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JOINT INFORMATION CENTER (LATEST!)
 
 
Recovery Release No. 16
 
 
May 23, 2015 (4 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Typhoon Dolphin Recovery:
 
$250,000 grant approved for Guam; shelters closed
 
 
 
To assist the local government in its efforts to help Guamanians displaced by Typhoon Dolphin, the U.S. Department of the Interior has provided Guam with $250,000.
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, earlier this week, reached out to DOI officials to request for help with the more than 300 residents who sought safety from the typhoon at local shelters. Governor Calvo’s request was made to help all of the shelterees but with particular concern for citizens of Freely Associated States who may not be eligible to receive help from FEMA.
 
Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas Esther Kia’aina, in a press release, acknowledged this shortfall.
 
“The recent circumstances of Typhoon Dolphin raise an important federal matter pertaining to the issue of Compact Impact Aid and the applicability or non-applicability of federal assistance for citizens of the Freely Associated States living in the United States,” Kia’aina said.
 
 
 
RESIDENTIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
 
The shelters for displaced residents have been closed as families were able to return home with temporary shelters already purchased by the local government.
 
The Guam Housing Corp., Guam Mayors Council and Adelup worked to provide residents with temporary shelters so they can return to their homes to prepare or rebuild their homes.
 
This week, shelterees at the Agana Heights gym were brought to their residences where assessments were made and temporary shelters were provided. The shelter transition team helped all of the remaining displaced families assess the damage at their homes, completing that task today. The remaining families left the Tamuning shelter today.
 
The team will now work with the American Red Cross, which has crews going out to gather preliminary residential damage assessments.
 
Anyone with damage to their homes can provide a report to their respective mayor’s office. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
 
 
WATER SERVICES
 
The Guam Environmental Protection Agency has been working with Guam Waterworks Authority to test water throughout the island as water services are restored following Typhoon Dolphin.
 
They announced updates for the two sites where a boil water notice was implemented, Quinene Street in Merizo and Carbullido Elementary School in Barrigada.
 
Quinene Road in Merizo, is clear, stated Eric Palacios, Guam EPA director. Guam EPA and GWA will work with Guam Department of Education officials to clear Carbullido Elementary.
 
“We're confident the contamination is confined to a specific section in the school; upstream and downstream samples came back clean,” stated Eric Palacios, Guam EPA director. “Once DOE officials take the necessary steps we’ll return to take tests and ensure they’re water pipes and tanks are clear of contaminants.”
 
As for those areas where water has returned for the first time since the storm, please call Guam EPA so the water in your area can be tested. In the meantime, please boil your water as a precautionary measure.
 
For more information or to inform the Guam Environmental Protection Agency of restored water service at your area, please call 300-4751/52/53.
 
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
 
Recovery Release No. 15
 
 
May 23, 2015 (10 a.m. ChST)
 
 
Typhoon Dolphin Recovery:
 
Green waste and solid waste disposal
 
 
 
Burning green waste
The Guam Fire Department has permits allowing for the open burning of green waste. Residents can get a permit at the various fire stations. Burning must be done near a water source, such as a garden hose. Open burning of green waste is temporary. Typhoon Dolphin uprooted some trees and bushes, and tore off tree branches and leaves. As residents are cleaning their yards, the green waste is piling up, attracting rhino beetles and other animals and insects that might pose a threat to the safety and health of residents or the environment.
     
       
         
Green Waste
For those who do not want to burn green waste, the Department of Public Works has opened three areas for residents to dispose tree limbs and vegetation:
 
- The site of the old hospital, at Oka Point. Open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Sunday.
- Ija, Inarajan. Open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday – Saturday (closed on Sunday).
- Wusstig Rd., Dededo. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.,Monday – Saturday (closed on Sunday).
 
 
 
Solid Waste
Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) customers can request collection service of appliances, mattresses, hot water heaters and other bulky and metallic waste by calling GSWA’s customer service center to make an appointment: 671-646-3111. If you are not a customer, you can register for these services for $25 by calling the customer service center.
 
Additionally, if you are not a customer of GSWA, you may contact your respective mayor’s office for more information regarding solid waste disposal.
 
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facility is open for customers to dispose everyday toxic material. Customers are limited to 15 gallons or 100 pounds of household hazardous waste items per day. These items include but are not limited to:
 
- Garage items: battery acid, kerosene, batteries, brake fluid, gasoline and other fuels, paint, etc.
- Home & garden items: fertilizer, furniture polish, pool chemicals, weed killer, aerosol cans, etc.
- Smaller electronics: televisions, monitors, radios, cell phones, computers, printers, etc.
 
There is no charge for this service and it is only available for residential customers. The HHW is open Thursday – Monday, 9 a.m. – 5.p.m., closed Tuesday – Wednesday and on GovGuam holidays.
 
 
 
Guam Power Authority
As it is the weekend and holiday on Monday, customers are advised that any damage to their weather heads and/or meter boxes must first be repaired by the homeowner. As an option to facilitate quicker response to GPA customers, GPA has provided a list of approved master electricians for immediate certification inspections, as opposed to waiting until the Department of Public Works Permitting Office to reopen on Tuesday. This is a conditional term for this weekend and Memorial Day.
On Tuesday, normal operations will continue; once weather heads are repaired, you need to have it inspected by the Department of Public Works before GPA can repair or replace power lines leading to the house. DPW is expediting the permitting process.
For more information regarding power restoration, call GPA at 475-1472/3/4.
 
 
 
Shelters
The Guam Housing Corp., Red Cross, Mayors’ Council of Guam and Guam Homeland Security are assessing shelterees’ homes and are working on transition plans with the displaced residents. Several families remain in the shelters as of this morning, that may change as more return to their homes.
 
 
 
Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation
Typhoon Dolphin damaged the phone systems at Department of Revenue and Taxation. They’re working to purchase new phones. In the meantime, they have temporary phones, the phone numbers, which are listed on their website also are available on the attached PDF.
 

 


 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 

 

Recovery Release No. 14

 

May 21, 2015 (4 p.m. ChST)

 

Typhoon Dolphin Recovery: 

 

99 Percent of island power restored; GWA asks residents to continue conserving water

 

 

SHELTERS

First Lady Christine Calvo and Guam Housing Corp. President Martin Benavente, presented displaced residents at the Agana Heights gym with vouchers for tents and canopies. These temporary shelters will allow them to stay at their property while they repair or rebuild their homes.

 

At Adelup yesterday, members of various non-profit organizations met with Benavente to discuss the types of assistance they can provide to families whose homes were damaged or destroyed, or who have other needs.

 

As of 2 p.m. today, there were 57 families or 248 residents at the Tamuning gym. That number will decrease as more people return to their homes.

 

 

RESIDENTIAL DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Anyone with damage to their homes can provide a report to their respective mayor’s office. Offices are open from 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Friday.

 

 

GUAM POWER AUTHORITY

As of 1 p.m. today, Guam Power Authority crews restored power service to 50,833 customers, which is about 99 percent of their clients. GPA officials ask residents to call their trouble dispatch lines to report an outage or a low-voltage problem.

 

Customers with low or high voltage fluctuations or any other problems may contact GPA Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4.

 

 

GUAM WATERWORKS AUTHORITY

Most of the island has had their water restored; however, there continue to be pockets without water or with low water, including the Ysengsong, Astumbo area in Dededo, and the area above the Mount Santa Rosa Reservoir in Yigo. Crews yesterday completed work at Ija Subdivision in Inarajan, though it may take some time to bring the water to full pressure.

 

There are water buffaloes located in various areas:

1. 5,000 gallon water tanker at: Astumbo Gym

2. 5,000 gallon water tanker at: Chalan Palaun (Dededo)

3. 5,000 gallon water tanker at: DOC (Mangilao) – Not for public use

4. 400 gallon buffalo at: Mayor Lizama St., Yigo

 

 

BOIL WATER NOTICE

Guam Waterworks Authority and Guam Environmental Protection Agency issued a precautionary boil water notice on Saturday for the island because of interrupted water service due to the typhoon.

 

The past three days, the two agencies have tested water throughout the island, focusing on public schools. The agencies cleared the water at 40 of the 41 public schools today. The only public school where a boil water notice is in effect is B.P. Carbullido Elementary School in Barrigada. All other schools were cleared.

 

Officials have tested other areas throughout the island and found a residential area where residents have to boil water until the water is safe to consume straight from the tap.

 

Water samples were collected along Quinene Street in Merizo on Monday and Tuesday. Guam EPA and the Guam Waterworks Authority are working to isolate the source of the contamination.

 

EPA urges the community to boil their water if their water service has just been restored, or if water service is interrupted. They will continue to test water as services are restored.

 

For more information about the preliminary boil water notice, call the Guam Environmental Protection Agency at 300-4751/52/53.

 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 

Recovery Release No. 13

 

May 20, 2015 (4 p.m. ChST)

 

Typhoon Dolphin Recovery:

 

Guam EPA, GWA says water samples at 40 of 41 schools clear

 

 

The Guam Waterworks Authority and Guam Environmental Protection Agency tested water samples from all 41 Guam Department of Education schools.

 

The only school where a boil water notice would be in effect is for B.P. Carbullido Elementary School in Barrigada. All other schools were cleared.

 

A precautionary boil water notice was implemented on Saturday because water service had been interrupted in different areas throughout the island because of Typhoon Dolphin.

 

For more information, please call the Guam Environmental Protection Agency at 300.4751/52/53.

 
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 
 
Recovery Release No. 12
 
 
May 19, 2015 (6 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Typhoon Dolphin Recovery:
 
Residential damage assessments continue for shelterees
 
 
 
Guam Housing Corporation (GHC) President Martin Benavente, who has served the island as a Dededo commissioner and a training officer at Civil Defense, and has also trained a reconstruction team for a previous storm recovery effort, was appointed to lead the transition of shelterees from emergency shelter at the gyms to their homes. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo appointed Benavente because of his experience with recovery efforts.
 
 
For those people whose homes have been totally destroyed, Mr. Benavente’s team is working to find other solutions to help them. There are 14 families at Agana Heights gym, and 39 families at Tamuning gym.
 
 
Yesterday, Governor Calvo and Mr. Benavente visited residents at the shelters. One of the displaced shelterees asked the governor about the assistance that is available for her and her family. She was worried that her family would not be able to receive aid because they are not U.S. citizens.
 
 
“I know people are hearing about the restrictions of the federal government and FEMA. At this point, however, FEMA hasn’t been activated and we’re not waiting for them,” Governor Calvo stated. “The folks at the shelters need help to return to their homes and get back to their lives. We’re working on different angles to get them that help.”
 
 
The Governor, through his Washington D.C. office, has reached out to the Department of Interior to see what help can be afforded to all residents whose homes were lost or damaged.
 
 
In addition, Mr. Benavente, whose agency has helped many families find homes, is trying to find other solutions. GHC and the Guam Housing Urban and Renewal Authority (GHURA), have worked together with federal and private partners to build affordable housing for Guamanians. Current housing programs also have helped many homeless families find emergency shelter and progress to renting, and even owning, their own homes.
 
 
“We might have to think out of the box to find these solutions, but we’ll find a way. We have to be mindful of the children who are depending on us to ensure they have a safe place to call home,” Benavente said.
 
 
Benavente’s teams are going with shelterees to their homes to assess the damage, and if needed, they’ll receive tents so they can return home.
 
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
 
Recovery Release No. 11
 
 
May 19, 2015 (5:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Typhoon Dolphin Recovery:
 
More than 95 percent of island power restored; all DOE schools to open
 
 
 
Burning green waste
The Guam Fire Department has permits allowing for the open burning of green waste. Residents can get a permit at the various fire stations beginning noon tomorrow (May 20). Burning must be done near a water source, such as a garden hose. Open burning of green waste is temporary. Typhoon Dolphin uprooted some trees and bushes, and tore off tree branches and leaves. As residents are cleaning their yards, the green waste is piling up, attracting rhino beetles and other animals and insects that might pose a threat to the safety and health of residents or the environment.
 
 
                     
Green Waste
For those who do not want to burn green waste, the Department of Public Works has opened an area for residents to dispose tree limbs and vegetation. The site of the old hospital, at Oka Point, will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning tomorrow.
 
 
 
Guam DOE Schools
All Guam Department of Education schools will be open tomorrow.
 
 
 
Guam Power Authority
As of this afternoon, more than 96 percent of customers have had their power restored.
 
Restored: 49,484
 
Without Power: 2,655 
 
TOTAL: 52,139
 
GPA crews continue to work around the clock to restore power. Please report power outages, downed lines, or transformer issues, to the GPA dispatch at 475-1472/3/4.
 
NOTE: Customers are advised that any damage to their weather heads and/or meter boxes must first be repaired by the homeowner. Once weather heads are repaired, you need to have it inspected by the Department of Public Works before GPA can repair or replace power lines leading to the house. DPW is expediting the permitting process.
 
 
 
Guam Waterworks Authority
The Guam Waterworks Authority continues to ask the community to help with increasing reservoir water levels by conserving water. Residents should expect continued low water pressure until the water levels at the reservoirs are high enough to produce appropriate pressurization of the water lines. Officials anticipate those levels will be reached in the next few days.
 
 
 
Shelters
There currently are 220 residents at the Tamuning gym and 97 at the Agana Heights gym. Guam Housing Corp. officials are assessing shelterees’ homes and are working on transition plans with the displaced residents.
 
 
 
Guam Department of Revenue and Taxation
Typhoon Dolphin damaged the phone systems at Department of Revenue and Taxation. They’re working to purchase new phones. In the meantime, they’re getting temporary phones, which should be in place by tomorrow. Each section will only have one phone line. Tomorrow the new numbers will be available.  
 
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 
 
Recovery Release No. 10
 
 
May 18, 2015 (7:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Typhoon Dolphin Recovery: More than 90 percent of island power restored
 
 
 
Guam Power Authority
The Guam Power Authority crews continue to work tirelessly to get the power restored to the island. As of 7 p.m. today, about 91 percent of GPA’s system had been restored.
 
“We have to be realistic that there is a lot of damage in the system. By Tuesday night, we’ll have about 95 percent of the island recovered. By Friday night, we’ll get the next 4 percent recovered and probably by Sunday night we’ll get the last 1 (percent) recovered,” stated John Benavente, interim GPA general manager, and Consolidated Utilities general manager.
 
“We’ve added extra crews from the private sector to assist us… the heavy damage was in Dededo and Yigo and our crews were there … (And) by 4 o’clock today we’ll be in the Inarajan area and we hope that by midnight we’ll have the area around Inarajan Elementary School and Middle School energized.”
 
 
 
Guam Waterworks Authority
The Guam Waterworks Authority is moving toward getting water restored to the rest of the island. We request the public’s help with conserving water and only using as needed. Water is estimated to be on within the next couple of days.
 
“Almost all of the wells have power and are producing water. The problem is, especially after the storm, people start washing their driveways, so the demand on the water system compounds,” Benavente said. He said GWA needs time to fill the water reservoir, and asked Guamanians for their help by conserving water. “We ask the public to help us in the next several days. Avoid outside cleaning and using the water for anything more than what you actually need … and give us the opportunity to build pressure on the system.
 
“Within the next two days, water will be flowing to everyone,” Benavente added, though noted that it would take at least two days to stabilize the system and another two to get a strong water pressure flowing to all customers.
 
 
 
Shelters
There are currently 300 people in the two shelters, located at Tamuning and Agana Heights Gym. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo has announced that Martin Benavente, the Guam Housing Corps executive director, will be in charge of the transition of the shelterees to their place of residence.  
 
 
 
Correction
A Pacific Daily News article on Typhoon Dolphin recovery efforts, published on May 18, stated that Joint Information Center and FEMA officials could not be reached for comment. JIC officials did respond to the reporter and FEMA officials called the reporter as requested, but were told the reporter would return the call.
 
 
 
All of the efforts from the hard working employees are noticed and appreciated.
 
We commend all those who have spent countless hours working hard to return the island to normalcy.
 
 
 

 


 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 
Recovery Release No. 9
 
May 18, 2015 (5 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Typhoon Dolphin Recovery: Guam continues to return to normalcy
 
 
 
Guam Department of Education
 
The Guam Department of Education will hold classes tomorrow at most of their schools. There are 4 schools that will remain closed because of little or no water. Those schools are:
 
-       Astumbo Elementary School
 
-       Carbullido Elementary School
 
-       Astumbo Middle School
 
-       Okkodo High School
 
 
 
A precautionary boiling water notice was issued for consumption and cooking as a result of water outages caused by Typhoon Dolphin. Guam DOE is asking parents to send their children to school tomorrow with a bottle of drinking water. They’re also asking school teachers and staff to bring a bottle of drinking water, as well.
 
 
As various GovGuam agencies work to return the island to normalcy, the community is advised to remain up to date with the latest information. For more information, call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/09/10.
 

 


 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 

 

Recovery Release No. 8

 

May 18, 2015 (8 a.m. ChST)

 

Typhoon Dolphin Recovery: Nearly 80% of the island's power is restored

 

 

As of this morning, about 80 percent of the island’s power has been restored. There are pockets of areas without power, however. GPA crews continue to make repairs to various lines throughout the island to restore power to those pockets.

If there is a power line that has fallen, or a transformer that blew up, please call GPA at 475-1472/3/4.

 

 

WATER

Almost all of water wells are now on island power. With restoration of power, Guam Waterworks Authority will be able to restore water to all customers. Reservoir levels are beginning to rise but GWA is asking customers to help conserve water. It could take about 24 to 48 hours to get to normal water levels. Conservation is needed to allow levels to get to normal quicker.

 

The majority of all crews will have been out since first thing this morning to address major areas described above and to also begin repairing those areas which were isolated due to substantial damage.

 

 

The following are GPA’s and GWA’s major objectives for today:

> Ensure all water wells are on island power and able to  water continuously.

> Address no and low water pressures throughout the island as reservoirs levels rise.

> Energize all schools.

> Begin energizing pockets of customers with major damages.

 

 

The Guam Waterworks Authority hotline is 646-4211.

 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 
 
Recovery Release No. 7
 
 
May 17, 2015 (8:45 p.m. ChST)
 
 
POWER & WATER UPDATE:
 
Crews restoring power & water through the night, into the morning;
 
80% of residents’ power back up
  
 
 
GPA and GWA crews won’t stop working until all power and water is restored.
 
GPA crews restored power to over 10,000 homes since this morning alone. Crews will be moving through the villages throughout tonight to restore remaining residences.
                                   
GWA crews are repairing water lines. They also ask you to conserve water. As water pumps are brought back to operational status and water lines are being repaired, GWA has to replenish reservoirs, which will take several hours. 
 

 

For more information or to report utility outages in your area, please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/0209/0210.

 


 

 

Joint Information Center 

 

Recovery release No. 6

 

May 17, 15 (Noon ChST)

 

Typhoon Dolphin Recovery: 63 percent of the island’s power is restored

 

The Guam Power Authority has been working on recovery operations to get power restored to the community. As of 9 a.m. today, 63 percent of power has been restored to the island. GPA crews will continue to work through the system.

 

Report any downed power lines or live lines to: 457-1472/3/4

If you see a downed power line, do not attempt to move it yourself. Call GPA dispatch and wait for a responder to assist. Do not go near any transformers that have blown.

 

GWA crews also have been able to bring water levels up to the various parts of the island. Ugum water plant is back on line, which means many areas in the south are beginning to get water service.

 

HELP CONSERVE WATER

As the Guam Waterworks Authority is working to restore water services to the community, they ask Guamanians for help by conserving water. Please refrain from water blasting and washing your cars.

 

BOIL WATER NOTICE

As water is restored, the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Waterworks Authority, and Guam Environmental Protection Agency want to remind everyone whose water is coming back on, or who have to boil their water.

 

NORTHERN REGIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER

The Department of Public Health and Social Services will be open until 4 p.m. today for non-emergency medical services.

 

Guam Environmental Protection Agency will regulate the sites to ensure compliance.

 

For more information regarding Typhoon Dolphin recovery, please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/09/10.

 

 
 

 


 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 

RECOVERY NEWS No. 5

 

May 16, 2015 (8 p.m. ChST) 

 

TYPHOON DOLPHIN UPDATE 

 

NORTHERN REGIONAL COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER: 
The Department of Public Health and Social Services will open the Northern Regional Community Health Center until midnight tonight. Health officials also will open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrowSunday. If you have a medical emergency please call 911.

 

DRIVING CONDITIONS:
The National Weather Service advises that if you are on the road, stay alert to debris such as downed trees or power lines. If you are using a generator, operate it outdoors in a dry and ventilated area. Stay out of flooded areas as the water may be contaminated and the road may be damaged or washed away. 


DPW officials are asking the island community to refrain from using Route 15 (Back Road) from the Race Track to Gayenero Street as they continue to clear down trees blocking the road.

 

SHELTERS:
The Department of Education (DOE) reported more than 1000 people that were sheltered over the storm. DOE is working with DPW and the Mayor’s Council of Guam (MCOG) to transport these families home. For families whose homes were destroyed by Typhoon Dolphin, an alternate shelter is being identified to meet their immediate needs. Guam Housing & Urban Development (GHURA), the American Red Cross and the MCOG are working to find other housing solutions for displaced families.

 

POWER OUTAGES:
Guam Power Authority crews continue to work on restoring power throughout the island. If you have water coming out of your main breaker box or outlets, please switch your main breaker off. GPA is increasing coverage at their Trouble Dispatch center staff. To report any outages or issues, please contact them at 475-1472/3/4.

 

SEA CONDITIONS:
Even though Typhoon Dolphin is making it way out of the region, Guamanians are urged to stay out of Guam’s waters. Small crafts should remain in port today and tonight. Rough water conditions will remain over the next few days.

 


 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 

RECOVERY NEWS No. 4

 

May 16, 2015 (10 a.m. ChST)

 

RECOVERY UPDATE: Residents urged to boil water for drinking, cooking as a precaution

 

The Guam Environmental Agency and Guam Waterworks Authority will be testing Guam’s potable water following disruption of water services while Typhoon Dolphin passed over northern Guam. As a precaution, Guamanians, particularly those who lost water service, are urged to boil tap water used for cooking and drinking. 

 

Joint Information Center

The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Governor's and Guam Homeland Security's Facebook pages. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin:

 

-     Isla 630 AM

-     K57 AM

-     i94 FM

-     Power 98 FM

-     K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM

-     105 the KAT

-     KISH 102.9 FM

-     KHMG 88.1 FM

 

You also can get more information on:

• Governor Calvo Facebook: facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo

• Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website: http://www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it!)

• Guam Homeland Security Facebook page and Twitter account: GHSOCD

• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam

 

Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.

 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 
RECOVERY NEWS No. 3
 
May 16, 2015 (9:00 a.m. ChST)
 
RECOVERY UPDATE: Governor declares COR 4
 
Personnel from the Department of Public Works assessed the condition of Guam’s roads after Typhoon Dolphin rolled through the Mariana Islands. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo received the assessment reports, which noted that Guam’s main roads were passable. The governor spoke with Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas. Governor Calvo and Rear Admiral Bolivar agreed to declare Condition of Readiness 4 for Guam and the military bases, respectively, at 9 a.m. today.
 
The Guam Environmental Agency and Guam Waterworks Authority will be testing Guam’s potable water following disruption of water services while Typhoon Dolphin passed over northern Guam. As a precaution, Guamanians, particularly those who lost water service, are urged to boil tap water used for cooking and drinking.  
 
Joint Information Center
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Governor's and Guam Homeland Security's Facebook pages. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin:
 
-     Isla 630 AM
-     K57 AM
-     i94 FM
-     Power 98 FM
-     K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
-     105 the KAT
-     KISH 102.9 FM
-     KHMG 88.1 FM
 
You also can get more information on:
 
• Governor Calvo Facebook: facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
• Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website: http://www.ghs.guam.gov (you re on it!)
• Guam Homeland Security Facebook page and Twitter account: GHSOCD
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER  

 
Recovery Release No. 2
 
May 16, 2015 (01:30 a.m. ChST)


 



JOINT INFORMATION CENTER  

 
Recovery Release No. 1
 
May 15, 2015 (10:30 p.m. ChST)

 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Typhoon Dolphin brings destructive winds through the night; Stay home, stay out of the water, stay safe



Destructive winds are slamming the island as Typhoon Dolphin makes its way away from the Marianas.
 

As of 9 p.m., the typhoon was moving through the Rota Channel. Yigo and Dededo were hit with wind gusts as strong as 106 mph. Guam International Airport Authority saw about 80 mph gusts, and Santa Rita was seeing gusts up to 60 mph.
 

Destructive winds are expected to continue through about 1 a.m., damaging winds will continue through about 6 a.m.
 

"We’re asking everyone to stay in their homes, in their shelters, and to wait for the all clear before they start to venture out of their homes," said Governor Eddie Baza Calvo.
 

In the last three hours or so, the Joint Information Center, has been collecting information from the community and from first responders. We’re organizing the information, whether it is a power outage, water outage, or debris blocking the roads. It will be provided to various agencies as we begin recovery efforts following the storm. We’re asking the community to continue sending us their information by calling 478-0208/09/10.



 
 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER  
 
 
Release No. 12
 
May 15, 2015 (9:30 a.m. ChST)
 
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE:
 
Guamanians urged to seek shelter, shelter in place as Typhoon Dolphin moves through the Marianas
 
 
With the island now in Condition of Readiness 1, officials are encouraging the community to shelter in place as Typhoon Dolphin makes its way through the Marianas. For Guamanians who are concerned that their homes cannot withstand typhoon-strength winds, there are shelters in northern, southern and central Guam. Another shelter will be opened in the north at Wettengel Elementary School by 11 a.m. 
 
 
There are about 750 Guamanians, currently, at the shelters. If you feel your home is unsafe because of weather conditions, please head to a designated shelter:
 
Northern shelters
 
·         Astumbo Elementary School
 
·         Maria Ulloa Elementary School
 
·         FB Leon Guerrero Middle School
 
·         Machananao Elementary School (has reached full capacity)
 
Central shelters
 
·         George Washington High School
 
Southern shelters
 
·         Harry S. Truman Elementary School
 
·         Talofofo Elementary School
 
 
Dangerous waters
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is urging Guamanians to stay out of the waters. As the typhoon draws nearer, marine conditions will be hazardous with surf up to 20 feet. There’s a strong danger of rip currents.
 
No flight activity at GIAA
The A.B. Won Pat International Airport remains open although no inbound or outbound flights are expected for the remainder of the day. Yesterday, several airlines held extra flights to accommodate services disrupted because of the typhoon.  
 
Pregnant moms at GMH, Naval Hospital  
As of 6 a.m. Guam Memorial Hospital was sheltering 25 pregnant moms. Naval Hospital Guam is sheltering 6 women. The hospitals opened their doors last night to moms who are in the advanced stages of their pregnancies, or who have high-risk pregnancies.
 
Power/Water
Guam Power Authority crews responded to two reported two outages last night going into early this morning, including one in Maina and a 30-minute outage in Barrigada, which weren’t storm related. Crews this morning are reporting to an outage reported at 8 a.m. in Inarajan and two more reported in Dededo and Mangilao, which were reported at 9 a.m.
 
Military installations
Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base and Naval Hospital Guam will remain open for emergency personnel during COR 1. Please remember this typhoon has damaging winds and that you should not be on the roads.
 
Flash flood watch in effect for Guam
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Guam. Flash flooding in low-lying areas and near streams and shores are possible. Residents are urged to seek higher ground or head to a storm shelter if the area in which they live is prone to flooding. Residents are encouraged to stay off the roads as much as possible.
 
COR1
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas placed GovGuam and the military, respectively, in Condition of Readiness 1 as of 5 a.m. today.
 
Typhoon Dolphin’s closest point of approach to Guam is at 6 p.m. today. The winds around the eye of the storm are about 110 mph. Its current projected path takes it further north than originally anticipated. Forecasts show that northern Guam will see winds of about 85 mph.
 
During COR1, we strongly advise that everyone stay indoors and off the roadways unless it is an emergency, or you're seeking shelter.
 
Accurate information will come through our media partners
This information is based on the latest National Weather Service forecast data available. Weather is unpredictable.  Everything about the storm, including its intensity, speed, and track can change. 
 
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Governor's and Guam Homeland Security's Facebook pages. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin:
 
-     Isla 630 AM
 
-     K57 AM
 
-     i94 FM
 
-     Power 98 FM
 
-     K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
 
-     105 the KAT
 
-     KISH 102.9 FM
 
-     KHMG 88.1 FM
 
You also can get more information on:
 
• Governor Calvo’s Facebook page: facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
 
• Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website: http://www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it!)
 
• Guam Homeland Security Facebook page and Twitter account: GHSOCD
 
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information on Typhoon Dolphin, please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER  
 
         
Release No. 11
 
 
May 15, 2015 (5 a.m. ChST)
 
 
 
Governor Declares Guam in COR1
 
 
Residents urged to Stay Indoors
 
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas have placed GovGuam and the military, respectively, in Condition of Readiness 1. COR1 means destructive winds are possible within the next 12 hours.  
 
Typhoon Dolphin’s closest point of approach to Guam is at 6 p.m. today. The winds around the eye of the storm are about 110 mph. Its current projected path takes it further north than originally anticipated. Forecasts show that northern Guam will see winds of about 85 mph.
 
A typhoon warning remains in effect for Guam and Rota, however. Just as the storm took a more northern track, that path could still shift towards. As of 5 a.m., Typhoon Dolphin was located 290 miles east of Guam. The storm is moving west northwest at 18 mph.
 
Hazardous weather will remain even after the storm's closest point of approach has passed.  Please remain sheltered in place until the all clear is given.
 
Heavy wind and rain increases the chance of hydroplaning.  During COR1, we strongly advise that everyone stay indoors and off the roadways unless it is an emergency, or you're seeking shelter.
 
 
 
Flash flood watch in effect for Guam
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Guam. Flash flooding in low-lying areas, and near streams and shores are possible. Residents are urged to seek higher ground or head to a storm shelter if the area in which you live is prone to flooding.
 
 
 
Shelter information
If you feel your home is unsafe because of the storm conditions, please head to a designated storm shelter.  Families who require transportation can call their village mayor’s office.  Transportation to shelters will continue until road conditions are too hazardous for government personnel to safely traverse.  If you need safe shelter, please head to the following sites:
 
 
Northern shelters
 
- Astumbo Elementary School
 
- Maria Ulloa Elementary School
 
- FB Leon Guerrero Middle School
 
- Machananao Elementary School (has reached full capacity)
 
 
 
Central shelters
 
- George Washington High School
 
 
 
Southern shelters
 
- Harry S. Truman Elementary School
 
- Talofofo Elementary School
 
 
 
What to expect during COR1
GovGuam non-essential agencies remain closed.  Joint Region Marianas reports that all main gates to all military bases remain closed. The Port Authority of Guam remains closed to all incoming and outgoing vessels. Additionally, public schools and DODEA schools remain closed.
 
GMH has opened its doors to shelter women who are at least 36 weeks pregnant, or who are 6 months in to a high-risk pregnancy.
 
Accurate information will come through our media partners
This information is based on the latest National Weather Service forecast data available. Weather is unpredictable.  Everything about the storm, including its intensity, speed, and track can change. 
 
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military, and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Governor's and Guam Homeland Security's Facebook pages. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin:
 
-     Isla 630 AM
-     K57 AM
-     i94 FM
-     Power 98 FM
-     K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
-     105 the KAT
-     KISH 102.9 FM
-     KHMG 88.1 FM
 
 
You also can get more information on:
 
• Governor Calvo’s Facebook page: facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
• Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website: http://www.ghs.guam.go (you are on it!)
• Guam Homeland Security Facebook page and Twitter account: GHSOCD
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information on Typhoon Dolphin, please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 

Release No. 10

 

May 15, 2015 (Midnight ChST)

 

TYPHOON NEWS: One more northern typhoon shelter open

 

Officials opened FB Leon Guerrero Middle School at midnight as the seventh typhoon shelter. One of the northern shelters, Machananao Elementary School, is near capacity. Northern residents seeking emergency shelter from Typhoon Dolphin can make their way to FBLG Middle School in Yigo. The shelter opened at midnight.

 

Department of Public Works buses will provide transportation to shelters this morning from the various mayors' offices. Buses will run until road conditions become too dangerous for driving.

 

As of 11 p.m., the typhoon was located approximately 340 miles east-southeast of Guam and continues to move west-northwest at 15 mph. The typhoon is expected to continue to intensify. By this evening, at its closest point of approach, the typhoon will have sustained winds of about 125 miles per hour near the center of the storm. With the storm’s current projection, taking it north of Guam through the Rota Channel, Guamanians can expect sustained winds of 85 mph to 90 mph winds on the northern part of the island. Winds will be slightly slower in southern Guam.

 

Guam will be in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1 at 5 a.m. Residents are urged to remain off roadways if possible. Should you require transportation to shelters, please contact your respective mayor's offices. In case of an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

 

GDOE has 5 other shelters that remain open:

 

Northern shelters

- Astumbo Elementary School

- Maria Ulloa Elementary School

 

Central shelters

- George Washington High School

 

Southern shelters

- Harry S. Truman Elementary School

- Talofofo Elementary School

 

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE TO THE SHELTER?

1. Seven days’ worth of food and water for all members of your family

2. Bedding

3. Personal hygiene products

4. Medication

5. Seven days of supplies for infants and toddlers, including diapers and formula

6. Valid Photo ID

7. Important documents including birth certificates, passports and medical immunization cards

 

SHELTER RULES

1. Must complete registration (ID required)

2. Anyone with active TB, flu symptoms, or other health concerns must report to these symptoms to the shelter manager as they sign in

3. No weapons allowed

4. No gas stoves allowed

5. No alcohol is allowed

6. No drugs are allowed except required prescription medication

7. Tobacco- and betel nut-free campus

 

TRANSPORTATION

Those seeking shelter who do not have reliable transportation, or have a disability and need a ride to a designated storm shelter, are advised to contact their village Mayor’s Office to coordinate transportation services for pick up and drop off. The respective contact information is listed below:

 

AGANA HEIGHTS

Paul M. McDonald, Mayor

mayormcdonald@hotmail.com

472-6393/8285/6

472-6124

 

AGAT

Carol S. Tayama, Mayor

agatmayorsoffice@hotmail.com

565-2524/31 565-4335

565-4826

 

ASAN-MAINA

Joana Margaret C. Blas, Mayor

asanmainamayorsoffice@yahoo.com

472-6581/479-2726

472-6446

 

BARRIGADA

June U. Blas, Mayor

Jessie P. Bautista, Vice Mayor

bmomayor@teleguam.net

bmovmayor@teleguam.net

734-3724/25/34/36 734-3859/3737/38

734-1988

 

CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT

Jessy "Jess" C. Gogue, Mayor

ocp.mayor@gmail.com

472-8302/3/7173 477-1333 / 477-0450Community Center

477-7131

 

DEDEDO

Melissa B. Savares, Mayor

Andrew "Peter Daigo" A. Benavente, Vice Mayor

msavares@teleguam.net

peter_daigo@hotmail.com

632-5203/5019/637-9014 637-5002 (Gym)

637-1129

 

HAGATNA

John A. Cruz, Mayor

hagatnamayor@hotmail.com

477-8045 472-6379

477-6686

 

INARAJAN

Doris F. Lujan, Mayor

mayordorisfloreslujan@gmail.com

475-2509/10/11

828-2543

 

MANGILAO

Nonito "Nito" C. Blas, Mayor

Allan "Al" R.G. Ungacta, Vice Mayor

nblas_mangilaomayor@yahoo.com

vicemayor_allan.ungacta@yahoo.com

734-2163/5731 734-5734/35

734-4130

 

MERIZO

Ernest T. Chargualaf, Mayor

mayorernestc@yahoo.com

828-8312/2941

828-2429

 

MONGMONG-TOTO-MAITE

Andrew "Andy" C. Villagomez, Mayor

mtm_mayors_office@yahoo.com

477-6758/9090 479-6800/6801

472-6494

 

PITI

Vicente "Ben" D. Gumataotao, Mayor

pitimayor@yahoo.com

472-1232/3

477-2674

 

SANTA RITA

Dale E. Alvarez, Mayor

daleealvarez@gmail.com

565-2514/4337 565-4302/04

565-3222

 

SINAJANA

Robert RDC Hofmann, Mayor

Rudy D. Iriarte, Vice Mayor

guammayor@gmail.com

rudyiriarte@gmail.com

472-6707 477-3323/9229

472-5084

 

TALOFOFO

Vicente S. Taitague, Mayor

talofofomayor@gmail.com

789-1421/3262/4821 789-2010 (Gym)

789-5251

 

TAMUNING-TUMON

Louise C. Rivera, Mayor

Kenneth C. Santos, Vice Mayor

mayorlcrivera.tatuha@gmail.com vicemayorksantos.tatuha@gmail.com

646-5211/8646 647-9816/9819/20

646-5210

 

UMATAC

Johnny A. Quinata, Mayor

umatacmo@gmail.com

828-2940/8258 828-8251/2/3/4/5

828-2676

 

YIGO

Rudy M. Matanane, Mayor

Anthony "Tony" P. Sanchez, Vice Mayor

kones.r@gmail.com

yigovice@gmail.com

653-5248/9446/9119 633-3001/2/3/5 653-3008 (Gym)

653-3434

 

YONA

Ken Joe Ada, Mayor

kenjoeada@yahoo.com

789-4798/1525/6 789-1524 (Gym)

 

For more information on Typhoon Dolphin, please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0209/10 for more information.

 

 


 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 
Release No. 9
 
May 14, 2015 (9:20 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Guam to be in COR1 at 5 a.m. tomorrow
 
 
Gov. Eddie Baza Calvo is asking his fellow Guamanians to complete their preparations and then remain indoors as Typhoon Dolphin approaches the Marianas. Governor Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, will be placing Guam and the military installations, respectively in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1 tomorrow at 5 a.m.
 
 
COR 1 means that damaging winds are expected within 12 hours. The typhoon with anticipated maximum winds of up to 115 mph is possible to make its closest point of approach to Guam late Friday afternoon to early evening. As of 8 p.m., the typhoon was located approximately 400 miles east-southeast of Guam and continues to move west-northwest at 15 mph. The typhoon is expected to continue to intensify. By tomorrow evening, at its closest point of approach, the typhoon will have sustained winds of about 125 miles per hour near the center of the storm. With the storm’s current projection, taking it north of Guam through the Rota Channel, Guamanians can expect sustained winds of 85 mph to 90 mph winds on the northern part of the island. Winds will be slightly slower in southern Guam.
 
 
GovGuam and Schools
Government of Guam operations will be closed. Public and military schools also will be closed.
 
 
Stay Indoors
All island residents are strongly encouraged to stay inside their homes and off the roads during COR1. During this time, it would be dangerous for families to venture outside. The high winds can easily lift unsecured objects into the air turning them into projectiles. Due to the heavy rainfall, the roads will be extremely dangerous.
 
 
Water Safety
The ocean has claimed the lives of several of our brothers and sisters in the past year. The typhoon will cause treacherous waves that can easily overpower even the most skilled swimmers. Please stay out of the water.
 
 
Pregnant Women
For Guam Memorial Hospital, pregnant women who are at least 36 weeks pregnant and high-risk pregnant women who are 6 months or more into their pregnancy are asked to check in no later than 10 p.m. tonight. Expectant mothers will remain at the hospital for the duration of the storm until it is determined safe for them to return home. Ladies are asked to have a meal before they check into the hospital and bring snacks. All pregnant women are asked to bring with them ID and insurance cards, drinking water and snacks that do not need refrigeration or heating, medications, personal toiletries, extra clothing and entertainment items such as cards, magazines and games. Patients will not be allowed to bring personal pillows and linens. These items will be provided by the hospital. No escorts, children or pets will be allowed to accompany pregnant women.
 
For Naval Hospital Guam, pregnant women who need to report to the Navy medical facility will be contacted by hospital staff.
 
 
Military Installations
The gates of Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Forces Base and Naval Hospital Guam will remain open for emergency personnel during COR 1. Please remember this storm has destructive winds and that you should not be on the roads.
Naval Hospital Guam’s emergency room will remain open during COR 1. The public is advised that only emergency responders should bring patients to the Navy hospital as driving conditions will be dangerous.
 
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Governor's and Guam Homeland Security's Facebook pages. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin as well:
- Isla 630 AM
- K57 AM
- i94 FM
- Power 98 FM
- K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
- 105 the KAT
- KISH 102.9 FM
- KHMG 88.1 FM
 
 
You also can get more information on:
• Governor Calvo Facebook: facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
• Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website:http://www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it!)
• Guam Homeland Security Facebook page and Twitter account: GHSOCD
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
Release No. 8
 
May 14, 2015 (8:20 p.m. ChST)
 
TYPHOON UPDATE:  Utilities prepped for storm
 
 
Guam Power Authority
In the last several days, GPA crews and contractors have been out trimming vegetation near power poles and power lines. Often times, power service is interrupted when overgrown vegetation fall on power lines.
 
GPA has scheduled various teams of personnel to respond to power outages throughout the storm for as long as it is safe. The agency also assisted in prepping generators at various GWA stations to ensure they have working alternate power sources in case of a power outage. 
 
GPA officials also are asking the public for their cooperation and assistance to protect the health and safety of the GPA line crews responding to outages.  In case of a power outage and if you are operating a generator, especially a large generator, please SHUT OFF THE MAIN BREAKER(S) OF ALL THE HOUSE(S) OR BUILDING(S) THAT ARE CONNECTED TO YOUR GENERATOR.  This will prevent a "back feed" of power from your generator unit into the Island Wide Power System.  Your actions will prevent serious injury or death to GPA's line crews who may be working on primary and secondary power lines across Guam.
 
 
To report a power outage, call: 472-1472/3/4
 
 
Guam Waterworks Authority
Water agency crews have been preparing water pump and sewage stations in preparation for Typhoon Dolphin. They also have crews on schedule to address water outage issues during the storm.
 
To report a water outage, call: 646-4211
 
Accurate information will come through our media partners
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military, and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Governor's and Guam Homeland Security's Facebook pages. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin:
 
-     Isla 630 AM
 
-     K57 AM
 
-     i94 FM
 
-     Power 98 FM
 
-     K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
 
-     105 the KAT
 
-     KISH 102.9 FM
 
-     KHMG 88.1 FM
 
You also can get more information on:
 
• Governor Calvo’s Facebook page: facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
 
• Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website: http://www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it)
 
• Guam Homeland Security Facebook page and Twitter account: GHSOCD
 
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 

 
 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
Release No. 7
 
May 14, 2015 (7:30 p.m. ChST)
 
TYPHOON UPDATE:  Airport reports flight cancellations, new flights added
 
 
United Airlines
Flight UA874, scheduled to depart Tokyo at 9:20 p.m. today has been cancelled. That is the only United Airlines flight scheduled for today that has been affected by Typhoon Dolphin. United Airlines cancelled all flights scheduled to arrive or depart Guam tomorrow.
 
In addition, Cape Air/United Express has cancelled all Friday flights.
 
The airline has added extra flights today to accommodate passengers booked to fly out of Guam tomorrow.
 
UA Flight 2059           -           Departs: 8 p.m. to Manila      
UA Flight 2058           -           Departs: 8:30 p.m. to Chuuk       
UA Flight 2057           -           Departs: 11:30 p.m. to Hong Kong
 
Customers can check flight status by going online to united.com or by calling United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).
 
 
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Japan Airlines
Cancelled flights scheduled for Friday. The airline will resume regular operations on Saturday and add extra sections to accommodate passengers scheduled to leave on Friday.   
 
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Philippine Airlines
No flights scheduled on Friday. Saturday flights remain unchanged.  
 
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Delta Airlines
The following Saturday flights have been cancelled:
DL608        NRTGUM            
DL609        GUMNRT            
DL294        KIX-GUM             
DL293        GUM-KIX             
DL626        NGO-GUM    
 
The airline added flight 9857 from Nagoya to Guam on Saturday.
 
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Korean Airlines
Early morning flights will continue to operate on schedule tomorrow (Friday) morning.
Korean Air Flight 111 from Seoul
Korean Air Flight 112 outbound to Seoul
Korean Air Flight 2115 from Pusan
Korean Air Flight 2116 outbound to Pusan
Korean Air Flight 734 outbound to Osaka
 
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Jin Air
Jin Airlines Flight 643 and 644 to/from Seoul will operate on schedule.
 
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 
Release No. 6
 
May 15, 2015 (4 p.m. ChST)
 
Guam in COR2; There’s time left in the day to prepare
 
Guam is now in Condition of Readiness 2. Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas have placed the island and military installations, respectively, in COR 2 as of 4 p.m.
 
COR 2 means Guamanians can expect to see typhoon-strength winds within 24 hours. Typhoon Dolphin looks like it’s making a more northward trek. This new path will bring the typhoon just north of Guam. Typhoon Dolphin is expected to make its closest point of approach to Guam around 5 p.m. tomorrow. As it makes its closest point of approach, Guamanians can expect winds of about 100 mph.
 
With a few hours of the day left, the governor strongly encourages everyone to prepare for the typhoon.
 
GovGuam non-essential agencies are now closed. The Governor has activated the Emergency Operations Center to make sure GovGuam and the military are prepared to keep residents safe.
 
 
What should you do:
 
1.    Put up your shutters.
2.    Pick up objects that heavy winds can move around your yard, and store them.
3.    Make sure you have your emergency storm kit in a place that’s easy to get to.
4.    Pay attention for updates on the storm from:
a.    Governor Calvo’s Facebook page, Eddie Baza Calvo
b.    Guam Homeland Security’s Facebook page
c.    All AM & FM radio stations partnered with the Joint Information Center (listing provided in previous email)
d.    Local news websites
5.    Keep a battery-operated radio and batteries on hand. This is the only way you’ll be able to get information on the storm if the power goes off.
 
 
Help family and friends
When you’re done securing your homes and you know someone elderly, living with a disability, or who will otherwise need help, please see how you can help them. And if you know a neighbor who has no way of getting information about the storm, please let your neighbor know what the updates are.
 
 
Emergency shelters are now open.
The governor and the admiral expect to declare COR1 early tomorrow morning if the storm continues on its path. At that time, residents should stay indoors.
 
 
The following is a list of media partners, where you can get accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin as well:

- Isla 630 AM

- K57 AM

- i94 FM

- Power 98 FM

- 105 the KAT

- Isla 63 AM

- KISH 102.9 FM

- KSTO 95.5 FM

 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
Release No. 5
 
May 14, 2015 (3:45 p.m. ChST)
 
TYPHOON UPDATE:  GMH to open at 8 p.m. for pregnant moms; Public Health Northern & Southern centers to open
 
Public Health Centers
The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ Northern and Southern Regional Community Health Centers will remain open for the duration of the storm for non-emergency cases.
 
Meals for homebound senior citizens
The Department of Public Health and Social Services will be delivering dry goods for homebound senior for tomorrow’s meal service. This will ensure homebound seniors have nutritious meals tomorrow without any service interruption.
 
Naval Hospital
At Condition of Readiness 2, which is expected at 4 p.m. today, Naval Hospital Guam will call pregnant women who are 38-weeks or longer, and 36-weeks if high-risk (with complications) will be called by the hospital staff if they wish to ride out the storm at USNH Guam. At that point, outpatient visits will be cancelled.
 
At Condition of Readiness 1, which is expected early tomorrow morning, Naval Hospital will close, though the emergency room will stay open. Only emergencies should bring patients to the Agana Heights facility at this point, as driving conditions will be dangerous.
 
Guam Memorial Hospital
The Guam Memorial Hospital will be opening its doors at 8 p.m. to pregnant women who are at least 36 weeks pregnant, and to all high-risk pregnant women who are 6 months or more into their pregnancy. Please check in at the Patient Registration Department on the first floor. Mothers are encouraged to be at GMH no later than 10 p.m. Expectant mothers will remain at the hospital for the duration of the storm until it is determined safe for them to return home.
 
Ladies are asked to have a meal before they check into the hospital and bring snacks. Sleeper chairs, pillows and blankets will be provided.  All pregnant women are asked to bring the following for their comfort and convenience:
 
1. ID and insurance cards;
2. Drinking water and snacks that do not need refrigeration or heating;
3. Any needed medications;
4. Personal toiletries (soap, toothbrush, lotions, etc.);
5. Change of clothing;
6. Favorite entertainment supplies to help pass time such as reading materials, DVD movies, cards, games, etc.;
7. For safety reasons, please follow these RESTRICTIONS:
       a. No personal pillows and linens.
       b. No escorts, children or pets will be allowed to accompany the pregnant women.
 
Also, regular visiting hours and family viewings will be suspended at 8 p.m. today.  Outpatient elective surgeries are also postponed until further notice.  All essential GMH staff are asked to check in with their hospital supervisors. For more information, please contact June Perez at 483-8852. 
Accurate information will come through our media partners
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military, and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Governor's and Guam Homeland Security's Facebook pages. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin:
 
-     Isla 630 AM
 
-     K57 AM
 
-     i94 FM
 
-     Power 98 FM
 
-     K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
 
-     105 the KAT
 
-     KISH 102.9 FM
 
-     KHMG 88.1 FM
 
You also can get more information on:
 
• Governor Calvo Facebook: facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
 
• Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense website: http://www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it)
 
• Guam Homeland Security Facebook page and Twitter account: GHSOCD
 
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
Release No. 4
 
May 14, 2015 (2:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Ports prepare for dangerous weather conditions
 
In preparation for Typhoon Dolphin, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Guam established Port Heavy Weather Condition Yankee at noon today, closing ports on Guam and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. The establishment of this condition means all commercial vessels greater than or equal to 200 gross tons must depart ports. Also, all inbound vessels are prohibited from entering the ports.
 
The Coast Guard Captain of the Port expects to set PHWC Zulu at midnight. At this point, there will be no traffic without explicit approval from the Captain. All cargo/bunker, terminal and facility operations must stop.
 
“Dead” ships or vessels/barges/drydocks unable to put to sea or who request a waiver from these restrictions must write to the Captain of the Port. For more information or to get a copy of the form, call Sector Guam Prevention and Compliance Department at (671) 355-4835, or the Command Center at (671) 355-4824.
 
The Joint Information Center will continue to monitor and update the community as needed. Guamanians can stay current by listening to local news stations, or by visiting the following sites online:
 
·         GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it)
 
·         GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/guam.homeland
 
·         Governor of Guam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
 
·         National Weather Service: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
·         Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER  
Release No. 3
 
May 14, 2015 (11:45 a.m. ChST)
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Shelters to open at 4 p.m.
 
Residents who need emergency shelter urged to prepare
 
 
In anticipation of Condition of Readiness 2, the Guam Department of Education is cancelling all after-school activities including ASPIRE, Eskuelen Puenge or Night School, and sports practices and events.
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Joint Region Marianas, anticipate declaring Condition of Readiness 2 at 4 p.m. for the island and the military installations, respectively.
 
Guam DOE will be opening six primary shelters at 4 p.m. today. Residents who need emergency shelter are asked to be at the shelters closest to their homes no earlier than 4 p.m. The shelters are:
 
Northern shelters
 
•    Machananao Elementary School
 
•    Astumbo Elementary School
 
•    Maria Ulloa Elementary School
 
 
Central shelters
 
•    George Washington High School
 
 
Southern shelters
 
•    Harry S. Truman Elementary School
 
•    Talofofo Elementary School  
 
 
 
WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE TO THE SHELTER?
 
1.      Seven days’ worth of food and water for all members of your family
 
2.      Bedding
 
3.      Personal hygiene products
 
4.      Medication
 
5.      Seven days of supplies for infants and toddlers, including diapers and formula
 
6.      Valid Photo ID
 
7.      Important documents including birth certificates, passports and medical immunization cards
 
SHELTER RULES
 
1.      Must complete registration (ID required)
 
2.      Anyone with active TB, flu symptoms, or other health concerns must report to these symptoms to the shelter manager as they sign in
 
3.      No weapons allowed
 
4.      No gas stoves allowed
 
5.      No alcohol is allowed
 
6.      No drugs are allowed except required prescription medication
 
7.      Tobacco- and betel nut-free campus
 
TRANSPORTATION
Those seeking shelter who do not have reliable transportation, or have a disability and need a ride to a designated storm shelter, are advised to contact their village Mayor’s Office to coordinate transportation services for pick up and drop off. The respective contact information is listed below:
 
AGANA HEIGHTS
Paul M. McDonald, Mayor
472-6393/8285/6
472-6124
 
AGAT
Carol S. Tayama, Mayor 
565-2524/31 565-4335
565-4826
 
ASAN-MAINA
Joana Margaret C. Blas, Mayor
472-6581/479-2726
472-6446
 
BARRIGADA
June U. Blas, Mayor 
Jessie P. Bautista, Vice Mayor
734-3724/25/34/36 734-3859/3737/38
734-1988
 
CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT
Jessy "Jess" C. Gogue, Mayor
472-8302/3/7173 477-1333 / 477-0450 Community Center
477-7131
 
DEDEDO
Melissa B. Savares, Mayor 
Andrew "Peter Daigo" A. Benavente, Vice Mayor
632-5203/5019/637-9014 637-5002 (Gym)
637-1129
 
HAGATNA
John A. Cruz, Mayor
477-8045 472-6379
477-6686
 
INARAJAN
Doris F. Lujan, Mayor
475-2509/10/11
828-2543
 
MANGILAO
Nonito "Nito" C. Blas, Mayor 
Allan "Al" R.G. Ungacta, Vice Mayor
734-2163/5731 734-5734/35
734-4130
 
MERIZO
Ernest T. Chargualaf, Mayor
828-8312/2941
828-2429
 
MONGMONG-TOTO-MAITE
Andrew "Andy" C. Villagomez, Mayor
477-6758/9090 479-6800/6801
472-6494
 
PITI
Vicente "Ben" D. Gumataotao, Mayor
472-1232/3
477-2674
 
SANTA RITA
Dale E. Alvarez, Mayor
565-2514/4337 565-4302/04
565-3222
 
SINAJANA
Robert RDC Hofmann, Mayor 
Rudy D. Iriarte, Vice Mayor
472-6707 477-3323/9229
472-5084
 
TALOFOFO
Vicente S. Taitague, Mayor
789-1421/3262/4821 789-2010 (Gym)
789-5251
 
TAMUNING-TUMON
Louise C. Rivera, Mayor 
Kenneth C. Santos, Vice Mayor
646-5211/8646 647-9816/9819/20
646-5210
 
UMATAC
Johnny A. Quinata, Mayor
828-2940/8258 828-8251/2/3/4/5
828-2676
 
YIGO
Rudy M. Matanane, Mayor 
Anthony "Tony" P. Sanchez, Vice Mayor
653-5248/9446/9119 633-3001/2/3/5 653-3008 (Gym)
653-3434
 
YONA
Ken Joe Ada, Mayor
789-4798/1525/6 789-1524 (Gym)
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER   
Release No. 2
 
May 14, 2015 (11:30 a.m. ChST)
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Guam to move to COR 2 at 4 p.m.
 
Use this time to prepare
 
The government of Guam and the military continue to prepare for typhoon-strength winds and rains anticipated tomorrow. GovGuam is mobilizing island-wide preparations for Typhoon Dolphin and the military is moving key assets.
 
Guam is currently in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3. As of 8 a.m. today, Typhoon Dolphin was located about 565 miles east-southeast of Guam and continues to move west-northwest at 9 mph. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 105 mph.
 
A typhoon watch remains in effect for Guam. A typhoon watch means typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph are possible within 48 hours. The typhoon is continuing to strengthen and we’re expecting sustained winds to increase to about 115 mph by the time it makes its closest point of approach late Friday afternoon to early evening.
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, will declare COR 2 at 4 p.m. for Guam and the military bases, respectively. COR 2 means destructive winds are expected within 24 hours.
 
This weather is the ‘calm before the storm’ – use it to make preparations
Today will be the last full day to prepare for Typhoon Dolphin. Make sure to go over all of your emergency preparedness plans, including emergency first aid kits. Start storing potable and non-potable water, nonperishable foods and candles. Pick up any loose debris in your yards that can fly due to strong winds.
 
Flooding
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood warning for the Marianas from 6 p.m. this evening through Saturday morning. Typhoon Dolphin can bring torrential rain to the Mariana Islands with possible 8-10 inches of rain. Roads in poor drainage areas could become impassable. Houses in low-lying areas and close to streams and rivers could take on water.
 
Residents should take precautionary actions by clearing debris from storm drains near you. If you live near water, pay close attention to water levels.
 
Even before damaging winds and rains happen, other rain showers will happen that will saturate the ground. As the typhoon comes closer, the sea level will rise. These two conditions combined create a force of Mother Nature that can’t be avoided. Low-lying areas that will begin to flood include Route 1 Piti in the Polaris Point area, Merizo through Inarajan, and Pago Bay. Drivers should be mindful of this when it begins to rain later today. Residents in low-lying and flood-prone areas should consider securing their homes in preparation of flood and moving temporarily to a family member’s home or public shelter.
 
Dangerous water conditions
Please do not get in the water. Residents and visitors are cautioned against engaging in any kind of water-related activities during the approach and passing of Typhoon Dolphin. The public is advised against venturing along trails close to the water or shoreline, as high surf can knock a person down and sweep them off beaches and rocks. These waves can be deadly even for the most experiences swimmers.
 
After-school programs for GuamDOE cancelled; Schools closed tomorrow
Guam DOE has cancelled after school programs today. Also, public schools as well as DODEA schools will be closed tomorrow.
 
Government of Guam closed tomorrow
Likewise, GovGuam will be closed tomorrow (Friday). Only emergency and medical- and storm-essential personnel are on duty.
 
Military bases
The Navy Exchange and commissaries on Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base will close today at 7 p.m. The BX on Andersen will close at 8:30 p.m. today. The facilities will be closed tomorrow.
 
Accurate information will come through our media partners
The Joint Information Center yesterday confirmed with media partners listed below that they will make available to you information from the JIC. The JIC is the government of Guam, military, and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. In this age of social media, it’s really important for residents to rely on accurate information, and not rumors. We will release all news releases via our email list, which includes media partners, and the Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Typhoon Dolphin as well:
 
•    Isla 630 AM
 
•    K57 AM
 
•    i94 FM
 
•    Power 98 FM
 
•    105 the KAT
 
•    KISH 102.9 FM     
 
 

Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.

 


 

 
 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER 
 
JIC Release No.1
 
May 13, 2015 (3:30 p.m. ChST)
 
Governor places Guam in COR3
 
Governor Eddie Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, placed Guam and the military bases in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 3 p.m. 
 
At COR 3, damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours. As of 2 p.m. today, Typhoon Dolphin was located 780 miles east-southeast of Guam and continues to move west-northwest at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 75 mph. 
 
Guam was placed on a typhoon watch this morning. A typhoon watch means typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph are possible within 48 hours. The typhoon is continuing to strengthen and we’re expecting sustained winds to increase to about 100 mph by the time it makes its closest point of approach late Friday afternoon to evening. 
 
Take Time NOW to Prepare
 
The Governor and Rear Admiral are urging Guamanians to make necessary preparations at home and at work. At a minimum, residents should take the following steps to prepare for the typhoon:
 
 Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household. 
 
 Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
 
 Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
 
 Stock up on non-perishable foods (like canned goods) and drinking water.
 
 Get batteries for flashlights and battery-operated radios. 
 
 Get your shutters ready. 
 
 Prepare and secure your office area. 
 
The Joint Information Center will continue to monitor and update as needed. Stay current by listening to local news stations, or by visiting the following sites online: 
 
 GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it)
 
 
 Governor of Guam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo
 
 National Weather Service: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
 Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
 
May 13, 2015 (Noon ChST) 
 
Storm upgraded to typhoon; Governor anticipates declaring COR3 this afternoon 
 
Governor Eddie Calvo is encouraging Guamanians to take advantage of today’s sunny weather to prepare for what is now Typhoon Dolphin. The storm is intensifying as it slowly makes its way towards the Mariana islands. Meteorologists anticipate closest point of approach on Friday.   
 
The National Weather Service placed Guam in a typhoon watch this morning. A typhoon watch means typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph are possible within 48 hours. As of 11 a.m. today, Typhoon Dolphin was located 805 miles east-southeast of Guam, moving at 9 mph. Governor Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, are coordinating responses in preparation for the storm. They anticipate calling a Condition of Readiness 3 (COR 3) for the island and its military installations this afternoon.  
 
The government of Guam, military and private sector have different ways of reacting to COR3. The military has to secure certain assets. GovGuam continues regular operations during COR3, as do most businesses. 
 
As the government takes steps to prepare for the storm, here are some steps you can take at your homes and offices:  • Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.  
 
   Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind. 
 
  Gas your car and get fuel for your generators. 
 
   Stock up on non-perishable foods (like canned goods) and drinking water. 
 
  Get batteries for flashlights and battery-operated radios.  
 
   Get your shutters ready.  
 
  Prepare and secure your office area.  
 
The Joint Information Center will continue to monitor and update as needed. Stay current by listening to local news stations, or by visiting the following sites online:  
 
  GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it)
 
 
  Governor of Guam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo 
 
  National Weather Service: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/ 
 
  Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam 
 
For more information, contact GHS Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov
 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
 
May 12, 2015 (2:30 p.m. ChST)
 
Tropical Storm Dolphin moves toward Marianas
 
Residents encouraged to prepare
 
Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the National Weather Service (NWS) are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Dolphin.
 
As of 2:00 p.m. today (ChST), Tropical Storm Dolphin was located about 920 miles east-southeast of Guam located near 10.3 north latitude and 158.0 east longitude. The storm is moving west-northwest at 9 mph and is expected to move west through Wednesday then west-northwest toward the southern Mariana Islands by Friday. Currently, maximum sustained winds are 50 mph with gusts of 65 mph.
 
It is expected to intensify and is forecast to become a typhoon tomorrow night or Thursday morning.
 
The FEMA Region IX sent an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) to Guam and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. They are on island prior to the storm should federal assistance be needed. An IMAT is a 10 to 15 member team comprised of FEMA disasters response specialists, specializing in Operations, Logistics, Planning, External Affairs and other management functions.
 
GHS/OCD advises all Guam residents to take action to prepare:
 
·      Locate or prepare the emergency preparedness kit for your household.
 
·      Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may fly with heavy wind.
 
·      Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
 
·      Stock up on non-perishable food items and drinking water.
 
·      Get batteries for flashlights and battery-operated radios.
 
·      Get your shutters out and ready. GHS/OCD will be putting out more information regarding this within the next couple of days. 
 
GHS/OCD will continue to monitor and update as needed. Stay current with more information from your local news stations, weather stations, radio stations, and the Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense: 
 
Website: www.ghs.guam.gov (you are on it)
 
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 

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