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JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 12  (LATEST!)                                           
 
November 21, 2015 (10 a.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: COR4 ; residents urged to stay out of the water until hazardous conditions ease 
 
Guam is now in Condition of Readiness 4.
 
 
“The storm skirted around the southern end of the island and we were spared the worst of it,” the Governor stated. “But I want to caution residents to stay out of the water as strong winds and high surf make the water dangerous. Also, please drive defensively out on the roads today as we’re going to see more rain.”
 
Guam could see some wind and rain for the next three to four hours as Typhoon In-Fa makes its way from the region.
 
Guam Homeland Security activated their All Hazards Alert Warning System, loud-voice speakers, announcing the return to COR4.
 
MILITARY REC CENTERS, BEACHES
While sea conditions remain treacherous, Naval Base Guam beaches will remain closed until 7 a.m. tomorrow and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB), Tarague Beach closed until further notice. Quality of life facilities at NBG and AAFB will open at 10 a.m. with the return to Condition of Readiness 4.
 
Northern and Southern Regional Community Health Center
Northern Regional Community Health Center resume normal operations and close at 5 p.m. The Southern Regional Community Health Center resume normal operations and close at noon. 
 
SHELTERS
There were five shelters opened yesterday to ensure residents had a safe place to stay during the storm. There were 250 residents who sought emergency shelter. As of 9:45 a.m. there were 19 shelterees. Managers said several people were already making their way back home. Two shelters have been closed.
 
Current numbers are:
Astumbo Elementary: 0
George Washington High: 14
Merizo Martyrs Elementary: Closed (no shelterees)
Talofofo Elementary: Closed (no shelterees)
Harry S. Truman Elementary: 5 
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Typhoon In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 11                                        
 
November 21, 2015 (9:50 a.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Residents urged to stay out of the water until hazardous conditions ease 
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Brigardier General Andrew Toth are asking the island community to stay out of the water. Sustained winds of 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph, will be expected for the next few hours. Off-shore winds and combined seas of 10 to 14 feet will produce hazardous conditions for small craft operators through the evening.
 
Winds and seas are expected to subside by Sunday evening.
 
Inexperienced mariners, especially those with smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary, then they must exercise caution, especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets.
 
A high surf advisory remains in effect until noon Monday. Hazardous surf of up to 10 feet is expected along south-facing reefs through tonight. Surf will build along west-facing reef tonight and remain hazardous through the weekend.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Typhoon In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 
 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 10                                            
 
November 20, 2015 (8 a.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Guam remains in COR2
 
 
 
Closest point of approach (CPA): Storm has made its closest point of approach and is slowly moving away from the region.
 
What now?: The biggest concern now is the tail of the storm, which means continued conditions and in some cases, conditions deteriorate.
 
When will we return to Condition 4?: The next weather briefing is at 9 a.m. At which time discussions on when the island can return to COR4 will take place. Then the Governor will make the decision.
 
GIAA
 
The Guam International Airport Authority continues to run normal operations. No airlines have announced changes in flights.
 
SHELTERS
 
There were five shelters opened yesterday to ensure residents had a safe place to stay during the storm. There were 250 residents who sought emergency shelter. As of 8 a.m. there were 195 shelterees. Managers said several people were already making their way back home. Two shelters have been closed.
 
Current numbers are:
 
Astumbo Elementary: 172
 
George Washington High: 18
 
Merizo Martyrs Elementary: Closed (no shelterees)
 
Talofofo Elementary: Closed (no shelterees)
 
Harry S. Truman Elementary: 5
 
 
POWER AND WATER
 
The JIC received one report of a power outage in NCS, Dededo within the last 30 minutes. The GPA representative has called it in and crews are en route.
 
 
GWA asked southern residents to conserve water as Ugum Reservoir was expecting some turbidity, making it difficult to clean the water to standards. However, as of this morning, no water production issues were reported.
 
FLOODING & ROAD CLOSURES
 
There were no reports of flooding or road closures.
 
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 
 

 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 
JIC Release No. 9    (LATEST!)                                           
 
November 21, 2015 (5 a.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Guam remains in COR2; GIAA and airlines continue normal operations
 
 
Typhoon In-Fa is moving west at 18 mph towards the general direction of Guam and the Marianas as of 2 a.m. Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 2.
 
The system is following a track to pass south of Guam, however, it is intensifying. Information on the storm follows:
 
Current strength: 115 mph sustained winds
Current movement and speed: West, 18 mph
Current location: 10.9 degrees north/144.2 degrees east 180 miles south-southeast of Guam
 
Closest point of approach (CPA): Expected between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Distance from Guam at CPA: Approx. 150 miles south of Guam
Wind strength at CPA: Sustained winds of about 130 mph with stronger gusts.
 
 
No canceled flights
 
The Guam International Airport Authority continues to run normal operations. No airlines have announced changes in flights.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Typhoon In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 8                                             
 
November 20, 2015 (8:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Typhoon In-Fa continues to strengthen; Guam remains in COR 2
 
 
More than 100 residents have sought shelter during the storm. If you or a loved one are in need of emergency shelter and need transportation please call your respective Mayor’s Office or you can call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/09/10.
 
As of 8 p.m., Typhoon In-Fa was located about 240 miles southeast of Guam and 320 miles south-southeast of Saipan. It continues to move west-northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds currently at 115 mph.
 
In-Fa is expected to maintain a west-northwest movement along with a slight increase in forward speed. This current track brings In-Fa south of Guam Saturday morning.
 
Guam is forecast to get winds below 40 mph during its closest point of approach (CPA) on Saturday morning. The storm has continued to strengthen; winds are expected to be 135 mph towards the center of the storm at its CPA. Damaging winds of 39 mph or more are forecast to pass just below the southern end of the island.
 
Although the current track does not bring the 100+ mph winds to Guam at this time, any northward track can bring higher damaging winds to Guam. The Joint Information Center reminds residents to stay tuned for updated weather information.
 
Shelter Update as of 8 p.m.
 
The following shelters are open:
 
·         Astumbo Elementary School – Population 89
·         George Washington High School – Population 12
·         Merizo Elementary School – Population 0
·         Talofofo Elementary School – Population 15
·         Harry S. Truman Elementary School – Population 4
 
 
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 7                                            
 
November 20, 2015 (6 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: GPA – Protecting home appliances during a storm  
 
Checking Your Home Appliances Left "ON" Prior to the Tropical Storms/Depressions
 
 
 
GPA advises customers to make an internal electrical inspection of their home or business establishment to ensure the safety of loved ones and customers.
Double check all electrical appliances or electrical switches that may have been "ON" prior to the interruption of power brought on by a storm.  Switch "OFF" all electrical items, especially cooking stoves and irons, just in case electricity is restored to your home or business while you are asleep or away from home. 
 
A small lamp or a single light fixture switched "ON" can be used to monitor the power status in your home or business.  Once power is restored in your area, you will be aware of it and can resume the operation of appliances within your home and/or business.
 
Switch off main breakers when using generators
 
The Guam Power Authority is 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 are either clearing lines or energizing primary and secondary power lines across Guam.
 
Owners of personal generators should consult and comply with the manufacturer's operating manuals and other specially-prepared materials provided with their personal emergency generators. 
 
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 6                                         
 
November 20, 2015 (5:15 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: Water Safety
 
 
Typhoon In-Fa continues to make its way to the Mariana Islands. Small craft and high-surf advisories are in effect. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and east facing reefs. The storm is causing stronger winds and higher waves, making water conditions life threatening.
 
Residents are warned not to boat or swim, and to stay out of the water until the storm has passed the island and conditions return to normal.  
 
 
NWS advisories in effect
 
The small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. (ChST), Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas building 10 feet or higher will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary, exercise caution especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets.
 
The high-surf advisory remains in effect until noon (ChST), Monday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Strong winds and large waves will cause hazardous surf along north and east facing shores. Hazardous surf of 6 to 9 feet along north facing reefs and 9 to 12 feet along east facing reefs today could build to higher levels this weekend. Surf will not fall below hazardous levels until Monday. 
 
Strong waves can knock down anyone standing near a reef, overwhelm strong swimmers, and overturn small watercrafts.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 5                                                
 
November 20, 2015 (3:45 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE: 5 emergency shelters to open at 5 p.m.
Residents who need emergency shelter urged to prepare 
 
 
Guam Department of Education will open five primary shelters by 5 p.m.  today. Residents who need emergency shelter are asked to be at the shelters closest to their homes no earlier than 5 p.m.
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Brig. Gen Andrew Toth, deputy commander of Joint Region Marianas, have declared Condition of Readiness 2 at noon for the island and the military installations, respectively.
 
The shelters are:
·         Astumbo Elementary School
 
·         George Washington High School
 
·         Merizo Elementary School
 
·         Talofofo Elementary School
 
·         Harry S. Truman 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 for information on transportation. Residents will need to go to their respective Mayor’s Office for bus transportation to the shelters. 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) 
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No.4                                               
 
November 20, 2015 (2:45 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON UPDATE:  GMH and GRMC to open for pregnant moms; Public Health Northern & Southern Centers to open; Shelters to open at 5 p.m.
 
 
 
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.
 
STORM SHELTERS
GovGuam is opening 5 shelters at 5 p.m.:
• Merizo Elementary School
• Talofofo Elementary School
• Harry S. Truman Elementary School
• George Washington High School
• Astumbo Elementary School
 
 
Treasurer of Guam
The Department of Administration is keeping the Treasurer of Guam office at ITC in Tamuning open until 4 p.m.
 
Guam Memorial Hospital
The Guam Memorial Hospital will be opening its doors at 6 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. 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 non-perishable 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 weapons
       b. No weapons No personal pillows and linens.
       c. No escorts, children or pets will be allowed to accompany the pregnant women.
 
Also, regular visiting hours and family viewings are expected to continue until 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 (671) 483-8852. 
 
Naval Hospital
Naval Hospital Guam will contact 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.
  
Guam Regional Medical City
GRMC advises women who plan to deliver their babies at GRMC to check in at the Patient Registration Department on the first floor if they are at 36 weeks or more into their pregnancies; or if they are 6 months into a high risk pregnancy. GRMC will open its doors at 6 p.m. to pregnant women. Expectant mothers are advised to bring the following items:
 
1.      Any needed medications
2.      Personal toiletries
3.      Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks that do not need refrigeration or heating
4.      Change of clothing
5.      Entertainment devices or reading materials to help pass time
6.      ID and insurance cards
 
RESTRICTIONS:
1. No personal pillows or linens.
2. No escorts, children or pets will be allowed to accompany the pregnant women.
 
For more information, please contact GRMC Communications Officer Kevin Kerrigan at 685-6165.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Typhoon In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• Hit Radio 100
• 105 the KAT
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.

 

 


 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No.3                         
 
November 20, 2015 (11:45 a.m. ChST)
 
 
TYPHOON IN-FA UPDATE: Guam expected to go to COR 2 at Noon
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, deputy commander of Joint Region Marianas, will place Guam and the military bases, respectively, in Condition of Readiness (COR) 2 at noon today. COR 2 means damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within 24 hours.
 
All public schools will close at noon and students will be released. Parents can pick up their children at noon. Guam Department of Education and Department of Public Works have worked out the busing schedule to bring students home.
 
"The storm's trajectory shows it passing south of Guam tomorrow morning. It continues to strengthen and it has wobbled a bit. So we're erring on the side of caution because the smallest shift north could bring typhoon conditions to our island," Governor Calvo stated.
 
At Condition of Readiness 2, all GovGuam agencies will be closed. Before leaving their agencies, all directors need to ensure all payroll related functions are carried out. All GovGuam employees are to secure their stations at noon.
 
A list of shelters will be released no later than 2 p.m. and shelters will be opened at 5 p.m. 
 
The closure of schools allows DOE to prepare shelters and organize shelter management. The list of shelters that will be opened will be announced by 2 p.m.
 
As of 11 a.m. today, Typhoon In-Fa was located about 410 miles south-southeast of Saipan and 360 miles southeast of Guam. It continues to move west-northwest at 13 mph.
 
Current forecasts show the closest point of approach is expected to be approximately 130 miles south of Guam early Saturday morning. At that time, Guam will feel up to 35 mph sustained winds.
 
DOE
 
Busses will pick up students at the following schools and times:
·      John F. Kennedy High School, Tiyan High School, J.P. Torres Alternative School, and Southern high School at 11:30 a.m.
 
·      Okkodo High School, George Washington High School and Simon Sanchez High School at 11:45 a.m.
 
·      All elementary schools and headstart classes at 12:15 p.m.
 
·      All middle schools at 1 p.m.
 
 
Parents or guardians can pick up their children at noon or earlier. Faculty and staff at all schools will remain on campus until 2 p.m. to ensure classrooms are secured. All after-school activities, including interscholastic games and practices as well as ASPIRE, are cancelled for today.
 
Take Time to Prepare
 
The Governor and Brig. Gen. Toth continue to urge residents to make necessary preparations at home, while the day is nice and sunny. We are expecting some stormy weather by this afternoon. Residents are advised to take the following steps to prepare for tomorrow:
 
Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household:
•   Non-perishable food items (canned goods) and drinking water
•   Battery-operated radio
•  Flashlights, extra batteries
•  First-aid kit
•  Family needs: baby food, diapers, pet food, medication, and important documents, including mortgage, loan documents, passports, birth certificates, medical records, etc.
•  Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
•  Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
•  Get your shutters ready.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm In-Fa:
 
• 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
• Hit Radio 100
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 


 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No.2                                             
 
November 19, 2015 (5 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TROPICAL STORM UPDATE: Guam remains in COR 3
 
 
As of 5 p.m. today, Tropical Storm In-Fa was located about 580 miles southeast of Saipan and 550 miles southeast of Guam. It continues to move west-northwest at 18 mph with maximum sustained winds currently at 65 mph.
 
Tropical Storm In-Fa is moving on a current track that would bring it south of Guam Saturday afternoon. This storm is expected to gradually intensify, regaining typhoon status this evening or early Friday morning.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Guam, meaning tropical storm conditions of 39 mph or more are possible within the next 48 hours.
 
The storm can get worse quickly or change direction. Any northward track will bring higher damaging winds to Guam. The Joint Information Center reminds the community to stay tuned for updated weather information.
 
Water conservation
 
The Guam Waterworks Authority advises southern residents in Ipan, Talofofo, to Umatac to conserve water from now until Sunday. Heavy rainfall is causing the water to be murky, affecting Ugum Water Treatment Plant’s ability to process water.
 
Port Conditions
In preparation for Tropical Storm In-Fa, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Guam established Port Heavy Weather Condition (PHWC) X-Ray at 10 a.m. today. All commercial vessels must prepare to complete cargo operations and depart the Ports of Guam and Rota when PHWC Yankee is established. The establishment of this condition means all commercial vessels greater than or equal to 200 gross tons must depart all Guam ports. Also, all inbound vessels are prohibited from entering the ports. Upon the setting of PHWC Zulu, the port and marinas will remain closed to incoming traffic and all cargo and bunker operations will be suspended.
If you have questions or concerns, please call the Sector Guam Prevention and Compliance Department at (671) 355-4835 or the Command Center at (671) 355-4824.
 
NWS advisories in effect
 
small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. (ChST), Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas building 10 feet or higher will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary, exercise caution especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets.
 
high surf advisory remains in effect until noon (ChST), Monday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Strong winds and large waves will cause hazardous surf along north and east facing shores. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet along north facing reefs and 9 to 12 feet along east facing reefs today could build to higher levels this weekend. Surf will not fall below hazardous levels until Monday. Residents are advised to avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north and east as rip currents will be life threatening.
  
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm In-Fa:
 
• Isla 630 AM
• K57 AM
• i94 FM
• Power 98 FM
• K-STEREO 95.5 KSTO FM
• 105 the KAT
• Hit Radio 100
• KISH 102.9 FM
• KHMG 88.1 FM
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 1                                              
 
November 19, 2015 (10 a.m. ChST)
 
 
TROPICAL STORM UPDATE: Guam in COR3; Residents advised to prepare
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Brig. Gen. Andrew Toth, deputy commander of Joint Region Marianas, placed Guam and the military bases, respectively, in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 10 a.m. (ChST) today. COR 3 means damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within 48 hours.
 
 
The storm is expected to make its way towards the Marianas, with a closest point of approach on Saturday afternoon with winds of about 46 mph. That can change however.
 
The community is highly encouraged listen to radio and news partners, and check on the Facebook pages for Governor Eddie Baza Calvo, Guam Homeland Security, and Joint Region Marianas for updated weather information. Mother Nature can change her mind; the weather can get worse quickly or change direction. Being prepared helps ensure everyone’s safety.
 
As of 7 a.m. today, Tropical Storm In-Fa was located about 770 miles southeast of Saipan and 745 miles southeast of Guam. It continues to move west-northwest at 10 mph with maximum sustained winds currently at 65 mph.
 
Tropical Storm In-Fa is moving on a current track that would bring it south of Guam Saturday afternoon. Tropical Storm In-Fa is expected to gradually intensify, regaining typhoon status this evening or early Friday morning.
 
The National Weather Service is expected to place Guam in a tropical storm watch by 11 a.m., meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within 36 hours.
  
It never hurts to be prepared
 
The Governor and Brig. Gen. Toth are urging Guamanians to make necessary preparations at home. At a minimum, residents should take the following steps to prepare for a storm:
 
Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household:
•   Non-perishable food items (canned goods) and drinking water
•   Battery-operated radio
•  Flashlights, extra batteries
•  First-aid kit
•  Family needs: baby food, diapers, pet food, medication, and important documents, including mortgage, loan documents, passports, birth certificates, medical records, etc.
•  Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
•  Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
•  Get your shutters ready.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm In-Fa:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook page: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.

 

 


 

TROPICAL STORM IN-FA UPDATE: Governor, Lt. Governor call on residents to take precautions  

 
A joint release from Offices of the Governor and Homeland Security/Civil Defense  
 
Nov. 18, 2015
2:30 p.m.
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio are calling on the community to make preparations in case Tropical Storm In-Fa. Meteorologists anticipate In-Fa to move towards the Marianas this week and make its closest point of approach Saturday.
 
 
“We can’t take anything for granted,” said Governor Calvo. “At this point the storm is expected to pass south of Guam by more than 100 miles, which could mean winds of up to 40 mph or so. However, that can change. We can’t control nature and even with all of our modern technology we can’t say exactly what will happen with the storm.”
 
Lt. Governor Tenorio said residents can begin preparing their homes as a precaution.
 
“Secure tents, canopies and other items around your homes, and put away anything that might tossed around or picked up by high winds during a storm,” the Lt. Governor stated.
 
“And if you have the opportunity, look at your typhoon supplies and emergency kit and see if anything needs to be replaced or replenished. It never hurts to be prepared for the worst case scenario.”
 
CPA forecasted for Saturday
 
At 2 p.m. today, the center of the storm was located near latitude 6 degrees north and longitude 156.3 degrees east, about 940 miles east southeast of Guam. In-Fa has 60mph winds and is expected to intensify. It is moving west  northwest at 17 mph and is expected to slow its forward movement. This track is expected to continue through tomorrow, when it will turn more to the west Thursday night into Friday morning.
 
With this current forecast, In-Fa is expected to make its closest point of approach on Saturday afternoon, passing 140 miles south of Hagåtña. At this proximity, the storm is expected to bring 40 mph winds to Guam.
 
That can change, however. Guam Homeland Security and the National Weather Service are monitoring the storm. The Governor’s office is already reaching out to cabinet members to begin preparing their agencies.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm In-Fa will bring scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms along with winds of up to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. The weather is expected to deteriorate on Friday as In-Fa brings stronger winds, heavier showers and thunderstorms. 
 
small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. (ChST), Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas building 10 feet or higher will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary, exercise caution especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
high surf advisory is in effect until noon (ChST), Monday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Strong winds and large waves will cause hazardous surf along north and east facing shores. Hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet along north facing reefs and 9 to 12 feet along east facing reefs tonight could build to higher levels this weekend. Surf will not fall below hazardous levels until Monday. Residents are advised to avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north and east as rip currents will be life threatening.
 
 
Take time now to prepare
Residents are urged to monitor this tropical storm closely as it makes its way toward the Marianas. At a minimum, residents should take the following steps as a precaution:
 
Review your family disaster plan and ensure your emergency preparedness kits are ready for your household:
•  Non-perishable food items (canned goods) and drinking water
•  Battery-operated radio
•  Flashlights, extra batteries
•  First-aid kit
•  Family needs: baby food, diapers, pet food, medication, and important documents, including mortgage, loan documents, passports, birth certificates, medical records, etc.
•  Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind
•  Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
•  Get your shutters ready
 
OHS/OCD, in coordination with the NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely and provide updates.
 
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 
 
For Immediate Release
 
November 17, 2015
 
3 p.m. (ChST)
 
 
Tropical Depression 27W heads toward the Marianas; Residents advised to monitor closely
 
 
As advised by the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, Tropical Depression 27W will produce inclement weather for the Mariana Islands by Thursday. 
 
According to an NWS Special Weather Statement, at 1 p.m., Tropical Depression 27W is 65 miles southwest of Kosrae and centered about 1340 miles east-southeast of Guam and 1335 miles east-southeast of Saipan, moving west with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. This tropical depression is expected to turn toward the west-northwest and gradually intensify over the next few days, possibly bringing it to the Mariana Islands by Saturday evening. 
 
Tropical Depression 27W will bring scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms along with gusty winds of 15 to 35 mph with gusts to 35 mph to the southern Mariana Islands as early as Thursday.
 
small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. (ChST), Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas building 8 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions, especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
Although there are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time, residents should monitor this tropical depression closely as it makes its way toward the Marianas. OHS/OCD, in coordination with the NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely and provide updates. Attached is the latest NWS forecast track and wind distribution graphic. 
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 13   (LATEST!)
 
August 16, 2015 (Noon, ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Update: Guam in COR 4 
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, have declared the island and its military partners to be in Condition of Readiness 4.
 
 
As Tropical Storm Goni moves away from Guam, residents are urged to heed all warnings and advisories. More rain is expected, creating hazardous driving conditions. Conditions should improve slightly as the day progresses. A monsoon trough in the region will continue to bring more rain to Guam.
 
Public Schools
Department of Education officials are currently assessing buildings for damages or any issues that impact student safety. The decision to open or close schools will be announced later today. 
 
NWS watches Atsani
There have been questions about Tropical Storm Atsani. The system is located 15.2 North and 161.1 East as of 8 a.m. today, placing it approximately 1,100 miles northeast of Guam. At this time, meteorologists do not believe Atsani will be a threat to Guam.   
 
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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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 
JIC Release No. 12  
 
August 16, 2015 (11 a.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Update: Monsoon brings more rain
 
 
 
As Tropical Storm Goni makes its way from Guam and the Mariana Islands, Guamanians can expect more rain and wind. A flash flood warning is expected to continue on Guam and Rota until 11:30 a.m.
 
Guam has received 9 to 12 inches of rain over the past 28 hours. An additional 4 to 6 inches of rain is possible on both Guam and Rota through this morning.
 
The Governor of Guam and Rear Admiral of Joint Region Marianas anticipate returning the island, and its military partners, to COR 4 at noon.
 
Flooding
Please stay off the roads. With more rain and with the ground already saturated, more flooding is expected. Yesterday, there were several accounts of flooded roads, including the Piti intersection; Pago Bay, Chalan Pago; Maimai, Chalan Pago; Snake Road, Maina; Dead Man's Curve, Asan-Adelup; Tiyan intersection on Route 8; and Barcinas area in Merizo.
 
Residents are urged to drive carefully, particularly if there is water covering the road. There are some manhole covers that may have been displaced by heavy rainfall.
 
Dangerous Waters
The National Weather Service will be issuing high surf and small craft advisories today. Meteorologists and public safety officials are encouraging residents to stay out of the water.
 
Beaches on Naval Base Guam and Andersen Air Force Base will remain closed untiltomorrow.
 
Expectant Moms
Guam Memorial Hospital received five expectant mothers last night.
 
Shelters
There were 173 residents seeking shelter at three facilities:
-          Astumbo Elementary: 158
 
-          Talofofo Elementary: 6*
 
-          George Washington High School: 9
 
*The families at Talofofo Elementary are preparing to leave. This shelter will be closing.
 
Water Outages
Water buffaloes were brought to the Inarajan and Merizo mayors’ offices. The Ugum water treatment plant is still off line because the rain is making the water too muddy to treat. GWA crews are standing by and are hoping to bring the plant back online by noon, though it may take time to get clean water through pipes, into reservoirs and homes. If you have any questions, of if you have a water issue, call 646-4211.
 
Power Outages
There are pockets of power outages in Tumon, Yigo and Barrigada. Guam Power Authority crews have reported to each of the sites and are working to restore power. If you have a power outage, or power-related issues, call 475-1472/3/4.
 
Flight Changes
There are two flight changes announced for today, Aug. 16:  
 
Delta
DL Flight 289 – Depart from Guam to Narita 8:50 a.m. – CANCELED
 
United Express
UE Flight 5039 – Depart from Guam to Saipan 1 p.m. – CANCELED
 
If you or a loved one has a flight in or out of Guam that is not listed above, please call your respective airline.
 
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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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 11 
 
August 16, 2015 (3:45 a.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Update: Expect monsoon tail to bring more rain, wind
 
 
As of 2 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Goni was continuing to make its way through the Mariana islands, moving west northwest at 7 mph. It is expected to continue in that direction at a slightly faster speed throughout the morning.
 
The closest point of approach to Guam is about 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. Even as the storm moves away from Guam, the wind and rain will continue and possibly get worse as a monsoon tail whips downward over the island.   
 
Continued rainfall is expected. Residents are encouraged to stay home until the all clear is given. Yesterday, heavy rainfall closed off portions of Guam’s roads, or even entire roadways, and flooded low-lying areas. If you have to be on the roads and come across a flooded road, you should seek an alternate route.
 
Areas where flooding was reported in the last 24 hours include:
 
-       Dead Man’s Curve in Asan
 
-       Snake Road, down the hill from Naval Hospital
 
-       Pago Bay
 
-       Polaris Point intersection, Marine Corps Drive, Piti
 
-       Maimai, Chalan Pago
 
-       Barcinas area, Merizo
 
-       Route 10 near Wendy’s, Barrigada
 
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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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 

JIC Release No. 10

 
August 15, 2015 (8 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Update: GMH receiving expectant mothers 
 
 
The Guam Memorial Hospital will be accepting pregnant women who are at least 36) weeks pregnant and all high-risk pregnant mothers who are six (6) months and over.  Report to GMH starting at 7:30pm today and before the announcement of Condition of Readiness 1.  Please keep in mind that you will remain at GMH for the duration of the storm until it is determined safe for you to return to your home.
 
GMH asks that pregnant mothers have a meal before they check into the hospital and bring snacks. Report directly to Patient Registration Department located on the first floor for registration.  Sleepers, blankets and pillows will be provided to the pregnant mothers.  Do not bring any personal bedding items to GMH.  All pregnant mothers who need to check into GMH are asked to bring the following for their comfort and convenience:
 
1.  Identification and health insurance cards;
2.  Drinking water & 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 reading materials, DVD movies, entertainment to help pass time;
7.    No escorts, children or pets will be allowed to accompany the pregnant
       mothers.
 
Also, regular visiting hours were suspended at 8 pm today until further notice.  Outpatient elective surgeries are postponed until further notice.  All essential GMH staff are asked to check in with their hospital supervisors.  For more information, contact June Perez at 483-8852.
 
 
 
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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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 
 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 9
 
August 15, 2015 (6:50 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Update: Airlines announce changes
 
 
There are several flight changes announced:
 
Delta
DL Flight 626 – Arrival to Guam from NGO 2:40 p.m. – CANCELED
DL Flight 608 – Arrival to Guam from NRT 2:45 p.m. – CANCELED
DL Flight 294 – Arrival to Guam from KIX 2:50 p.m. – CANCELED
DL Flight 609 – Depart from Guam to NRT 4:10 p.m. – CANCELED
DL Flight 625 – Depart from Guam to NGO 4:25 p.m. – CANCELED
DL Flight 634 – Depart from Guam to NRT 5:35 p.m. – CANCELED
 
United Airlines
UA Flight 188 – Arrival to Guam from KIX 2:45 p.m. – DIVERTED TO SAIPAN
 
United Express
UE Flight 5039 – Depart from Guam to SPN 1 p.m. – CANCELED
 
Japan Airlines
JL Flight 941 – Arrival to Guam from NRT 3:25 p.m. – DIVERTED TO SAIPAN
 
If you or a loved one has a flight in or out of Guam that is not listed above, please call your respective airline.
 
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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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 

JIC Release No. 8
 
August 15, 2015 (6:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TROPICAL STORM UPDATE: Heavy rains and flooded roads
 
 
It is raining hard in different areas of the island. Heavy rainfall is leading to dangerous driving conditions and flooding on roads and low-lying areas.
 
Much more rain is expected through Monday morning. Rain from previous days are already saturating the ground, flooding many areas around the island. Low-lying areas are especially vulnerable. The following roads have been reported to be flooding: 
- - Polaris Point Intersection on Route 1 Piti
- - Pago Bay
- - Maimai Road
- - Snake Road, from Naval Hospital towards Adelup
 
Guam Police Department officers are directing traffic. Rain has reduced visibility. Please drive with your headlights on if you’re still out there. If you come across flooded roads, don’t drive through them. Find alternate routes.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood watch and is warning residents to watch out for water levels if they live near or are hiking near streams and rivers.
 
Also, if your home is prone to flooding you may want to get to a shelter, which opened at 5 p.m. today. They are:
- - Astumbo Elementary School
- - George Washington High School
- - Talofofo Elementary School
 
STAY INFORMED
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
• 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
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 
 
 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 7
 
August 15, 2015 (5 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Update: Ugum Water Treatment Plant secured
 
Guam Waterworks Authority crews have secured the Ugum Water Treatment Plant in Talofofo at this time. This water plant provides water to customers from Ipan, Talofofo to Umatac. Reservoirs in the area are filled. GWA Interim General Manager Mark Miller is asking those southern villages to conserve water throughout this storm period.
 
There is one report of a water outage in Agat and Santa Rita due to a main waterline break, according to GWA. Crews are on site but it's unknown when the line will be fixed.
If you are experiencing water outages, contact GWA’s 24/7 hotline number at 646-4211.
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
• 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
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 6  
 
August 15, 2015 (4:45 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Update: Guam in COR 2; Healthcare Information
 
Public Health Centers
Now that it is COR 2, the Department of Public Health and Social Services’ (DPHSS) 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
DPHSS will be delivering dry goods today for homebound senior citizens for tomorrow’s meal service. This will ensure homebound senior citizens have nutritious meals tomorrow without any service interruption.
 
Naval Hospital
Naval Hospital Guam will call pregnant women who are 38-weeks or longer and 36-weeks if high-risk (with complications) if they wish to ride out the storm at USNH Guam. At that point, outpatient visits will be cancelled.
  
Guam Memorial Hospital
Due to the hazardous road conditions, GMH strongly advises pregnant mothers to remain home. Pregnant mothers can call their doctors or call the hospital if they experience any difficulties.  Visiting hours end at 8 p.m. today.
 
Road Update
The JIC is getting calls of impassable roads including:
·         Pago Bay
 
·         Polaris Point
 
·         Mai Mai Rd., Chalan Pago
 
·         Northbound lane, Dead Man’s Curve between Asan and Adelup
 
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 5 
 
August 15, 2015 (4 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Update: Guam in COR 2; Shelter information
 
 
Guam DOE will be opening three primary shelters at 5 p.m. today. Residents who need emergency shelter are asked to be at the shelters closest to their 5 p.m. The shelters are:
 
Ø  Astumbo Elementary School
Ø  George Washington High School
 Ø  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.      Three 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)
 
 
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 4
 
August 15, 2015 (2:45 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 Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas have placed the island and military installations, respectively, in COR 2 as of 2:30 p.m.
 
COR 2 means Guamanians can expect to see damaging winds within 24 hours. Tropical Storm Goni’s current track will bring the storm just north of Rota Sunday morning. Closest point of approach is Sunday morning. Guamanians can still expect 40-50 mph winds a few hours following the closest point of approach.
 
With a few hours of the day left, the Governor strongly encourages everyone to prepare for the storm.
 
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.    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.
  
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 3                                           
 
August 15, 2015 (1 p.m. ChST)
 
 
TROPICAL STORM UPDATE: Guam in tropical storm warning; typhoon watch for Saipan and Tinian
 
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Guam. This means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are likely within 24 hours.
 
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3.
  
The Joint Information Center reminds the community to stay tuned for updated weather information. Mother Nature can change her mind; the weather can quickly get worse, change direction, or dissipate. Being prepared will help ensure everyone’s safety.
 
 
Flash Flood Watch
 
Guam currently is under a flash flood watch. Tropical Storm Goni could produce between 8 inches to 12 inches of rainfall on Guam and Rota through Monday.
 
Roads in poor drainage areas could become impassable. Houses in low-lying area and close to streams and rivers could start taking on water.
 
 
Northern Mariana Islands
 
Tropical Storm Goni is intensifying and has taken a more westward track than originally forecasted. That movement has led to the tropical storm warning for Guam as well as:
 
-       A tropical storm warning is in effect for Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.
 
-       A typhoon watch is in effect for Tinian and Saipan, which means destructive winds of 74mph or more are possible in 36 hours.
 
 
 
Take Time NOW to Prepare
 
The Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, are urging Guamanians to make necessary preparations at home. At a minimum, residents should take the following steps to prepare for a storm:
 
Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household:
•   Non-perishable food items (canned goods) and drinking water
•   Battery-operated radio
•  Flashlights, extra batteries
•  First-aid kit
•  Family needs: baby food, diapers, pet food, medication, and important documents, including mortgage, loan documents, passports, birth certificates, medical records, etc.
•  Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
•  Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
•  Get your shutters ready.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.

 

 


 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 2                                              
 
August 15, 2015 (10 a.m. ChST)
 
 
TROPICAL STORM UPDATE: Guam in COR3; Tropical Depression 16W intensifies to Tropical Storm Goni
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, placed Guam and the military bases, respectively, in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 9 a.m. (ChST) today.
 
The closest point of approach to Guam is anticipated Sunday. However, it’s important to note that meteorologists are expecting winds and rain to continue and possibly strengthen after the closest point of approach for several hours. This is called a monsoon tail. If it occurs, Guam will see similar conditions to what followed Typhoon Dolphin several weeks ago.
 
As of 7 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Goni was located about 180 miles southeast of Saipan, 185 miles southeast of Tinian, 175 miles east-southeast of Rota and 190 miles east of Guam. It continues to move west-northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds currently at 40 mph.
 
Tropical Storm Goni is moving on a current track that would bring it between Rota and Tinian on Sunday morning. Any delay on the northwest turn would take it closer to Guam and Rota instead. Tropical Storm Goni is expected to gradually intensify, possibly becoming a typhoon late Sunday night or Monday morning.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Guam, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within 36 hours.
 
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are likely within 24 hours.
 
A typhoon watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning typhoon conditions, including destructive winds of 74 mph or more are possible within 36 hours.
 
The Joint Information Center reminds the community to stay tuned for updated weather information. Mother Nature can change her mind; the weather can get worse quickly, change direction, or dissipate. Being prepared helps ensure everyone’s safety.
 
Take Time NOW to Prepare
 
The Governor and Rear Admiral are urging Guamanians to make necessary preparations at home. At a minimum, residents should take the following steps to prepare for a storm:
 
Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household:
•   Non-perishable food items (canned goods) and drinking water
•   Battery-operated radio
•  Flashlights, extra batteries
•  First-aid kit
•  Family needs: baby food, diapers, pet food, medication, and important documents, including mortgage, loan documents, passports, birth certificates, medical records, etc.
•  Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
•  Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
•  Get your shutters ready.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Goni:
 
• 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.

 


 
JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 1                                   
 
August 14, 2015 (5 p.m. ChST)
 
 
 
Tropical Storm Watch for Guam and Rota; Typhoon Watch for Tinian and Saipan
 
 
The National Weather Service has placed Guam and Rota in a Tropical Storm Watch as of 2 p.m. This means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 48 hours.
 
A typhoon watch is now in effect for Tinian and Saipan. This means typhoon conditions, including destructive winds of 74 mph or more are possible within 48 hours.
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Lt. Governor Raymond Tenorio are encouraging Guamanians to take precautionary measures and clear their yards of debris, and to be careful while on the roads.
 
“We know that thousands of public school students will be starting the school year on Monday and many parents will be taking their children to get uniforms and back-to-school supplies,” Governor Calvo stated. “Please be careful as you’re driving around.”
 
“Currently, we’re expecting a lot of rain and some wind this weekend and that will likely decrease visibility. Rain also may pool along the roadsides, creating poor driving conditions this weekend.”
 
They also encourage the community to stay tuned for updated weather information as Mother Nature can change her mind; the weather can get worse quickly, or the storm can dissipate altogether. Being prepared helps ensure everyone’s safety.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4
 
As of 2 p.m. today, Tropical Depression 16W was located 12.5 degrees north latitude and 150.3 degrees east longitude. It was located about 355 miles east-southeast of Saipan, about 360 miles east-southeast of Tinian and Rota, and about 380 miles east of Guam. Tropical Depression 16W continues to move west-northwest at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 30 mph.
Tropical Depression 16W is expected to slowly intensify during the next couple of days, possibly becoming a tropical storm by Saturday afternoon.  
 
Governor Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, are working closely to determine if Guam will be placed in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3. At COR 3, damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours.
 
For now, GovGuam remains in COR 4.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Depression 16W:
 
- 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
- Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
- KUAM: kuam.com
- Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
- Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.

 


 
 
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 1  (LATEST!)                              
 
August 14, 2015 (5 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Watch for Guam and Rota; Typhoon Watch for Tinian and Saipan
 
 
The National Weather Service has placed Guam and Rota in a Tropical Storm Watch as of 2 p.m. This means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 48 hours.
 
A typhoon watch is now in effect for Tinian and Saipan. This means typhoon conditions, including destructive winds of 74 mph or more are possible within 48 hours.
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Lt. Governor Raymond Tenorio are encouraging Guamanians to take precautionary measures and clear their yards of debris, and to be careful while on the roads.
 
“We know that thousands of public school students will be starting the school year on Monday and many parents will be taking their children to get uniforms and back-to-school supplies,” Governor Calvo stated. “Please be careful as you’re driving around.”
 
“Currently, we’re expecting a lot of rain and some wind this weekend and that will likely decrease visibility. Rain also may pool along the roadsides, creating poor driving conditions this weekend.”
 
They also encourage the community to stay tuned for updated weather information as Mother Nature can change her mind; the weather can get worse quickly, or the storm can dissipate altogether. Being prepared helps ensure everyone’s safety.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4
 
As of 2 p.m. today, Tropical Depression 16W was located 12.5 degrees north latitude and 150.3 degrees east longitude. It was located about 355 miles east-southeast of Saipan, about 360 miles east-southeast of Tinian and Rota, and about 380 miles east of Guam. Tropical Depression 16W continues to move west-northwest at 8 mph. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 30 mph.
Tropical Depression 16W is expected to slowly intensify during the next couple of days, possibly becoming a tropical storm by Saturday afternoon.  
 
Governor Calvo and Rear Admiral Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, are working closely to determine if Guam will be placed in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3. At COR 3, damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours.
 
For now, GovGuam remains in COR 4.
 
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 radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Depression 16W:
 
- 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
 
TV and Newspaper partners include:
- Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com
- KUAM: kuam.com
- Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
- Marianas Variety: mvguam.com
 
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!)
• Joint Region Marianas Facebook: facebook.com/jrmguam
 
For more information contact the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 13   
 
July 5, 2015 (10:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
 
WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical Storm Chan-Hom moving away from the Marianas
 
 
 
The National Weather Service has dropped the Tropical Storm warning for Guam. The warning was issued at 2 p.m. today after Chan-Hom remained quasi-stationary in the Rota channel for a few hours this afternoon.  
 
As of 7 p.m., Tropical Storm Chan-Hom was located 110 miles north of Guam, 15.0 degrees north latitude, 145.1 degrees east longitude and moving northwest at 14 mph with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph. 
Chan-Hom is expected to intensify slowly the next couple of days as it moves away from the Marianas.
 
Chan-Hom proved to be ever changing over the past few days. It is the resiliency of the community that kept the island prepared for any changes the storm threw our way. Although Guam is past the worst parts of the storm, residents are advised to heed the cautions of the National Weather Service.
The following NWS advisories remain in effect:
 
 
 
Flash flood warning in effect
Do not go hiking. Flash flooding is expected in low-lying areas and near river and streams. As a result, it is extremely dangerous to venture into jungle.
 
Also, residents are advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Up to 9 inches or rain had fallen as of this morning, and meteorologists anticipate additional rainfall throughout the day today.
 
 
Driving conditions
Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and slick roads. Heavy rains can cause manholes to come up out of the pavement so motorists are advised to be very cautious on the roads.
 
 
High surf advisory
Stay out of the water. A high surf advisory has been issued, which means water conditions are dangerous. Guam can expect hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet along tonight and Monday along south, west and north facing reefs. Surf will fall below hazardous levels by Monday morning.
 
 
Small craft advisory
The NWS has issued a small craft advisory, in effect until 6 pm tomorrow. Combined seas of 10-14 feet are expected through Monday afternoon. A small craft advisory mean that wind speeds of 24 to 38 mph are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 12 
 
July 5, 2015 (3:45 p.m. ChST)
 
 
WEATHER UPDATE: Guam placed on Tropical Storm warning
 
 
Tropical Storm Chan-Hom has become quasi-stationary at the Rota Channel, moving west-northwest at 3 mph.
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), issued a tropical storm warning for Guam and the adjacent coastal waters. Guam is experiencing 45 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. As of 2 p.m., Chan-Hom was located 13.9 degrees north, 144.9 degrees east, or about 25 miles north-northeast of Guam.
 
Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Chip Guard said that even as Chan-Hom is moving away from Guam, it is “intensifying a little and we will be experiencing some tropical storm winds the rest of the afternoon.”
 
NWS meteorologists also noted that rain bands associated with Tropical Storm Chan-Hom is bringing strong winds and heavy rain to Guam and the adjacent coastal waters as they move south over the island.
 
This storm has proven to be erratic, changing speeds, direction and intensity in the last two days. Residents are asked to remain alert and be prepared for many major changes to this ever-changing storm.
 
The following NWS advisories remain in effect:
 
Flash flood warning in effect
 
Do not go hiking. Flash flooding is expected in low-lying areas and near river and streams. As a result, it is extremely dangerous to venture into jungle.
 
Also, residents are advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Up to 9 inches or rain had fallen as of this morning, and meteorologists anticipate additional rainfall throughout the day today.
 
 
Driving conditions
Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and slick roads. Heavy rains can cause manholes to come up out of the pavement so motorists are advised to be very cautious on the roads.
 
 
High surf advisory
Stay out of the water. A high surf advisory has been issued, which means water conditions are dangerous. Guam can expect hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs, 8 to 10 feet along south and west facing reefs, and 6 to 9 feet along north facing reefs through tomorrow.
 
 
Small craft advisory
The NWS has issued a small craft advisory, in effect until 6 pm tomorrow. Combined seas of 10-14 feet are expected through Monday afternoon. A small craft advisory mean that wind speeds of 24 to 38 mph are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.
 
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 11  
 
July 5, 2015 (12:45 p.m. ChST)
 
 
 
WEATHER UPDATE: Guam in COR 4; rainfall causes flooding
 
 
 
Guam was placed in COR 4 at 11 a.m. today. Although we have seen the worst of the weather, residents can still expect heavy rain for the next few hours.
 
 
Guam Power Authority crews are also responding to a reported outage in Salas St., Manengon, Yona.
 
 
Floods have been reported at the following areas:
 
·         Fonte River, Maina
 
·         Mandarin Lane Tai He, Mangilao
 
·         Tamuning, behind the old Ben Franklin
 
·         Rt. 1, Polaris Pt.
 
·         Rt. 6 & Rt. 1, Adelup – heading towards Nimitz Hill
 
·         Tumon San Vitores Rd.
 
·         Rt. 16, Barrigada
 
·         Rt. 8, Tiyan High School entrance
 
·         Toto Canada Rd. Barrigada “Snake Rd.”
 
·         Reflection Center, Santa Papa, Hagatna
 
·         Rt. 4, Jose C. Baza St., Merizo
 
·         Taitano Rd., “Hamburger Rd.”, Tamuning to Harmon is impassable.
 
·         Quichocho St., Pulantat, Yona is impassable. Residents in that area are being redirected as needed.
 
 
Department of Public Works crews are responding to reported flooded areas and are assessing, clearing drainage for water flow, and re-routing traffic.
Residents are advised to drive with extreme caution and use headlights while on the roads. Winds and large amounts of rain make driving during any storm dangerous to you and your passengers. Roads can flood quickly and become very dangerous. If possible, avoid driving under these conditions.
The following NWS advisories remain in effect:
 
 
 
 
Flash flood warning in effect
 
Do not go hiking. Flash flooding is expected in low-lying areas and near river and streams. As a result, it is extremely dangerous to venture into jungle.
 
Also, residents are advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action. Concurrently, this can cause manholes to come up out of the pavement so motorists are advised to be very cautious regarding manholes.  
 
Six to 9 inches of rain have already fallen on Guam with flash flooding expected to continue over the next several hours. Additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are likely today.
 
 
 
High surf advisory
 
Stay out of the water. A high surf advisory has been issued, which means water conditions are dangerous. Guam can expect hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs, 8 to 10 feet along south and west facing reefs, and 6 to 9 feet along north facing reefs through tomorrow.
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No. 10  
 
July 5, 2015 (10:30 a.m. ChST)
 
 
 
COR 4 to be Declared; Drive with Caution; Stay out of the Water
 
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, are urging residents to heed warning advisories; stay away from the beaches, and drive with caution as Tropical Chan-Hom makes its way past Guam.
 
 
With the storm’s passage, the Governor and Rear Admiral have made the decision to move Guam and the military bases, respectively, back to Condition of Readiness (COR) 4 by 11 a.m. today.
 
 
“Our island has seen its fair share of natural disasters and other contingencies, and we were blessed this time around. I am very proud of our Guahan families for taking this storm seriously and making the necessary precautions in the event of a worst case scenario,” stated Governor Calvo. “This storm continues to bring a great deal of rain and wind so I am asking everyone to be careful on the roads and to avoid getting into the water. We want everyone to be safe out there.”
 
 
 
As of 7 a.m., Chan-Hom was located 60 miles northeast of Guam and 15 miles east-southeast of Rota. It was located at 14 degrees north and 145.4 degrees east moving northwest at 6 mph. Guam is continuing to get winds of 25 mph and can expect to experience this for the next couple hours.
 
 
Although the island will be placed in COR 4 by late morning, residents and visitors are advised to heed the cautions from the National Weather Service, which plans to remove the typhoon watch for Guam by 11 a.m. today.
 
 
 
Flash flood warning in effect
 
Do not go hiking. Flash flooding is expected in low-lying areas and near river and streams. As a result, it is extremely dangerous to venture into jungle.
 
Also, residents are advised to stay away from streams, drainage ditches and low-lying areas prone to flooding. Rainfall and runoff will also cause hazardous driving conditions due to ponding, reduced visibility and poor braking action. Concurrently, this can cause manholes to come up out of the pavement so motorists are advised to be very cautious regarding manholes.  
 
Six to 9 inches of rain have already fallen on Guam with flash flooding expected to continue over the next several hours. Additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are likely today.
 
 
 
High surf advisory
 
Stay out of the water. A high surf advisory has been issued, which means water conditions are dangerous. Guam can expect hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs, 8 to 10 feet along south and west facing reefs, and 6 to 9 feet along north facing reefs through tomorrow.
 
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
 
Please call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10 for more information.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 
JIC Release No. 9 
 
July 4, 2015 (9:00 p.m. ChST)
 
 
 
Flash Flood Watch for Guam
 
 
 
A flash flood watch has been issued for Guam due to heavy rain associated with Tropical Storm Chan-Hom.
 
National Weather Service reports expect Tropical Storm Chan-Hom to bring up to six inches or more of rain to the Marianas tonight through Monday. This may overwhelm local drainage systems and the capacity of the soil to absorb moisture.
 
Roads in poor drainage areas may become impassable. Houses in low-lying areas and close to streams and rivers could start to experience inundation.
 
A flash flood watch means that conditions may develop that lead to dangerous flash flooding. The public is being advised to continue to monitor weather forecasts and be prepared to take action should flash flood warnings be issued. Island residents who live near streams and rivers are asked to pay close attention to the water levels.
 
As of 8 pm, Tropical Storm Chan-Hom continues to make its way toward the Mariana Islands. A typhoon watch remains in effect for Guam, however, as Chan-Hom could change course.
 
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
 
The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom 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. 8   
 
July 4, 2015 (9:30 a.m. ChST)
 
 
 
Tropical Storm Chan-Hom moving closer to Northern Mariana Islands
 
 
Guam will remain in Condition of Readiness 3 throughout today. Although Tropical Storm Chan-Hom has weakened and is moving northeast, the weather can change quickly.
 
As of 4 a.m. (ChST), Chan-Hom was located approximately 290 miles east-southeast of Guam, 11.7 north latitude and 148.7 east longitude. It is moving at 5 mph north, and is expected to pass through the Northern Mariana Islands on Sunday night. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 50 mph.
 
This storm is unpredictable. In the last two days, Chan-Hom has been erratic and there is still a possibility it can shift closer to Guam. The government of Guam and its military partners continue to be prepared to respond.
 
We would like everyone to enjoy their Fourth of July, but continue to stay abreast of the latest information regarding the storm.
 
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
 
The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom 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
 
Release No. 7   
 
July 3, 2015 (9 p.m. ChST)
 
Tropical Storm Chan-Hom tracking northeast; Guam remains in typhoon watch
 
Tropical Storm Chan-Hom is drifting north away from Guam, but that doesn’t mean Guam will not experience damaging winds.
 
As of 7 p.m., the storm was located at 10.9 degrees north, and 148.5 degrees east, or 310 miles southeast of Guam, and moving northeast at 8 mph. The storm is expected to turn northwest on Saturday and pass through the Marianas Sunday afternoon. With this track, the storm’s closest point of approach is about 90 miles north of Guam. The storm could still hit the island with winds of 50 mph, however.
 
“This storm has strengthened, weakened, changed course, moved faster and slowed down, all within the last 24 hours,” Governor Eddie Baza Calvo stated. “I think it’s safe to say that we can expect further change and I urge residents to stay on alert in case that change is for the worst.”
 
National Weather Service, Guam, Tiyan Office Lead Forecaster Mike Ziobro agreed with the governor.
 
“Even though this system is now tracking more northward and has weakened a bit, it could still become a typhoon as it passes through the Marianas. Things could change so keep an eye out,” he said. “We’re hoping the outlook is improving but do not dismiss the possibility of tropical storm or typhoon force winds by the time it reaches our area.”
 
Early this morning, Chan-Hom was upgraded to a typhoon, only to be downgraded this afternoon. Also, the center of the storm was expected to pass within 10 miles of the northern tip of the island. The storm also remained quasi-stationary for most of the afternoon before taking its current northeast route.
 
Meteorologists say the storm could become a typhoon again as it passes through the Marianas on Sunday.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER

 
JIC Release No. 6    
 
July 3, 2015 (6:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
 
UTILITIES UPDATE: GUAM POWER AUTHORITY/GUAM WATER AUTHORITY PREP AHEAD OF STORM
 
 
Guam Power Authority is working with Guam Waterworks Authority to ensure generators at the GWA water pumps and GWA water wells will kick in as required in a power outage. GWA has about 90 percent of the pumps and wells on back-up generators, which have been tested. The effort to ensure the generators are functioning has been ongoing for several weeks. Officials hope to have more generators at the pump and well stations ready to go. Also, GWA is working to ensure critical high-production wells have functioning generators.
 
GPA also started pre-storm preparation on its own generators, while also focusing on trimming overgrown vegetation that could cause or contribute to power outages.
 
Customer Consideration: GPA asks customers to clear debris and vegetation around their homes that could blow into power lines. For trees and tree branches that are close to power lines, call GPA.
 
 
GUAM POWER AUTHORITY
 
During the storm
·         We plan to run our power system (keep the power on) throughout the storm for as long as it is safe.  
 
·         As storm approaches and winds pick up, we will eventually have to secure our people for safety issues.
 
·         As breakers start tripping thereafter, we will have to start securing and bringing units off line.
 
 
Customer Consideration:
·         Protect and unplug your sensitive equipment (Air conditioning units, refrigerators, and other appliances, as well as computers and other electronics).
 
·         If you are experiencing any power fluctuations, brownouts, extremely bright lights, dimming/flickering lights, or water coming out of your outlets, turn off your main breaker as you may cause damage to other appliances.
 
 
 
 
AFTER THE STORM
 
Power System
·         GPA has procedural plans and priorities in place for storm recovery.
 
·         After the passage of the storm, crews will begin shift work 24-7 to begin clearing lines and restoring power.
 
·         Crews will first work on our primary transmission lines brining power from our generating plants out to our substations. (Until substations are restored, can we begin to restore power to our feeders, and ultimately our customers.)
 
·         We will then focus on clearing and restoring our 63 main feeder lines that takes power from the substations out to the various areas of the island. Only then will customers without any other damages or issues in the lines or equipment will begin to start seeing restoration of power services.
 
·         In order to energize the most customers, we may have to isolate areas heavily damaged and come back to the respective area at a later time.
 
·         We will simultaneously work on restoring our critical and priority circuits to the hospital, water wells, schools and other key areas.
 
·         Crews will then focus work on areas with major damages throughout the island.
 
·         Finally crews will then work on other affected areas throughout the island (smaller pockets of outages) and continue cleaning up power quality issues.
 
 
 
Public Consideration & Safety Concerns:
·         Power service recovery after a storm is an extremely dangerous effort.
 
·         We ask for the public’s cooperation and patience as we safely work to restore power to the island.
 
·         We will know the areas of the outages via our SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) and Smart Grid/Meters Systems.
 
·         Thus, we ask that you keep calls to a minimum and limit calls to emergency safety situations only (down lines/poles, sparking lines and transformers and other immediate dangers).
 
·         Stay away from all down lines and equipment. Absolutely do not come in contact.
 
·         Continue to protect or unplug your sensitive equipment.
 
·         Please ensure that your main breaker is off when running your home generators. Further advising you to take precautions in operating the generator in well-ventilated areas.
 
·         If you are experiencing power fluctuations, brownouts, or power to only parts of your home, turn off your main breaker.
 
·         Customers are advised that damages to their weather head and/or meter boxes are the responsibility of the customer to be repaired. Upon repair, customers must contact DPW Permitting Section at 646-3104/3108 to have the repairs inspected prior to contacting GPA for reconnection of power service. Customers can contact GPA Trouble Dispatch at 475-1172/3/4.
 
·         Customers will be advised when to call if they continue to experience any power issues (no power, low or high voltage fluctuations, brownouts, or power to only parts of your home). At this time, please confirm that your main and auxiliary breakers are reset and switched on (provided that you are not continuing to run your home generator).
 
·         GPA seeks the public assistance in being vigilant for Non-GPA vehicles and or officials picking up any wires or other GPA materials and equipment. Please report these incidents to GPA or GPD. 
 
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
 
•  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
 
 
The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom 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. 5  
 
July 3, 2015 (5 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Remain vigilant: Tropical Storm Chan-Hom expected to intensify by tomorrow
 
 
Despite the change with Tropical Storm Chan-Hom, Governor Eddie Calvo is encouraging island residents to continue preparing for a typhoon.
 
The tropical storm intensified into a typhoon during the early morning hours. This afternoon, however, it weakened. As a result, the National Weather Service downgraded Chan-Hom to a tropical storm. Just today, we’ve watched it increase then decrease in forward speed and intensity. These changes illustrate the swift change in weather conditions and underscore the need to be ready. Guam is currently in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3.
 
Governor Eddie Calvo, in close coordination with Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, will determine when Guam and the military installations, respectively, will be placed in Condition of Readiness (COR) 2. At COR 2, damaging winds are possible within 24 hours. The decision will be made Saturday morning pending tomorrow morning’s weather forecast.
 
As of 1:30 p.m., Tropical Storm Chan-Hom’s maximum sustained winds were measured at 65 mph. The storm, which this morning was moving at 3 mph, has been quasi-stationary this afternoon. Meteorologists forecast Chan-Hom to intensify into a typhoon again by tomorrow. The closest point of approach is expected early Sunday morning.
 
GETTING FAMILIES AND PREGNANT MOMS READY FOR SHELTERS, HOSPITALS
At COR2, shelters open for families who need emergency shelter through the storm. These families should prepare to mobilize once shelters are opened. Also, women who are 36 weeks pregnant, or who are 6 months or more into a high-risk pregnancy, should prepare to move to GMH once COR2 is announced. For pregnant women who are regularly seen at Naval Hospital Guam, upon the declaration of COR2, Naval Hospital will accept pregnant women who are 38-weeks or later, and 36-weeks if high-risk (with complications) if they wish to ride out the storm at USNH Guam.
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
The following is a list of media partners, where you can get this accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom 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. 4  
 
July 3, 2015 (12 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Chan-Hom downgraded to Tropical Storm
 
 
As advised by the National Weather Service, Chan-Hom has weakened to a Tropical Storm southeast of Guam.
 
Guam remains in COR 3 as of now. This is an example of how the weather can change in intensity and there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding this system. We can anticipate this system has the possibility to strengthen back into a typhoon. Residents should not underestimate this system and remain vigilant.
 
Safety is paramount. It is strongly advised that the community prepare for the storm.
 
 
What to do:
1.    Put up your shutters.
2.    Clear debris and secure canopies, benches, chairs and outdoor furniture.
3.    Make sure you replenish your emergency preparedness kit; store it in an easily-accessible location
4.    Keep a battery-operated radio and batteries, or a hand-powered radio on hand. The radio could be the only way you’ll be able to get information on the storm if the power goes off.
5.   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. If you know a neighbor who has no way of getting information about the storm, please share updated information.
6. Stock up on water now.
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
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. 3  
 
July 3, 2015 (11 a.m. ChST)
 
Guam Remains in COR 3: Typhoon Chan-Hom expected to strengthen
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo is asking fellow Guamanians to take time now to prepare for Typhoon Chan-Hom. Please use today to prepare your homes, ensure your safety kits are replenished, and help do the same for elderly family members, friends and neighbors.
 
Governor Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, placed the island and military installations, respectively, in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 yesterday. A decision will be made regarding COR 2 pending this afternoon’s weather advisory.
 
Chan-Hom was located 320 miles southeast of Guam as of 7 a.m. It is moving westward at 3-4 mph. The typhoon is forecasted to become quasi-stationary for several hours then turn to the northwest towards the Mariana Islands. Chan-Hom’s current intensity is approximately 75 mph sustained winds with gusts of 90 mph. The closest point of approach to Guam is anticipated to be Sunday morning and is expected to bring sustained winds of 105 mph with gusts to 115 mph.
 
It’s important to note that you can’t control Mother Nature and storms can be unpredictable. Safety is paramount. It is strongly advised that the community prepare for the typhoon.
 
 
What to do:
1.    Put up your shutters.
2.    Clear debris and secure canopies, benches, chairs and outdoor furniture.
3.    Make sure you replenish your emergency preparedness kit; store it in an easily-accessible location
4.    Keep a battery-operated radio and batteries, or a hand-powered radio on hand. The radio could be the only way you’ll be able to get information on the storm if the power goes off.
5.   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. If you know a neighbor who has no way of getting information about the storm, please share updated information.
6. Stock up on water now.
 
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION 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 Facebook pages of the Governor of Guam, Guam Homeland Security and Joint Region Marianas. The following is a list of online sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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
 
 
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. 2
 
July 2, 2015 (5 p.m. ChST)
 
Tropical Storm UPDATE: GovGuam, military prepare for Chan-Hom
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar continue to encourage residents to prepare for Tropical Storm Chan-Hom. It is important to note that Mother Nature is unpredictable and the forecast can change very quickly; the storm can veer north or south, grow stronger or dissipate altogether. That unpredictability of any storm underscores the need to be prepared.
 
The government of Guam and the military continue to prepare for the storm. GovGuam is mobilizing island-wide preparations for Tropical Storm Chan-Hom and the military is moving key assets. 
 
Guam is in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3. As of 2 p.m. today, Tropical Storm Chan-Hom was located about 505 miles east-southeast of Guam and continues to move west at 18 mph. Maximum sustained winds are currently at 65 mph. The National Weather Service issued a typhoon watch for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A typhoon watch means typhoon strength winds of at least 74 mph or more are possible within 48 hours.
 
As the tropical storm moves closer to Guam, the weather is expected to deteriorate over the next few days. Tropical Storm Chan-Hom is expected to become a typhoon by Friday morning and make its closest point of approach to Guam by Saturday night into Sunday morning.  
 
NAVAL BASE INFORMATION   
Naval Base Guam MWR recreational facilities, which include Gab Gab Beach, Sumay Marina and Spanish Steps, will close at sunset tomorrow. The Navy base's Fourth of July picnic and concert have been postponed.
 
FLOODING
Residents are advised to take heed of all advisories issued by the National Weather Service and the Joint Information Center. Tropical Storm Chan-Hom has potential to bring torrential rain to the Mariana Islands with possible 8-12 inches of rain during passage. 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.
 
CAUTION ON ROADS
Rain and wind from the storm could create dangerous driving conditions. Low-lying areas that could 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. 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 OCEAN CONDITIONS
As the storm gets closer, water conditions will become dangerous. Residents and visitors are cautioned against engaging in any kind of water-related activities during the approach and passing of Tropical Storm Chan-Hom. 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 experienced swimmers.
  
THIS WEATHER IS THE ‘CALM BEFORE THE STORM’
There’s still time to prepare for Tropical Storm Chan-Hom. Residents are advised 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.
 
ACCURATE INFORMATION THROUGH OUR MEDIA PARTNERS
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military, and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information about emergencies. In this age of social media, it is important for residents to rely on accurate information. 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 sites where you can get the accurate information about Tropical Storm Chan-Hom:
 
•  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, call the Joint Information Center at 478-0208/9/10.
 
 

 

JOINT INFORMATION CENTER
 
JIC Release No.1                                             
 
July 2, 2015 (11 a.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Chan-Hom intensifies; 
 
Governor places Guam in COR3 
 
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Commander, Joint Region Marianas, placed Guam and the military bases respectively in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 10 a.m. (ChST) today.
 
At COR 3, damaging winds are expected within 48 hours. As of 7 a.m. today, Tropical Storm Chan-hom was located 630 miles east-southeast of Guam and continues to move northwest at 12 mph. Maximum sustained winds currently are at 50 mph.
 
Guam will be 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 tropical storm is continuing to strengthen. Guam can expect sustained winds to increase to about 80 mph by the time it makes its closest point of approach late Saturday night. The storm is expected to pass about 26 miles north of Andersen Air Force Base.
 
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:
•  Non-perishable food items (canned goods) and drinking water
•  Battery-operated radio
•  Flashlights, extra batteries
•  First-aid kit
•  Family needs: baby food, diapers, pet food, medication, and important documents, including mortgage, loan documents, passports, birth certificates, medical records, etc.
•  Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
•  Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
•  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
 
 

 
 
 
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.