JIC Recovery Release No. 32 - Second Disaster Recovery Center Opened Today; GPA Update; Typhoon Debris Disposal Sites Open; GSWA Update


JIC Recovery Release No. 32 - Second Disaster Recovery Center Opened Today; GPA Update; Typhoon Debris Disposal Sites Open; GSWA Update

Second Disaster Recovery Center Opened:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with other federal and local partners, have opened the Guam Community College (GCC), Building E this weekend, as the first Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in response to typhoon recovery efforts. A second DRC opened today at the Dededo Sports Complex.

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. The DRC will be open to assist island residents impacted by Typhoon Mawar with disaster relief programs. 

Regular hours of operations for both DRCs will be seven days a week from 7 am –7 pm. The Guam Police Department will be conducting crowd control and traffic direction within the DRC parking lots. Additional centers will be announced soon to support the needs of the community.


A DRC may be able to help you:

  • Apply for FEMA Assistance online 

  • Learn more about disaster assistance programs

  • Learn the status of your FEMA application

  • Understand any letters you get from FEMA

  • Find housing and rental assistance information

  • Get answers to questions or resolve problems

  • Get referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance

  • Learn about Small Business Administration (SBA) programs

Please have the following available when you arrive:

  • Valid form of identification: Driver’s license, Guam ID or Passport  

  • Proof of home address (i.e. utility bill, rental agreement, etc.)

  • Condition of your damaged home 

  • Insurance information, if available 

  • Social Security card or number 

  • Best contact number 

  • Mailing address or email address 


Guam homeowners and renters who were affected by Typhoon Mawar can also register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362, visiting disasterassistance.gov or downloading the application on the FEMA App. For more information about registration, processing and FEMA’s Individual Assistance Programs, visit fema.gov.  

When you apply for assistance, have the following information ready:  

  • A current phone number  

  • Address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying  

  • Social Security number  

  • List of damage and losses  

  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit 

  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name 


Survivors may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Typhoon Mawar. If you have homeowners, renters or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your disaster expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance. 

Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs, as well as other disaster-related expenses. 

To date, over 9,000 Guam residents have applied for disaster assistance. 


GPA Update:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) today welcomed visiting crews from the Commonwealth Utility Corporation (CUC) in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) who traveled to Guam to support post-Typhoon Mawar recovery efforts to restore islandwide power. The crew of 12 linemen and groundsmen arrived today, June 4, 2023, from Saipan and are assigned to work alongside GPA’s linemen and teams.

GPA continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GPA reports that as of 1 p.m.:

  • 49.2% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.

  • 95.8% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.

  • 85.7% of GPA’s feeders/ circuits have been energized/restored.


GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substations are energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized.

Two (2) additional feeders/circuits were added to the island-wide system for a total of 54 feeders/circuits that are partially energized today. A total of 23 critical substations were energized of the 24 total major GPA substations.

Current generation capacity is 154MW of capacity online supporting a 98.3MW load. 

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  


Typhoon Debris Disposal Sites UPDATE : 

The Guam Environmental Protection Agency (GEPA) along with the Guam National Guard, Department of Public Works and the Guam Department of Agriculture opened three (3) typhoon debris disposal sites. 


Opened today, June 4, 2023:

  • Dededo Transfer Station

  • Ypao Point 

  • Former Tiyan Carnival Grounds in Barrigada


The DYA Cottage Homes in Talofofo site will not be used as a typhoon debris disposal site. An additional site in the south is being considered. More information will be provided once available. 


The typhoon disaster debris sites will operate 7 days a week from 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and will accept the following waste types: 

  • Metallic waste (i.e. ferrous, non-ferrous metals, cans, misc. loose metals and tin) 

  • Construction debris (i.e. building materials, drywall, lumber, carpet, furniture, plumbing)

  • Household hazardous waste (i.e. Oil, batteries, pesticides, paint, cleaning supplies,

  • Green waste (i.e. vegetative debris, trees, grass clippings, branches, logs, leaves)

  • Damaged home furniture (i.e. carpet, beds, sofa, tables)

  • Damaged electronic and appliances (i.e. televisions, computers, refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves)

  • Household trash


To ensure efficient flow at each typhoon debris disposal site, residents must adhere to the following:

  • Household Waste must be BAGGED - no exceptions 

  • PRE-SORT AND SEGREGATE your waste prior to your arrival at the typhoon debris disposal site 


GEPA personnel will be on-site to inspect debris loads, and waste types not approved for disposal at these four sites will be rejected. The identification, transportation and disposal of household hazardous waste is made possible through the coordination of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

GSWA Update:

The Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) continues to face operational challenges, increased volumes, and blocked roads following Typhoon Mawar. GSWA informs residents that if your trash is normally scheduled for pick up on Thursday, and it has not yet been collected, please leave your trash curbside as GSWA will make arrangements to collect the remaining on Monday, June 5, 2023. 


GSWA has also revisited inaccessible areas to assess their status and attempted to provide service. Residents who are in areas that are still inaccessible will be attended to as soon as accessible. Additionally, delays in services for this upcoming week are anticipated as GSWA continues to collect trash from all residents, including those who are not registered customers. 


Residents are also reminded that they can bring their trash to the residential transfer stations and dispose of it for free during this last week. Transfer stations are open 7 days a week, 9:00am to 5:00pm. For the latest updates and announcements, visit gswa.guam.gov


Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.




Join the GHS/OCD Email List


Back to top

June 2018 is Typhoon Preparedness Month