GDOE opening typhoon shelters 8 a.m. May 23

The exterior of Astumbo Elementary School in Dededo. PNC file photo

With Typhoon Mawar approaching, the Guam Department of Education will be opening nine shelters at its school campuses across the island, according to Judith Won Pat, the acting superintendent of GDOE.

Those shelters are: 

Northern Typhoon Shelters

  • Astumbo Elementary School
  • Maria Ulloa Elementary School
  • Machanaonao Elementary School
  • Upi Elementary School
  • Wettengel Elementary School

Central Typhoon Shelters

  • Carbullido Elementary School
  • George Washington High School

Southern Typhoon Shelters

  • Merizo Martyrs Memorial School
  • Talofofo Elementary School

These shelters are scheduled to open 8 a.m. on May 23, she said.

Meanwhile, the Joint Information Center shared the rules and what families need to bring the shelter.

What you should take to the shelter: 

  1. 7-day supply of food and water for all members of your family

  2. Bedding

  3. Personal hygiene products

  4. Medication

  5. 7-day of supply for infants and toddlers, including diapers and formula

  6. Valid Photo ID

  7. Important documents including birth certificates, passports and medical immunization cards

The shelter rules are:

  1. Be respectful to fellow residents and staff. No foul language, abusive behavior, stealing or destruction of property will be accepted or tolerated

  2. Busing to/from shelters is available at the Mayors’ Offices

  3. Bring a 7-day supply of food, water & prescriptions; infants & toddlers should have a 7- day supply of disposable diapers, baby formula & baby food

  4. Bring bedding, toiletries, toilet tissue, and personal hygiene products

  5. Must complete registration. Bring a form of valid I.D.

  6. Must report Tuberculosis or flu-like symptoms

  7. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and weapons are not allowed in the shelter or on the shelter grounds. Persons caught in possession will be asked to leave the shelter and in some cases turned over to law enforcement personnel. Persons determined to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be admitted, or readmitted to the shelter.

  8. Public Law 21-139 dictates that there is no smoking on school premises. Smoking is not allowed in the shelter. Smoking is permitted outside the campus in designated smoking areas only. Please dispose of cigarette butts properly.

  9. Quiet hours will be announced and enforced in the sleeping areas. However, sleeping areas should be kept quiet at all times.

  10. If you bring vital documents (i.e. Birth records, passports, etc.), secure them or keep them on you at all times. The Shelter is not responsible for these items if stolen.

  11. Parents must maintain responsibility and supervision for their children. Children must never be left unattended.

  12. No cooking or gas stoves

  13. For your safety DO NOT LEAVE THE SHELTER before COR 4 has been declared

  14. Only service animals are allowed at this time.

  15. Pets cannot be sheltered at this time. For those seeking shelter for their pets, make plans for them now to stay with a loved one, friend or family member as pets will not be allowed in the emergency shelters.

Morevoer, GDOE is preparing for Typhoon Mawar, Won Pat added.

“Our guys are going out to all of these schools that we are opening as shelters to make sure that the generators are operable, they have gas and can operate, to make sure to the water tanks are filled and put the shutters,” said Won Pat during an interview with the Pacific News Center.

Judith Won Pat, the acting superintendent of Guam Department of Education, talks with the Pacific News Center on May 6 at GDOE headquarters in Tiyan, Barrigada. Photo by PNC’s Isaiah Aguon


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Isaiah Aguon, also known as Izzy, is news director for the Pacific News Center. He returned to PNC in April 2023, after leaving Sorensen Media Group about two years ago in April 2021. As news director, his duties include anchoring PNC's radio and television stations, producing news, and managing and editing PNC's digital and social media platforms. Aguon, 21, formerly worked at KUAM News as a television news anchor, show host, and multimedia journalist for more than a year. He previously worked for The Guam Daily Post, Marianas Business Journal, and Guam Business Magazine.