Disaster preparedness and climate workshop held

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One of the speakers was meteorologist Charles “Chip” Guard, who talked about some of the improvements in the island’s disaster preparedness.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has declared June as Typhoon Preparedness month and stakeholders are now gearing up Guam’s operations to better prepare the island for natural disasters.

To kick off their initiatives, the National Weather Service hosted the Annual Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop yesterday at Dusit Thani Guam Resort.

One of the speakers was meteorologist Charles “Chip” Guard, who talked about some of the improvements in the island’s disaster preparedness.

“Last year’s training didn’t include Super Typhoon Yutu. So after Yutu we went up and did a wind assessment and a damage assessment in Saipan and Tinian and so we have the information on that that we brought back. Based on that, I put together a new model that talks about how the wind causes damage to different structures so that will be an addition and we always get new graphics and animations that beef up the types of presentations that we have,” Guard said.

This annual training leads up to the Typhoon Pakyo workshop which will take place on June 12, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.

“So the Typhoon Pakyo workshop that’s coming up on Wednesday is really transferring all of the different stakeholders to recognize the FEMA lifelines which are those critical components to make sure that we have continuity of operations for GovGuam’s critical infrastructure and those entities that provide life and safety to the island.” Guard said.

He added that since typhoon season is upon us, the community is encouraged to use this time to start talking with friends and family about putting a disaster plan in place.

For more information on disaster preparedness initiatives, visit ghs.guam.gov.

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