FEMA denies Guam home repair help after Typhoon Mangkhut

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Guam – Individual Assistance denied. That’s the word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Guam’s request for personal home repair aid in the wake of Typhoon Mangkhut.

A Joint Information Center news  release states that preliminary information and numbers submitted on Sept. 21 as part of the request for a major disaster declaration did not qualify Guam for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, and that the denial means federal grant  money will not be available to assist in hardening residents’ homes damaged by Mangkhut.

Nevertheless, Gov. Calvo has directed Guam Homeland Security, Office of Civil Defense to gather more data to help meet the threshold necessary to qualify the island for Individual Assistance.

Meantime, the JIC also reports the  availability of low-interest federal disaster loans to certain private nonprofits and GovGuam agencies providing critical services. An applicant briefing is set for ten o’clock this Thursday morning inside the Guam Homeland Security, Office of Civil Defense facility by the governor’s mansion in Agana  Heights.

The  briefing will lay  out available assistance for emergency protective measures and infrastructure repair. And it will spell out which facilities are eligible, as well as work, cost, and funding options, plus record-keeping and documentation requirements.