JIC Release No. 10 - JIC TIPS: Dialysis Centers Open Tomorrow, Utility Agencies Provide Preparedness Tips

JIC Release No. 10 - JIC TIPS: Dialysis Centers Open Tomorrow, Utility Agencies Provide Preparedness Tips

The Joint Information Center continues to gather and share information on health and safety operations related to preparation for Tropical Storm Mangkhut. 

All U.S. Renal Care dialysis centers will be open on Sunday, September 9, 2018. 
Monday-Wednesday-Friday patients are scheduled on Sunday, September 9, regular time
Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday patients are scheduled on Monday, September 10, regular time except for Tamuning dialysis center, which will be one hour earlier.
Patients are being contacted by dialysis staff members.
Telephone numbers:
U.S. Renal Care – Dededo:  637-3068
U.S. Renal Care – Finegayan:  588-0020
U.S. Renal Care – Sinajana:  475-3600
U.S. Renal Care – Tamuning:  646-3516
U.S. Renal Care – Tumon:  646-3773

Water and Power Agencies Provide Preparedness Tips and Updates
With concern for the safety of all, the Guam Power Authority (GPA) provides preparedness tips to take before, during and after the storm. 
Check Appliances
Make an internal electric inspection of your home or business establishment. Double check all electrical appliances or electrical switches that may have been “ON” prior interruption of power brought on by tropical storm Mangkhut. Turn “OFF” all electrical items, especially cooking stoves and irons to ensure safety should electrical power be restored to your home or business during sleep-time hours or when you are away. A small lamp or a single light fixture switched “ON” can be used to monitor the power status in your home or business. Once power is restored in your area, you will be aware of it and can resume normal operation of appliances within your home and/or business.
Shut Off Main Breakers
GPA request the public’s cooperation and assistanceto protect the health and safety of the line crews responding to outages. In case of a power outage and if you are operating a generator, especially a large generator, please SHUT OFF THE MAIN BREAKER(S) OF ALL THE HOUSE(S) OR BUILDING(S) THAT ARE CONNECTED TO YOUR GENERATOR. This will prevent a “back feed” of power from your generator unit into the Island Wide Power System. Also, when operating an emergency backup generator, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe operation. Your actions will prevent serious injury or death to GPA’s line crews who are either clearing lines or energizing primary and secondary power lines across Guam. 
Advisory for Generator Operations during Tropical Storms
GPA advises those customers operating generators for either residential or commercial operations. If you are operating a generator, especially a large generator, please SHUT OFF THE MAIN BREAKER(S) OF ALL THE HOUSE(S) OR BUILDING(S) THAT ARE CONNECTED TO YOUR GENERATOR.
Ensure that a certified electrician has properly installed a “disconnect” switch” to your generator.
This will prevent a “back feed” of electricity onto powerlines that can seriously harm or injure line workers in the area. Owners of personal generators should consult and comply with the manufacturer's operating manuals and other specially-prepared materials provided with their personal emergency generators.
GPA further advises the public that when operating personal generators to service homes or businesses, you should ensure that it is operating in an open, well ventilated area to prevent adverse effects from inhalation of fumes. For your personal safety and the safety of your family members or employees, double check and make sure that your generator is not in an enclosed area or located next to your air conditioner's air intake and/or other air ducts leading into the dwelling areas in
Voltage Fluctuations
During and after a storm or typhoon, the Island Wide Power System may be unstable, with abnormal high or low voltages, or fluctuating voltage being experienced in homes and commercial establishments.
If you detect voltage fluctuations such as extremely bright lighting or very dim lighting emanating from lamps or lights, immediately unplug your “sensitive” appliances which include: refrigerators, air conditioners, computer and computer-related equipment, microwave ovens, etc. Then immediately report this electrical problem to GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4. Your prompt action may prevent damage to your appliances caused by power surges/spikes or power dips.

The Guam Waterworks Authority advises customers to start filling water containers in anticipation of the approaching storm now and throughout the weekend.  GWA is monitoring production and reservoir levels, and seeks the assistance of the public in avoiding extremely high demands just before the storms anticipated arrival. 
Furthermore, GWA Operations personnel are making all possible preparations for the storm, and are making every effort to avoid any loss of service.  We appreciate the public’s patience and assistance as we continue these efforts.
For more information, please contact 646-4211, GWA’s 24/7 water line number.

Stay Up To Date with the JointInformation Center
The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information during emergencies. 

If you would like to be added to the list please email Jenna.G.Blas@ghs.guam.gov, or Oya@Guam.Gov

The following is a list of radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Mangkhut:

  • KSTO 95.5 FM
  • 102.9 KISH FM
  • Isla 630 AM
  • K57 AM
  • I94 FM
  • Power 98 FM
  • Hit Radio 100 
  • Cool FM
  • The BOSS 104.3
  • Star 101.1
  • 101.9 KTKB 
  • 105.1  KAT FM
  • 99.5 The Shark
  • KHMG 88.1 FM

TV and Newspaper partners include:

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
·           NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
·           NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
·           GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
·           GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
·           Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam/
·           Governor Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208. 



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