FEMA begins individual assessments of damaged homes

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Guam –  Having concluded its Public Damage Assessments at the Port Authority of Guam, Guam Power Authority facilities as well as at the Guam Memorial Hospital, FEMA began conducting its Individual Damage Assessments in the villages of Dededo and Yigo today.

Last week, Guam residents were urged to head to their respective mayor’s offices and fill out an individual damage assessment intake form. These forms were then delivered to Guam Homeland Security. Using these forms, which are also supplemented by intake forms from the American Red Cross, GHS and FEMA finally went out to visit resident homes.

These assessments are one of the few preliminary steps required in order for Guam to apply for a Presidential Emergency Declaration.

According to Peter Sessum, FEMA public information officer, Individual Damage Assessments are done in conjunction with Guam Homeland Security. The findings from this assessment are then compiled in order to assist Governor Calvo in making an informed decision to make a formal request with the president.

Earlier this week, Calvo wrote to the White House, informing President Trump that he plans to request for an Emergency Declaration.

While these assessments do not guarantee that residents will be compensated for their damages, it will assist the federal government in determining if Guam meets the threshold for an emergency declaration and the funds that come with it.