Today is the Deadline to File for Your PFD

The deadline to apply for your 2020 Permanent Fund Dividend is today. Normally the deadline is at the end of March, but the deadline was extended to the end of April due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Every year I hear from Alaskans who miss out on the PFD because they forgot to apply in time. In most cases nothing can be done if you miss the PFD deadline, so apply right now.

The easiest way to apply is online . If you are more comfortable with a printed application, remember they must be postmarked by today, April 30, to be considered timely. You can print a paper application by visiting the Permanent Fund Dividend Division website.

Alaskans who file for a PFD online that select the direct deposit payment method will get their 2020 PFD on October 1. Those that file with a paper application will be paid on October 22.

I know there is a lot going on right now and its easy to get distracted, but you will regret not applying for your PFD on time if you miss today's deadline. Go online right now to and apply. 

Please be safe,

Chris Tuck
The PFD Belongs to You - Apply Today
How is the COVID-19 Pandemic Impacting Your Family?

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is working to track the impacts of the coronavirus on children and families. Earlier this month, the department surveyed parents, and the results show concerns that our children's physical and mental health is suffering as a result of the pandemic.

Parents who completed the survey noted that spending time outdoors was one of the ways families were adapting to social distancing guidelines. That's a great idea. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, it's a great time to step away from the computer, cellphone, and television and go outside. Alaska has plenty of space for us all, but we must be smart and diligent to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.

I agree with Dr. Anne Zink that physical activity can relieve stress, and I think we can all admit we are living through a highly stressful time. Kids and young adults feel stress just like adults, so let's all go outside and get a little exercise. Just do it safely.

“Daily regular physical activity can make a big difference in how your child feels right now. Physical activity improves your mood and eases your stress. A simple walk can help you and your children feel less anxious and improve your sleep that night.” - Anne Zink, Alaska's Chief Medical Officer.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is conducting a second survey of Alaska families. To participate, text "health," to 907-269-0344.

Resources to Help

Help Me Grow Alaska has trained care coordinators available Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 1-833-HMG-ALASKA

Thread Alaska can connect you with an early childhood specialist. Call toll-free: 800-278-3723 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Alaska 2-1-1 can help you find assistance in your community. The service is free and always confidential. Email: Call 2-1-1 or 1-800-478-2221 from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
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