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News Release
                                                                                          
 
 
GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to Conduct Simultaneous Testing of Emergency Warning Systems
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Monday, October 2, 2017 beginning at 3 p.m.
 
The pre-scheduled quarterly test for GHS/OCD will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) monthly routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system, “Giant Voice (GV).”
 
“This will be the first time Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base, and Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense have simultaneously tested our warning systems,” said Capt. Hans Sholley, NBG commanding officer. “This demonstrates the great partnership between the federal and local governments and ensures that if and when the need arises to use these emergency warning systems, we will be able to inform the whole island.”
 
“The quarterly tests help us to identify gaps and shortfalls with our current capabilities,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “It is important for the public to understand that the AHAWS is but a single component in our emergency mass notification system. We ask for the public’s patience and support as we continually work with our Federal, military, and private partners to improve our island’s all-hazards warning system.”
 
Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro%20Tones%20Wav%20Files/Alert.wav. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a quarterly basis. The GV tests will continue to be held monthly and typically falls on the first Monday of each month.
 
The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be tested:
 
1.   GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights
2.   Agat Marina
3.   JFK High School
4.   Talofofo Elementary School
5.    Asan Mayor's Office
6.    Pago Bay A-Frame South End
7.    Inarajan Elementary School
8.    Yona Mayor's Office
9.    Ft. Soledad, Umatac
10.  GWA Pump Station, Merizo
11.  Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
12.  Port Authority of Guam
13.  Agat Senior Citizen's Center
14.  Hotel Nikko Guam
15.  Tamuning Mayor’s Office
 
Only the sirens will be utilized for the test on October 2. In the event of a real emergency, GHS/OCD would utilize multiple forms of mass communication to inform the public including the AHAWS sirens, the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, local media, SMS breaking news alerts through local media and telecommunication companies, mass notification email, social media, website, and various emergency responders.
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov or NBG Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Theresa Merto Cepeda at (671) 339-2663 or via email at theresa.cepeda@fe.navy.mil.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 20, 2017
 
 
Community Invited to Participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut
 
 
In less than a month, Guam will take part in the world’s largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut. On October 19, 2017 at exactly 10:19 a.m. (ChST), participants will practice the earthquake response procedure; “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as advised by the Great ShakeOut organization. The drill will last for one minute.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) encourage all residents to increase earthquake preparedness and response by practicing how to protect themselves during an earthquake and how to ensure an earthquake disaster does not become a catastrophe. The ShakeOut participation provides the opportunity to evaluate emergency plans, increase awareness of earthquake safety, and improve resiliency within your community.
 
“Guam, like many areas across the globe, is prone to earthquakes,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “An earthquake can happen anytime. It is important to have open discussions with family, coworkers, and friends to review earthquake procedures and plans.  So please join us for the world’s largest earthquake drill and help to build a more resilient island community.”
 
To participate in this year’s ShakeOut, residents must register online at http://www.shakeout.org/guam/ or call (671) 475-9600. The ShakeOut website provides drill manuals, tips on earthquake safety and other resources for developing a disaster plan. Residents may register as an individual, as a family, school, business, or other group and are encouraged to share photos of their ShakeOut experience on the Great Guam ShakeOut website.
 
Island residents will join over 19 million ShakeOut participants from across the U.S., Hawaii, British Columbia, CNMI, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Southern Italy, and other various regions.
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 20, 2017
 
5 a.m.
 
 
No Tsunami Threat from Mexico Earthquake
 
 
At 4:14 a.m. (ChST), as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake with a preliminary Magnitude of 7.4 and was later downgraded to a 7.1, struck 5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico with a depth of 51.0 km.
 
According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam, the earthquake epicenter was far inland and will not generate a tsunami and is no threat to Guam or the Marianas. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will continue to work closely with NWS to provide further information if warranted. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest local advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
·           GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/ 
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 15, 2017
 
 
North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 
                                                                  
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and federal and military partners, continue to monitor the events surrounding North Korea including recent reports of a North Korea ballistic missile launch at an eastward projectory reportedly over Japan, landing 2000 kilometers off the cape of Erimo in Hokkairdo around 8 a.m. (ChST).
 
The launch was detected out of Sunan, North Korea and determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas. GHS/OCD, working with military and federal partners, was notified immediately. There is no confirmed report at this time, whether the launch was considered successful.
 
“The launch out of North Korea does not come as a surprise rather, it reminds us to always keep our emergency plans in place for any contingency,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “Our office will continue to work closely with our military and federal partners to monitor the situation and provide information in a timely manner.”
 
See Something, Say Something
If you see messages or social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.
 
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 
For Immediate Release
 
8 a.m., September 15, 2017
 
 
North Korea Launch Detected; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) received notification that North Korea has conducted a ballistic missile launch. There is NO IMMEDIATE THREAT to Guam or the Marianas. No action is required at this time.
 
More information will be provided by the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense as it becomes available.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 13, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Short Term Forecast for Guam
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam.
 
 
NWS advises, now through 1 p.m., scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will bring locally heavy rain and occasional cloud-to-ground lightning to much of Guam and the adjacent coastal waters. Brief flooding of roads and low-lying areas is possible in the heaviest rain. Motorists are advised to be alert for slippery roads and ponding of water on road surfaces. Boaters are advised to seek shelter below decks if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.
 
A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport until 1 p.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
September 9, 2017
 
 
Flood Advisory Issued for Guam
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued an intermediate advisory for Tropical Depression 20W. As of 10 a.m., 20W was located about 25 miles east of Guam with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.
 
Although damaging winds are not expected for the Marianas, gusty winds with peaks as high as 35 mph are expected for Saipan and Tinian. Rainfall will be locally heavy, mainly for Guam and Rota, where 2 to 3 inches may fall this afternoon and tonight.
 
NWS has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Guam, in effect until 3:30 p.m. Heavy rain that spread over southern and central Guam is expected to overspread the island, resulting in 1 to 3 inches of rain in most areas. Local flooding is likely on roads in low-lying areas.
 
“Turn around, don't drown," if you are attempting to drive a street with an unknown depth of water. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 9, 2017
 
 
Tropical Depression 20W Formed East of Guam; Forecast to Pass Through the Marianas before Intensifying
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued an advisory for newly formed Tropical Depression 20W east of Guam.
 
As of 7 a.m., Tropical Depression 20W was located at 13.5N and 146.1E, about 90 miles east of Guam and 115 miles south-southeast of Saipan, with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph, moving west at 18 mph. 20 W is forecast to intensify slowly through Sunday, possibly becoming a tropical storm Sunday afternoon well west of the Marianas. NWS will issue the next advisory at 2 p.m. this afternoon.
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. Sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts of 25 to 37 mph are expected for Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels are advised to avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 8, 2017
 
 
Tropical Disturbance to Move Through the Marianas
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.
 
NWS advises around 4 p.m., a tropical disturbance was centered about 565 miles east of Guam and 535 miles east of Saipan. It is moving west at about 17 mph, and is expected to pass through the Marianas Saturday afternoon or evening.
 
As the disturbance passes through the Marianas, numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected late tonight and Saturday, with locally heavy rain possible. Heavier showers may produce locally gusty winds up to 25 mph. Showers should decrease Saturday night and Sunday as the disturbance moves off to the west-northwest.
 
Although significant development is not expected until the disturbance passes through the islands, residents and visitors of the Marianas should stay up to date on its progress and any statements or advisories issued from NWS.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if traveling in rainy conditions. If outdoor events are planned, stay up to date for any additional advisories throughout the weekend:
 
·      NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 3, 2017
 
 
GHS/OCD Closely Monitor Reports of North Korea Events
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea. There is a recent report of a magnitude 6.3 explosion, located 22km ENE of Sunjibaegam, North Korea, recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey around 1:30 p.m. ChST. The suspected explosion was originally detected as an earthquake. 
 
Multiple national and international media report the tremor as a sign of a possible nuclear test in North Korea. 
 
There is no confirmed evidence provided at this time, whether the test was successful. GHS/OCD with MRFC and federal and military partners, will continue to monitor the situation. There are no known immediate threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time. The threat level remains the same. 
 
See Something, Say Something
If you see social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 
 For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 1, 2017
 
 
Emergency Management Notification System Tested
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) released information this morning regarding what was perceived as fake calls from the toll free number, (866) 609-7026, announcing an automated message stating “Exercise, exercise, exercise. Inbound ballistic missile.”
 
Immediately GHS/OCD along with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), researched the number and found it attributed to “spam” or a “spoof” number.
 
Further research with our partners in Joint Region Marianas (JRM) revealed that the JRM Regional Operations Center did conduct a test of their internal mass notification system as part of a routine emergency management exercise designed to maintain a high level of readiness to respond to threats. The exercise was generated from a legitimate toll-free number that manages JRM mass notifications. According to JRM, the intent was to send the message to a limited internal JRM audience, but inadvertently triggered the external mass notification function. They further recommend the number not be blocked on mobile or landline phones.
 
 
 For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at (671) 349-4055/3209.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 30, 2017
 
 
North Korea Continues Rhetoric; Guam Still Safe
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea including the launch of a ballistic missile towards Japan’s northeast region yesterday morning.  
 
International media outlets are reporting on Kim Jong-Un’s continued saber-rattling. There is no change in the threat level to Guam.
 
“We knew, based on North Korea events in previous years, that with the joint exercise between the U.S., South Korea, and its Allies, we can expect rhetoric and activity in North Korea,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor.
 
“It is important to remember that the U.S. Department of Defense capabilities are more than competent and stand ready to defend the U.S., its territories and Allies. We continue to encourage the people of Guam to have their emergency procedures in place. In the event of a ballistic missile threat to Guam or the Marianas, immediate action is required from the public. The shelter in place information our office promotes is a redundancy to the plan to protect all on island.”
 
In the event of an immediate threat to Guam, residents and visitors can expect to hear a loud wailing siren from the All Hazards Alert Warning Systems. To listen to the tone that would be used, visit http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Attack.mp3. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense would also utilize the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, SMS emergency alerts through local media and telecommunications companies, mass notification email, and first responders. To learn more, visit www.ghs.guam.gov to download Fact Sheet 1.
 
If residents and visitors receive the notification, the immediate action is to shelter in place in a concrete structure and remain indoors, away from windows until the All Clear is announced. Tune in to local media through television or radio for more information. Visit www.ghs.guam.gov to download Fact Sheet 3.
 
The “All Clear” announcement may take over an hour to be announced. This is to ensure there are no follow-on attacks. It is important to remain indoors until told otherwise.
 
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 
 For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 30, 2017
 
 
FEMA Issues Advisory; How to Help Disaster Survivors in Texas
 
 
 
In the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided guidelines to support disaster survivors in Texas.
 
“It is important during and after any emergency to ensure donations are provided to a credible organization,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “Guam is no stranger to large storms and flooding events like these. FEMA provides information for both donations management and volunteer opportunities that are proven to make a difference for those affected by the devastating aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey.”
 
Read the full press release attached within this document.
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 29, 2017
 
North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 
                                                                  
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea including recent reports of a missile launch towards Japan’s northeast region around 7 a.m.
 
The launch was detected and determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas. GHS/OCD along with Government of Guam leadership were aware of the reported missile launch in real time, working with military and Department of Defense partners and advised immediately that there was no threat to Guam and the Marianas. This is the second launch out of North Korea in less than a week, the first on Saturday multiple short-range missiles into the sea east of the Korean peninsula
 
There is no confirmed report at this time, whether the launch was considered successful. GHS/OCD will continue to monitor the situation.
 
“The launch out of North Korea this morning further solidifies the notification process from our military and Department of Defense partners,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “As soon as we were notified that there was no immediate threat to the Marianas, we were able to gather all factual and relevant information. The U.S. Department of Defense capabilities hold steadfast and our office will continue the open dialogue with them in order to keep the community up to date. GHS/OCD remains vigilant in monitoring the situation, along with other regional, national and international events.”
 
See Something, Say Something
If you see social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.
 
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 28, 2017
 
NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. As of Sunday afternoon, a tropical disturbance was centered near 18.9 degrees north latitude and 145.6 east longitude, over the northern CNMI. The system will bring scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms and occasional heavy rain through today.
 
A small craft advisory is now in effect for Guam and Rota waters until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Southwesterly winds of 19 to 29 mph are expected through early Wednesday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 26, 2017
 
 
North Korea Launches Multiple Ballistic Missiles; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea including recent reports of multiple short-range missiles into the sea east of the Korean peninsula earlier this morning.
 
The series of launches were detected and determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas. GHS/OCD was well aware of the missile launches in real time, working with military and Department of Defense partners. Government of Guam leadership was made aware before media reports.  
 
There is no confirmed report at this time, whether the launches were successful. GHS/OCD will continue to monitor the situation.
 
“Although the launches were no threat to Guam, it reminds us that we cannot be complacent,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “We place confidence in our U.S. Department of Defense capabilities and continue open communications with our federal and military partners. GHS OCD continues to remain vigilant in monitoring the situation, along with other regional, national and international events. We will continue to keep the community updated on any new developments surrounding these events.”
 
See Something, Say Something
If you see social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.
 
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 24, 2017
 
 
 
GHS/OCD Hold Contests for National Preparedness Month
 
 
 
Throughout the month of September, Guam joins the nation in celebrating National Preparedness Month (NPM) by promoting the importance of planning and preparing for man-made and natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. This year’s NPM theme is, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) are hosting contests throughout the month of September.
 
Elementary School Poster Contest
WHO MAY JOIN – Any elementary student enrolled in any Guam based school. 
Categories:
                        1)  K-5 and 1st Grade
                        2)  2nd and 3rd Grade
                        3)  4th and 5th Grade
 
POSTER SPECIFICATIONS
·         Overall dimensions shall be no smaller than Legal Size (8.5’’ x 14’’) and no larger than Tabloid (11’’x17’’) on paper, poster or illustration board.
·         Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.
·         Crayons, markers, coloring pencils, and pens are acceptable drawing mediums.
·         Construction paper and glue may be used.
·         Posters must incorporate word games you could play during a black out in a storm. 
o   Games must incorporate NPM’s Weekly Theme: 1.) Week 1: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family & Friends and/or 2.) Week 3: Practice and Build Out your Plans.
o   Example Games: Cross word puzzle, fill in the blank, trivia, Jeopardy, maze or word search.
o   No more than two games on one entry.
o   Posters must have have the hashtags in their poster: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
o   Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
o   Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.
·         Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.
 
IDENTIFICATION – All entries must be written clearly and to include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).
 
DEADLINE – All entries must be submitted to Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense in Agana Heights no later than 5pm, Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
 
Middle School Comic Poster Contest
WHO MAY JOIN – Any middle school student enrolled in any Guam based school. 
 
POSTER SPECIFICATIONS
·         Overall dimensions shall be no smaller than Legal Size (8.5’’ x 14’’) and no larger than Tabloid (11’’x17’’) on paper, poster or illustration board.
·         Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.
·         Crayons, markers, coloring pencils, and pens are acceptable drawing mediums.
·         Construction paper and glue may be used.
·         Posters must incorporate:
o   Week 2 Theme: How you would help out your neighbor and community after a Super Typhoon OR Week 4 Theme: How you can Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger.
o   Posters should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do I have in my disaster kit, Who can we call for help, join CERT, do a coastal clean-up, etc.).
o   Comic Strip must have no less than two panels.
o   Posters must have all three hashtags in their artwork: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
o   Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
o   Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.
·         Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.
 
IDENTIFICATION – All entries must be written clearly and to include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).
 
DEADLINE – All entries must be submitted to Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense in Agana Heights no later than 5pm, Wednesday, September 20, 2017.
 
High School Video Contest
WHO MAY JOIN – Any high school student enrolled in any Guam based school. 
 
VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS
·         An individual or a group of no more than 3 may submit a digital video.
·         Digital video submissions should be at least 3 minutes (180 seconds) and not to exceed 8 minutes (480 seconds).
·         All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:
o   Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.
o   School name
o   Title of video
·         Digital videos must incorporate the letters A to M with the theme, “What would you do before, during, or after a Super Typhoon?”
o   Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a Super Typhoon (i.e. D for Donate to a local charity, H for Help your neighbor, E- for assist the Elderly, etc.).
o   Videos must have all three hashtags in their video: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
o   Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
o   Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
·         Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
 
DEADLINE – All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube or Vimeo link to marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm, September 20, 2017.
 
College Video Contest
WHO MAY JOIN – All registered Fall 2017 University of Guam and Guam Community College Students
 
 
VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS
·         An individual or a group of no more than 3 may submit a digital video.
·         Digital video submissions should be at least 3 minutes (180 seconds) and not to exceed 8 minutes (480 seconds).
·         All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:
o   Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.
o   School name
o   Title of video
·         Digital videos must incorporate the letters N to Z with the theme, “What would you do before, during, or after a Super Typhoon?”
o   Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a Super Typhoon (i.e. S for find Shelter, W for store Water, V for Volunteer with V.O.A.D., etc.).
o   Videos must have all three hashtags in their video: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
o   Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
o   Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
·         Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
 
DEADLINE – All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube or Vimeo link to marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm, September 20, 2017.
 
Island wide Instagram Contest
WHO MAY JOIN – Any person currently residing on Guam with an Instagram account.
 
SPECIFICATIONS
·         Posts must be the users’ original artwork or a picture of themselves.
o   (i.e. carrying disaster outreach materials, building a plan, practicing the earthquake drill, etc.)
·         Posts must have all three hashtags in their caption: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
·         Post must tag @guamhomelandsecurity on their image and caption on Instagram.
·         Participants may post a maximum of two times for the same week.
·         Participants are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
·         Posts will be judged on originality of post, the focus on the weekly emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the post and caption.
·         Participants under 18 must have authorization from their parents by emailing marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov.
 
IDENTIFICATION – All entries must have their posts and accounts public between September 1 to September 29.
 
DEADLINE – All entries must be posted by the end of each category week.
 
Category 1: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends 5pm, September 9
 
 
Category 2: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community 5pm, September 16
 
Category 3: Practice and Build Out your Plans 5pm, September 23
 
Category 4: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger 5pm, September 29
 
 
WINNERS – Winners for each category will be recognized and presented Preparedness Kits at the 2017 National Preparedness Month Grand Finale at the Micronesia Mall scheduled for September 30, 2017. 
 
All entries will become property of Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and may appear in future public outreach publications.
 
 
 
For contest information, contact Typhoon Program Manager, Maria Romulo at (671) 475-9600 or via email at marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
August 22, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters until 11 p.m. 
 
A line of heavy showers and occasional lightning is currently moving south from central Guam towards Merizo and the adjoining coastal waters. NWS advises visibilities of less than one mile and some ponding of water on the roadways where the heaviest rain occurs are expected. 
 
A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 2 a.m. later tonight. Thunderstorms are occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.  
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
August 22, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Thunderstorm Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a thunderstorm advisory for the Guam International Airport Authority until 2 a.m. later tonight. Thunderstorms are occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who hears thunder or sees lightning. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 


 

 

For Immediate Release

 

August 21, 2017
 
 
 
Lieutenant Governor Tenorio Declares September National Preparedness Month
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) invite the island to celebrate September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will sign the NPM Proclamation on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. (ChST) at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governors Complex’s Large Conference Room.
 
This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” NPM is held annually in the month of September. During the month, the community is encouraged to conduct preparedness actions, develop emergency plans with the community, learn how to stay safe, and how to communicate during an emergency. Lt. Governor Tenorio’s declaration of National Preparedness Month provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s emergency management capabilities.
 
“National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity for the whole community to get involved with all-hazards, all-threat preparedness activities,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “By promoting individual and family preparedness, such as making a plan and building a kit, we are promoting whole-community preparedness and resilience.”
 
GHS/OCD will host a National Preparedness Month grand finale on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Micronesia Mall center court from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (ChST). During the expo, there will be activities, booths, short skits, demonstrations and much more for disaster awareness. Follow GHS/OCD on Facebook for event details and ways you can participate throughout the month: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1....
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


For Immediate Release

 

August 21, 2017
 
 
No Change in Threat Level from Recent North Korea Events
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea.
 
“As of this morning, there is no change in threat level and Guam remains in normal conditions,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “We continue to place high confidence in the U.S. Department of Defense capabilities to protect the U.S., its territories and allies. We will continue communication with our federal and military partners. Our office has not received official statement warranting any concern for imminent threat to Guam or the Marianas.”
 
In a recent editorial for North Korea’s newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, North Korea criticized the annual South Korea, United States and partner allies’ military exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, which begins today. The rhetoric out of North Korea regarding the exercise is similar to what they have done in the past and continue to do with each joint exercise between South Korea, the United States and its allies. 
 
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via the following sites:
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov. 
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
 
 For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release
 
August 21, 2017
 
NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:
 
 
Now through 10 a.m., scattered brief heavy rain and occasional lightning is possible for portions of Guam and Guam coastal waters. Visibilities of less than one half mile and ponding of water on roadways is possible where the heaviest rain occurs.  
 
A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport until noon today. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 17, 2017
 
 
No Change in Threat Level; Guam is Business as Usual
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea.
 
Although reports out of KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, state that Kim Jong Un has backed off on plans to fire ballistic missiles at Guam, Kim Jong Un’s threat has not been lifted entirely. Reports indicate he will watch the actions of the United States before making a decision.
 
“We will continue to monitor the situation with our partners and provide updates as they become available,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “There is no change in our threat level and we are glad to see schools back in session and businesses continuing normal operations.”
 
See Something, Say Something
If you see social media posts relating to the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.r Immediate Release
 
August 17, 2017
 
 
GHS/OCD Host ICS-300 & ICS-400 Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host two Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:
 
·         August 28 - 30, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
·         August 31 – Sept. 1, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff
 
ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident. 
 
Attendees for these courses include senior personnel from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents and who are expected to perform in a management capacity at an incident or event.
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
August 15, 2017
 
 
No Change in Threat Level
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions.
 
There is no change in threat level at this time; Guam continues normal operations.
 
“Residents and visitors are reminded to remain calm, even with the continued unconfirmed reports throughout the media,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “Remember there is no change in threat level, we continue business as usual and know there are U.S. Department of Defense capabilities in place. We continue communication with our federal and military partners and have not received official statement warranting any concern for imminent threat to Guam or the Marianas.”
 
 
No Connection between Outages and Unscheduled EAS Test
 
Residents and visitors may have noticed at 12:25 a.m., an unscheduled test of the Emergency Alert Broadcast System (EAS) was triggered from KTWG/KSTO AM. The message read:
 
A BROADCAST STATION OR CABLE SYSTEM HAS ISSUED A CIVIL DANGER WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES/AREAS:
Guam, Guam;
AT 12:25 AM
ON AUG 15, 2017
EFFECTIVE UNTIL 12:40 AM.
MESSAGE FROM KTWGKSTO.
 
The unauthorized test was NOT connected to any emergency, threat or warning. GHS/OCD has worked with KSTO to ensure the human error will not occur again. There is no scheduled test of the EAS or All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens today.
 
Unrelated to the EAS unauthorized test, the Guam Power Authority (GPA) reported there were two scheduled outages, for emergency interruption of power, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., August 14 for customers located in Talofofo located along along Rte.17, Chalan J. Kindo, Vicente Borja Dr., Felix Dydasco St., Henry Simpson area to bus shelter by Bishop Street and other customers in these locations.
 
There was one unscheduled outage from 8:30 lasting a little over 9:30 p.m. for portions of Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Yona, Baza Gardens, and Talofofo heading to Malojloj. GPA line crews found a damaged piece of hardware by Ilig Bridge, which caused the unscheduled outage. GPA were able to make repairs and power was restored in the areas.
 
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
-          GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 
 For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

For Immediate Release

 
August 15, 2017
 
 
Trump Administration Responds to North Korea
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions. We stand fast and firm in our previous statements on this dynamic situation.
 
In a recent press release from the Office of the Press Secretary, White House, on August 14, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated, “We’re holding Pyongyang to account.”
 
“The statements made from Secretary Mattis and Secretary Tillerson provide insight that the United States is applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “We agree with this approach and stand with the statements of both Secretaries. While we pray that diplomacy shall win the day, we too, hold Pyongyang accountable for their actions contrary to what we know is best for the region and the world. We hold them accountable for any harm or damage to our island and the rest of the Marianas.”
 
Read the full press release attached within this document.
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 10, 2017
 
 
 
GHS/OCD Hosts Resource Management Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX Preparedness Division, will host Resource Management training from Wednesday, August 16 to Thursday, August 17, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The 16 hour course introduces resource management as described in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and shows how the systems for managing resources can be used to improve incident response. The course includes best practices, lessons learned, and job aids to assist the participants in planning for resource management.
 
Attendees for the course include emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations. 
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
 
August 9, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Short Term Forecast; Showers and Thunderstorms Expected
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:
 
Now through 8:45 p.m., showers and thunderstorms have developed over the Guam coastal waters on the west side of the island. Additionally, areas from Tamuning south to As an may be impacted. Very heavy rain, visibilities below a half mile and dangerous cloud to ground lightning strikes are possible with these storms. 
 
NWS has also issued a thunderstorm advisory in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 8:30 p.m. Thunderstorms are occurring within 5 nautical miles of the airport. 
 
Residents and visitors are advised to seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
August 9, 2017
 
 
No Change in Threat Level from Recent North Korea Events
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions.
 
“As of this morning, we have not changed our stance in confidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “We will continue to keep the public updated on any changes or requests for action. For now, we advise the community to remain calm, remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards.”
 
Multiple news organizations report that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit on its missiles. International news organizations also reported that North Korea threatened to carry out a plan to fire missiles at Guam and the surrounding areas.
 
At this point, we know the following:
·         All information is coming from media reports.
·         The Guam Homeland Security Advisor is in regular contact with national Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. He has not received any statement that there is an imminent threat.
·         The Governor of Guam will meet with local military officials to determine if there is any update to military stance.
·         There is no imminent threat to the safety of the residents and visitors of Guam and the CNMI at this time.
 
GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:
-          GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
-          GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
 
 For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
Julu 29, 2017
 
 
 
North Korea Launches Second ICBM; No Immediate Threat to the Marianas
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and in coordination with our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the events surrounding North Korea, including reports of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch out of North Korea on Friday, July 28, 2017. This is the second test this month, with the first tested on July 4th. 
 
Multiple international news outlets report that the missile was launched from Mupyong-ni and traveled about 1000 km before landing off the waters of the Japanese coast, with reports that the missile flew for approximately 45 minutes. 
 
The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reports that the missile test from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America. 
 
“Reading reports of statements from the Pentagon regarding their commitment to the defense of U.S. allies remaining ‘ironclad’ and how they are prepared to defend from any attack is the same sentiment I share and have been promoting as the Homeland Security Advisor for Guam,” stated George Charfauros Jr., Homeland Security Advisor. “Missile tests out of North Korea may continue but we stand by our statement that we have full confidence in the U.S. Department of Defense to defend Guam, as a U.S. territory.” Charfauros concluded.
 
For information on how to prepare for all-hazards, to include preparation for an imminent missile threat, visit www.ready.gov.
 
 For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
July 17, 2017
 
 
 
GHS/OCD Hosts Homemade Explosives Awareness Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, will host the Homemade Explosives (HME): Awareness, Recognition, and Response training on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The comprehensive course provides first responders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively prevent, interdict, and respond to an imminent threat caused by HME laboratories and producers. The course focuses on the various components and manufacturing processes of homemade explosives, response considerations when encountering homemade explosives, enhancing community situational awareness, and ensuring appropriate personal protection.
 
Attendees for the course include law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, communications, specialty team members (SWAT, Haz Mat), hospital, medical professionals, and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations. 
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
July 17, 2017
 
 
GHS/OCD Hosts Medical Preparedness & Response for Bombing Incidents Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host Medical Preparedness & Response for Bombing Incidents (MGT-348) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The two-day course will be offered twice:
 
·         Monday, July 24 – Tuesday, July 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
·         Thursday, July 27 – Friday, July 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
The 16 hour course is intended for members of emergency response that become part of a community response to a bombing incident. The interactive, instructor facilitated program employs case studies, lessons learned, validated medical data, and potential threats to the communities. Sessions will address planning considerations and concerns specific to medical responders, law enforcement, and emergency planners, with the outcome of integrating incidents in explosive nature into existing plans.
 
Attendees for the course include law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, communications, specialty team members (SWAT, Haz Mat), hospital, medical professionals, and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations. 
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
July 15, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Short Term Forecast; Showers and Thunderstorms Occurring Over Guam
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:
 
Showers and thunderstorms developing over Guam will cause locally heavy rain and dangerous lightning this morning. Showers are also possible this afternoon. Visibilities will be very low in the heavy showers, and below half a mile over the coastal waters. 
 
Dangerous lightning strikes are likely with these storms. NWS advises residents and visitors to seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard. 
 
A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 11 a.m. Thunderstorms are occurring within 5 nautical miles of the airport.  
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
July 10, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:
 
 
Scattered showers and thunderstorms will bring locally heavy rain up to an inch, and occasional lightning to Guam and the coastal waters west of the island. Drivers should be alert for brief flooding of roads. Boaters will encounter low visibilities of less than a nautical mile. Residents and visitors are advised to seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
July 5, 2017
 
 
North Korea Conducted ICBM Missile Test
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea, including reports of a probable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch from Panghyon, in North Pyongan province, on July 4.
 
Multiple international news outlets have reported the missile reaching a height of around 1,741 miles. This is the highest altitude a North Korean missile has reached since the start of testing. The missile flew for approximately 40 minutes and landed more than 500 miles east of the launch site, in the Sea of Japan.
 
“Although the recent North Korea test is the furthest reached thus far, there is still no immediate threat to Guam and the Marianas at this time,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “We remind residents and visitors that we are monitoring the situation closely and are not alone in doing so; the U.S. Department of Defense is a credible stronghold in protecting our island community from any missile threat,” Charfauros continued. “We recognize the public’s concerns and remind residents of the importance of preparing for all-hazards and not just for this threat,” Charfauros concluded.
 
Ways to prepare for all-hazards include creating a family communication plan, practicing your plan and building an emergency preparedness kit. Visit www.ready.gov for information on how to prepare.
 
 For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 25, 2017
 
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam issued a special weather statement this afternoon for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan advising of the developing tropical disturbance passing over the Marianas, bringing scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms, occasional heavy rain and gusty winds today and tonight.
 
NWS advises now through 8 p.m., frequent lightning will accompany the developing disturbance and there is the possibility of ponding on roads and local flooding. 
 
NWS has issued the following advisories:
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Rota, Titian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Monday. East winds of 24 to 29 mph with gusts to around 34 mph will continue through the night. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. 
 
A thunderstorm advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 9 p.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport. 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who are traveling in these conditions.  Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories from NWS.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 19, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Thunderstorm Warning
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a thunderstorm warning for the Guam International Airport until 3 p.m. this afternoon. This means thunderstorms are occurring within 5 nautical miles of the airport.
 
A thunderstorm advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. This means thunderstorms are occurring or possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in the area.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 12, 2017
 
 
Typhoon Pakyo Exercise Tests Super-typhoon Response
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), along with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, various Government of Guam agencies, federal partners, military partners, private sector and non-governmental organizations will conduct the Typhoon Pakyo Exercise 2017 (Pakyo 17) from June 16 to June 22, 2017.
 
Participants will practice the execution of the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and the Catastrophic Typhoon Plan. The annual exercise will evaluate federal and territorial integration with the GHS/OCD Emergency Operations Center and assess the coordination in executing mass care procedures.
 
Pakyo 17 will be a functional exercise for GovGuam. A functional exercise is a multi-agency activity designed to evaluate capabilities and multiple functions using simulated response. Functional exercises are typically focused on exercising plans, policies, procedures, and staff members involved in management, direction, command, and control functions. There is no actual filed work or “boots on the ground” personnel. As a result, the exercise will not affect the public. Most notable participation for the Government of Guam will be the Response Activity Coordinators/Emergency Support Functions active in the GHS/OCD Emergency Operations Center during a typhoon.
 
 “The focus of this year’s exercise will be response to critical transportation, critical infrastructure, operational coordination, and mass care services,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “We look forward to the outcome of exercises like Pakyo 17 to identify shortfalls or gaps, so we can address them prior to a real world event. It’s also a great opportunity to work with all stakeholders; Government of Guam, federal partners, and military partners. In a real world event, the lines may be blurred so it’s important to understand roles and responsibilities ahead of time.” Esteves continued.
 
 
For more information, please contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 7, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for southern and western Guam until 3 p.m. Areas from western Dededo, down to Merizo could be affected. NWS advises up to two inches of rain have already fallen and an additional rainfall of up to two more inches is expected over the area. The additional rainfall will cause minor flooding.
 
NWS advises to turn around when encountering flooded roads. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions.
 
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
 
May 31, 2017
 
 
Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop Kicks Off Typhoon Preparedness Week
 
 
Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will declare the week of June 4 – 10, 2017 as Typhoon Preparedness Week to promote typhoon hazard preparedness. It is an active collaboration among federal, territorial and local emergency management agencies, community leaders and the public. The Typhoon Preparedness Week Proclamation Signing is scheduled for Friday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Large Conference Room, Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex, Adelup.
 
Throughout the week, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will promote information through social media about how to build an emergency kit, how to make an emergency communication plan and how to prepare for a typhoon. Those interested in finding out more information throughout the week are encouraged to follow Guam Homeland Security on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1..., follow @guamhomelandsecurity on Instagram and visit the GHS/OCD website at www.ghs.guam.gov.
 
GHS/OCD, in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office, is hosting a two-day Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop, which will start Typhoon Preparedness Week.
 
The annual, comprehensive workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., June 5 - 6, 2017 at the Shearon Laguna Guam Resort, Tamuning. The objective of the workshop is to familiarize decision makers with the numerous natural hazards that threaten Guam, the behavior of those hazards, emergency information and instructions issued by the NWS and its associates, and how to make critical decisions based on provided information.
 
The workshop examines current knowledge, tropical cyclone characteristics, behavior and hazards. Participants will learn causes for the weather around Guam, the island’s risk and vulnerability to typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis, climate change issues, implications for rainfall and sea level predictions, and other topics concerning disaster preparedness.
 
Attendees for this workshop include various Government of Guam agencies, our military partners and private, and non-profit organizations that work in GHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during typhoons.
 
“We will never be able to stop natural disasters from occurring but we can equip ourselves with as much knowledge as possible on how to prepare for them,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “Guam is fortunate to have subject matter experts from the National Weather Service here on island. We thank them for the continued partnership,” Esteves continued.
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
May 22, 2017
 
 
 
No Immediate Threat from North Korea Missile Test
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea, including recent reports of a medium-range ballistic missile test out of Pukchang, in western North Korea yesterday.
 
Multiple international news outlets have reported the missile hit the water about 217 miles from the east coast of North Korea at an altitude of 620 miles.  
 
“Our office holds steadfast that there is no immediate threat to Guam or the Marianas at this time, even with the latest test,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “GHS/OCD will continue to place confidence in partners in the Department of Defense to protect the homeland. Visit www.ready.gov to learn more about necessary steps you and your family can take to be more prepared, not just for novelty events like these, but all-hazards, whether natural or man-made,” Charfauros continued.
 
 For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
May 15, 2017
 
 
GHS/OCD and MRFC Continue to Monitor Events Surrounding North Korea
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, are closely monitoring the recent events surrounding North Korea.
 
Multiple international news outlets have reported North Korea’s test-fire of a ballistic missile on Sunday, that reportedly reached an altitude of approximately 1,240 miles and a distance of 489 miles, landing in the Sea of Japan/East Sea, about 60 miles from eastern Russia.
 
“As we continue to monitor these types of missile tests, we remind residents and visitors there is no immediate threat to Guam at this time,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “Although the tests out of North Korea seem daunting to the public, we have confidence in the United States military and work closely with our partners in the Department of Defense to be able to respond accordingly. For the community, it’s always important to have a family communication plan, emergency preparedness kit and plans in place for members in your home to be prepared for all hazards, natural or man-made,” Charfauros continued.
 
When creating your family communication plan, consider how your family will get emergency alerts and warnings, how everyone will get to a safe, concrete location if separated, how your family gets in touch with one another, where your family meeting place will be, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan, for more information. For supplies that you should include in your emergency kit, visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

News Release
 
Typhoon Pakyo 2017 Senior Leaders Seminar
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a Senior Leaders Seminar on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa. The seminar addresses Guam’s challenges, risks, and issues related to a catastrophic typhoon, which will be exercised at the upcoming Typhoon Pakyo Full Scale Exercise in June.
 
The seminar will support the Guam Territorial Emergency Operations Plan and the Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Response Plan by engaging key senior officials in a discussion of the roles and functions of the Government of Guam, FEMA, the Department of Defense, and other stakeholders during response and recovery operations from a catastrophic typhoon.  
 
“The seminar allows Guam and FEMA leadership to discuss essential methods and effective strategies by delivering a joint plan that can be exercised, continually evaluated, and improved to better prepare for and respond to disasters,” said FEMA Region IX Acting Regional Administrator, Dr. Ahsha Tribble.
 
Topics discussed at the seminar include: public policy, critical infrastructure, commodity distribution, crisis communications, and incident management. All of the topics will be discussed at the strategic and policy level in order to identify challenges and solutions; build a common understanding of roles and responsibilities during a disaster; and foster collaboration.
 
“The seminar provides the opportunity for executives to discuss and analyze preparedness and response activities in regards to a catastrophic event so when an event of this magnitude does happen, we are prepared to make decisions and respond effectively,” stated Office of Civil Defense Administrator, Charles Esteves.
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov or FEMA Public Affairs Officer, Veronica Verde at (626) 646-6813 or via email at veronica.verde@fema.dhs.gov.
 
GHS/OCD’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate all Government of Guam, Military, and Federal Liaison Response Agencies and their resources in mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from any and all types of emergencies in order to protect the lives, environment, and property of the island of Guam. 
 
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
 

 
For Immediate Release
 
May 13, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Dense Smoke Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory for Guam in effect until midnight, resulting from the fire near Harmon Industrial Park. A dense smoke advisory means a large file will create smoke, limiting visibilities. 
 
NWS advises visibility is down to about one mile within the smoke plume and possible industrial chemicals may cause respiratory distress. 
 
Residents and visitors are advised, if driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. People with sensitive lungs should stay clear of this area or stay indoors. 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
 
 
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 


For Immediate Release

 
May 5, 2017
 
 
 
Cybersecurity & Cyber Incident Awareness Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois Chicago will host Cybersecurity & Cyber Incident Awareness training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The 4 hour course will be offered twice, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
 
The comprehensive training is meant to create broader awareness of the principles and best practices of a robust cybersecurity program for all critical infrastructure sectors. The course specifically utilizes the Cybersecurity Framework, created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology through Presidential Executive Order 13636, as a basis for building awareness. The framework is based on common use of language, flexibility and its reliance on industry best practices.
 
Attendees for the course include information technology and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations. 
 
To register for the course, contact Joan Carnduff via email at jcarn4@uis.edu. For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
May 4, 2017
 
 
 
Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Emergency Management Institute and the National Emergency Training Center, will host an “Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning (L0197)” training at the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities facility in the DNA Bldg., Hagatna. The two day training is from May 8 – 9, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
The 16 hour course will provide participants who are responsible for providing or participating in emergency planning with the information necessary to utilize disability, access and functional needs-inclusive practices, as well as the additional updated skills and knowledge they will need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.
 
Attendees for these courses include emergency managers from the Government of Guam, Non-Governmental Organizations, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, organizations/groups working with children/adults with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
 
To register, email Training & Exercise Program Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov. For more media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
May 3, 2017
 
 
 
GHS/OCD to Conduct Testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Monday, June 5, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
 
 
The following are a list of siren sites to be tested:
 
1.      GHS/OCD facility
2.      Agat Marina
3.      JFK High School
4.      Talofofo Elementary School
5.      Asan Mayor's Office
6.      Pago Bay A-Frame South End
7.      Inarajan Elementary School
8.      Yona Mayor's Office
9.      Ft. Soledad, Umatac
10.  GWA Pump Station, Merizo
11.  Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
12.  Port Authority of Guam
13.  Agat Senior Citizen's Center
14.  Hotel Nikko Guam
15.  Tamuning Mayor’s Officer
 
Residents and motorists surrounding these sites can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. Future tests of the AHAWS sites will be conducted on a quarterly basis. More information regarding the scheduled test dates will be provided.
 
“The AHAWS is an integral part of our mass communication plan,” stated Charles Esteves, Administrator. "A quarterly test will help us maintain the system," Esteves continued.
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
April 28, 2017
 
 
 
GHS/OCD Host Incident Command System Trainings
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host three Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights;
 
·         May 1, 2017 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – MGT-347: Incident Command System Forms Review
·         May 1 – 3, 2017 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., except May 1, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
·         May 4 – 5, 2017 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System
 
MGT-347 provides training for emergency response supervisors and managers and provides a detailed introduction to the ICS forms used in the development of an Incident Action Plan.
 
ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident. 
 
Attendees for these courses include emergency managers who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents.
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
April 5, 2017
 
 
Joint Guam-CNMI Tsunami Communication Exercise Scheduled for Tomorrow
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in close coordination with the National Weather Service – Guam Weather Forecast Office, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s International Tsunami Information Center, will take part in a “Pacific Wave 2017 Exercise” (PacWave17) driven,  Joint Guam-CNMI Tsunami Communication Exercise on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
 
PacWave17 provides a valuable opportunity for Pacific countries to test new products, review tsunami response procedures and test internal communication systems. One of the objectives for the exercise is to validate respective agency/departments’ alert notification planning procedures and identify changes that can improve its effectiveness.
 
There will be no hindrance to the public as the exercise is internal to those agencies participating. Participating agencies include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations that play an active role in GHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during times of disasters.
 
Governor Eddie Baza Calvo recently declared the week of April 2 – 8, 2017 as Guam’s Tsunami Preparedness Week. PacWave17 is another way GHS/OCD promotes tsunami hazard preparedness as an active collaboration among federal, territorial, and local emergency management agencies.
 
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

April 5, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message of a large north swell moving through the Marianas waters.
 
 
NWS has the following advisories in effect:
 
A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m., Friday. Waves and surf along north facing reefs have risen to hazardous level of 7 to 10 feet. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing out on exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, where rip currents will be life threatening.
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m., Friday. Combined seas of 7 to 10 feet and winds of 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts of 29 mph will continue through early Friday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
March 29, 2017
 
 
 
NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory until Thursday Evening
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a small craft advisory in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 10 p.m., Thursday. A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft.
 
East wind will increase 24 to 29 mph through Thursday and seas will increase to 7 to 10 feet for the Marianas.
 
NWS advises inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
March 29, 2017
5:45 a.m. (ChST)
 
 
 
Kontra I Piligru 2017 Ends
 
 
 
The End of Exercise (ENDEX) for Kontra I Piligru 2017 (KIP17) was announced at 4:45 a.m. Normal operations resume for participating agencies. Although KIP17 had the opportunity to run for a total of 36 hours, quick response to each emergency scenario led to the early morning ENDEX.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host a hot wash for participating agencies to review immediate after-action reports and evaluations of multiple agencies’ performance during the exercise.
 
The purpose of the hot wash is to improve individual, leader and collaborative performance through immediate feedback on how tasks could have been performed better and to review processes and procedures to improve future interoperability.
 
KIP17 was an island-wide, multi-agency exercise. The full-scale exercise was meant to test and evaluate the operational capability of the emergency management system in an interactive manner and to validate interagency coordination and response. The hot wash will give the agencies involved, a chance to highlight what areas went well and what areas need to be improved.
 
“Training and exercises help uncover gaps and shortfalls within our plans, policies and procedures, so in the event of a real-world incident we are better prepared,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “KIP17 provided us with an objective assessment.” Esteves continued.
 
Participating agencies were, Guam National Guard (GUNG) 94th  Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, Guam Police Department (GPD) and GPD SWAT, Guam Fire Department (GFD) and GFD Hazardous Materials, Department of Public Works, Guam Power Authority, Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Memorial Hospital, Guam Regional Medical City, Mariana Regional Fusion Center, Federal Bureau of Investigators, Transportation Security Agency, Naval Hospital, US Marshals Courts, and other local and federal agencies. 
 
Simulated events throughout the exercise included a bomb detonation and an active shooter scenario at the District Court of Guam and the Sirena Building in Agana, an active shooter scenario at Northern Public Health, simulated roadside bomb at Andersen South, simulated helicopter medical evacuation from Andersen South, Active Shooter takedown at the Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Fire Department Hazardous Material and 94th  CST response to various scenarios.  All high intensity incidents were closely monitored by safety personnel to ensure the protection of the public and all those involved.
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2017
5 p.m. (ChST)
 
 
 
Kontra I Piligru 2017 to End Tomorrow
 
 
 
The Guam National Guard’s 94th  Civil Support Team (CST) along with local and federal first responders have completed the first day of Kontra I Piligru ’17 (KIP17). 
 
 
Throughout the day, various scenarios involving heightened emergency response activities across the island were enacted. The full-scale exercise tests and evaluates the operational capability of the emergency management system as a whole.
 
Today’s portion of the exercise reinforced interoperability among local and federal first responders. Some of today’s exercises included a simulated bomb detonation and an active shooter scenario at the District Court of Guam and the Sirena Building in Agana, an active shooter scenario at Northern Public Health, simulated roadside bomb at Andersen South, simulated helicopter medical evacuation from Andersen South, Guam Fire Department Hazardous Material and 94th  CST response to various scenarios.  All high intensity incidents were closely monitored by safety personnel to ensure public protection.
 
The exercise will continue throughout this evening into tomorrow morning. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will be operational at 8 a.m. for any inquiries.
 
More information will be posted on the Guam Homeland Security:
• Twitter: @GHSOCD
 
For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
March 18, 2017
 
 
NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued the following advisories:
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Sunday. A large north swell ranging from 6 to 10 feet is expected over the Mariana Islands today, which will diminish slightly tonight. Winds of 24 to 29 mph with gusts to 34 mph near showers will make sailing of small craft potentially dangerous. Mariners should use extra caution when entering or leaving harbor channels. Large breaking waves can easily capsize even larger vessels. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 4 p.m. Sunday. Hazardous surf of 9 to 12 feet along north facing shores is expected through tonight. Avoid venturing out to exposed reef lines and beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening.
 
A thunderstorm advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 10 a.m. this morning. Thunderstorms are expected within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean. Residents and visitors are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the weekend.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·      NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
March 16, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues High Surf Advisory for Friday Morning
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a high surf advisory in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. An increasing north swell is moving into the Mariana waters. Hazardous surf of 9 to 11 feet is expected on north facing reefs Friday and Friday night.
 
Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents will be life threatening.  The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
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
 
March 9, 2017 (2:20 p.m. ChST)
 
 
NWS Issues Thunderstorm Advisory
                                                 
                            
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a thunder advisory for the Guam International Airport Authority until 6 p.m. this evening. Thunderstorms are expected within 20 nautical miles of the airport.  
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if traveling around that area. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
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
 
February 13, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas; Hazardous Seas Expected Until Friday
                               
                                              
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message of a large north-northwest swell continuing across the Marianas waters.
 
NWS has the following advisories in effect:
 
A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m., Friday. The small craft advisory means combined seas of 9 to 12 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m., Friday. Surf will be hazardous from 9 to 11 feet today along north and west facing reefs. Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid venturing out to exposed reef lines and beaches, especially along north and west facing shores, as rip currents will be life threatening.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if near the ocean and if possible, to avoid the waters while the NWS advisories are in effect. GHS/OCD, with guidance from NWS will continue to monitor and share the latest NWS advisories.  Visit the following links for information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
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
 
February 13, 2017
 
 
 
GHS/OCD Host Medical Countermeasures Training
 
 
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a “Medical Countermeasures: Points of Dispensing (POD), Planning, and Response (MGT-319)” training at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The training is a 16 hour course, being delivered twice next week; February 20 – 21, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and February 22 – 23, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
The comprehensive 16 hour course is meant to enhance jurisdiction preparedness and emergency response efforts by providing the knowledge of how to exercise and revise a plan that utilizes an all-hazards, whole community approach toward a Medical Countermeasure (MCM) event. The training course assists with coordination of planning, training and responding to a MCM response for a public health incident. This course responds directly to the National Preparedness Goal; as it applies to delivery of medical countermeasures to exposed populations. Topics include Points of Dispensing Command Structure for planning, execution, and demobilization of jurisdictional response, Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA), Discussions as it applies to local Emergency Support Functions, Public Health Preparedness Capabilities.
 
“It is important to maintain our composure as it relates to the National Preparedness Goal,” stated Brant McCreadie, Homeland Security Advisor. “Trainings such as these further our capabilities in preparedness for all hazards,” he continued.
 
Attendees for the course include public health officials, health care and ancillary service groups, personnel from law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, public works, public safety communications, educational community, and others from the Government of Guam, federal, military, and private, non-profit organizations. 
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
February 12, 2017
 
 
 
GHS/OCD and MRFC Closely Monitor Events Surrounding North Korea
 
 
Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), are closely monitoring reports of North Korea’s launch of a mobile ballistic missile.
 
In a recent article, CNN reported the South Korean Ministry of Defense stated that North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile. There are no known threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.
 
“Although there are no immediate threats to Guam at this time, we ask residents to remain vigilant,” stated Homeland Security Advisor, Brant McCreadie. “GHS/OCD and the MRFC will continue to monitor all open sources for any further information,” he continued. Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
February 1, 2017 (2:20 p.m. ChST)
 
 
NWS Issues High Wind Advisory
 
                                                                              
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a high wind advisory for the Guam International Airport Authority until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds at the airport will be from the east-northeast at 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts of 29 to 34 mph.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if traveling around that area. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
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
 
January 24, 2017
 
 
 
AHAWS Siren Scheduled Test at Port Authority of Guam
 
 
 
The Port Authority of Guam (PAG), in coordination with the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will conduct a test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) siren located at PAG on Tuesday, January 31st between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
 
Residents and motorists surrounding Cabras Highway and Piti can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.
 
The siren at PAG is one of 15 located around the island. The test is one form of increasing capability of the AHAWS and will be conducted for the PAG to maintain federal compliancy.
 
“By giving Port Authority of Guam’s use of our siren for port related hazards, threats, and emergencies,  we are highlighting the importance of cooperation between Government of Guam agencies and the fact that everyone plays a part when it comes to emergency management,” stated Charles Esteves, Administrator.
 
GHS/OCD is working towards finalizing the standard operating procedures for the AHAWS. More tests of the different AHAWS sites are expected in the future.
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 


For Immediate Release

 
January 23, 2017
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas; Hazardous Seas Expected Until Thursday
 
                                                                              
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message advising that a large north to northwest swell is being created by northwest winds behind a cold front moving out of Japan. This swell will create hazardous surf for the Marianas the next few days.
 
NWS has the following advisories in effect:
 
A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Thursday. Surf is currently hazardous at 7 to 9 feet on north and west facing reefs and will remain hazardous through Thursday. Avoid venturing out to the reef lines, especially along north and west facing shores as rip currents will be life threatening.
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Thursday. A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph and combined seas of 10 feet or more are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if near the ocean and if possible, to avoid the waters while the NWS advisories are in effect. GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
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
 
January 19, 2017
 
 
 
2017 Service Learning, Youth and Community Preparedness Summit
 
The Guam Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), hosted a two day event to help teachers integrate service learning into their classes. The event continues tomorrow at the Westin Resort Guam.
 
This year’s theme was “Service Learning: Building Resilient Communities,” to promote youth and community preparedness for the range of disasters that may affect our island.
 
“Service Learning is a great approach to community involvement. It is beneficial to the youth of our community to have an array of resources in front of them at summits like these,” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brant McCreadie. “This summit is another avenue to help build a more resilient community,” McCreadie continues.
 
The summit included two tracks:  Wednesday, January 18, and Thursday, January 19, focused on educators and community partners. The two-day session topics included the perspective on resiliency and our local environment, land, air, water and wind safety, a presentation from the National Weather Service, service learning, and implementing plans into the schools.
 
Friday, January 20, will focus on students and opportunities for them to engage in community preparedness work and connect community partners with students and educators to benefit our entire community.  This day-long session, at the Westin Resort Guam, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and include sessions to introduce topics to students and offer opportunities for young people to become more involved in disaster preparedness, response and mitigation. 
 
The event is free to students and educators but participants must pre-register. For more information regarding registration, please contact NOAA representative, Adrienne Loerzel at adrienne.loerzel@noaa.gov.
 
For more information regarding media coverage, please contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
January 16, 2017
 
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued the following advisories:
 
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Friday. A building north swell resulted in combined seas between 8 and 10 feet this afternoon. Seas will gradually build through the night and are expected to peak near 12 feet on Wednesday. Seas are expected to remain above advisory levels through early Friday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. 
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam and Rota coastal waters from 1 a.m.  Tuesday to 6 a.m. Friday. The building north swell will gradually move in to Rota and Guam waters later tonight. Seas between 8 to 10 feet are expected to arrive over Rota and northern Guam waters around 1 a.m. and are expected to peak near 12 feet on Wednesday. Seas are expected to remain above advisory levels through early Friday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory is in effect for Tinian and Saipan until 6 a.m. Friday. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. For north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet will increase through the night. Surf is expected to peak near 14 feet on Wednesday. Surf may become hazardous for east facing reefs Wednesday. Avoid venturing near reefs along exposed beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening. 
 
A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam and Rota, from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Friday. For north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet is expected for Rota and Guam early Tuesday morning. Surf is expected to peak near 14 feet on Wednesday. For east facing reefs, surf may become hazardous for east facing reefs Wednesday. Avoid venturing near exposed beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening.  
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 

December 19, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
                 
                                                            
The National Weather Service (NWS), Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message advising that fresh to strong winds are moving through the Marianas. The strong trade winds will create rough seas and large swells, producing hazardous surf this week on north and east facing reefs.
 
NWS has the following advisories in effect:
 
A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. For east facing reefs, surf will be hazardous at 10 to 14 feet by today. For north facing reefs, surf will be hazardous at 7 to 9 feet today. Avoid swimming or venturing near reefs along exposed beaches, especially those facing north and east as rip currents will be life-threatening.
 
A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Combined seas of 10 to 13 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft the next few days. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
A high wind advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds at the airport will be from the east at 19 to 24 mph with gusts to 34 mph.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these windy conditions and if possible, to avoid the waters while the NWS advisories are in effect. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


For Immediate Release

 

December 18, 2016

 

NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory for the Marianas

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a small craft advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters, in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday (ChST). A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft.

 

Fresh to strong winds will make sailing difficult this week in the Mariana waters. Winds will produce seas of 7 to 9 feet today which could build between 8 and 10 feet by tonight. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

·        NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/

·        NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts

·        OHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-178975602144519/

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email atjenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


For Immediate Release

 

December 14, 2016
 
 
  
Executive Order Signed; Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Now in Place
 
 
 
The Guam Emergency Response Plan (GERP) has been superseded by what is now, the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). On Tuesday, December 13, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signed Executive Order No. 2016-13, adopting and enacting the CEMP. 
 
Guam’s geographic location makes it more vulnerable to the effects of both natural and man-made disasters. The CEMP outlines the objective of the plan to provide protection for the residents and visitors of Guam, using the National Incident Management System to best utilize the Government’s limited resources during disasters. 
 
“Since the GERP was promulgated in 2005, there has been a major overhaul to the National Preparedness System. It is important to update our plans and procedures accordingly. The CEMP incorporates Presidential Policy Directive 8, planning frameworks for each of our five mission areas. The most important change is the movement towards a whole community approach to emergency management,” stated Administrator, Charles Esteves.
 
Although the GERP served a near similar function as the CEMP, there have been significant changes in the most recent update such as the incorporation of the National Planning Frameworks (the Frameworks) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve the National Preparedness Goal: to create a secure and resilient nation. There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas; Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. For more information about the Frameworks, visit https://www.fema.gov/national-planning-frameworks.
 
Another notable change from the GERP to the CEMP, is the inclusion of the Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8: National Preparedness. The PPD-8 is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. For more information about PPD-8, visit https://www.fema.gov/learn-about-presidential-policy-directive-8.
 
Esteves continues, “It is a great addition to our emergency management capabilities. We look forward to exercising this plan with our partners in emergency management and the public in order to promote resiliency throughout our island community.”
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


For Immediate Release

 
December 9, 2016
 
 
 
OHS/OCD Conduct Annual Training & Exercise Planning Workshop
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will conduct a Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW) on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.  
 
The TEPW is a forum for developing, reviewing, and updating the Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan (MYTEP). The MYTEP will serve as a living document and will be updated annually. The TEPW is an opportunity for emergency management stakeholders to discuss and develop a plan to increase preparedness through training and exercises. It allows Guam’s emergency management as a whole to translate goals and priorities into specific objectives, coordinate exercise activities and track improvement plan actions against current capabilities, training and exercises. 
 
“Continual coordination in emergency management is important to prevent duplication of effort, the over extending of resources, and to maximize the efficiency of training and exercise appropriations,” stated Administrator, Charles Esteves. 
 
Attendees for this workshop include Government of Guam agencies, military, federal, non-profit organizations, and the private sector partners. 
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 
For Immediate Release
 
December 9, 2016
 
4:45 a.m.
 
 
 
Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake from Solomon; No Tsunami Threat to Guam and the Mariana Islands at this time
 
 
 
At 3:38 a.m. (ChST), an earthquake with a preliminary Magnitude of 8.0 and was later downgraded to a 7.8, struck 68km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands with a depth of 25 miles.
 
According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, based on all available data, a tsunami watch has been cancelled for Guam and the CNMI. Hazardous tsunami waves were not forecasted from this earthquake.
 
Although a tsunami watch has been cancelled for Guam and the CNMI, it is important to remain vigilant.
 
The following are important safety tips for a Tsunami:
 
·      Know your tsunami evacuation routes by recognizing the tsunami evacuation signs posted on the sides of the road in your area.
 
·      If a tsunami is coming, move immediately at least 100 feet inland and 50 feet upward.
 
·      Stay away from the beach.
 
·      Visit https://www.ready.gov/tsunamis for more information on tsunami preparedness.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, along with the National Weather Service will continue to monitor all activity in our area.
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
November 30, 2016 
 
 
Winds and Seas Expected to Increase; Small Craft Advisory in Effect
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Tiyan, Guam has issued a marine weather message this morning. A passing trade-wind disturbance and ensuing trade-wind surge will cause wind and seas to increase today. Stronger winds will maintain choppy sea conditions the next several days. 
 
NWS issued a small craft advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Winds of 19 to 24 mph will increase between 24 and 29 mph with gusts to 34 mph around midday. Seas of 7 to 8 feet will build between 8 and 10 feet this evening. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. 
 
A high wind advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 7 p.m. this evening. Sustained winds will be from the east-northeast at 19 to 24 mph with gusts to 34 mph near showers. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone traveling in windy conditions and anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
November 22, 2016 
 
 
NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. 
 
East winds of 24 to 29 mph and combined seas between 8 and 10 feet will create conditions hazardous to small craft today. Both winds and seas are expected to diminish slightly tonight to just below hazardous levels.
 
Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 


For Immediate Release

 

November 10, 2016
 
 
 
Tropical Disturbances in the Region; Scattered Showers and Isolated Thunderstorms Expected Tomorrow
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement for Tropical Depression 27W, which forms well north of Pohnpei. As of 7 a.m., Tropical Depression 27W was located 16.7 degrees north latitude and 157.1 east longitude , about 855 miles east-northeast of Guam with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. 
 
There is no direct impact expected at this time from Tropical Depression 27W. Based on the NWS current forecast, it will continue west-northwest with little or gradual development the next few days as it passes near or over the far northern islands of the CNMI. 
 
NWS is also monitoring 3 additional disturbances in the region that are not forecast to have significant development at this time. A circulation north of Chuuk will approach the Marianas by Friday. For now, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms with moderate northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph are expected this Veterans Day. A circulation nearby Koror and Yap will remain in the area a few more days. A circulation near the Marshall Islands will head westward, bringing showers to the northern Micronesia Islands. 
 
A high surf advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. this afternoon for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet on north facing reefs today will decrease between 5 and 7 feet by tonight. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents will be life threatening. 
 
Although the weather has been fairly calm and significant development of these disturbances is not expected, residents and visitors are advised to maintain a close watch for any changes in forecast track and weather conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor activities through tomorrow. OHS/OCD with guidance from NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 
November 9, 2016
 
 
 
OHS/OCD Host CBRNE Events Training
 
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a “Medical Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Events (PER-211)” training at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The training is a 16 hour course, being delivered twice next week; November 14 – 15, 2016, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November 16 – 17, 2016, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 
The comprehensive 16 hour course topics include environmental factors and appropriate self-protection measures for first responders and the public, planning for potential consequences of a CBRNE incident, reorganizing and identifying CBRNE agents and their physiological effects on the human body, basic decontamination considerations, and appropriate triage methods. 
 
Attendees for the course include personnel from law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, healthcare, emergency dispatchers, and others from the Government of Guam, federal, military, and private, non-profit organizations.  
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release

 

November 4, 2016
 
 
 
Monsoonal Weather to Continue Through the Weekend; 
 
Residents Advised to Practice Extreme Caution
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan as Tropical Storm Meari continues to move north-northwestward of the Marianas the next few days. 
 
Tropical Storm Meari is located about 500 miles west-northwest of Guam near 15 degrees north latitude and 137 degrees east longitude. Meari will remain west and eventually north of the Mariana Islands. 
 
Although this system is forecasted to continue west of the Mariana Islands, NWS advises a monsoon organization associated with this storm will prolong inclement weather across the Marianas into this weekend. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are anticipated through tonight. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in heavy showers are also expected. Isolated thunderstorms with brief heavy showers and wind gusts up to 30 mph will remain possible through Sunday.
 
NWS has issued the following advisories:
 
A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Winds of 24 to 29 mph and combined seas between 9 and 12 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Saturday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. 
 
A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet along south and west facing reefs will continue into the weekend. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing south and west as rip currents will be life threatening. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions. If you are planning any outdoor activities, stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 

November 3, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Special Marine Warning
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special marine warning until 10 a.m. for Guam and Rota coastal waters. 
 
 
A series of squall lines capable of producing thunderstorms and wind gusts of 29 to 39 mph will move from southwest to northeast across Guam and Rota waters for the next two hours. 
 
Mariners can expect gusty winds, high waves and possible dangerous lightning and visibility of down to ½ mile in heavy showers. NWS advises to move to safe harbor immediately or stay close to shore until conditions have improved. 
 
NWS has the following advisories in effect as well:
 
A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Winds of 25 to 29 mph and combined seas between 8 and 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Friday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. 
 
A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Surf will become hazardous at 7 to 9 feet along south facing reefs this morning and build to 8 to 10 feet Friday. Surf will remain hazardous through the weekend. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing south as rip currents will be life threatening. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions. If you are planning any outdoor activities, stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
•            NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
•            NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
November 3, 2016
 
 
 
No Damaging Winds Expected from Tropical Disturbance; NWS Issues Advisories
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement yesterday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A tropical disturbance east of the CNMI passed just north of Saipan through yesterday evening and early this morning.
 
Although this system is forecasted to pull west of the Mariana Islands this afternoon and no damaging winds are expected for the islands at this point, NWS advises a monsoon pattern will likely develop across our area and prolong the wet weather though Friday.  
 
NWS has issued the following advisories:
 
A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Winds of 25 to 29 mph and combined seas between 8 and 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Friday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. 
 
A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Surf will become hazardous at 7 to 9 feet along south facing reefs this morning and build to 8 to 10 feet Friday. Surf will remain hazardous through the weekend. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing south as rip currents will be life threatening. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions. If you are planning any outdoor activities, stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. 
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 


For Immediate Release

 
October 30, 2016
 
 
Tropical Disturbance Will Pass South of the Marianas
 
Residents and visitors can expect a wet and windy Halloween
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A tropical disturbance centered 300 miles east-southeast of Guam this afternoon will move west and pass south of Guam on Monday. 
 
This disturbance will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms to the Marianas tonight through Monday night and may bring locally heavy rain and wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph. After the disturbance passes the Marianas, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms could persist as long as Wednesday night. 
 
NWS has issued a small craft advisory, in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Seas could build to as high as 8 to 10 feet in response to the winds. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. 
 
If you are planning any outdoor or marine activities, be aware of current conditions and stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. Residents are advised to prepare for wet and sometimes windy conditions for Halloween tomorrow. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·      NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 

For Immediate Release

 
October 18, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Community Cybersecurity Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a series of Community Cybersecurity training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:
 
·         October 20-21, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – “The Emergency Operation Center’s (EOC’s) Role in Community Cybersecurity” (MGT-384)
·         October 24, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – “Promoting Community Cybersecurity” (AWR-135)
 
The “EOC’s Role in Community Cybersecurity” MGT-384 course provides participants a thorough understanding of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, risks, threats, and countermeasures. It examines how cyber attacks and incidents can negatively impact emergency operations and response, daily workplace operations, and the whole community. Attendees for this course include personnel from the Government of Guam, military partners, and private, non-profit organizations that are involved with EOC activities during an emergency or disaster.
 
The “Promoting Community Cybersecurity” AWR-135 course provides participants an introduction to basic cybersecurity topics. Participants will utilize the information to determine how they can improve cybersecurity and cyber resiliency in their organizations and communities. Attendees for this course include general managers, security personnel, planning personnel, incident responders, and IT managers.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
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For Immediate Release

 

October 13, 2016
 
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Essentials of Community Cybersecurity Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host the “Essentials of Community Cybersecurity & Community Cybersecurity Exercise Planning” (AWR-136 & MGT-385) training on October 18-19, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The “Essentials of Community Cybersecurity” (AWR-136) course provides participants the tools to examine the different types of cyber-attacks, how communities are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and incidents and what types of organizations are most likely to be targeted. In the “Community Cyber Security Exercise Planning” (MGT-285) course, participants will explore cyber-related exercise objectives, players, and scenarios, challenges of developing exercises, and the importance of exercises in building the community’s overall cybersecurity posture.
 
Attendees for this course include public and private personnel involved with critical infrastructure, emergency operations and incident response.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 
October 5, 2016
 
 
 
Community Invited to Participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut
 
 
In less than three weeks, Guam will take part in the world’s largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut. On October 20, 2016 at exactly 10:20 a.m. (ChST), participants will practice their earthquake procedure; “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as advised by the Great ShakeOut organization. The drill will last for one minute.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) encourage all residents to increase earthquake preparedness and response by practicing how to protect themselves during an earthquake and how to ensure an earthquake disaster does not become a catastrophe. The ShakeOut participation provides the opportunity to evaluate emergency plans, increase awareness of earthquake safety, and improve resiliency within your community. Last year, over 83,000 participated in the drill across the island.
 
To participate in this year’s ShakeOut, residents must register online at http://www.shakeout.org/guam/ or call (671) 475-9600. The website provides drill manuals, tips on earthquake safety and other resources for developing a disaster plan. Residents may register as an individual, as a family, school, business, or other group and are encouraged to share photos of their ShakeOut experience on the Great Guam ShakeOut website.
 
Island residents will join over 20 million ShakeOut participants from across the U.S., Hawaii, British Columbia, CNMI, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Southern Italy, and other various regions.
 
Attached with this email is the PDF file of this release, an invite from the Office of Civil Defense Administrator and two flyers for widest distribution. 
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 
September 30, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, will host a series of “Introduction to Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) Suite” training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses will be held as a two-part series:
 
  • October 5 – 7, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – “Introduction to Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) Suite” (PER-229)
  • October 10 – 13, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – CAMEO Suite (Train-the-Trainer)
 
The CAMEO PER-229 course will provide training on the fundamental elements of the CAMEO Suite of programs as they relate to emergency situations. It includes detailed technical information and hands-on practice of critical elements in the CAMEO system and its associated programs. Participants will be provided opportunities to practice key procedures that allow users to enhance planning and response activities associated with community risks. 
 
Attendees for this course include Government of Guam agencies, military partners and private and non-profit organizations that work with and within the fire departments, law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, public health officials, hazardous materials professionals, public works officials, and emergency managers. The CAMEO Train-the-Trainer version of this course is meant to establish trainers/instructors in these fields. CAMEO PER-229 is a pre-requisite for the Train-the-Trainer course.
 
Upon successful completion of these courses, participants will receive Certificates of Course Completion.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 
September 28, 2016
 
 
Tropical Depression Chaba Forms East of the Marianas
 
Heavy rains are expected tonight into Thursday
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement for Tropical Depression Chaba. As a precautionary measure, a Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Tropical storm conditions, including winds of 39 mph or more are possible tonight and Thursday morning.
 
As of 1 p.m., Tropical Depression Chaba was located 205 miles east-northeast of Guam and 145 miles east-southeast of Saipan, near latitude 14.2 degrees north and longitude 147.7 degrees east. It is currently moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It is expected to maintain a general westward track tonight and Thursday, taking it over the Marianas this evening and early Thursday morning.
 
The following NWS advisories are in effect:
 
A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. For Guam and Rota waters, northwest winds will swing through west toward southwest by Thursday then increase reaching 19 to 29 mph around then. Seas will build from 4 to 6 feet today to between 7 and 9 feet by Thursday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. Caution should be exercised when entering harbors or inlets and along reef lines.
 
A flood watch is in effect through Thursday evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Heavy rainfall is expected the next couple of days. Tonight through Thursday, rainfall of 4 to 8 inches is possible with locally higher amounts. Flash floods are possible especially in low-lying areas.
 
The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:
Now is a good time to clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next few days. Hazardous seas and inclement weather are expected. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
September 27, 2016
 
 
Tropical Disturbance Expected to Pass Through the Marianas
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement advising that a tropical disturbance will move through the Marianas Wednesday.
 
The disturbance is centered about 560 miles east of Guam and 485 miles east of Saipan and producing widespread showers and thunderstorms as it moves toward the west-southwest. On its current track, the disturbance is expected to move through the Marianas Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing showers, thunderstorms, and locally heavy rain. Wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph Wednesday and Wednesday night are possible. NWS advises after the center passes the Marianas, scattered locally heavy showers and thunderstorms will likely persist through Thursday night.
 
Residents and visitors are advised to be aware of current conditions and practice extreme caution if planning any outdoor or marine activities. The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), with guidance from NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
September 27, 2016
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) received a report of the All Hazards Alert Warning System from Tamuning Mayor’s Office sounding of the siren around 10:40 a.m. and continuing.
 
The siren sound in Tamuning is NOT connected with any emergency situation. 
 
OHS/OCD immediately contacted the vendor, RadioCom who are now working to assess the system to find and resolve the issue.
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
September 22, 2016
 
 
Tropical Disturbance Passed South of Guam; Heavy Winds Still Expected
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement that the Tropical Disturbance has passed south of Guam this afternoon. It is possible it will develop into a Tropical Depression tonight or Friday as it moves further away.
 
The disturbance is moving westward and will continue to bring increased showers and thunderstorms along with windy and gusty conditions to the area through Saturday.
 
The disturbance is currently closer to Guam than it is to Saipan. Heavier winds are found further out from the center of the disturbance. Saipan and the surrounding waters are currently experiencing winds around 20 to 35 mph with occasional gusts to 45 mph and these winds are expected to spread southward toward Guam waters over the next 12 to 24 hours. 
 
NWS has issued a small craft advisory, in effect until 4 pm Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Moderate to strong winds are already affecting Saipan waters. These winds will spread southward, arriving in Guam waters around midnight. Southeast winds of 19 to 29 mph with occasional gusts to 39 mph near showers will continue through Friday. Combined seas will build to between 8 to 10 feet due to the winds and are expected to subside late Friday afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
Residents and visitors are advised to be aware of current conditions and practice extreme caution if planning any outdoor or marine activities. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 
September 22, 2016
 
 
Residents and Visitors Advised to Monitor Tropical Disturbance Passing South of Guam
Changes to this system may happen rapidly
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A developing tropical disturbance is now the subject of a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
 
This disturbance was located late yesterday about 425 miles southeast of Guam, is moving westward slowly and is expected to bring increasing showers and thunderstorms to the area through Saturday. The tropical disturbance is passing south of Guam this morning.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next few days. Changes to this system may happen rapidly. Small craft and high surf advisories are possible later this week depending on developing conditions. Listen out for any additional NWS statements and advisories throughout the week.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·        NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·        NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 
September 21, 2016
 
 
 
OHS/OCD Hosts Guam Emergency Management Healthcare Coalition Membership & Mutual Aid Agreement and Charter Signing
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Guam Emergency Management Healthcare Coalition (GEMHCC), hosted the signing of the Charter and Membership & Mutual Aid Agreement between Guam Healthcare Facilities/Organizations today at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The purpose of the Membership & Mutual Aid Agreement is to establish the relationship and degree of cooperation between the members that shall comprise the GEMHCC for the purpose of emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from all hazards.   
 
GEMHCC is an entity that falls under the structure of OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during all hazards emergency response and recovery efforts. The goal of the GEMHCC is to promote and enhance the emergency prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of healthcare facilities/organizations.
 
The Steering Committee Member facilities/organizations include the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Guam Fire Department, and OHS/OCD. Members of the Steering Committee will reach out to healthcare stakeholders, including military partners and private organizations to be included in the coalition. Membership in the GEMHCC is open to all entities that agree to work collaboratively on healthcare preparedness and emergency response activities.
 
For more information, contact GMHA Program Coordinator, Michael Poblete at (671) 647-2221 or via email at michael.poblete@gmha.org, or OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release

 

September 19, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Local Volunteer and Donations Management Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Emergency Management Institute of the National Emergency Training Center, will host a one and a half day “Local Volunteer and Donations Management (L288)” training on Thursday, September 22 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, September 23, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
This comprehensive training is designed to strengthen the abilities of local jurisdictions to successfully prepare for and handle volunteer and donations management issues that may arise during and after a disaster. This training provides information regarding Guam’s volunteer and donations management responsibilities, which are designed to help build relationships between government and non-governmental organizations.
 
Attendees for this course include representatives from respective Mayor’s offices, Government of Guam agencies and voluntary organizations involved in managing donations and volunteers for disaster response.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 

August 31, 2016
 
 
 
September is National Preparedness Month
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) invite the island to celebrate September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will sign the NPM Proclamation on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. (ChST) at Adelup, in the Cabinet Conference Room.
 
This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.” NPM is held each September. During the month, the community is encouraged to conduct preparedness actions, develop emergency plans with the community, know how to stay safe, and how to plan on communicating during an emergency situation. Lt. Governor Tenorio’s declaration of National Preparedness Month provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s emergency management capabilities.
 
“This is a great opportunity for the island to follow the four building blocks of emergency preparedness: be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.
 
OHS/OCD will host a National Preparedness Month expo on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Micronesia Mall center court from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (ChST). During the expo, there will be activities, booths, short skits, demonstrations and much more for disaster awareness. Follow OHS/OCD on Facebook for event details and ways you can participate throughout the month: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1....
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

 

Augusr 26, 2016

 

OHS/OCD Hold Contests for National Preparedness Month

 

Throughout the month of September, Guam joins the nation in celebrating National Preparedness Month (NPM) by promoting the importance of planning and preparing for man-made and natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. This year’s NPM theme is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) are hosting contests for all Guam based schools throughout the month of September.

 

Elementary School Poster Contest

WHO MAY JOIN - Any elementary student enrolled in any Guam based school. 

                                    Categories:

                                                1)  Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

                                                2)  3rd Grade through 5th Grade

POSTER SPECIFICATIONS

·      Overall dimensions shall be no larger than approximately 15”x 20” on a poster or illustration board.

·      Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.

·      Posters must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”

o   Posters should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).

o   Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.

o   Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.

·      Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.

 

IDENTIFICATION – All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).

 

Middle School Poem Contest

WHO MAY JOIN - Any middle school student enrolled in any Guam based school.    

 

POEM GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

·      Write a one page poem about emergency/disaster preparedness or explain your emergency plan in the event of a natural disaster.

·      Formatting:

o   1 inch margins

o   12 point Times New Roman font

o   Double Spaced

o   Include in the top right hand corner:

§  Individual’s name

§  School name

§  Grade

§  Title of poem

·      Poems must incorporate the NPM theme of emergency preparedness. Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas. Parents/guardians should not complete the poem for the student.

·      Plagiarism of any kind will ensue in disqualification.

·      Poems will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.  

 

IDENTIFICATION – All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and title of poem (all information should be at the top right corner of the poem)

 

High School Video Contest

WHO MAY JOIN - Any high school student enrolled in any Guam based school. 

                                   

VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

·      An individual or a group of no more than 5 may submit a digital video.

·      Digital video submissions should not exceed 3 minutes (180 seconds).

·      All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:

o   Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.

o   School name

o   Title of video

·      Digital videos must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”

o   Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).

o   Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.

o   Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.

·      Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.

·      All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube link to jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov no later than5pm,  September 15, 2016.  Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.

 

DEADLINE – All poster entries must be submitted to the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense in Agana Heights, no later than 5pm,  September 15, 2016.  Any entries submitted after this day will not be considered eligible. All poem entries must be submitted to jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm, September 15, 2016.  Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.

 

WINNERS – Winners will be contacted via school/teacher/email. Winners for each category will be recognized and presented Preparedness Kits at the 2016 National Preparedness Month Grand Finale at the Micronesia Mall scheduled for September 17, 2015. 

 

All entries will become property of Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and may appear in future public outreach publications.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.   

 


 

For Immediate Release

 

August 23, 2016
 
 
 
Tropical Disturbance Intensifies Near Rota
 
Guam can expect heavy showers and thunderstorms this evening
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a Special Weather Statement for the Tropical Disturbance centered about 20 miles northeast of Rota.
 
As of 6:30 p.m., the tropical disturbance was located near 14.3 degrees north and 145.4 degrees east and is the subject of a tropical cyclone formation alert by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The disturbance is moving quickly north at about 20 mph on a course that could take it near Saipan and Tinian later tonight and near Pagan Island by early morning. Although this disturbance is moving away from Guam, residents and visitors can expect heavy showers and thunderstorms through this evening.
 
Winds will increase to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph overnight before decreasing Wednesday. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely tonight with the heaviest rain expected for Guam and Rota. According to NWS, the system will likely be upgraded to a tropical depression later tonight.
 
Now through 9 p.m., heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will build across Guam producing locally heavy downpours with 2 to 3 inches of rainfall. Isolated thunderstorms with cloud-to-ground lightning are also possible. Gusty winds of 30 mph gusting to 40 mph are possible the next few hours as showers move in.
 
NWS has issued the following advisories:
 
A small craft advisory remains in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas from 7 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft until into Wednesday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
A thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) until 12 a.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
A wind advisory is now in effect for GIAA until 12 a.m. Winds will be from the southwest at 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots, especially in showers.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if traveling in these conditions. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
 
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at(671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

 
For Immediate Release
 
August 18, 2016
 
2:30 p.m. ChST
 
 
Saipan and Tinian Placed on Tropical Storm Watch
 
Tropical Depression 10W still expected to pass north of Saipan Friday morning
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Saipan and Tinian and a Tropical Storm Warning for Alamagan, Pagan and Agrihan.
 
As of 2 p.m., Tropical Depression 10W was located 15.6 N latitude and 142.6 E longitude moving east at 9mph. It is currently 205 miles northwest of Guam and its current track keeps it north of Saipan as it passes over the Marianas near Pagan Island early Friday morning.
 
Residents and visitors of the Marianas should continue to monitor this weather. Expect windy and wet monsoon conditions to persist over Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan at least through Friday. Locally heavy rainfall is possible over the Marianas through the next 24 hours. Although this disturbance is tracking to pass north of Saipan, winds will affect the Mariana Islands from Guam to Saipan with 20 to 30 mph winds.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 18, 2016
 
 
Tropical Depression Tracking to Pass North of Saipan Friday Morning
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement that Tropical Depression 10W is developing west of Saipan.
 
As of 8 a.m., the disturbance was located latitude 15.6 N and longitude 142.0 E, about 250 miles west of Saipan and 235 miles northwest of Guam with a current movement east-northeast at 7mph. On its current track, it would pass just north of Saipan early Friday morning, towards Pagan and Alamagan Islands. Although this disturbance is tracking to pass north of Saipan, winds will affect the Mariana Islands from Guam to Saipan with 20 to 30 mph winds. Residents and visitors can expect the same rainy weather as the past few days with no significant change.
 
The small craft advisory and high surf advisory have been extended to 6 p.m. Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west and south as rip currents will be life threatening. Inexperienced mariners should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 13, 2016
 
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
 
As monsoonal weather is expected to continue into next week, the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories: 
 
A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Monday. Surf of 7 to 9 feet this morning will continue to build through the day between 9 and 11 feet by tonight. Surf will remain hazardous through at least Sunday. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west as rip currents will be life threatening.
 
A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Monday. Southwest winds of 20 to 25 knots and combined seas of 9 to 13 feet will produce hazardous conditions to operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
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.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·      NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 12, 2016
 
 
Monsoon Expected to Bring More Rain to Guam, Marianas
 
Residents urged to keep on eye on the weather when making plans for the weekend.
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, conducted a special weather brief at the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) this afternoon.
 
NWS advises a tropical disturbance developing west of Saipan is expected to gradually drift toward the east-northeast over the next several days resulting in strong west to southwest winds and scattered locally heavy showers and thunderstorms over the Marianas this weekend and the first half of next week. Southwest winds of 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph in showers are expected by Saturday. Hazardous seas, high surf and strong rip currents are likely over the weekend along west and south facing shores.
 
The ground is already saturated from previous rains, which can result in flooding for low-lying areas. The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:
Now is a good time to clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Hazardous seas and inclement weather are expected. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 11, 2016
 
 
Strengthening Monsoon Flow Expected for the Marianas
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A strengthening monsoon flow is expected for the Marianas this weekend into next week.
 
NWS advises a broad area of low pressure centered about 400 miles west of Saipan is showing signs of development, producing scattered showers and thunderstorms from south of the Mariana Islands northwestward to well north of Palau.
 
This system is expected to gradually develop and drift toward the northeast over the next several days resulting in strong monsoonal winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms over the Marianas this weekend and the first half of next week. Winds of 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts in showers are expected by Saturday evening. Seas will build further and could reach small craft advisory levels by Friday or Saturday.
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Hazardous seas and inclement weather are expected. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week.
The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:
Now is a good time to clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

For Immediate Release

 
August 11, 2016
 
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Training Under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host a series of trainings supported by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses will be held as a three-day series:
 
·  Monday, August 15, 2016
  • 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: FEMA E-74 - Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage. Describes the sources and types of nonstructural earthquake damage and provides participants with effective methods to reduce their risk from nonstructural elements in order to minimize injuries and property losses from future earthquakes.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: FEMA P-909 - Home and Business Earthquake Safety Mitigation. Provides basic knowledge on earthquakes and simple steps toward safety and mitigation in homes and business with the goal of reducing the loss of life and property damage from an earthquake.
 
·  Tuesday, August 16, 2016
  • 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.: FEMA P-154 - Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards. Provides instruction on how to identify potentially hazardous buildings before they occur. 
  • 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.: ATC-20 – Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings/Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risks (ROVER). Provides instruction on rapid and detailed procedures for evaluating earthquake-damaged buildings and the use of ROVER, a software to input that data.
·  Wednesday, August 17, 2016
  • Continuation: FEMA P-154/ROVER
  • 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: FEMA 395 - Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools. Teaches participants to assess and analyze seismic risks to typical school buildings, develop actionable plans for reducing and managing risks, secure nonstructural components in school facilities, and implement seismic rehabilitation as an affordable approach for protecting existing school buildings and ensuring occupant safety.
Attendees for these courses include property owners, facility managers, local officials, engineers, architects, emergency managers, and school officials. Upon completion of all courses scheduled for each specific day, attendees will receive a certificate of completion.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 5, 2016
 
 
 
Tropical Storm Omais Drifts Away from the Marianas
 
Heavy showers still expected throughout the week
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued an advisory regarding the monsoon flow, which is now Tropical Storm (TS) Omais.
 
There are no Tropical Storm watches or warnings in effect for Guam. As of 8 a.m., TS Omais was located 305 miles north of Saipan and 430 miles north-northeast of Guam with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. TS Omais is drifting slowly north away from the Marianas and is expected to maintain this course.
 
Although TS Omais is expected to drift away from the Marianas, residents and visitors can expect isolated showers and thunderstorms through the weekend and possibly well into next week. West winds will increase to 15 to 20 mph by today with gusts of 25 mph or more. However, NWS advises no damaging winds are expected.
 
The following NWS advisories are in effect:
 
·        Tinian and Saipan
A gale warning, small craft advisory and high surf advisory are in effect for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. Southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are expected. Hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet along west facing reefs is expected through this afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially operators of small craft should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
·        Guam and Rota
A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam and Rota until 6 p.m. Saturday. Combined seas of 7 to 9 feet are reported at Ritidian buoy and may increase to near 10 feet this afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially operators of small craft should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 5, 2016
 
 
 
OHS/OCD Host ‘Sports and Special Events Incident Management’ Training
 
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a two-day training, ‘Sports and Special Events Incident Management’ (MGT-404), on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9 - 10, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
This comprehensive training emphasizes the unique aspects of response to an incident occurring during sports or special events, including considerations for business continuity and after-action activities. Participants will learn the skills necessary to effectively manage an incident by applying and implementing a multi-disciplinary management team approach as described in the National Incident Management System.
 
Attendees for this course include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations that work within OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center, as well as athletic departments and operators of large areas or venues.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 4, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
As monsoonal weather continues this week, the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories:
 
An urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas is in effect for Guam. Heavy showers continue throughout the island. Additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected throughout this morning. This additional rainfall on top of already saturated ground will cause minor flooding in poor drainage areas and small streams. Residents and visitors are advised not to attempt to travel across flooded roads. Flood water can cause vehicles to stall and leave drivers stranded.
 
A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Saturday. Winds of 15 to 25 knots with stronger gusts will continue through Friday night, which may produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Combined seas of 5 to 7 feet have been reported and may increase to near 10 feet by Friday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. 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.
 
A thunderstorm advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 9 a.m. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
August 3, 2016
 
 
Damaging Winds Not Expected from Monsoon Flow
Showers and thunderstorms will continue this week
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a special weather statement this afternoon reiterating that Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan can expect monsoonal weather to continue this week.
 
The disturbance is centered roughly 350 miles northeast of Saipan. Residents and visitors of the Marianas can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to continue through at least Thursday night. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday through the weekend and possibly well into next week. West winds will increase to 15 to 20 mph by Friday with gusts of 25 mph or more. However, NWS advises no damaging winds are expected and any tropical cyclones that develop in this weather pattern will stay well north of the Marianas.
 
Residents and visitors are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week regarding flooding or hazardous seas. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if traveling in these rainy conditions. The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:
Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/?fref=ts
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

For Immediate Release

 
August 1, 2016
 
 
NWS Advises of Monsoon Development
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A monsoon flow is expected to develop across the Marianas this week.
 
Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are in large areas from the Marianas to the northern parts of eastern Micronesia. As advised by NWS, this disturbance will further develop and move slowly toward north of northwest, resulting in westerly winds and showers across the Mariana Islands by Wednesday through the weekend.
 
Westerly winds of 10 to 20 mph are expected by Friday with stronger gusts near showers through the weekend. Locally heavy downpours will cause ponding of water on roadways and poor drainage areas. If you are driving in these conditions, be alert for brief flooding on roads and lower visibility in heavy showers. Seas across the Marianas will become rough and choppy later this week. Mariners should prepare for west winds and hazardous coastal conditions.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·      NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 


 

For Immediate Release
 
July 15, 2016
 
 
 
Kontra I Piligru ‘16 Culminated with Agency After-Action Reports
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) hosted Kontra I Piligru ’16 (KIP ’16) participating agencies to review immediate after-action reports and evaluations of multiple agencies’ performance during the exercise.
 
The purpose of the hotwash was to improve individual, leader and collaborative performance by providing immediate feedback about how tasks could have been performed better and to review processes and procedures to improve future interoperability.
 
KIP ’16 was an island-wide, multi-agency exercise held on July 12, into the early morning of July 13. This full-scale exercise was meant to test and evaluate the operational capability of the emergency management system in an interactive manner and to validate interagency coordination and response. The hotwash today gave the agencies involved, a chance to highlight what areas went well and what areas need to be improved.
 
“Training & Exercises help us to uncover gaps and shortfalls within plans, policies and procedures, so in the event of a real-world incident we are better prepared,” stated Charles Esteves, Acting Homeland Security Advisor. “KIP’16 provided an objective assessment of all agencies involved,” Esteves continued.
 
Agencies involved in Kip ’16 included, Guam National Guard (GUNG) 94th Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. District Court, OHS/OCD, the Mariana Regional Fusion Center, Guam Police Department (GPD), GPD SWAT units, Guam Fire Department (GFD), GFD HazMat units, Port Authority of Guam, Port Police, Guam Power Authority, Department of Public Health and Social Services, and Guam Memorial Hospital Association.
 
Scenarios that were simulated throughout the exercise included a suspicious package response at the Merizo Mayor’s Office, patient treatment at the Guam Memorial Hospital Association, mock explosion at the South Finegayan old housing areas, active shooter event at the U.S. District Court, vehicle explosion at the Port Authority of Guam vicinity, and a response to a clandestine manufacturing lab of chemical, biological, and radiological processes. All of these high intensity incidents were closely monitored by safety personnel to ensure the protection of all those involved as well as the public.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

Community News: Full-scale, island wide emergency management systems exercise to begin next week

 
A release from the Governor’s Office w Contact Amanda Francel Blas: (671) 475-9304 Email: amanda.blas@guam.gov
 
“The exercise will test and evaluate the response of our Civil Support Teams and multi-agency coordination during a crisis. I want to thank the men and women who are participating in this exercise and would ultimately be entrusted with our community’s safety.”
                                                                        — Governor Eddie Baza Calvo
 
 
Kontra I Piligru 2016 to start next week
 
The Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team (CST) along with local and federal first responders will hold a two-day exercise beginning July 12. The event consists of various emergencies, including chemical and biological training scenarios throughout the island. The exercise will also test inter-agency response capabilities.
 
As part of the exercise, there will be heightened emergency response activity across the island, including helicopter flight, sirens, horns, and loud explosions.  Residents and visitors can expect a slight increase in traffic on Route 3 due to response vehicles utilizing that route. There will be sirens, horns and other sounds indicative of an emergency situation. All of these activities will be closely monitored to ensure the public’s safety.
 
In addition to OHS/OCD and the National Guard’s CST, local and federal agencies participating in the exercise include Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, Port Authority of Guam, Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Customs and Quarantine, Department of Education, Guam Power Authority, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Department of Public Health, Department of Administration, U.S. District Court of Guam, Naval Base Guam, FBI, TSA, Naval Hospital, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 Detachment Marianas, and other local and federal agencies. 
 
More information will be posted on the Guam Homeland Security:
• Website: ghs.guam.gov  (You are on it)
• Twitter: @GHSOCD
 
If you have any questions regarding this exercise, please call OHS/OCD at (671) 475-9600.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
July 4, 2016
 
7:20 a.m. (ChST)
 
 
 
Tropical Storm Conditions Not Expected for Guam at this Time
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam released a Special Weather Statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.
 
Nepartak is now a Tropical Storm about 265 miles south of Guam. It is expected to pass about 185 miles southwest of Guam through this late morning/early afternoon.
 
Although Tropical Storm Nepartak is forecast to remain south of Guam, it is expected to bring showers and some thunderstorms along with winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph to the Mariana Islands today. No tropical storm conditions are expected for Guam at this time.
 
NWS issued a small craft advisory in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 7 and 11 feet today will decrease to 5 to 8 feet tonight creating hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditons.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to be cautious during these conditions.
 
Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·      National Weather Service website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·      National Weather Service Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
·      Guam Homeland Security Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1...
 
OHS/OCD, in coordination with the NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
July 3, 2016
 
4 p.m. (ChST)
 
 
 
Tropical Depression Nepartak Forecast to Remain South of Guam
 
Marianas expects winds and showers
 
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam released a Special Weather Statement for Tropical Depression Napartak, which has formed east of Yap . 
 
TD Nepartak is moving across eastern Yap state today and is expected to keep south of Guam tonight and then move northwest Monday morning as a tropical storm. 
 
Although TD Nepartak is forecast to remain south of Guam, it is expected to bring showers and some thunderstorms along with winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph to the Mariana Islands tonight and during the day on Monday. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents to be cautious while driving in these conditions. Stay up to to date with the latest information.
 
Visit the following NWS links for the latest advisory information:
• National Weather Service website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• National Weather Service Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
 
OHS/OCD, in coordination with the NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely and provide updates. 
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
July 1, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host ICS-300 & ICS-400 Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will host two courses of Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:
 
·         July 5 – 6, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
·         July 7 – 8, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff
 
ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident. 
 
Attendees for these courses include emergency managers who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 23, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host ‘EOC’s Role in Community Cyber Security’ Training
 
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a two-day training, ‘Emergency Operations Center’s Role in Community Cyber Security’ (AWR-136 & MGT-384), on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28 - 29, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
This comprehensive training is a non-technical introduction to cyber security. It will explore cyber security in a community context and demonstrate how cyber-attacks can impact, prevent, and/or stop business operations and emergency responses. This discussion-based course builds terminology, identifies fundamental cyber threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures that can impact an individual, organization, community and an Emergency Operations Center.  
 
Attendees for this course include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations that work within OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 21, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Flood Advisory for Guam
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued the following:
 
 
An urban and small stream flood advisory is now in effect until 10 pm this evening. Heavy rain due to thunderstorms may cause urban and small stream flooding. One to three inches of rainfall are possible. This may cause flooding in low-lying areas and along roads with poor drainage.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by motorists. Avoid driving into areas where the water covers the roadway and practice extreme caution on the roads.
 
Visit the following NWS links for the latest advisory information:
• National Weather Service website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• National Weather Service Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 16, 2016
 
 
U.S. DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) follow the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) addition to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).
 
DHS has updated the NTAS in December of 2015 to add a new form of advisory, the NTAS Bulletin, which provides information to the public. It describes broader, more general trends and current developments regarding threats of terrorism.
 
For more details on the inclusion of the NTAS Bulletin, a DHS fact sheet is attached. You can also visit www.dhs.gov/advisories to review any alerts or bulletins issued by DHS. Attached is the most recent NTAS bulletin, issued June 15, 2016. OHS/OCD will continue to share any bulletins or alerts issued by DHS.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
June 13, 2016
 
 
OHS and MRFC Closely Monitor Attack in Orlando, Florida
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are closely monitoring a reported tragic attack on a Florida nightclub that occurred last night. 
 
There are no threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.
 
Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If you see something, say something.”
 
“Falling in line with President Obama's statement regarding the incident, ‘We will not give in to fear or turn against each other.  Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.’ Despite the attack taking place thousands of miles from our island, we must remain vigilant. We continue to keep those affected by the Florida attacks in our thoughts and prayers.” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brigadier General Johnny Lizama.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

News Release                                                                  

 
 
Western Pacific Islands Typhoon Readiness and Planning Workshop
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host a joint two-day climate change and Catastrophic Planning Workshop on June 13 and 14 designed to better prepare Guam for natural disasters and changing climatic conditions.
 
The comprehensive workshop will be held on June 13, 2016 between 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and June 14, 2016 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Laguna Beach hotel, Guam. The objectives of the workshop are: to improve Guam’s readiness to respond to and recover from natural disasters through deliberate catastrophic planning efforts; to better understand climate change; to put systems and processes in place to create resiliency and mitigate against the impacts of catastrophic disasters.
 
“Guam and the surrounding areas are prone to severe weather,” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brigadier General Johnny Lizama in announcing the planning workshop. “It is important for us to build on plans already in place, exercise those plans and, to incorporate the impacts of climate change. This planning effort will prepare Guam for conditions 10, 25, even 50 years from now,”
 
The workshop will re-examine the Catastrophic Plan created in 2010 by OHS/OCD and FEMA with the goal of revising it by July 2017.   The workshop will examine current knowledge regarding climate change and current plans and policies in place. Topics for the planning discussion include:  planning for catastrophic typhoons; understanding systems of critical infrastructure, mass care and transportation; and understanding capabilities and resources available during a catastrophic typhoon event. 
 
“Climate change poses current challenges for emergency managers which need to be considered when creating catastrophic plans,” said FEMA Region IX Regional Administrator Robert Fenton in explaining the high priority FEMA ascribes to for joint local/federal Pacific preparedness planning.  “The revision of Guam’s most recent catastrophic plan represents a cooperative effort by a team of experts from all sectors working together to prepare Guam for a category five typhoon.”
 
Attendees for this workshop will include several Government of Guam agencies that work in OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during typhoons, emergency management stakeholders, military partners and private & non-profit organizations.
 
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov or Veronica Verde at (626) 646-6813 or via email at veronica.verde@fema.dhs.gov.
 
 
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
 
OHS/OCD’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate all Government of Guam, Military, and Federal Liaison Response Agencies and their resources in mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from any and all types of emergencies in order to protect the lives, environment, and property of the island of Guam. 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
June 3, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Public Assistance Workshop
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will conduct the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Workshop on Monday, June 6 – Tuesday, June 7, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
This comprehensive workshop will describe the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) process and requirements, and the responsibilities of territorial and local agencies during times of recovery from natural disasters. Other topics include what goes into the PDA, what the documentation requirements are and the declaration process.
 
This workshop will highlight the intent of the FEMA PA program and discuss the eligibility structures as it relates to Subgrantee, Facility, Work, Cost and categories of work. Additionally, this workshop will examine PA-funded hazard mitigation, the types of mitigation measures FEMA may fund under the PA program and the requirements and process for submitting a Hazard Mitigation proposal. Finally, this workshop will briefly describe the new PA delivery model, changes to the structure and process in which FEMA provides PA funding.
 
Attendees for this workshop include Government of Guam agencies, certain Private and Non-Profit Organizations, and their PA & fiscal points of contacts.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
May 4, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host FestPac Table Top Exercise
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense in conjunction with the 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts (FestPac) Executive Committee, are hosting a Table Top Exercise (TTX) tomorrow, May 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Laguna Resort.
 
This will be a discussion-based exercise in preparation of the 2016 FestPac, to provide participants an opportunity to evaluate current concepts and validate plans and capabilities for a response to a natural or man-made incident during FestPac. The TTX discussion will include how partners can identify and address gaps in a unified response and coordinate their planning. The TTX participants will discuss, but not perform physical or actual tasks.
 
Attendees for this TTX include local and federal law enforcement, fire emergency medical services, various FestPac committee chairs and emergency management stakeholders.
 
This exercise is open for media coverage. For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
May 2, 2016
 
 
Annual Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, is hosting a two-day Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop.
 
This annual, comprehensive workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., May 3-4, 2016  at the Westin Resort Guam. The objective of the workshop is to familiarize decision makers with the numerous natural hazards that threaten Guam, the behavior of those hazards, the emergency information and instructions issued by the NWS and its associates, and how to make critical decisions based on the emergency information provided.
 
The workshop examines current knowledge, tropical cyclone characteristics, behavior and hazards. Participants will learn about what causes the weather around Guam, the island’s risk and vulnerability to typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis, climate change issues, La Nina and implications for rainfall and sea level predictions, and other topics concerning disaster preparedness.
 
Attendees for this workshop include various Government of Guam agencies that work in OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during typhoons, our military partners and private & non-profit organizations.
 
“Guam and the surrounding areas are prone to severe weather. It is imperative to familiarize our residents with methods to prepare and protect themselves from natural hazards,” stated Office of Civil Defense Administrator, Charles Esteves.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release

 
April 28, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Training
 
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT 452) training on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 8 – 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The purpose of this course is to increase collaborative efforts among and between individuals and organizations responsible for both physical and cybersecurity toward development of integrated risk management strategies for the protection of critical infrastructures. Topics for discussion include physical and cybersecurity challenges impacting infrastructure security posture, evolving risks and impacts, strategies, solutions and structures that can be applied to improve security.
 
Attendees for this course include critical infrastructure owners, operators and managers, Government of Guam agencies and industry partners, community stakeholders, and individuals responsible for safety and security within their organization.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release
 
April 18, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD Host Critical Infrastructure Training
 
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a series of Critical Infrastructure & Protection training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses will be held as a four-part series:
 
  • April 19, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness (AWR-213)
  • April 21-22, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (MGT-310)
  • April 25-26, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Critical Asset Risk Management (MGT-315)
  • April 28, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (MGT-414)
 
Many topics will be discussed during these courses to include, but not limited to, threat and hazard identification, establishing capability targets, overview of the risk management process, asset valuation, vulnerabilities and risk assessment, mitigation mission areas, national and community resilience, critical infrastructure applications, local jurisdiction steps, federal and policy guidance, information sharing programs, and roles and responsibilities of critical infrastructure partners. 
 
Attendees for these courses include critical infrastructure owners, operators and managers, senior officials, DHS personnel, law enforcement, fire service, public safety communications, hazardous material personnel, emergency medical services, emergency management agency, healthcare agencies, public works, governmental administrative, private sector, and military partners.
 
Upon successful completion of all four courses, participants will receive an Infrastructure Protection Certificate.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
April 15, 2016
 
5:45 a.m. (ChST) 
 
 
No Tsunami Threat From Japan Earthquake 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense are monitoring a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck 1km (0.6 miles) WSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan with a depth of 6.2 miles at 2:25 a.m. (ChST).
 
As advised by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake for Guam and the Northern Marianas.
 
This will be the only statement issued for this event unless additional data is received. 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
April 14, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD and MRFC Monitoring Events Surrounding North Korea
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), are closely monitoring reports of North Korea preparing for a launch of a mobile ballistic missile.  
 
In a recent article, CNN reported U.S. intelligence satellites have spotted signs that North Korea may be preparing for a launch of a “Musudan missile,” a mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile, which the U.S. believes could potentially hit Guam and the Shemya Island.
 
No definitive reports of an immediate threat to Guam or the Northern Marianas has surfaced at this time. OHS/OCD and the MRFC are closely monitoring any further information. Residents are advised to stay up to date with the situation.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
April 11, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD host FestPac Safety & Security Table Top Exercise
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) in conjunction with the Office of the Governor are hosting a Safety & Security Table Top Exercise (TTX) in preparation of the 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts (FestPac) tomorrow, April 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
The purpose of the TTX is to validate the Safety & Security plans and policies. This will be a discussion-based exercise to provide participants an opportunity to evaluate current concepts, plans and capabilities for a response to a natural or man-made incident during FestPac. The TTX discussion will include how partners can identify and address gaps in a unified response, improve and coordinate their planning. The TTX target capabilities include communications and intelligence/information sharing and dissemination to all stakeholders involved with Safety & Security. The TTX participants will discuss, but not perform physical or actual tasks.
 
Attendees for this TTX include local and federal law enforcement, fire emergency medical services, various FestPac committee chairs and emergency management and public safety stakeholders. This exercise is open for media coverage after 11 a.m.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
April 8, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Advisories for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan Coastal Waters
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued the following:
 
A small craft advisory is now in effect until 6 a.m., Saturday. A trade-wind surge will cause east winds of 19 to 24 mph with gusts to 29 mph. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet, especially on the east side of the islands, will continue through Saturday morning. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Saturday. Residents and visitors can expect hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs through tonight. All are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing east, as rip currents will be life threatening. 
 
A fire weather watch is in effect through this afternoon for Guam. Dry conditions and gusty winds will maintain fire danger. East winds of 10 to 20 mph and humidity near 60 percent is expected for Guam. The most dangerous times will be from the late morning until near sunset. Any fires that start may spread rapidly, especially along east-facing slopes of southern Guam. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged as flying embers and ash may start fires downwind. 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean and the fire weather watch should be taken into serious consideration. 
 
Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest information:
• National Weather Service website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• National Weather Service Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
April 1, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Fire Weather Watch
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a fire weather watch from this morning through late Tuesday night for Guam. A fire weather watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.
 
Dry conditions with marginal winds will increase the fire danger through the weekend. Winds are expected east, 10 to 20 mph with humidity as low as 45 percent. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, especially along north and east-facing slopes. Outdoor burning is not recommended as flying embers and ash may start spot fires downwind. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised during this time. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
March 8, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.
 
East winds of 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts of 29 mph and combined seas of 8 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
January 31, 2016
 
5:30 p.m. ChST
 
 
 
Community's safety is priority
 
 
 
Safety agencies responded to multiple bomb threats today, coordinating efforts with businesses and their security teams to ensure their establishments were safe.
 
Local officials are continuing to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Homeland Security, both of whom have been tracking the threats. One source of the threats has been tracked to a Twitter account, which may be the same group making threats at various jurisdictions across the U.S. and Europe.
 
“Our local first responders have been diligent in responding and following up on these terroristic threats,” stated Governor Eddie Baza Calvo. “Terrorism is focused on causing terror and panic. We will not allow them to win. After each buildings was cleared by first responders business continued as usual. I am encouraging the community, however, to remain calm but vigilant. If you hear of something that could help our first responders find the culprits that are trying to wreak havoc in our community, call police or CrimeStoppers.”
 
The Governor noted three things people should know about what’s going on:
 
1. First responders are working tirelessly to keep our community safe.
2. We continue to take these threats seriously because the safety of our community is a priority, and anyone caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
3. Bomb threats recently have been hoaxes but we are asking the community to remain calm and to report any information that might lead to an arrest. Call police at 911, call or text CrimeStoppers 477-4357 (HELP) or go online to guam.crimestoppersweb.com.  
 
Guam Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense in coordination with multiple response agencies including the Guam Police Department (GPD), the Guam Fire Department (GFD), the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), the Guam International Airport Authority Police K-9 Unit, and Joint Region Marianas responded to the multiple threats. The all-clear was given in short order.
 
Following leads
For the safety of all involved, each threat has been taken seriously and is being fully investigated. The bomb threats were made through automated voice recordings or “robo-calls” to 911 dispatch and the businesses, one was hand-written on a bathroom stall, other threats were made using social media.
 
Timeline as of 4:30 p.m.:
 
11:00 a.m. – OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at Home Depot. GPD, GFD and Airport K-9 units responded. Home Depot was evacuated.
 
11:40 a.m. – OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Micronesia Mall. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. Micronesia Mall was evacuated.
 
12:00 p.m. – OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at K-Mart. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. K-Mart was evacuated.
 
12:30 p.m. – All Clear at Home Depot.
 
12:37 p.m. – All Clear at K-Mart.
 
12:45 p.m. – OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Agana Shopping Center. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. Agana Shopping Center was evacuated.
 
1:00 p.m. – All Clear at Micronesia Mall.
 
1:45 p.m. - OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Guam Premier Outlets (GPO). GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. GPO was evacuated to include theaters and Chuck E. Cheese’s.
 
2:15 p.m. – All Cleat at Agana Shopping Center.
 
2:15 p.m. - OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of two separate reported bomb threats to Outrigger Beach Resort and Westin Resort. GPD and GFD responded.
 
3:15 p.m. – All Clear at Guam Premier Outlets.
 
3:15 p.m. – All Clear at Outrigger Beach Resort and Westin Resort.
 
 
For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540.
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
January 29, 2016
 
NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories:
 
 
A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m., Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Fresh to strong trade winds of 24 to 29 mph with occasional gusts to 39 mph will persist through Saturday before decreasing Saturday night. Combined seas of 10 to 13 feet will begin to subside tonight and may fall below ten feet Saturday night. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Surf has become hazardous at 10 to 12 feet along east facing shores and should remain near these levels through Saturday afternoon. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west, north and east, as rip currents are life threatening.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
A fire weather watch remains in effect through Monday morning for Guam, meaning critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Very dry weather will continue through the weekend. Affected areas include primarily mountains and grassy areas of southern and central Guam. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended as flying embers and ash may start spot fires downwind.
 
Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest weather and drought information: 
• National Weather Service website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• National Weather Service Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
January 27, 2016
 
 
MRFC Closely Monitor Social Media Leads to Bomb Threats
 
 
The Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), in coordination with local law enforcement is closely monitoring social media for leads on the string of bomb threats to local schools.
 
A Twitter account connected to the string of bomb threats has been identified and is currently being looked into. There is no factual evidence provided at this time, whether the bomb threats stem from an off-island source. The MRFC and local law enforcement officials are working to identify people connected with the Twitter account.
 
Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity or social media posts relating to these bomb threats to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”
 
For more information, please contact the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
January 26, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues High Surf Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a high surf advisory until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.
 
A long-period northwest to north swell will cause hazardous surf on west and north facing shores. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet on west and north facing shores could build to a range of 8 to 11 feet by early Wednesday. The hazardous surf will gradually subside by the weekend.
 
Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west and north, as rip currents will be life threatening.  The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
January 26, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD host Residential Coastal Construction Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) are hosting a Residential Coastal Construction (FEMA P-55) training today and tomorrow, January 26-27, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
OHS/OCD, in collaboration with the Building Science Branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be conducting a series of training courses and workshops throughout Fiscal Year 2016. The purpose is to provide information to our island community and homeowners on how to build stronger building structures and minimize damage from natural disasters. The Residential Coastal Construction (FEMA P-55) training is the first in the series.
 
This course trains participants on using the Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA P-55), which is the leading reference for planning, designing, and constructing residential structures in various coastal environments. Attendees for this two-day training include engineers, architects, building code officials, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation professionals, planners, building officials, emergency managers and community partners with building science knowledge.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
January 21, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Drought Information Statement for the Marianas
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a drought information statement to include the Mariana Islands and Chuuk State.
 
One of the strongest El Niño’s in history remains across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean.  This El Niño pattern will likely persist through the first few months of 2016, and then weaken to neutral by the summer months and possibly trend toward La Niña conditions late in the year. Increasingly dry conditions usually develop across Micronesia after the mature phase of a strong El Niño.
 
Lower than normal rainfall during the coming months will cause drought to develop for the Mariana Islands and parts of Chuuk State. Drought is already affecting islands of the Republic of Palau, along with the islands of Yap State.
 
For the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, rainfall has been below normal the past couple of months and below normal rainfall will continue the next several months.
 
Water supplies need to be monitored very closely and water conservation is highly encouraged. Drying and yellowing of food crops and vegetation will become much worse. Grass fires have already been observed on Guam and the risk of grass fires will increase in the coming weeks. Homeowners should keep grass and brush trimmed far away from houses and other structures. Some damage to food crops could also develop. 
 
Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest weather and drought information: 
• National Weather Service website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• National Weather Service Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
January 12, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Public Information Statement for Dry Weather
 
 
The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a public information statement for very dry weather developing across the Mariana Islands. 
 
As advised by NWS, rainfall across the Marianas is expected to be below normal for the next several months. NWS computer models indicate rainfall of only a quarter inch to half inch for the Mariana Islands for the next 10 days and very low rainfall will likely persist through the next several months. 
 
Water supplies will need to be monitored and water conservation is encouraged, especially for Saipan, Tinian and Rota. 
 
Grass fires have already been observed on Guam and the risk of grass fires will increase in the coming weeks. Homeowners should keep grass and brush trimmed far away from houses and other structures. Some damage to food crops could also develop. 
 
A drought statement remains in effect for Yap state, the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The drought statement will likely be expanded to include the Mariana Islands in the coming weeks. 
 
Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest weather and drought information:
• National Weather Service website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
• National Weather Service Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
January 8, 2016
 
7:50 p.m. (ChST)
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) received a report of the All Hazards Alert Warning System from Nikko Hotel Guam sounding of the siren around 7:20 p.m. and continuing until around 7:50 p.m.
 
 
The siren sound at Nikko Hotel is not connected with any emergency situation. 
 
OHS/OCD immediately contacted the vendor, RadioCom who are now working to assess the system to find and resolve the issue.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 488-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
January 7, 2016
 
 
OHS/OCD host Community Emergency Response Team Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training today and tomorrow, January 7-8, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
 
Each year, communities across the nation fall victim to some disaster. Emergency events may be in the form of severe storms, typhoons, earthquakes, floods or "man made" disasters. The damage caused by disasters affects all elements of society and government. Catastrophic events severely restrict and often overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities. In addition, they leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support.
 
OHS/OCD host CERT and Teen CERT training opportunities for various groups and high school students. CERT trainings provide lessons on how to help communities mitigate disasters during the first minutes and up to 72 hours following a disaster when damaged roads, disrupted communications, high call volume, etc., may restrict access by local police, fire and emergency medical services. The purpose of CERT training is to provide citizens with the basic skills that they will need to handle their own needs and then to respond to their communities’ needs in the aftermath of a disaster.
 
The CERT training is provided today and tomorrow for AmeriCorps members from OHS/OCD, Pa’a, Amot Farm, and Justice Corps.  
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
January 6, 2015
 
 
OHS and MRFC closely monitor North Korea Hydrogen Bomb Test
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) are closely monitoring North Korea’s broadcast, stating they successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.
 
In a public broadcast through the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North Korean regime in Pyongyang detonated the hydrogen bomb for the first time at 10 a.m., January 6, 2016. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake was detected at that time.
 
There is no factual evidence provided at this time, whether the test was successful. OHS and MRFC will continue to monitor the situation. There are no known threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.
 
Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
January 4, 2016
 
 
NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. Tuesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.
 
East winds of 19 to 29 mph and combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Tuesday afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

 
 
For Immediate Release
 
December 30, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD hosts Community Emergency Response Team Rodeo
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) hosted a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Rodeo today, December 30, 2015 in support of National Preparedness Month in September earlier this year.
 
Each year, communities across the nation fall victim to some disaster. Emergency events may be in the form of severe storms, typhoons, earthquakes, floods or "man made" disasters. The damage caused by disasters affects all elements of society and government. Catastrophic events severely restrict and often overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities. In addition, they leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support.
 
OHS/OCD host annual CERT and Teen CERT training opportunities for various groups and high school students. CERT trainings provide lessons on how to help communities mitigate disasters during the first minutes and up to 72 hours following a disaster when damaged roads, disrupted communications, high call volume, etc., may restrict access by local police, fire and emergency medical services. The purpose of CERT training is to provide citizens with the basic skills that they will need to handle their own needs and then to respond to their communities’ needs in the aftermath of a disaster.
 
Seven CERT groups from AmeriCorps OHS/OCD, AmeriCorps Sanctuary (two teams), Justice Corps, AmeriCorps Amot Farm, and Harvest Christian Academy (two teams), competed in the CERT Rodeo, which included light fire suppression, light victim extraction and disaster medical operations with obstacles in between for a chance to win a travelling trophy.
 
This year, AmeriCorps OHS/OCD took home first place for the second year in a row, with the travelling trophy. AmeriCorps Sanctuary Team Two was first runner up and AmeriCorps Sanctuary Team One was third runner up.
 
“We are proud of all the teams who came out today and showcased their emergency management capabilities,” stated Patrick Leon Guerrero, OHS/OCD CERT Program Manager. “By educating the community with these trainings, it prepares more young adults with the tools necessary to prepare before, during and after a disaster.”
 
Attached are photos for your consideration. You can view the full album on OHS/OCD's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-Security-178975602144519/?ref=hl. 
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
December 29, 2015
 
 
Over $2M in federal funds expected to be awarded for damages incurred from Typhoon Dolphin
 
 
Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on June 5, 2015, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony G. Lukeala, are making progress as over an estimated $2 million in federal funds will be awarded from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Typhoon Dolphin on May 13-16, 2015.
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Public Assistance program, administered by OHS/OCD, helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities that were damaged or destroyed by a disaster. FEMA reimburses 75 percent of the total costs PA program. The Government of Guam will cover the remaining 25 percent of the total cost.
 
All Government of Guam agencies and eligible private and Non-Profit organizations on Guam that sustained costs or damages from Typhoon Dolphin were able to apply for federal-state financial assistance. Twenty-seven (27) agencies applied for Public Assistance, some with multiple project worksheets. Out of forty-four (44) project worksheets, thirty-four (34) have been approved thus far. Of the 34 approved, none of those projects have been completed and are still pending completion of documentation and coordination before federal funds can be received.
 
The largest amount granted, over $1.18M will be awarded to the Guam Power Authority for Category F – Public Utility System. All other projects were near $300,000 or less.
 
An update will be provided upon completion of these projects and allocation of funds.
 
For more information, please contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
December 28, 2015
 
 
NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.
 
East winds of 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts to 34 mph will continue through Thursday. These winds are already occurring in the Northern Marianas and will spread into Guam waters by tonight.
 
Winds will begin to create waves of 7 to 9 feet and will likely build to between 8 and 10 feet during the day or tonight. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
December 24, 2015
 
 
UPDATE: Six agencies received over $300K for damages incurred from Tropical Storm Halong
 
 
Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on September 11, 2014, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony G. Lukeala, are making progress as six (6) Government of Guam agencies received federal funds from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Halong on July 28-31, 2014.
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Public Assistance (PA) program, administered by OHS/OCD, helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities that were damaged or destroyed by a disaster. FEMA reimburses 75 percent of the total costs PA program. The Government of Guam will cover the remaining 25 percent of the total cost.
 
All Government of Guam agencies and eligible Private and Non-Profit organizations on Guam that sustained costs or damages from Halong were able to apply for federal-state financial assistance. Out of seventeen (17) agencies that originally applied for Public Assistance, fifteen (15) were approved and two (2) withdrew their application. Of the 15 approved, 6 projects have been completed and were awarded money for their applications. The agencies awarded this initial batch of funds were the University of Guam, the Guam Waterworks Authority, the Guam Visitor’s Bureau, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, the Port Authority of Guam, and the Guam Power Authority. The total amount allocated for these agencies is $374,016.95. The total amount allocated for these agencies is $374,016.95, received in September 2015.
 
Approved agencies pending completion of projects and allocation of money include: Department of Education, OHS/OCD, Department of Administration, Department of Public Works, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Mayors’ Council of Guam, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, and Department of Youth Affairs. In total, Guam will receive close to $600K in federal funds from the Public Assistance program.
 
For more information, please contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
December 23, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD awarded through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive Grant
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) have been awarded over $1.7 million  under the FY2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Competitive Grant, PDMC-09-GU-2014.
 
The purpose of the PDM Program is to provide funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides funding for measures to reduce or eliminate overall risk from natural hazards.  
 
State, territorial, federally recognized tribal, and local governments are able to apply for this competitive grant as well as eligible private nonprofit organizations. Various Government of Guam organizations and eligible private nonprofit organizations applied for the grant through OHS/OCD. Over $1.6M will be awarded to the Guam Community College and the University of Guam. OHS/OCD will be awarded a technical assistance grant totaling $160,934.73.
 
The grant will support mitigation projects and hazard mitigation planning for the three organizations. “The success can be contributed to the excellent partnership we have established with GCC and UOG,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “Also to Leo Espia, the Deputy Administrator and State Hazard Mitigation Officer for OHS/OCD who worked with the various competing agencies and on the application for this grant.”
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
December 22, 2015
 
 
Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories:
 
 
A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Fresh to strong winds and combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will create hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Wednesday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory is in effect along north facing reefs until 6 p.m. this evening, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet will continue along north facing shores today, diminishing in the late afternoon. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents are life threatening.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
December 21, 2015
 
 
NWS Issues High Surf Advisory
 
 
The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a high surf advisory until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A large north swell generated by fresh to strong winds associated with a shear line will maintain hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet across the Marianas through this afternoon and should gradually fall tonight.
 
Residents are advised to avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
December 17, 2015
 
 
U.S. DHS Updates ‘National Terrorism Advisory System’
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) follow the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) addition to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).
 
DHS has recently updated the NTAS to add a new form of advisory, the NTAS Bulletin, which provides information to the public. It describes broader, more general trends and current developments regarding threats of terrorism.
 
For more details on the inclusion of the NTAS Bulletin, a DHS fact sheet is attached. You can also visit www.dhs.gov/advisories to review any alerts or bulletins issued by DHS. Attached is the most recent NTAS bulletin, issued December 16, 2015. OHS/OCD will continue to share any bulletins or alerts issued by DHS.
 
"We encourage all to follow the DHS campaign: If You See Something, Say Something," stated Charles Esteves, Director of the Mariana Regional Fusion Center. "Report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and to the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/."
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
November 30, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD will hold ribbon cutting ceremony for the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. (ChST) at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The AHAWS siren at OHS/OCD will sound off for a brief time during this ceremony between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Residents surrounding Agana Heights can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging and loud wailing sounds and sirens.
 
The bid award on the AHAWS was awarded on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, allowing OHS/OCD to complete the project as well as appropriate the Sirens to 15 locations around the island.
 
OHS/OCD has applied for the funding for the Sirens under the Emergency Management Performance Grant program to install the 15 warning Sirens. The total amount for procurement and installation is over $1 million. There is a need on island for a hazard warning system that could be quickly activated and would have continuous coverage over areas potentially affected by hazards to low lying areas. The Sirens, as part of the emergency alert warning and notification would also be used to notify residents and other occupants of Guam of the pending occurrence of other hazards.
 
The AHAWS consist of a communication and control system comprised of a high power voice and siren speaker assembly mounted on a concrete pole. It is a two-way radio communications system capable of activating each remote AHAWS individually or at the same time, to sound a siren tone, stored digital voice message or a combination to include activation of blue blinking lights. The main trigger control for the AHAWS is stationed at OHS/OCD.
 
The priorities and locations for the 15 warning Sirens were determined by a Government of Guam Multi-Agency Assessment Team comprised of the Mayor’s Council of Guam, Department of Land Management, Department of Public Works, Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Port Authority of Guam led by OHS/OCD based on requirements to ensure coverage of the AHAWS for residents and other occupants in low-lying, potential hazard areas.
 
Although the AHAWS process was lengthy, with the full support of the OHS/OCD Administration and the leadership of Governor Calvo and Lt. Governor Tenorio, OHS/OCD is proud to announce the completion of the AHAWS.
 
“The AHAWS brings a great advantage to our island; it allows us to reach out to multiple areas at the same time with the same message,” stated Brig. Gen. Johnny Lizama, Homeland Security Advisor. “This project is another form of communication and a tool we are fortunate to add to our emergency management capabilities, for the safety of our island.”
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 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.
 
A 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.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
November 17, 2015
 
 
New website offers information on Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network for Guam
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense is pleased to announce the launching of a new website:  www.GuamPSBN.org. The website was designed and developed to serve as an educational outreach tool that will provide information for both public and private entities regarding the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and how it will help Guam’s public safety community.
 
“The website will act as an important tool for us to inform and connect with our island’s public safety community during the life of the program,” states Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brigadier General Johnny S. Lizama. “It provides information on the program, the process, and gives updates on the progress of the design, build and deployment of the network.”
 
Those who visit the site can find information on the FirstNet initiative, development of the network, the progress timeline, current news and events as well as other resources and links to relative websites.
 
The website development was made possible through a grant from the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), which provides federal funding for the outreach, data collection and other activities revolved around the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. The network was recommended by the 9/11 Commission Report to resolve the communication challenges faced by emergency responders. The network’s goal is to provide a secure, reliable and dedicated interoperable network for emergency responders to send text, data, images and other needs during an emergency.
 
For more information on the program, please contact Ms. Leigh G. Pereda, Program Coordinator at Guam Homeland Security at (671) 478-0282 or email, leigh.pereda@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

For Immediate Release

November 14, 2015

 
OHS and MRFC closely monitor attacks in Paris, France
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are closely monitoring the series of attacks in Paris, France.
 
There are no threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.
 
Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If you see something, say something.”
 
“Falling in line with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s statement regarding the incident, ‘We must stand together with the French people in the fight against terrorism and extremism.’ Despite the attack taking place thousands of miles from our island, we must remain vigilant.” stated Charles Esteves, MRFC Director.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

For Immediate Release
 
November 3, 2015
 
 
Over $300,000 awarded to six agencies for damages incurred from Tropical Storm Halong
 
 
Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on September 11, 2014, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony Lukeala, are making progress as six (6) Government of Guam agencies are allotted money from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Halong on July 28-31, 2014.
 
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Public Assistance program, administered by OHS/OCD, helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities that were damaged or destroyed by a disaster.
 
All Government of Guam agencies and eligible Private and Non-Profit organizations on Guam that sustained costs or damages from Halong were able to apply for federal-state financial assistance. Out of seventeen (17) agencies that originally applied for Public Assistance, fifteen (15) were approved and two (2) withdrew their application. Out of the 15 that were approved, 6 of those projects have been completed and are now being awarded money for their applications. The agencies awarded this initial batch of funds are the University of Guam, the Guam Waterworks Authority, the Guam Visitor’s Bureau, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, the Port Authority of Guam, and the Guam Power Authority. The total amount allocated for these agencies is $374,016.95.
 
Approved agencies pending completion of projects and allocation of money include: Department of Education, OHS/OCD, Department of Administration, Department of Public Works, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Mayors’ Council of Guam, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, and Department of Youth Affairs. In total, Guam will receive over $600,000.00 in federal funds from the Public Assistance program.
 
For more information, please contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov, or FEMA External Affairs Officer, Kelly Hudson at (510) 207-4011.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 27, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD to conduct testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Thursday, October 29, 2015 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.  
 
The following are a list of siren sites to be tested:
 
1.      OHS/OCD facility
2.      Agat Marina
3.      JFK High School
4.      Talofofo Elementary School
5.      Asan Mayor's Office
6.      Pago Bay A-Frame South End
7.      Inarajan Elementary School
8.      Yona Mayor's Office
9.      Ft. Soledad, Umatac
10.  GWA Pump Station, Merizo
11.  Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
12.  Port Authority of Guam
13.  Agat Senior Citizen's Center
14.  Hotel Nikko Guam
15.  Tamuning Mayor’s Officer
 
Residents surrounding these sites can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
For Immediate Release
 
October 23, 2015
 
 
Initial consultation meeting with FirstNet completed
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), under the State Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) coordinated the Guam Initial Consultation Meeting with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). On October 22, 2015, over  60 public safety stakeholders from 30 Government of Guam and Federal agencies attended the initial consultation meeting to have a direct dialogue with the FirstNet to discuss wireless broadband communication needs, ask questions and learn more about FirstNet’s plans to implement a dedicated nationwide public safety broadband network for Guam.
 
To start the meeting, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio remarked that this is a milestone for Guam’s public safety community and that the contributions of today’s meeting will help design and build a network that is based on our public safety needs. He encouraged the participants to ask questions, share concerns and possible issues.
           
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network to resolve the communications challenges faced by emergency responders nationwide. The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network will provide a secure, reliable and dedicated interoperable network for emergency responders to communicate during an emergency.
 
FirstNet was established in February 2012 as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. FirstNet will develop the first high-speed wireless broadband data network dedicated to public safety that will provide a single, nationwide network to facilitate communication for public safety users during emergencies and on the job every day. The planned network will be public safety grade, providing access to applications and coverage where public safety needs it most.
 
Two years ago, Guam joined the initiative through a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) supports all 56 States and Territories in planning, education, outreach, and consultation activities to work with FirstNet toward the initiation and deployment of the first nationwide public safety broadband network.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 20, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD to conduct testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fourteen (14) locations on Thursday, October 22, 2015 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m (ChST).  
 
Each site will be tested twice: once with all 14 sequentially and the second with 14 in unison.
 
The following are a list of siren sites to be tested, with the exception of the Tamuning Mayor’s Office, which is currently being worked on:
 
1.      OHS/OCD facility
2.      Agat Marina
3.      JFK High School
4.      Talofofo Elementary School
5.      Asan Mayor's Office
6.      Pago Bay A-Frame South End
7.      Inarajan Elementary School
8.      Yona Mayor's Office
9.      Ft. Soledad, Umatac
10.  GWA Pump Station, Merizo
11.  Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
12.  Port Authority of Guam
13.  Agat Senior Citizen's Center
14.  Hotel Nikko Guam
 
Residents surrounding these sites can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 19, 2015
 
 
Southwest monsoon winds spread haze across the Marianas
 
 
As advised by the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, multiple wildfires across Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and southwest winds across western Micronesia have pushed diffuse haze into the Marianas.
 
A 7:55 a.m., the NWS public information statement advised the haze is expected to continue through at least midweek, can reduce visibility at times and that as a precaution, those with respiratory issues should limit their time outdoors.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 


 

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 16, 2015
 
1:20 p.m. (ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Champi tracks closer to the Mariana Islands
 
Guam advised to take precautions in the heavy winds and rains
 
 
The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam, latest advisory stated, now through 3 p.m., fast moving showers will bring periods of heavy rain and strong wind gusts to Guam. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches and wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph are now possible, especially over northern Guam.
 
There are no tropical storm watches or warnings for Guam at this time. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected through late this evening. As of 1 p.m., Tropical Storm (TS) Champi is located 65 miles northeast of Saipan and 200 miles north-northeast of Guam moving west with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Currently, the center of TS Champi is forecasted to track through the northern Marianas, near Anatahan this afternoon.
 
Residents are advised that tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 195 miles south of the center and up to 155 miles north of the center, bringing heavy winds and rains to Guam.
 
If you have to drive, be alert for low visibility and ponding of water on roads and in low-lying areas. Drivers of high-profile trucks and vans should exercise caution in these gusty winds.
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents to practice extreme caution while this storm passes through the Northern Mariana Islands. The wind gusts and heavy rains will make driving in these conditions dangerous.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to closely monitor any changes to this system and provide updates.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 16, 2015
 
8 a.m. (ChST)
 
 
Heavy winds and rains from Tropical Storm Champi; NWS issues advisories
 
No watches or warnings for Guam at this time
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm (TS) Champi and the effects it has on the Marianas.
 
There are no watches or warnings for Guam at this time. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan, meaning tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected through late this evening.
 
NWS stated, as of 7 a.m., TS Champi is located 160 miles east-northeast of Saipan and 280 miles northeast of Guam and moving west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. Currently, this track would take TS Champi through the northern Marianas, north of Anatahan this afternoon.
 
The NWS has issued the following advisories:
 
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Tinian and Saipan from 12:55 a.m. to 9 a.m. this morning. TS Champi produced heavy rain across these islands and up to two inches of rain had fallen. Satellite rainfall estimated and additional 8 to 10 inches of rain is possible beforenoon today.
 
A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Guam coastal waters until 3 p.m., Sunday. NWS advises that west winds and combined seas will quickly rise in the Guam waters today. Seas will build from 9 feet this morning, 13 feet this afternoon, to between 15-17 feet tonight. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary, avoid sailing near reef lines and shoaling areas. Exercise caution when entering or leaving harbors and inlets as breaking waves can easily capsize the boat.
 
A High Surf Warning remains in effect for Guam until 6 p.m., Wednesday. Surf will build between 10 and 12 feet in north and west facing reefs and beaches today. Swell from distant TS Koppu and TS Champi passing by just to the north will combine with a fresh monsoon fetch, to create hazardous surf for several days. Avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west as rip currents will be life threatening.
 
A Wind Advisory is in effect for Guam until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph will continue today as TS Champi approaches the Northern Marianas. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution while on the roads.
 
Residents are advised to practice extreme caution while out on the roads and to avoid travel by sea. Stay up to date with the latest information from the National Weather Service.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with the National Weather Service will continue to closely monitor all systems in our area and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 15, 2015
 
12:30 p.m. ChST
 
 
Tropical Storm Champi (25W) slowly strengthens
 
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam (NWS), are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Champi as it approaches the Marianas.  
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time from Tropical Storm Champi. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Saipan, Tinian and Rota meaning tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within 48 hours.
 
NWS advisory as of 10 a.m. stated, Tropical Storm Champi is about 540 miles east-northeast of Guam and will track generally west-northwest towards the Mariana Islands today through Saturday. Currently, this track takes Tropical Storm Champi through the Marianas, north of Saipan, near Anatahan by Friday afternoon.  Maximum sustained winds have increased to 60 mph and Tropical Storm Champi is forecasted to intensify over the next several days, possibly becoming a typhoon on Friday.
 
Although there are no watches or warnings for Guam time, residents should stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially if there are changes to the system. Saipan, Tinian and Rota remain in a tropical storm watch and its residents should also stay up to date with the latest forecast as the storm heads towards the Mariana Islands.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to closely monitor all conditions in our area and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 15, 2015
 
12:15 p.m. (ChST)
 
 
Great Guam ShakeOut successful; All Hazards Alert Warning System tested
 
 
The Great Guam ShakeOut comes to a close. This year, registrants participated in their earthquake procedure today at 10:15 a.m. (ChST). 2015 was Guam’s sixth year to participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut, with the highest amount of participants reported at 78,888. Over 50,000 of those registrants were from Guam’s K-12 school districts.
 
While the Great ShakeOut was a success, with participants from schools, local government, military, businesses, hotels, hospitals, clinics, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, youth organizations, and so much more, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) were also testing 15 of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) sirens.
 
Three (3) of the fifteen (15) sirens did not activate during the test: OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights, Nikko Hotel and John F. Kennedy High School. This was the first time all 15 sirens were tested at once and it provided OHS/OCD with an excellent opportunity to identify deficiencies. OHS/OCD in conjunction with the siren vendor, RadioCom Inc., will continue to address all issues regarding the sirens. OHS/OCD will continue to regularly test the equipment until all 15 are working proficiently.
 
The initial 15 were placed in low-lying areas throughout the island. The test of all 15 sirens will assist in finding any gaps with the system and areas where the sirens cannot be heard or are faint. Phase II of the All Hazards Alert Warning System will address these factors.
 
“We appreciate the public’s patience as we test this initial phase of the All Hazards Alert Warning System. This project is a large one; we are making progress and have confidence in the system’s abilities. We will continue to work on making this another successful tool in emergency management,” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brig. Gen. Johnny Lizama.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 14, 2015
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens tested throughout the island
 
In preparation of the Great Guam ShakeOut and the activation of all 15 All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) tomorrow, at 10:15 a.m., the AHAWS will be tested for a short time at potential sites throughout the rest of the day.
 
The following are a list of siren sites:
 
1.      OHS/OCD facility
 
2.      Agat Marina
 
3.      JFK High School
 
4.      Talofofo Elementary School
 
5.      Tamuning Mayor's Office
 
6.      Asan Mayor's Office
 
7.      Pago Bay A-Frame South End
 
8.      Inarajan Elementary School
 
9.      Yona Mayor's Office
 
10.  Ft. Soledad, Umatac
 
11.  GWA Pump Station, Merizo
 
12.  Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
 
13.  Port Authority of Guam
 
14.  Agat Senior Citizen's Center
 
15.  Hotel Nikko Guam
 
 
Residents should not be alarmed if they hear the siren in their area. This is in preparation of the annual, island-wide earthquake drill and the use of the sirens during the drill.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 14, 2015
 
9 a.m. ChST
 
 
Tropical Storm Koppu (24W) moves away from the Marianas; another Tropical Depression east of the Mariana Islands
 
 
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
 
While Tropical Storm Koppu (24W) is moving west and well away from the Marianas the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam (NWS), are closely monitoring another tropical depression moving towards the Marianas.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time from another tropical depression east of the Marianas. NWS advisory as of 8 a.m. stated, Tropical Depression 25W is about 855 miles east of Guam and will track generally west-northwest towards the Mariana Islands over the next few days. Currently, this track takes Tropical Depression 25W north of Saipan, near Anatahan Friday evening as a tropical storm.
 
Although this tropical depression poses no immediate threat to Guam at this time, residents should keep informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially if there are changes to this system.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 13, 2015
 
 
15 All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens to sound off during the Great Guam ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in support of the Great Guam ShakeOut, island-wide earthquake drill, will be sounding off fifteen (15) of the All Hazards Alert Warning Systems throughout low-lying areas across the island.
 
All 15 sirens will be activated on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. (ChST) for approximately one minute. The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill should be conducted during this one minute. This will be the first time all 15 sirens will be activated at once. The following are a list of siren sites:
 
1.      OHS/OCD facility
 
2.      Agat Marina
 
3.      JFK High School
 
4.      Talofofo Elementary School
 
5.      Tamuning Mayor's Office
 
6.      Asan Mayor's Office
 
7.      Pago Bay A-Frame South End
 
8.      Inarajan Elementary School
 
9.      Yona Mayor's Office
 
10.  Ft. Soledad, Umatac
 
11.  GWA Pump Station, Merizo
 
12.  Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
 
13.  Port Authority of Guam
 
14.  Agat Senior Citizen's Center
 
15.  Hotel Nikko Guam
 
 
Residents island-wide can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the ShakeOut earthquake drill, wailing sirens and warning sounds.
 
For information on the Great Guam ShakeOut, visit http://shakeout.org/guam/.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 12, 2015
 
6:45 p.m. (ChST)
 
 
Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
As advised by the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam (NWS), Tropical Disturbance 91W will bring excessive rainfall to the Marianas through Tuesday leading to localized flooding and hazardous water conditions. NWS has issued the following advisories:
 
A flash flood watch is in effect through Tuesday afternoon for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Tropical Disturbance 91W may bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Marianas through Tuesday afternoon. Roads in poor drainage areas could become temporarily flooded and locations in low-lying areas and close to streams will be at risk of flooding.
 
Flash flooding is very dangerous. Residents are advised to monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared for an upgrade to a flash flood warning. Clear any storm drains of debris to minimize the impacts of flooding. Pay close attention to water levels near streams and rivers.
 
A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m., Tuesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Tropical Disturbance 91W will cause winds and seas to become hazardous to small craft late this evening across Saipan and Tinian waters and early Tuesday across Rota and Guam waters. Residents can expect winds of 20 to 25 knots with higher gusts in heavier showers while seas rise between 11 and 14 feet Tuesday.
 
Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. Exercise caution when entering or leaving harbors and inlets as breaking waves can easily capsize your boat.
 
A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m., Wednesday, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Increasing swell and waves from Tropical Disturbance 91W will cause surf to rise to hazardous levels on east and north facing reefs of Saipan and Tinian tonight and Guam and Rota early Tuesday morning. Guam and Rota can expect hazardous surf of up to 12 feet by Tuesday afternoon.
 
Residents are advised to avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone driving during these conditions and to avoid rough waters while this disturbance passes through the Marianas.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 12, 2015
 
11:15 a.m. ChST
 
 
Tropical Disturbance 91W east of the Mariana Islands
 
 
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam (NWS), are closely monitoring a tropical disturbance moving towards the Marianas. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase today and tonight as the system approaches.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. NWS advisory as of 9:40 a.m. stated, Tropical Disturbance 91W was centered about 360 miles east of Guam and is expected to pass through the Marianas Tuesday afternoon. Guam can expect periods of locally heavy rain, dangerous lightning, and winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible during the passage of the disturbance. Rainfall, of four or more inches is possible, which may cause flash flooding during the heaviest showers. Seas will increase to levels that are hazardous for operators of small craft beginning this evening across northern Saipan waters and by late tonight across Guam waters.
 
Residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially if the disturbance develops faster than expected.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 5, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD to host Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery Training
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in accordance with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii, are hosting the Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (PER-304) Training on November 5, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.  
  
This comprehensive course focuses on the use of social media in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.  This course provides the information and hands-on experience necessary to help participants begin developing social media disaster plans and strategies.  
 
This course is targeted for a broad cross section of individuals and professionals interested and involved in emergency management, planners, as well as communication and public information personnel. Attendees include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
Instructors from the NDPTC will conduct this training. Interested participants can register with the State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov and will be included upon seat availability.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 5, 2015
 
OHS/OCD to host Coastal Community Resistance Training
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in accordance with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii, are hosting the Coastal Community Resilience – Custom (AWR-228-C) Training on November 3, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.  
  
This comprehensive four hour awareness course will emphasize target capabilities to enhance preparedness and response to natural disaster, including chronic, as well as extreme events affecting coastal communities. It will demonstrate how to integrate risk-based, community based, and collaborative strategies into plans and programs.
 
This course is targeted for a broad cross section of professionals involved in emergency management, fire services, coastal managers, planners, developers, and municipal services. Attendees include government of Guam agencies, military partners, and private, non-profit organizations.
 
Instructors from the NDPTC will conduct this training. Interested participants can register with State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov and will be included upon seat availability.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 5, 2015
 
 
Advisories for the Marianas
 
 
As advised by the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, large swells and frequent gusts associated with Tropical Storm Choi-Wan northeast of the Marianas will produce high surf and hazardous conditions to small craft over the next few days. These conditions are already occurring in Tinian and Saipan waters and could spread to Guam and Rota waters tonight or Tuesday.
 
A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Thursday for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 10 feet or more are expected to produce hazardous conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Thursday, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 10 to 14 feet is expected along east facing reefs today. Surf along north facing reefs will build between 7 and 10 feet by Tuesday. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft. Rip tides that accompany them may be life threatening.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
October 5, 2015
 
 
Guam to participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) encourage all residents to participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut, an annual island-wide earthquake drill. This effort to gain Guam participation is organized by OHS/OCD in collaboration with the Southern California Earthquake Center to conduct the world’s largest earthquake drill.
 
On October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m., residents are encouraged to practice the earthquake safety procedure; Drop, Cover and Hold On for 1 minute.
 
Those interested can register online at www.shakeout.org/guam.
 
Attached with this email are flyers for widest distribution. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 29, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from the Merizo GWA Pump Station and Hotel Nikko, Guam
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Wednesday – September 30, 2015; the Merizo GWA Pump Station and Hotel Nikko, Guam.
 
Both siren tests will be conducted Wednesday in the morning.
 
Residents surrounding both Tumon and Merizo can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 28, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD distributes NOAA radios to Government of Guam Agencies
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will distribute two-hundred and fourteen (214) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Alert Radios to various Government of Guam agencies, in accordance with the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam.
 
The radios will be distributed on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. Training will be provided by NWS, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Chip Guard, upon distribution.  
 
These weather alert radios provide the agencies the capability to receive immediate alerts for specific natural hazard events, including but not limited to typhoons, flash floods and tsunamis, directly from the NWS, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam.
 
Funding for this project came from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).
 
This event is open to the media. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 24, 2015
 
 
Haze across the Marianas
 
 
As advised by the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, multiple wildfires across Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia are the cause for the haze across the Marianas.
 
Southwest winds are bringing this haze toward the southern hemisphere from Australia and Papua New Guinea and heading towards the Marianas.
 
NWS expects the haze to clear tonight into tomorrow due to the winds from a tropical disturbance moving through Chuuk.
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense advise those residents with respiratory issues and allergies to be alert for the haze outdoors as it may have an effect on those.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2015

1 p.m. (ChST)

 

UPDATE: Found ordnance at GIAA
 
The render safe procedure was conducted successfully on site. The all clear was given at 12:54 p.m. Rt. 10 has been reopened.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 23, 2015

12:30 p.m. (ChST)

 

Found ordnance at GIAA
 
 
At 10:52 a.m. (ChST), the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) received a report from E-911 dispatch of a found ordnance at the Guam International Airport Authority, outside Gate 20, at a construction site.
 
OHS/OCD, Airport Police, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department, Naval Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) are on scene.
 
Ordnance is described as a large cylinder shell casing measuring 2 ft. long, 4-5 inches in diameter.
 
Airport Road from Circle K 76 gas station to the “Y” overpass was closed earlier and is now reopened. Residents are advised that this road will be closed in the next hour to an hour and a half for a render safe procedure.
 
EOD is scheduled to conduct a render safe procedure (RSP) in the next hour to an hour and a half at the site.
 
Because the projectile has a sensitive fuse, it will require an EOD RSP be performed before removal is possible. The UXO will remain in place until the RSP time.
 
As a safety precaution, the surrounding area including the Airport Road from Circle K 76 gas station to the “Y” overpass will be closed off to all residents. Residents are advised to seek alternate routes and will be blocked off so they are NOT in danger and outside the maximum fragmentation arch.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 23, 2015
 
National Preparedness Month Grand Finale to be held at the Agana Shopping Center
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) wrap up National Preparedness Month (NPM) with its grand finale on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Agana Shopping Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ChST).
 
The NPM grand finale is hosted by OHS/OCD. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today” and urges all residents to prepare for disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.
 
Emergency first responders will showcase specialized equipment, vehicles and provide educational information for emergencies. Live demonstrations will be held in the parking lot with multiple displays inside the shopping center. For a chance to win a travelling trophy, Community Emergency Response (CERT) teams will compete in a CERT Rodeo which includes: fire safety, light search & rescue, and disaster medical operations.
 
Participants of this year’s NPM grand finale are the OHS/OCD, Mariana Regional Fusion Center, Citizen Corps, Youth Preparedness Council, Guam Memorial Hospital, Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Naval Hospital, Guam, National Weather Service, Guam, Andersen Air Force Base Emergency Management, Imagine Guam, HAM Radio Club, Joint Region Marianas Emergency Management, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), AmeriCorps and ServeGuam Commission, Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team (CST), Guam Customs & Quarantine Agency, Department of Agriculture, Salvation Army, U.S. Coast Guard, iFit Guam, and several private and non-profit organizations.
 
There will also be special appearances by Forestry mascots Smokey the Bear, Kiko the Koko Bird, and Piti Pete.
 
Attached is a flyer for widest distribution. For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 22, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from Inarajan and Pago Bay
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) siren at the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station tomorrow – September 23, 2015 between 2 and 3:30 p.m.
 
Testing of the AHAWS siren at the Pago Bay, A-Frame, south end will be conducted after the Inarajan tests.
 
Residents surrounding Inarajan and Pago Bay can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 22, 2015
 
UPDATE: All Hazards Alert Warning System, Inarajan test rescheduled
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) have rescheduled the test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station. Instead of today, the siren will now be tested tomorrow afternoon – September 23, 2015 between 2 and 3:30 p.m.
 
Residents surrounding Inarajan can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
 
September 22, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System, Inarajan test rescheduled
 
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) have rescheduled the test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station. Instead of today, the sirens will now be tested tomorrow – September 23, 2015 between 9 and 10 a.m.
 
Residents surrounding Inarajan can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 22, 2015
 
 
Advisories for the Marianas
 
The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued the following advisories:
 
 
A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m., Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet today will prevail through Wednesday night. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.
 
A high surf advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet is expected along west facing reefs. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches especially those along west facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft. Rip tides that accompany them may be life threatening.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 21, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from Inarajan
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Tuesday – September 22, 2015; the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station.
 
Both siren tests will be conducted Tuesday in the afternoon.
 
Residents surrounding Inarajan can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 21, 2015
 
NWS issues small craft advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters
 
Winds and seas hazardous to small craft this week
 
The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory in effect until 6 p.m., Saturday (ChST) for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 5 to 7 feet today will build to between 9 to 10 feet by Thursday. This will produce hazardous wave conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.
 
Monsoon winds blowing across the Philippine Sea will create conditions hazardous to small craft for the next several days.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 20, 2015
 
 
 
NWS issues urban and small stream flood advisory for Guam
 
An urban and small stream flood advisory is now in effect until 5:30 p.m. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water in urban and low-lying areas, and areas with poor drainage. This will also cause flooding of small creeks and streams. Pay attention to water levels and take action to protect properties if you live near these areas.
 
During these heavy rains, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents to avoid traveling across flooded roads as flood water can cause vehicles to stall and leave drivers stranded. Practice extreme caution, avoid hiking in flooded conditions, and remain cautious if near the water.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 18, 2015
 
 
Tropical Disturbance east-southeast of Guam
 
Expect heavy rains through Monday
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), are closely monitoring a tropical disturbance that will bring rains and gusty winds to Guam through the weekend.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 9:20 a.m., this tropical disturbance is centered about 880 miles east-southeast of Guam and will continue to move slowly west-northwest toward the Marianas over the next few days. During the passage of this disturbance, Guam can expect periods of locally heavy showers, dangerous lightning and wind gusts of 29 mph to 34 mph are possible. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are possible, causing flooding in low-lying areas. Rough seas are expected during these heavy showers.
 
Residents of Guam and the CNMI should monitor this situation and pay attention to the latest statements and forecasts issued by the National Weather Service:
 
·         NWS website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
·         Dial 211 for NWS updates
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 16, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from the Agat Marina and Fort Soledad, Umatac
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Friday – September 18, 2015; the Agat Marina and Fort Soledad, Umatac.
 
Both siren tests will be conducted Friday in the afternoon.
 
Residents surrounding both Agat and Umatac can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 14, 2015
 
 
Tropical Disturbance 96W east of the Mariana Islands
 
 
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), are closely monitoring a tropical disturbance that has potential to affect the Northern Mariana Islands, including Pagan, Alamagan and Agrihan by midweek.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 9:20 a.m., Tropical Disturbance 96W was located about 405 miles east-southeast of Saipan. The tropical disturbance will move to the north or northwest over the next few days. Conditions are expected to deteriorate across the far Northern Mariana Islands Wednesday, with increasing showers and thunderstorms along with gusty winds and building seas.
 
Although this tropical disturbance is no threat to Guam at this time, residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service.
 
OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 14, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from the Asan Mayor’s Office and the Agat Community Center
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Tuesday – September 15, 2015; the Asan Mayor’s Office and the Agat Community Center.
 
Both siren tests will be conducted Tuesday in the afternoon.
 
Residents in surrounding both Asan and Agat can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 10, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD, AmeriCorps and Serve Guam! celebrate “National Day of Service and Remembrance”
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) and the AmeriCorps OHS/OCD Program, in collaboration with the Serve Guam! Commission, host a “National Day of Service and Remembrance” and AmeriCorps Induction Ceremony on September 11, 2015 at the front lawn of the Governor Bordallo Complex, Adelup from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (ChST).
 
As September 11, 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of the most tragic terrorist attacks, it also marks the National Day of Service and Remembrance; a day to honor the lives of those who were lost and commemorate the spirit of compassion and generosity that followed.
 
Veterans are highly anticipated to attend and this event is open to the public.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 9, 2015
 
 
NWS issues advisories for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters
 
The National Weather Service issued the following:
 
 
A small craft advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will continue through Thursday. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Mariners should avoid shoaling areas. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.
 
A northeast swell generated by distant typhoon Kilo will produce hazardous surf along north and east facing reefs into Thursday. A high surf advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Residents can expect hazardous surf at 8 to 12 feet along north and east facing reefs.
 
Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and east facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft.
 
The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 8, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from JFK
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the John F. Kennedy High School this Wednesday – September 9, 2015 around 2:30 p.m.
 
Residents in the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds.
 
Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. To date, there are 10 out of 15 sirens established: OHS/OCD, Yona Mayor’s Office, Talofofo Elementary School, Inarajan Elementary School, Inarajan Ija UOG Agriculture Station, Fort Soledad Umatac, Agat Senior Citizen’s Center, Asan Mayor’s Office, Tamuning Mayor’s Office, and JFK High School. Testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System will continue throughout this month.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 8, 2015
 
 
Drill to be conducted at Port Authority of Guam
 
 
A small-scale, simulated chemical/biological drill will be conducted in the Cabras area, on Wednesday – September 9, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ChST). The agencies participating in this small-scale drill include Port Authority of Guam; Port Police; Cabras Marine; 94th Civil Support Team, Guam National Guard; Guam Fire Department; and Special Weapons and Tactics, Guam Police Department.
 
Those in the vicinity of Cabras during that time are advised not to interfere if they see heightened activity on land and sea so as not to affect this small-scale drill. All biological/chemical activity will be simulated so as not to threaten the safety of the community.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 8, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD hosts ICS 300 and ICS 400 Training
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) are hosting the Incident Command System (ICS) – 300, Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents and the ICS – 400, Advanced ICS Command and General Staff training courses. The ICS – 300 course is held from September 8 – 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ICS – 400 course is held from September 10 – 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
This four day training course is being held at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 
These courses are offered to all mid-level management to include command staff, section chiefs, strike team/task force leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and multi-agency coordinators. This course is also open to federal, state, local, and nongovernmental personnel.
 
These courses cover staffing and organization, transfer of command, unified command functions in a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency incident, resource management, interagency mission planning and procurement, and more.
 
Patrick Lujan and Trisha Shimizu of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, along with Joseph Leon Guerrero and Frank Lujan of the Port Authority of Guam are the instructors for this four day course.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 4, 2015
 
Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense hold Contests for National Preparedness Month
 
 
Throughout the month of September, Guam joins the nation in celebrating National Preparedness Month (NPM) by promoting the importance of planning and preparing for natural and man-made disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. This year’s NPM theme is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) are hosting contests for all Guam based schools throughout the month of September.
 
Elementary School Poster Contest
WHO MAY JOIN - Any elementary student enrolled in any Guam based school. 
                                    Categories:
                                                1)  Kindergarten through 2nd Grade
                                                2)  3rd Grade through 5th Grade
POSTER SPECIFICATIONS
·         Overall dimensions shall be no larger than approximately 15”x 20” on a poster or illustration board.
·         Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.
·         Posters must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”
o   Posters should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
o   Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
o   Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.
·         Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.
 
IDENTIFICATION – All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).
 
Middle School Essay Contest
WHO MAY JOIN - Any middle school student enrolled in any Guam based school. 
                                   
ESSAY GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS
·         In a two page essay, explain in detail your emergency plan in the event of natural disaster.
·         Formatting:
o   1 inch margins
o   12 point Times New Roman font
o   Double Spaced
o   Include in the top right hand corner:
1.      Individual’s name
2.      School name
3.      Grade
4.      Title of essay
·         Essays must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”
o   Essays should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
o   Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
o   Parents/guardians should not complete the essay for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
·         If information is pulled from a specific source, the source must be cited. Plagiarism of any kind will ensue in disqualification.
·         Essays will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
 
IDENTIFICATION – All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and title of essay (all information should be at the top right corner of the essay).
 
High School Video Contest
WHO MAY JOIN - Any high school student enrolled in any Guam based school. 
                                   
VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS
·         An individual or a group of no more than 5 may submit a digital video.
·         Digital video submissions should not exceed 3 minutes (180 seconds).
·         All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:
o   Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.
o   School name
o   Title of video
·         Digital videos must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”
o   Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
o   Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
o   Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
·         Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
·         All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube link to jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm,  September 20, 2015.  Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.
 
DEADLINE – All poster and essay entries must be submitted to the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense in Agana Heights, no later than 5pm,  September 20, 2015.  Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.
 
WINNERS – Winners for each category will be recognized and presented Preparedness Kits at the 2015 National Preparedness Month Grand Finale at the Agana Shopping Center scheduled for September 26, 2015. 
 
All entries will become property of Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and may appear in future public outreach publications.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.   
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
September 3, 2015
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System test rescheduled
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) have rescheduled the test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Tamuning Mayor’s Office. The siren will now be tested this Friday – September 4, 2015 at 1 p.m.
 
Residents in Tamuning and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
September 2, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested in Tamuning
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Tamuning Mayor’s Office this Thursday – September 3, 2015.
 
Residents in Tamuning and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.
 
Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. To date, there are 10 out of 15 sirens established: OHS/OCD, Yona Mayor’s Office, Talofofo Elementary School, Inarajan Elementary School, Inarajan Ija UOG Agriculture Station, Fort Soledad Umatac, Agat Senior Citizen’s Center, Asan Mayor’s Office, Tamuning Mayor’s Office, and JFK High School. The siren in Yona is the second to be tested; the siren at the GHS/OCD facility was first tested on June 12, 2015. Testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System will continue throughout this month.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
August 31, 2015
 
 
Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren on Tuesday, September 1st around 1 p.m. (ChST).
 
Residents in Agana Heights near OHS and OCD can expect to hear a wailing siren, voiced pre-script messaging and warning sounds.
 
By the end of this month, all 15 sirens in low-lying areas will be positioned around the island. The All Hazards Alert Warning System will serve as a precautionary tool during times of disaster. Testing of these systems will become more frequent once they are all installed and tested to be working properly.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 
August 28, 2015
 
 
Governor Calvo declares September as “National Preparedness Month”
 
The island of Guam will soon celebrate September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). Governor Eddie Baza Calvo will sign the NPM Proclamation on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. (ChST) at Adelup, in the Cabinet Conference Room.
 
This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.” NPM is held each September. During the month, the community is encouraged to conduct preparedness actions, develop emergency plans with your community and family, know how to stay safe, and how you plan on communicating during an emergency situation. Governor Calvo’s declaration of National Preparedness Month provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s emergency management capabilities.
 
“This is a great opportunity for the island to follow the four building blocks of emergency preparedness: be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.
 
This year’s National Preparedness Month will end with a Grand Finale on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Agana Shopping Center from 10:00am – 2:00pm (ChST). During the grand finale, there will be activities, booths, short skits, demonstrations and much more for disaster awareness.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email, jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
August 24, 2015
 
 
OHS/OCD and MRFC closely monitoring events between North and South Korea
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD), in close coordination with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), are closely monitoring the increased tension between North and South Korea regarding cross-border propaganda loudspeakers that South Korea used last week.
 
Although there is no significant threat to Guam and the Marianas at this time, OHS/OCD and MRFC are following the events closely.
 
Residents are advised to stay up to date with the situation.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 12, 2015 (4 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Showers and thunderstorms over eastern Micronesia
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring thunderstorms in a large area over Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Majuro.
 
Computer models indicate slow development of the circulation near Pohnpei as it heads toward the northwest. The circulation near Majuro could also develop in the coming days as it lifts toward the north-northwest.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time.
 
This monsoon trough with this system of thunderstorms is no threat to Guam at this time.
 
OHS and OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates. As advised by NWS, this is still a developing situation.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2015 (6 p.m. ChST)

 

Soudelor now a Typhoon

No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring Typhoon Soudelor.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 5 p.m., Typhoon Soudelor was located about 155 miles northeast of Guam, near 14.8 degrees north latitude and 146.6 degrees east longitude. It has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving west at 14 mph. Soudelor is still expected to move in a general west-northwest direction on a track that would take it very close to Saipan and Tinian this evening.
 
A typhoon warning remains in effect for Saipan and Tinian. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota.
 
As a reminder, NWS has the following advisories still in effect for Guam:
 
Small craft advisory
 
The NWS has issued a small craft advisory for hazardous seas, in effect until 4 pm Wednesday, meaning waves are hazardous to small craft. Seas will build to 10 feet by tonight then remain near 10-12 feet through Wednesday. Combined seas of 12-14 feet are expected through tonight. Seas will be hazardous for operators of small craft. 
 
Mariners should avoid shoaling areas. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. Breaking waves can easily capsize even larger vessels.
 
Wind advisory
 
The NWS has issued a wind advisory, in effect until noon on Monday. Northwest winds of 20 to 35 mph are expected. 
 
As a precaution, residents are advised to bring small, loose, objects indoors. Take down canopies and other lightweight structures that are not securely anchored. Use extreme caution when driving in these conditions.
 
Although there are no watches or warnings for Guam at this time, Rota is still in a tropical storm warning, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph are expected tonight at 7pm. Due to the close proximity of Rota to Guam, residents are advised to stay informed of the progress of this Typhoon should there be any changes to this system.
 
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!)
 
 
·         National Weather Service, Guam website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2015 (10 a.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Soudelor intensifies as it approaches the Marianas
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Soudelor.
 
As of 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Soudelor was located about 300 miles east of Guam, near 14.4 degrees north latitude and 149.1 degrees east longitude with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, moving west at 12 mph.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Rota, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected within 12 to 24 hours. A typhoon warning remains in effect for Saipan and Tinian, meaning typhoon conditions are likely within 24 hours. Tropical Storm Soudelor is still expected to move in a general west-northwest direction that would take it very close to Saipan this evening.
 
Although there are no watches or warnings for Guam at this time, Rota has been placed in a tropical storm warning, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph are expected tonight at 7pm. Due to the close proximity of Rota to Guam, residents are advised to stay informed of the progress of this Tropical Storm should there be any changes to this system.
 
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!)
National Weather Service, Guam website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
 
GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates. Attached with this email is the NWS wind distribution graphic as of 7 a.m.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 31, 2015 (4:15 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Soudelor slowly moves toward the Marianas
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Soudelor.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 1 p.m., this tropical storm was located about 465 miles north of Pohnpei and about 885 miles east of Guam, near 13.6 degrees north latitude and 157.9 degrees east longitude. Tropical Storm Soudelor is expected to turn to the west tonight and to the west-northwest on Saturday. This track will take it through the Northern Mariana Islands near Alamagan late Sunday or early Monday.
 
NWS advises that a monsoon trough has become active in Micronesia and is expected to lift northward starting next week. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are likely for the Marianas during next week and flooding in urban and poor drainage areas will develop.
 
It is always a good idea to be prepared for any weather changes in our area. Although this tropical storm is no threat to Guam at this time, it will continue to develop and intensify over the next few days with the potential to change. Residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially regarding information on heavy rainfall which could result in flooding of certain areas. Attached with this email is the NWS advisory #4 graphic.
 
GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2015 (1:30 p.m. ChST)

 

Tropical Disturbance has potential to affect the Mariana Islands
No watches or warnings for Guam as of now

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring a tropical disturbance that has potential to affect the Mariana Islands by this weekend.

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 12:30 p.m., this tropical disturbance was located about 440 miles north-northeast of Pohnpei and about 1080 miles east of Guam, near 13 degrees north latitude and 161 degrees east longitude. The tropical disturbance will slowly develop as it moves toward the west today through Friday, then turn toward the northwest possibly as a tropical storm by Saturday or Sunday.

“It will likely be warned on as a Tropical Depression by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center by this evening. Its current forecast looks to be tracking toward the west and then northwest by Saturday, passing just north of Saipan by Sundayevening,” stated Clint Simpson, Lead Forecaster with the National Weather Service, Tiyan Guam.

NWS advises that a monsoon trough has become active in Micronesia and is expected to lift northward starting next week. This could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over the week especially during periods of heavy rainfall, leading to minor flooding in urban and poor drainage areas.

Although this tropical disturbance is no threat to Guam at this time, it will continue to develop and intensify over the next few days with the potential to change. Residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service.

GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email atjenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

July 28, 2015

 

Residents advised to avoid beach near Agat Spanish Bridge

 

Currently the Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works and the Agat and Santa Rita Mayors’ Offices are removing the beaked whale carcass that was washed ashore near the Agat Spanish Bridge.
 
Residents and the public are advised to stay out of that beach area while this is being monitored by agencies such as Guam Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture.
 
For more information please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2015
 
 
Guam's appeal to FEMA for Individual Assistance denied
 
 
The second request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Individual Assistance to help people whose homes were damaged by Typhoon Dolphin has been denied.
 
“After a thorough review of all of the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original finding that the impact to individuals and households from this event is not of the severity and magnitude to warrant the designation of Individual Assistance under FEMA-4224-DR,” FEMA Administrator, W. Craig Fugate, stated in a letter addressed to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo.
 
Typhoon Dolphin slammed the island on May 15. As the island was going through recovery, Governor Calvo requested federal emergency help. Guam was granted Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation from President Obama but denied individual assistance. The territory was given 30 days to submit an appeal. Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense worked with FEMA officials to revalidate the original assessments and assess other homes that were destroyed or damaged, especially in the villages of Yigo and Dededo. There were some changes to the number homes on the island, but not enough to warrant IA.
 
The Office of the Governor, through the Guam Housing Corp. and its President, Martin Benavente, will continue working with families who need help with their homes. 
 
Part of that assistance includes help getting emergency homes. For those whose employment was interrupted because of Typhoon Dolphin, Guam Department of Labor has a $2.7 million grant to help about 220 temporary jobs for eligible job seekers to assist with clean up and recovery efforts after Typhoon Dolphin.
 
For more information please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2015
 
 
Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Support Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are hosting a four-day Emergency Management Institute L0411 – Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Support for Field Operations training.
 
This comprehensive course will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., July 27 – 30, 2015 at the GHS/OCD facility. The objective of the training is to develop mass care/emergency assistance support capacity using consistent, replicable processes that are flexible and scalable. This training prepares FEMA staff and partner organizations to perform mass care/emergency assistance tasks in support of States and Territories during disaster operations.
 
Attendees for this workshop include various Government of Guam agencies that work in GHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), our military partners and private & non-profit organizations.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 23, 2015 (2:30 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory issued for Guam
 
 
The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Guam until 6:15 this evening. Heavy rain is expected due to thunderstorms causing urban and small stream flooding. Overflowing, poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding. Flooding will affect areas near Agat, Agana, Agana Heights, Sinajana, and the Sigua River.  
 
Showers and thunderstorms will produce locally heavy rainfall across western, central and southern parts of Guam. Dangerous cloud to ground lightning is likely and rainfall amounts of two inches have already fallen.  
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense advise residents to stay off the roads as much as possible. If travel is necessary, be alert for ponding of water on roads and exercise extreme caution while driving.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2015
 
 
All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested in Talofofo
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Talofofo Elementary School this Wednesday - July 22, 2015. The vendor is expecting to test the system sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. (ChST), subject to any changes with the test.
 
Residents in Talofofo and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.
 
Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. By September 2015, there will be 15 sirens in low-lying areas around the island.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 


 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2015
 
 
Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Yona Mayor’s Office this Friday - July 17, 2015. The vendor is expecting to test the system sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. (ChST), subject to any changes with the test.
 
Residents in Yona and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.
 
By September 2015, there will be 15 sirens in low-lying areas around the island. Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. To date, there are 6 sirens established. The siren in Yona is the second to be tested; the siren at the GHS/OCD facility was first tested on June 12, 2015.
 
For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 13, 2015
 
 
IED Search, Counterterrorism and Bomb Threat Management Training
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), are hosting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) Search/IED Counterterrorism/Bomb Threat Management training.
 
This two and a half day comprehensive training will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., July 15 – 17, 2015 at the GHS/OCD facility located in Agana Heights. 
 
The OBP conduct training to enhance bombing prevention capabilities among Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector stakeholders. This training will increase awareness of threat organizations’ use of IEDs and strategies for mitigating the risk of explosive attacks. The training will cover the following topics:
 
·        IED Search Procedures
 
·        IED Counterterrorism
 
·        IED Awareness/Bomb Threat Management
 
 
This training is extended to emergency management and law enforcement personnel from agencies such as, but not limited to: Guam Police Department, Port Authority Police, Customs & Quarantine, Department of Corrections, Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Public Health & Social Services, and Guam Memorial Hospital. 
 
 
This training is open to the media. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2015
 
 
FEMA Disaster Case Management/Disaster Survivor Assistance Workshop
 
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, in close coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is hosting a two-day Disaster Case Management (DCM)/Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) workshop.
 
This two day comprehensive workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., July 13 – 14, 2015 at the Pacific Star Resort and Spa, Guam.
 
The workshop will primarily focus on the following topics: Federal assets, FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Programs, DCM, Individuals and Households Program (IHP), Crisis Counseling, DSA and DSA Deployment/Employment, DSA Technology and Products, Disability Integration/Access and Functional Needs (AFN), Data Sharing and Voluntary agencies.  
 
This workshop is by invite only. Attendees for this workshop include emergency management staff and operational decision makers from the following departments/organizations: American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Guam Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), UOG’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education Research and Service (CEDDARS), faith-based and private non-profit organizations, Government of Guam departments/agencies and those who coordinate Community Emergency Response Team activities.
 
“In emergency management, it is imperative that we take advantage of all training opportunities. The people of Guam are resilient. Workshops like this work to strengthen and harden that resiliency as well as increase preparedness.” stated the Administrator for the Office of Civil Defense, Charles V. Esteves.
 
This workshop is open to the media. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2015
 
 
NWS issues advisories for Guam
The National Weather Service issued the following advisories for Guam:
 
A small craft advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will build to 9 to 11 feet on Wednesday and 10 to 12 feet Wednesday night. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.
 
Swell generated by distant typhoon Chan-Hom and Nangka will produce hazardous surf along west and south facing reefs today and tonight. A high surf advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Residents can expect hazardous surf at 9 to 10 feet along west facing reefs and 7 to 9 feet along south facing reefs through Wednesday. Hazardous surf may spread to north and east facing reefs by Wednesday night or Thursday.
 
Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches especially those along south and west facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft. Rip tides that accompany them may be life threatening.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                       
July 1, 2015 (2 p.m. ChST)
 
 
Tropical Storm Chan-hom moves toward Mariana Islands
Residents should take advantage of weather to prepare
 
 
As advised by the National Weather Service (NWS), Tropical Storm Chan-hom (TS 09W) is located 305 miles north-northeast of Pohnpei and moving northwest toward the Mariana Islands.
 
There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 2 p.m. (ChST), Tropical Storm Chan-hom was located 810 miles east of Guam, latitude 11.0 north, longitude 156.5 east and moving toward the northwest at 22mph.
 
Although, this weather system is no threat to Guam at this time, this can certainly become a threat over the next few days. We will know more the closer Tropical Storm Chan-hom gets to the Mariana Islands.
 
NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Chip Guard states “Conditions could change during the night. National Weather Service anticipates the storm slowing down during the night and we should know more about the exact track tomorrow morning.”
 
GHS/OCD advises residents and visitors to make necessary preparations at home and at work. As a precaution, residents should take the following steps to prepare for the tropical storm:
 
·         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.
 
Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates in a timely manner. Residents and visitors are advised to stay tuned to local media for any changes to this system.
 
For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.