Guam, FEMA Sign Plans for Unified Response to Catastrophic Event

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Guam – The Government of Guam and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today signed into operation catastrophic plans that will serve as a blueprint for responding to and recovering from a category four typhoon directly affecting  Guam.
Governor Felix P. Camacho and FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward officially signed the documents at the Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) Emergency Operations Center in a signing ceremony held earlier today.

“These documents shape the rules of engagement that will guide Federal and Territorial agencies in a unified response to a host of challenges,” said FEMA Region IX Administrator Nancy Ward.  “The completion of these documents is a testament to the strong partnerships and cooperative efforts of several local, federal and private sector entities.”

“Over the last year, Guam Homeland Security and the Office of Civil Defense together with FEMA Region IX and various  Government of Guam, private sector, military and federal partners  have worked together in an effort to better Guam’s response to various destructive events such as typhoons, floods, earthquakes, and other natural and man-made disasters,” said Governor Camacho.  “The catastrophic planning process has helped engage all stakeholders, both locally and nationally, in a way that will only improve upon how we respond to and recover from future events.”

In June 2010, FEMA Region IX and Guam’s senior leadership participated in Exercise “Typhoon Pakyo” to test the typhoon plan and applied lessons learned to finalize the plan.  This month, FEMA Region IX and the Government of Guam were able to test the plan’s execution in an exercise at the GHS/OCD Emergency Operations Center.