FEMA to arrive before storm hits

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Guam – This weekend is a mere calm before the storm with a tropical disturbance making its way to the Marianas, on it’s westward track. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) will be at Guam’s Emergency Operations Center, by Sunday, before the storm hits.

According to the National Weather Service, the incoming disturbance may be classified as either a category 3 or a category 4 storm; The former meaning sustained winds of 111 to 129 mph with gusts as high as 164 mph whereas the latter would mean winds of 130 to 156 mph with gusts as high as 198 mph. As of this morning, the tropical disturbance is located 1510 miles East of Saipan, 1540 miles ESE of Pagan, 1540 miles E of Rota and 1570 miles E of Guam, with it’s center currently near 12 degrees north latitude and 168 degrees E longitude.

Heavy rainfall, intense wind speeds and hazardous marine conditions should be anticipated and residents of the Marianas have been advised to take this weekend to prepare. Fuel up, ensure you food rations, first aid and storm kits are well stocked, board up your homes and secure all outdoor items.

FEMA has also coordinated with the Office of the Governor, various GovGuam agencies, as well as military and federal government personnel in preparation for the storm. In addition, Guam Homeland Security and Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) are currently working on a contingency plan with Guam’s Department of Education and various Mayor’s Offices to ensure that shelters will be open prior to the anticipated date of impact, by Monday evening or Tuesday morning.