GHS/OCD and FEMA Host Applicant Briefing for Eligible Entities; Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Underway

GHS/OCD and FEMA Host Applicant Briefing for Eligible Entities; Federal Disaster Assistance Coordination Underway

GUAM – On October 2, President Donald Trump approved a Major Disaster Declaration for Guam, triggering the availability of Public Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program due to damages caused by Typhoon Mangkhut. 

Current Assistance Available

Public Assistance (PA) provides reimbursement grants to state/territorial and local governments, as well as certain non-profit entities to assist them with the response to and recovery from disasters. The program provides assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures, and the permanent restoration of infrastructure.
Hazard Mitigation Grant Program - to enact mitigation measures that reduce the risk of loss of life and property from future disasters.
SBA Disaster Loans Available to Private Nonprofits
Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations on Guam following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced. At this time, applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 649-2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Applicant Briefing for Eligible Applicants
Federal disaster assistance coordination is underway. FEMA officials and Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will work jointly to host an Applicant Briefing for eligible entities on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10 a.m. (ChST) at the GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights.
The purpose of this meeting is to inform prospective entities of available assistance for emergency protective measures and repair of infrastructure. During the briefing, GHS/OCD & FEMA will discuss eligible facilities, work, cost, funding options, record keeping and documentation requirements. 

This event is open to the following entities to be reviewed for eligibility for FEMA’s PA Grant Program:

·Potential applicants, inclusive of GovGuam agencies and certain private, non-profit organizations that provide critical services.
·Those potential applicants that have not submitted any preliminary damage assessments are still able to attend the Applicant Briefing. Potential applicants may contact the Alternate Territorial Coordinating Officer, Leo Espia at (671) 475-9600 for more information.
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at or FEMA External Affairs Specialist Peter Sessum at (202) 258-9373.


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