COR 4 declared; GovGuam operations resume at 1 PM

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Government agencies have begun conducting an island-wide Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) following the passage of Tropical Storm Kammuri south of Guam between November 26-27, 2019.

As of 11 a.m. this morning, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero returned the island back to its normal condition of readiness, COR 4.

COR 4 means damaging winds are no longer expected for the Marianas. The threat of tropical storm force conditions has ceased.

The worst conditions from Tropical Storm Kammuri occurred early Wednesday morning with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph with higher gusts.

“As we kick off the holiday season, we have something extra to be thankful for. Our island and our people are out of harm’s way now that Tropical Storm Kammuri has passed. We thank those who worked through the night to keep us safe, and we applaud our island community for taking the necessary precautions to secure their homes and families,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero.

Government of Guam

GovGuam will resume normal operations at 1 p.m. today.

Schools

Guam Department of Education (GDOE) classes, to include after school sports activities and the ASPIRE program, will remain closed for the day.

Additional information regarding make-up days will be issued at a later time. GDOE employees should report to work two hours after the declaration of COR 4.

Catholic schools, DoDEA, and charter schools will also remain closed today.

The Guam Community College is open and classes will resume at 12 noon today. GCC employees are asked to report to work at 11 a.m.

The University of Guam will resume classes at 2 p.m.

Hazardous Seas Remain

The community is advised to stay out of the water until hazardous conditions subside. 16 to 20-foot open ocean and 12-15 foot surf, along with 2-3 feet of inundation is possible.

Practice Caution on the Roads

The Department of Public Works has advised that Paderon St. in Kanada, Barrigada is impassable due to debris and wash-out.

Flooding

The outer northbound lane on Route 1 by Polaris Point is impassable due to flooding, limiting travel to the inner northbound lane. The Guam Police Department is advising the community to proceed with caution, allow for enough braking distance between vehicles, and be mindful of any emergency response personnel or equipment on the scene to safely assist with traffic control. Guam Memorial Hospital One expectant mother checked in to the Guam Memorial Hospital for the duration of the storm.

GPA

Guam Power The Guam Power Authority (GPA) worked throughout the storm and did not cease response operations unless it was unsafe.

For safety purposes, GPA advises the community to not remove anything leaning on active lines. Customers can report hazards that need to be addressed or a power outage by calling GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch Desk at (671) 475-1472/3/4, or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com.

GWA

Guam Waterworks Upper Tumon office will be open for normal business today at 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Julale and Fadian offices will be open upon COR4 announcement at 12:00 p.m.

Public Health

Aging Services Programs – The Case Management Services, In-Home Services, Transportation Services for hemodialysis and medical appointments, Home-Delivered Nutrition Services and National Family Caregiver Support Program services have resumed normal operations.

Additionally, resuming service includes the Division of Senior Citizens Administrative Office which includes the Bureau of Adult Protective Services, Bureau of Community Support (Medicare Assistance Program) and Bureau of Program Administration and Development.

For any inquiries regarding home-bound services, you may contact the respective contracted providers below:

Case Management Services 647-5355 / 588-5279

In-Home Services 647-5355 / 588-5273

Transportation Services 647-7382 / 647-7392

Home-Delivered Nutrition Services 475-8888 / 475-9999

National Family Caregiver Support Program 735-3277 / 588-5257

GRMC

Guam Regional Medical City GRMC will continue to conduct regular operations. Regular visiting hours will begin today at 9 a.m., as scheduled.

GRMC’s Emergency Department remains open. Patients will be contacted if there is any need to reschedule appointments for today, due to Tropical Storm Kammuri.

Senior and Adult Day Care Centers

All senior and adult daycare centers will remain closed today. Normal operations will resume on Friday.

Senior and Adult Day Care Center employees are advised to report at 1 p.m. today to make facility assessments.

Military Bases

The respective military bases remained in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 4 throughout the duration of the storm as changes in TCCOR are based on the onset of destructive winds of 54 mph or more as opposed to damaging winds of 39 mph or more. All military bases continue normal operations at this time.

AAFES Shoppette and Gas Express, located at the Guam National Guard’s Readiness Center, in Barrigada, is now open for service.

Shelters

Emergency Shelters Closed The three emergency shelters: Machananao Elementary School, B.P. Carbullido Elementary School, and Harry S. Truman Elementary School are now closed. A total of 173 people sought shelter at the emergency shelters for the duration of the storm. Multi-Agency Coordination The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Joint Information Center (JIC) were activated to provide multi-agency response and coordination between GovGuam, military, federal, private, and non-profit organizations before, during, and after Kammuri passage.

The EOC and JIC work toward deactivation at this time.

 

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