Washington D.C. – President Obama has declared a disaster exists on Guam, in the wake of Tropical Storm Halong in late July.
The White House issued a statement that the President ordered federal aid to supplement Territorial and local recovery efforts, in the area affected by the storm.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures on Guam.
FEMA Administrator W. Craig Gugate named Kenneth Suiso as the Federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA says added designations may be made later, if GovGuam requests them and further damage assessments show they’re warranted.
READ the White House Disaster Declaration below:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2014
President Obama Signs Guam Disaster Declaration
On September 10, the President declared a major disaster exists in the Territory of Guam and ordered federal aid to supplement territory and local recovery efforts in the area affected by Tropical Storm Halong during the period of July 28-31, 2014.
Federal funding is available to the territory and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Halong.
Federal funding is also available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures for the Territory of Guam.
W. Craig Fugate, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Kenneth K. Suiso as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal recovery operations in the affected area.
FEMA said additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the state and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION MEDIA SHOULD CONTACT: FEMA NEWS DESK AT (202) 646-3272 OR FEMA-NEWS-DESK@DHS.GOV
READ the FEMA Fact Sheet on the Disaster Declaration below:
Federal Aid Programs for the Territory of Guam Declaration
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Obama’s disaster declaration issued for the Territory of Guam.
Assistance for the Territory and Affected Local Governments Can Include as Required:
- Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures taken to save lives and protect property and public health. Emergency protective measures assistance is available to territory and eligible local governments on a cost-sharing basis. (Source: FEMA funded, territory administered.)
- Payment of not less than 75 percent of the eligible costs for repairing or replacing damaged public facilities, such as roads, bridges, utilities, buildings, schools, recreational areas and similar publicly owned property, as well as certain private non-profit organizations engaged in community service activities. (Source: FEMA funded, territory administered.)
- Payment of not more than 75 percent of the approved costs for hazard mitigation projects undertaken by territory and local governments to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural or technological disasters. (Source: FEMA funded, territory administered.)
How to Apply for Assistance:
- Application procedures for territory and local governments will be explained at a series of federal/territory applicant briefings with locations to be announced in the affected area by recovery officials. Approved public repair projects are paid through the territory from funding provided by FEMA and other participating federal agencies.
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