Bordallo: Disaster Declaration Follows Request Made by Governor Calvo


Guam – Guam Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo has announced this morning that FEMA has issued a Disaster Declaration for Guam saying in a statement that the declaration follows a request made by Governor Calvo for relief to help defray the costs to GovGuam for the response and recovery efforts following Tropical Storm Halong.

READ the announcement from Congresswoman Boradllo below:

News from Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo
Federal Disaster Declaration Issued for Tropical Storm Halong Recovery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 11, 2014 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that President Obama has issued a Federal Disaster Declaration for Guam to assist with recovery efforts from tropical storm Halong. The Disaster Declaration follows a request from Governor Eddie Calvo to help defray costs to the Government of Guam for response efforts to tropical storm Halong.

The disaster declaration helps to release federal funds for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Public Assistance will be used for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. Hazard Mitigation will be used for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.

“I applaud President Obama for issuing a Federal Disaster Declaration for Guam,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “This declaration will free up federal funds to assist GovGuam with recovery efforts following tropical storm Halong. Guam was fortunate to have been spared any major devastation. This disaster declaration demonstrates the Obama Administration’s concern for the people of Guam’s needs in addressing the aftermath of tropical storm Halong.”  

For more information on Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation, see the attached FEMA fact sheets.  

READ the FEMA Work Sheet on Disaster Declaration below: 


Federal Aid Programs for the Territory of Guam Declaration

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Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s disaster declaration issued for the Territory of Guam.

Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:

  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health.  Emergency protective measures assistance is available to territory and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis. (Source: FEMA funded, territory administered.)
  • Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, territory administered.)
  • Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by territory and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters.  (Source: FEMA funded, territory administered.)

How to Apply for Assistance:

  • Application procedures for territory and local governments will be explained at a series of federal/territory applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the territory from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.

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