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.”