Two Guam Agencies Gets Separate Federal Grants Totaling Nearly $1.7M

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Guam – Two GovGuam agencies have received separate federal grants totaling $1.675,547.

The Guam Behavioral and Wellness Center[GBHWC] got a grant of  $1,426,801 from the U.S. Department of  Health. These funds are to be used to help pay for the “PEACE Partnerships for Success” program to help reduce underage drinking and smoking.

Another grant of $248,746 was given to the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense [GHS/OCD] by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). These funds are meant to support the Guam Tsunami Program, which is responsible for training and equipping to effectively respond to tsunami’s and all other natural and man-made disasters and emergencies.

In making the announcement Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is quoted in a release as saying that the GBHWC grant is “significant”  and will help “curb underage drinking and tobacco use.” And she also looks forward to seeing the GHS/OCD grant “improve tsunami awareness and emergency preparedness on Guam.”

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

Guam Receives $1,675,547 in Federal Grants for Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Homeland Security
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 6, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded two grants totaling $1,675,547 to the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center and the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense.

* $1,426,801 was awarded to the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will be used to fund Guam’s PEACE Partnerships for Success program to prevent and reduce underage drinking and youth and adult tobacco use.

*$248,746 was awarded to the Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to support the Guam Tsunami Program, which is responsible for providing island residents and visitors with the training, planning, organization, and equipment to effectively respond to all natural and manmade disasters and emergencies.

“I am pleased that the Guam Behavior Health and Wellness Center was awarded a significant grant to help curb underage drinking and tobacco use,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “These funds will be used to promote healthier lifestyles for young adults on Guam and improve positive behavioral changes to ensure our children lead healthier, fuller lives.

“Additionally, the funds awarded to Guam Homeland Security will be used to strengthen our local disaster readiness program for tsunamis and related disaster events,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “I commend the Office of Civil Defense for their efforts in securing this grant, and I look forward to seeing these funds improve tsunami awareness and emergency preparedness on Guam.”