Trump OKs additional Yutu relief aid for CNMI

Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Ralph Deleon Guerrero Torres

President Donald J. Trump has approved the CNMI’s request for additional disaster assistance funding for relief and recovery assistance for the CNMI as a result of the impacts of Super Typhoon Yutu.

Gov. Ralph Torres said additional assistance includes a higher federal cost share for public assistance, hazard mitigation, and the other needs assistance at 90 percent and funds for debris removal and emergency protective measures at 100 percent for 180 days from the start of the incident.

Torres met with FEMA deputy administrator Peter T. Gaynor while in Washington, D.C. last week for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, Section 902 Consultations, and committee hearings with the US Senate and House of Representatives.

“I want to thank our President, the White House, FEMA, our federal partners, the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and our first responders at the Joint Field Office who helped us with this request as we continue to manage this recovery,” Torres said.

“Our islands took a major hit economically and financially, so this additional federal assistance will go a long way in building a more resilient community and a stronger foundation as we rebuild our economy and infrastructure.”

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.