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June 2018 is Typhoon Preparedness Month




Earthquake Recorded

The U.S. Geological Survey recorded an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 that struck 86 km SSW of Merizo Village, Guam, with a depth of 29.9 km, at 8:23 p.m. (ChST).

As advised by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no tsunami threat to the Marianas from the earthquake. There were no major damages or injuries reported from the earthquake.

GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to Conduct Routine Testing of Advanced Warning Systems

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) will conduct routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system sirens, respectively, on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, starting at 3:15 p.m.

GHS/OCD will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) sirens in conjunction with NBG and AAFB monthly routine testing of the “Giant Voice (GV)” sirens.

Flood Advisory in Effect; Practice Caution in Heavy Rain

The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office issued a flood advisory, in effect for southern Guam until 5:30 p.m. this afternoon. Urban and small stream flooding caused by excessive rainfall is expected. Between 0.8 and 1.2 inches of rain has fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are possible over the area.

Some locations that will experience flooding include Yona, Talofofo, Inarajan, Merizo, Santa Rita, and Umatac.

Residents and visitors in those areas are advised to take the following precautionary actions:

High Risk of Rip Currents Expected through Wednesday

The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office issued a high risk of rip currents, in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Wednesday afternoon for east facing reefs of the Marianas. Rip currents can sweep even the best swimmers away from the shore into deeper water. If caught in a rip current, do not swim against the current. Swim in a direction following the shoreline, face the shore and call or wave for help.  

Press Release - No Immediate Threat to Marianas Assessed from Reported North Korea Launch

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 events surrounding the region including reports of the recent launch of an unidentified projectile out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) today. 

Letter of Intent for FY24 Nonprofit Security Grant Program Due by May 31; Nonprofit Organizations Encouraged to Apply

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) announced the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fiscal year (FY) 2024 Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).

JIC Recovery Release No. 132 - One Year Later, Federal Support for Typhoon Mawar Recovery Reaches More Than $338 Million

It has been one year since Typhoon Mawar caused the island of Guam to announce a major disaster declaration. More than $338 million in federal assistance has been provided to survivors in Guam to include grants from FEMA through the Individual Assistance and Public Assistance Programs, and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). To-date, FEMA remains in the affected communities, working with local and state officials to provide Public Assistance grants and temporary housing. 

Public Assistance: