Federal government approves Guam’s disaster declaration for Typhoon Wutip

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Guam –The federal government has approved a request for assistance submitted by the Government of Guam after Typhoon Wutip struck the Marianas on Feb. 23, 2019.

President Donald J. Trump approved the disaster declaration and ordered federal assistance to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the typhoon.

According to a release from the Whitehouse, federal funding is available to the territory and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Typhoon Wutip.

The request for public assistance and the hazard mitigation grant program covers several categories:

i. Category A: Debris removal
ii. Category B: Emergency protective measures
iii. Category C: Road systems and bridges
iv. Category D: Water control facilities
v. Category E: Public buildings and contents
vi. Category F: Public utilities
vii. Category G: Parks and other recreational facilities

Governor Lourdes A. Leon Guerrero, who submitted the request, said  “Our critical infrastructure on island received extensive damage from Typhoon Wutip.” .

Leon Guerrero added, “The Presidential Declaration will provide federal aid to supplement local recovery efforts that began immediately after the typhoon’s passing.”

Lieutenant Governor Joshua Tenorio added: “While our Government agencies and mayors did our best and joined forces to minimize the damage, and while we are grateful that it was not a direct hit, our island was still significantly impacted. We appreciate this favorable decision from President Trump and look forward to working with our federal counterparts from FEMA to move forward with the recovery process.”

President Trump has appointed Tracy A. Haynes as the Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) for recovery operations on Guam.