GHS/OCD Host Guam Mitigation Strategies and Opportunities Workshop

GHS/OCD Host Guam Mitigation Strategies and Opportunities Workshop

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC), will host the Guam Mitigation Strategies and Opportunities Workshop on Monday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 26, 2019, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Westin Resort Tumon Guam.

The event theme is “Mitigating Guam’s Earthquake and Tsunami Risk,” and will provide a forum to discuss Guam’s mitigation strategies and opportunities involving other hazards and risks as well.

The comprehensive workshop will assemble a wide range of stakeholders and mitigation professionals to familiarize each agency’s work and mandates, and collectively build on resources and opportunities for improvement. Goals of the workshop include: providing a clear understanding of the earthquake, tsunami and other hazards vulnerability assessments/risk analysis; mitigation strategies, various policies, plans, and relevant systems; providing an understanding of federal, territorial, private industry, non-governmental and partner organizations’ mitigation efforts, current and planned; providing a capability status of supporting resources during responses to catastrophic scenarios; and supporting the ongoing effort of updating the 2014 Guam Hazard Mitigation Plan.

“From the workshop we look forward to building on the island’s mitigation strategy and to finalize goals, discuss mitigation actions, and actions for implementation,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “Working with all stakeholders and partners, we can take steps to recognize the risks and reduce and control the severity.”


This workshop is funded by a FY 2019 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) grant.  NEHRP leads the federal government’s efforts to reduce the fatalities, injuries and property losses caused by earthquakes is dedicated to reducing earthquake hazards through: research – learning more about the hazard; development – figuring out what can be done; and implementation – the “making things work” part of the process. This workshop encompasses all three components.

Attendees of the workshop include emergency management personnel and community volunteers from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at



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