Post-typhoon damage assessments underway

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Pursuant to the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and other Government of Guam (GovGuam) support agencies have begun conducting an island-wide Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) following the passage of Super Typhoon Hagibis north of Saipan, which affected Guam between October 7-8, 2019.

Assisting GHS/OCD in this effort, particularly in the areas of Business Sector Disaster Debris Damage Assessment as well as Crop Loss Assessment, include the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP), Guam International Airport Authority, Department of Labor, Department of Chamorro Affairs, Port Authority of Guam, Guam Economic Development Agency, Department of Land Management, Department of Administration, and the Guam Visitors Bureau. The Department of Agriculture will also commence the Crop Loss Assessment.

In connection with this, and businesses and farms that suffered or incurred costs relative to emergency protective services or debris clean-up as a result of Super Typhoon Hagibis, are requested to submit respective PDAs.

Teams from GovGuam agencies, led by BSP and teams from DoAg will be conducting damage assessments by interviewing business owners/managers and farm owners, respectively through Friday, October 11, 2019. The teams conducting assessments will be wearing government-issued IDs. The results of the PDAs will equip GHS/OCD with information needed to make determinations on what assistance programs, if any, can be brought in to support farms and businesses. Business owners are requested to submit PDAs to BSP, by contacting (671) 472-4201/2/3 and farms that suffered crop loss are requested to contact DoAg at (671) 300-7969 or (671) 734-0281.

GHS/OCD have also requested all GovGuam Departments/Agencies and concerned Private Non-Profit Organizations to submit respective Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA) in reference to Super Typhoon Hagibis. Government of Guam organizations and PNP agencies that suffered any damages or incurred costs relative to emergency protective services or debris clean-up as a result of the typhoon are requested to submit respective PDAs to GHS/OCD no later than 5 p.m. Friday, October 11, with Yoni Towai at [email protected] and Maria Loralyn Romulo at [email protected]

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