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June 2018 is Typhoon Preparedness Month




No Direct Impact Expected from Tropical Depression; Continue to Stay Up to Date

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continue to monitor Tropical Depression 24W as it formed north of Pohnpei.

As of 1 a.m., the system was located 13.3 degrees north latitude and 156.7 degrees east longitude, about 745 miles east of Saipan and 805 miles east of Guam. 24W is moving northwest at 9 mph with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph. It is forecast to strengthen, possibly becoming a tropical storm later today.

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam or the Marianas at this time.

No Immediate Threat Assessed from Reported North Korea Missile Test

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 short-range projectile out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), today. 

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

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) will conduct routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system sirens, respectively, on Tuesday, November 5, starting at 3:15 p.m.

There are now nineteen (19) All Hazards Alert Warning Systems (AHAWS) installed on island. On November 5, GHS/OCD will test the AHAWS from eighteen (18) locations, with the JFK location being the only exception due to a part replacement, in conjunction with NBG monthly routine testing of the “Giant Voice (GV).”

Port Authority AHAWS Siren to be Tested Tuesday, October 29

The Port Authority of Guam (PAG) will conduct a test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) siren remotely from the Port location tomorrow, October 29, 2019, between 8:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

 Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the PAG AHAWS siren can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro%20Tones%20Wav%20Files/Alert.wav. 

Enhancing Cybersecurity Partnerships

Earlier this year, Guam was named as one of the National Governors Association (NGA) seven selected states and territories to work on strategies to enhance nationwide cybersecurity. In line with this effort, the Office of the Governor, Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), worked with the NGA to host the Policy Academy on Cybersecurity for Guam workshop on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort.

Federal Partnerships Continue

As part of response efforts for Typhoon Bualoi, which passed through the Marianas between October 21 – 22, 2019, the Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX deployed to Guam in the event federal assistance was needed for Guam or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

Tropical Storm Watch Cancelled for Guam; Continue to Stay Up to Date

The National Weather Service (NWS), Guam Weather Forecast Office continue to monitor Typhoon Bualoi. As of 7 a.m., Bualoi was located 13.6 degrees north latitude and 148.6 degrees east longitude, about 220 miles east-southeast of Saipan and 255 miles east of Guam.

Typhoon Bualoi is moving northwest at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph. It is expected to continue this northwest motion through Tuesday. On its current track, Bualoi is expected to pass through the Marianas, about 30 to 40 miles north of Saipan early Tuesday morning.