people–victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends and family, their communities–impacted by domestic violence. We, all of us, should not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard.

What is domestic violence? –

Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence can vary dramatically.

Domestic Violence in Alaska-

  • More than 3 out of every 4 American Indian and Alaska Native women are physically assaulted during their lifetimes.
  • Alaska has the highest homicide rate for female victims killed by a male perpetrator in the nation.
  • 59% of adult women in Alaska experience intimate partner or sexual violence in their lifetimes.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involved an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female.

Who can help- 

If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence and needs emergency help please call 911. For non emergency help here are a few provided numbers:

  • Bethel- The Tundra Women’s Coalition (TWC) Bethel (907) 543-3456
  • Anchorage- Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, Inc. (AWAIC) Anchorage (907) 272-0100
  • Nome- Bering Sea Women’s Group (BSWG) Nome (907) 443-5444
  • Dillingham- Safe& Fear-Free Environment (SAFE) Dillingham (907) 842-2316

On October 13 – October 14 from 9:00 A.M – 5:00 P.M at the Yupiit Piciryariat Cultural Center AVCP will be hosting a domestic violence/ sexual assault training. To register for the National Institute of Crime Prevention Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault training at Yupiit Piciryariat Cultural Center, contact the AVCP Tribal Justice Department at 907-543-7326. 

We would like to Thank Jennessy Andrew and family for allowing us to share her story. Quyana Caqneq!

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PFD Sale!

The Bethel Family Clinic would like to announce their PFD Sale! This whole month of October you could get a 20% discount off of any bill IF you pay the bill in full amount. Don’t miss out, it’s your time to save!


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Community Meeting

The Bethel Family Clinic received a Health Infrastructure Improvement Project Grant this last May 2016. We are proposing to build a new 4,500 square foot health clinic in a floodplain. The new building will be placed on a piling foundation with the bottom of the finished floor being above the Flood Line. The purpose of this announcement is to let the public know that we will be placing the building in a floodplain and we need to make the public aware of our intentions. We invite everyone to a Community Meeting at Bethel Family Clinic (631 Main St) on August 31st, 2016 at 6:00pm to voice your concerns about Bethel Family Clinic building in a flood plain. If you are unable to make it to the meeting and would like to voice your opinions feel free to contact us by email at kmcgrath@bethelclinic.org or lguinn@bethelclinic.org.

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