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Joint Information Center


NWS Advisories in Effect

July 06, 2018
Press Release
The system the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, continues to monitor is now Typhoon Maria and continues to move further away from the Marianas, not posing a direct threat. Although Typhoon Maria has left the Marianas, NWS continues to have the following advisories in effect:
 
Through 8 a.m., scattered showers and thunderstorms will bring 1 to 2 inches of rain and occasional cloud to ground lightning to Guam and the adjacent coastal waters.
 
While driving, be alert for low visibilities in very heavy rain and watch for local flooding of roads. If boating, seek shelter below deck if you see lightning or hear thunder.
 
small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Sunday. In the wake of Typhoon Maria, winds up to 25 knots and seas of 10 feet or more will persist through Saturday night. These hazardous conditions are mainly expected in the waters west of the islands. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.
 
high surf advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan west facing reefs, is in effect through Sunday night. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet and life-threatening rip currents along west facing reefs are expected through Saturday. Avoid venturing near reef lines and beaches, especially those facing west. Large breaking waves can knock you down and cause serious injuries. If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not swim directly against a rip current.
 
thunderstorm warning is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 7 a.m. this morning and a thunderstorm advisory is in effect until 7:30 a.m.Thunderstorms are occurring within 5 nautical miles of the airport. Be alert and take precautions as required.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution while traveling on the roadways, allowing enough braking distance between cars to avoid collisions. Seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.
 
Visit the following sites 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/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
   

Tropical Storm Warning Cancelled for Guam; GovGuam Resumes Normal Operations

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, advised Tropical Storm Maria continues to move away from Guam and Rota.
 
NWS cancelled the Tropical Storm Warning for Guam, only. The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
 
The following advisories are still in effect:
A flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan, through Friday morning. Heaviest rainfall is expected through tonight though rainfall could linger into Friday. Rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches are possible.
 
A thunderstorm advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
A wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 25 knots with gusts to 40 knots in showers are expected.
 
The community is advised to continue to practice caution on the roadways as rains are still expected through tomorrow. Although major roadways are passable now, motorists are cautioned to drive slowly as some debris will still be on the roads.
 
Government of Guam Resumes Normal Operations:
The Government of Guam resumed normal operations as of 1 p.m. with the exception of the Guam Community College and the University of Guam, which remain closed to students.
 
The Guam Power Authority is currently at 79% power restoration and will continue to work on full-island power restoration.
 
Northern, Mangilao and Southern Department of Public Health and Social Services locations are open and operational but limited to clinical services. Technical services will not be available due to limited services available.
 
At this time, there have been no reports of damage to critical infrastructure including, but not limited to; the Port Authority of Guam, Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Water Works, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority.
 
The Guam International Airport Authority reports that flights previously delayed are now proceeding to their destinations. Click here to view flight status.
 
There have been no reports made to 911dispatch of patients admitted to GMHA with storm related, serious injuries pre, during or post Tropical Storm Maria.
 
“We thank our whole community partners as we continue to work together with a goal of returning to normalcy,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.
 
 
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide significant updates. Visit the following sites for updated advisory information:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

Tropical Storm Maria Update: What’s Open & Closed Today 

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
As Tropical Storm Maria continues to move away from Guam, the Joint Information Center is providing a list of businesses and establishments that are open or closed today:
 

Government of Guam offices will open at 1 p.m. today.
 
Banks:
Bank of Guam – Closed
First Hawaiian Bank - Open
Bank Pacific - Open
Bank of Hawaii - Open
Community First – Open
 
*Note: JIC wasn’t able to reach other banking institutions. If you would like to be added to the list of updates, please contact Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense at (671) 478-0290 or 478-0208. 
 
Shopping locations:
Guam Premier Outlets will be open at 10 a.m. Ross opened at 6 a.m.
Agana Shopping Center will be open 10 a.m.
Micronesia Mall will be open 10 a.m.
Tumon Sands Plaza will be open at 10 a.m.
 
Grocery Stores:
7-Day Supermarket: Open
Pay-Less locations: Will open at 10 a.m.
San Jose Supermarket: Open
 
GDOE Summer School:
The Guam Department of Education has cancelled all summer school classes today. All GDOE 12-month employees advised to report to work at 1 p.m., in line with the rest of GovGuam.
 
University of Guam is closed today, including all classes and activities, summer camp and the English adventure program. UOG employees are asked to report to work at 1 p.m.
 
Department of Public Health and Social Services:
DPHSS, Division for Senior Services are suspended today:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Case Management
  • In-Home Services
  • Legal Assistance Services
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Nutrition Services for Congregate
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Preventive Health
Home Delivered Meals will be delivered to clients provided the roads are passable
 
Private Clinics:
U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Centers are Open
Seventh Day Adventist Clinic is Closed. Will Open at 1 p.m.
FHP Clinic: Open
 
Patients with appointments today are advised to contact their clinic directly.
*Note: JIC wasn’t able to reach other banking institutions. If you would like to be added to the list of updates, please contact Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense at (671) 478-0290 or 478-0208. 
Guam Medical Care will be open at 1 p.m.
 
Guam National Wildlife Refuge – Closed
 
Guam Waterworks Authority
GWA hasn’t received reports of outages. If you are experiencing low to no water pressure, please call their hotline at 646-4211.
 
Stay Tuned for Updates
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.

 

The Guam International Airport Authority released the following information regarding affected flight schedules.
 July 05, 2018
Press Release

United urges customers to check the latest status of their flights at united.com or by calling United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).
   

Notice to All Health Regulated Establishments

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
The Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to remind all health-regulated establishments that in the event of a power and/or water outage, affected businesses must ensure appropriate measures are implemented in protecting their customers:

 All Food and Water Vending Establishments
  • Power must be available at all times in order to operate your business.  
  • If there is no power and/or water, the food establishment operators must cease operations. 
  • If a generator is used as an alternate power source, food establishment operators must ensure that all cold holding temperatures are maintained at or below 41o F for refrigerator units and at or below 0o F for freezer units, and all hot holding temperatures are maintained at or above 140o F.
  • Hot water must be provided at a temperature of at least 100o F for all handwashing sinks.

Schools and Child Care Establishments

Adequate lighting must be provided to promote safety and comfortable lighting environment.
Ventilation shall be adequate to provide proper circulation of needed air within a room by either windows or mechanical ventilators.  No class room shall exceed a temperature of 84o F.
If there is no power and/or water, food preparation must cease.. 
If a generator is used as an alternate power source, food operations must ensure that all cold holding temperatures are maintained at or below 41o F for refrigerator units and at or below 0o F for freezer units, and all hot holding temperatures are maintained at or above 140o F.
Hot water must be provided at a temperature of at least 100o F for all handwashing sinks.
Food Safety
  • Maintain all perishable food below 41o F or above 140o F.
  • Discard any perishable food (i.e., meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk) that has been in refrigerator or freezer at or above 41o F for 4 hours or more.
  • Frozen food that is still somewhat thawed or has ice crystals can still be refrozen, or used immediately.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.
For further information, please contact the Food Safety Program of the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221 or via email at dphss-deh@dphss.guam.gov.

 


Tropical Storm Maria Update; Power Restoration Worked On Through the Morning

 July 05, 2018

Press Release

As previously reported, Government of Guam operations will resume at 1 p.m. today. The community is advised to remain indoors
 
GDOE Summer School:
The Guam Department of Education has cancelled all summer school classes today. All GDOE 12-month employees advised to report to work at 1 p.m., in line with the rest of GovGuam.
 
Power:
The Guam Power Authority is working on bringing online generators to restore power systems over the course of the morning. GPA advises they should have substantial load for power restoration in about 4 hours.
 
Power restoration efforts have already begun, some areas of Barrigada are coming back online. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
 
Airlines:
Access live information for flight status by visiting www.guamairport.com/travel-information/flights.
 
Department of Public Health and Social Services:
DPHSS, Division for Senior Services are suspended today:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Case Management
  • In-Home Services
  • Legal Assistance Services
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Nutrition Services for Congregate
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Preventive Health
Home Delivered Meals will be delivered to clients provided the roads are passable
 
Private Clinics:
Patients expecting appointments today are advised to contact their clinic directly.
All U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Centers are Open
 
Impassable and Distrupted Roadways:
  • Ypao Road from Marine Drive to Hilton is impassable due to downed power line
  • Rt. 17, Tarzan Falls area and Cross Island Road has a downed power pole and been impassable
  • Rt. 4 northbound outer lane from Sinajana to Agana, deemed impassable. Assessments are being made
  • Rt. 4, near Island Fresh, reported downed tree
  • Chalan Ramirez Rd., Yigo, blocked entryway
 
If possible, stay off the roadways as emergency responders and crews continue to make assessments and clear roadways.
If travel is necessary, treat traffic light areas as four way intersections, stopping for other vehicles.
Winds:
NWS advises 25 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 38 – 40 mph for the duration of the morning until this afternoon. Northern Guam will continue to experience the heavier gusty winds. It is currently 30 miles north of Guam.   
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
   

Most GovGuam operations to start at 1 p.m., agency heads to call essential personnel
 July 05, 2018
Press Release
Government of Guam offices will open at 1 p.m. today. Directors and agency heads will be assessing conditions at their office this morning and may call personnel they deem essential to ensure they can resume operations.
 
National Weather Service has recommended all residents stay indoors for the next four to six hours.
 
ROAD CONDITIONS
The Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department and other safety agencies will be out on Guam’s roads early this morning to help ensure safety on the roads.  
 
The Department of Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense is monitoring roads. As of 5 a.m. today:
-       There are trees or downed power poles that have been toppled over through Route 4 Evangelical Christian Academy School in Chalan Pago; Wolford Heights Road in Talofofo; Route 17 by Windmill 2 downed poles; Chapel Road, Canada Barrigada
 
Additionally, there are several traffic lights that are not working:
  • Route 4 & Route 4A, downed street light
  • Tri-Intersection in Barrigada (Routes 8, 10, 16)
  • Route 8 going to Agana from Maite
  • Route 4 and West O’Brien Drive intersection (Between Agana Shopping Center and Judiciary)
  • Marine Corps Drive, Route 1 in Yigo and Dededo, traffic lights are out.
  • Some traffic lights in Tumon are out.
 
 
Advisories:
 
There is an urban and small stream flood advisory in effect until 7:15 a.m. Rivers or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or imminent.
 
A thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
A wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport and has been extended to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 29 mph with gusts to 44 mph in showers, shifting to the east-southeast at 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph in showers near noon Thursday. Be alert and take precautions as needed.  
 
A flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
Power:
Weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Maria have deteriorated and present multiple hazards to the GPA field crews. At this time, crews have been instructed to seek shelter. Field work will resume as soon as possible. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
 
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
  • Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
  • Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
  • Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters.
  • As winds and rains remain through the morning, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
  • Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft.
  • Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
  •  Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.

 



Residents urged to stay indoors and stay secured; Guam remains in COR4


Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4. Tropical Storm Maria rain and winds are increasing road hazards.
 
All residents urged to remain indoors and stay secured until the worst of the winds are down.
 
Guam Department of Education summer school classes are cancelled.
 
Conditions are being evaluated to determine whether GovGuam operations will open at 8 a.m.
 
The Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department and other safety agencies will be out on Guam’s roads early this morning to help ensure safety on the roads.  
 
The Department of Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense is monitoring roads. As of 5 a.m. today:
-       There are trees or downed power poles that have been toppled over through Route 4 Evangelical Christian Academy School in Chalan Pago; Wolford Heights Road in Talofofo; Route 17 by Windmill 2 downed poles; Chapel Road, Canada Barrigada;
 
Additionally, there are several traffic lights that are not working:
  • Route 4 & Route 4A, downed street light
  • Tri-Intersection in Barrigada (Routes 8, 10, 16)
  • Route 8 going to Agana from Maite
  • Route 4 and West O’Brien Drive intersection (Between Agana Shopping Center and Judiciary)
  • Marine Corps Drive, Route 1 in Yigo and Dededo, traffic lights are out. 

At 5 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W, Tropical Storm Maria is moving toward the west-northwest at 8 mph. Maria is currently passing over extreme northern Guam and is now moving off Ritidian Point.
 
Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles east of the center and up to 65 miles west of the center.
 
Watches and Warnings:
 
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam, Rota and adjacent waters. Tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are occurring this morning.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian, Saipan and adjacent waters. Tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more remain possible later today.
 
Advisories:
 
There is an urban and small stream flood advisory in effect until 7:15 a.m. Rivers or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or imminent.
 
thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport and has been extended to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 29 mph with gusts to 44 mph in showers, shifting to the east-southeast at 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph in showers near noon Thursday. Be alert and take precautions as needed.  
 
flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
Power:
Weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Maria have deteriorated and present multiple hazards to the GPA field crews. At this time, crews have been instructed to seek shelter. Field work will resume as soon as possible. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
  • Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
  • Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
  • Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters.
  • As winds and rains remain through the morning, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
  • Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft.
  • Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.



 

Tropical Depression 10W Upgraded to Tropical Storm Maria; Track Updated Again to Pass Southern Tip of Guam

 July 05, 2018
Press Release

At 1 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W, which has been upgraded toTropical Storm Maria. The current forecast track now has Tropical Storm Maria passing near the southernmost tip of Guam, with the Closest Point of Approach (CPA) between 6 – 7 a.m. Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to continue before and even after the system passes the island.
 
Watches and Warnings:
A tropical storm warning is remains in effect for Guam and Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are occurring this morning.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, remain possible later today.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time.
 
At 1 a.m., TS Maria was located at 12.8 degrees north latitude and 145.2 east longitude, about 55 miles southeast of Guam and 165 miles south-southwest of Saipan, moving west-northwest, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
 
Current Track:
The current forecast track now has TS Maria passing very close to the southern tip of Guam Thursday morning with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Worst conditions are expected through Thursday morning, as the system leaves the area. The system remains erratic in its movement.
 
Advisories:
thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport and has been extended to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 29 mph with gusts to 44 mph in showers, shifting to the east-southeast at 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph in showers near noon Thursday. Be alert and take precautions as needed.  
 
flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
Airline Updates:
The following United Airlines flights will be affected as a result of Tropical Storm Maria:
 
July 4, 2018
Flight Flight Info Guam Arrival Time
UA874 Narita – Guam Cancelled
UA2832 Narita – Guam 2:40 p.m.
UA184 Manila – Guam 3:47 p.m.
UA116 Hong Kong – Guam 4:00 p.m.
UA158 Palau – Guam 11:15 a.m.
 
July 5, 2018
Flight Flight Info Guam Departure Time
UA 165 Guam -Fukuoka 11:00 a.m.
UA 828 Guam-Narita 11:15 a.m.
UA 151 Guam-Osaka 12:00 p.m.
UA 174 Guam-Saipan 3:15 p.m.
UA 137 Guam-Nagoya 7:43 p.m.
UA 200 Guam-Honolulu 8:00 p.m.



United urges customers to check the latest status of their flights at united.com or by calling United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).
 
Power:
Weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Maria have deteriorated and present multiple hazards to the GPA field crews. At this time, crews have been instructed to seek shelter. Field work will resume as soon as possible. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
·Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
·Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
·Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters.
·As winds and rains remain through the morning, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
·Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft.
·Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
·Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
·Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
 
·           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/
·           Governor Eddie Baza Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
   

Tropical Depression Track Changes; Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Expected Thursday – Even After System Passes

 July 04, 2018
Press Release

At 7:23 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W. The current forecast track now has Tropical Depression 10W passing through the Rota channel on Thursday morning. Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to continue even after the system passes the island.
 
Watches and Warnings:
A tropical storm warning is remains in effect for Guam and Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within 24 hours.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 36 hours.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time. 
 
Current Track:
The current forecast track has Tropical Depression 10W passing near or just north of Guam, through the Rota channel early Thursday morning with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Worst conditions are expected through Thursday morning, as the system leaves the area. The change in the forecast track is a testament to how erratic the system has been and highlights the importance of staying up to date with the latest advisories from NWS.
 
Advisories:
An airport weather warning is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Winds from the northeast, of 24 to 34 mph are expected with higher gusts within heavier showers reaching 44 mph. Wind direction will change depending upon the movement of Tropical Depression 10W.
 
flash flood watch is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Clear any debris around drainage areas.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
As of this evening, Government of Guam operations will continue as normal tomorrow including the Guam Department of Education summer school programs. Residents are urged to drive with caution on the roads tomorrow and to allow plenty of time to reach their destination.
 
 
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
  • Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
  • Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
  • Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving fast-water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • As winds and rains increase through the evening, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
  • Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft. Dangerous rip currents are expected, along with 10 – 12 feet of open ocean and 8 – 10 feet of surf.
  • Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind, including canopies and children’s outdoor toys.
  • Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.

GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
 


Tropical Depression 10W Continues Approach Toward the Marianas; Practice Caution on Roadways
 July 04, 2018

Press Release

At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued an updated advisory for Tropical Depression 10W.
 
Watches and Warnings:
tropical storm warning is remains in effect for Guam and Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected tonight.  
 
tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 36 hours.
 
As of 1 p.m., Tropical Depression 10W was located 11.9 degrees north latitude and 146.1 east longitude, about 140 miles southeast of Guam and 225 miles south of Saipan.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time. 
 
Closest Point of Approach
The current forecast track has Tropical Depression 10W passing near or just south of Guam at midnight tonight into early Thursday morning with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Worst conditions are expected early Thursday morning, as the tropical depression leaves the area.
 
Rainfall amounts between 4 and 6 inches are possible, with a potential for flash flooding.
 
Outdoor Precautions
As winds and rains increase through the evening, residents and visitors are advised to practice extreme caution if traveling on the roadways is necessary. Allow enough braking distance between cars to avoid any collisions and drive cautiously, being mindful of flooded roadways. Avoid outdoor activities such as hiking.


The Chamorro Village Wednesday Night Market will remain open this evening until 8 p.m. Vendors with pop-up canopies or tents will not be setting up due to the anticipated heavy weather conditions. The Chamorro Village businesses and vendors occupying the festival huts will be open for the night market.  For additional information, contact the Chamorro Village Office at 475-0377 or Jeffrey San Nicolas at 864-5133.
 
Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft. Dangerous rip currents are expected, along with 10 – 12 feet of open ocean and 8 – 10 feet of surf.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to make last minute preparations before the winds and rains increase through the evening:
  • Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind, including canopies and children’s outdoors toys.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and additional advisories may be issued. 
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
  • Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
 
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
 

Damaging Winds Expected this Evening; Take Action Today to Prepare
 
July 04, 2018
Press Release

At 7:24 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued an updated advisory for Tropical Depression 10W. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected tonight.
 
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within 24 hours.  A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 36 hours.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time but the movement of the tropical depression remains erratic and shows a lot of variability.  As of 8 a.m., Tropical Depression 10W was located 11.7 degrees north latitude and 146.2 east longitude, about 155 miles southeast of Guam and 240 miles south of Saipan.
 
Government of Guam maintains normal operations. Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense at (GHS/OCD) 478-0290. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
GPA Preparation 
Guam Power Authority crews are continuing their pre-storm inspections and line clearing, as high winds can blow vegetation into power lines. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
 
Closest Point of Approach
The current forecast track now has Tropical Depression 10W passing south of Guam at midnight tonight, with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Rainfall amounts between 4 and 6 inches are possible, with a potential for flash flooding.
 
Conditions will start to deteriorate this afternoon.
 
Rains could worsen after Closest Point of Approach
Flash flood advisories are expected later today. Although the tropical depression is tracking through Wednesday night, the worst conditions are expected around 4 – 5 a.m. Thursday along the tail end as the tropical depression leaves the area.
 
Marine Conditions
As the wind and rains pick up through today, the community is advised to avoid outdoor or marine related activities. Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft. Dangerous rip currents are expected, along with 10 – 12 feet of open ocean and 8 – 10 feet of surf.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to use this morning and afternoon to prepare:
  • Take down or tightly secure canopies and clear loose debris around your yard. Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change. Advisories regarding flash flooding or high surf may be issued.
  • Stay out of the waterfalls and rivers and avoid hiking on Wednesday, due to the potential for flash floods.
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
  • Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
 
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
 


Tropical Depression Exact Track Uncertain; Guam Remains in COR 4

 July 03, 2018
Press Release

At 8:30 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office Guam updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W. Guam remains in a tropical storm warning, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within 24 hoursA tropical storm watch remains in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
 

As of 7 p.m., the center of the tropical depression was relocated to near 11.3 north latitude and 148.4 east longitude, moving northwest at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. NWS advises it is expected to head to the northwest tonight and Wednesday, passing over the southern Marianas late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning. Additionally, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center has now taken the system’s track to the north of Guam, between Rota and Tinian.


Movement of Tropical Depression 10W has been erratic and may continue to change. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates.


The community are reminded to use Wednesday morning to take precautionary actions:
•       Take down or tightly secure canopies and clear loose debris around your yard. Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.
•       Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change. Advisories regarding flash flooding or high surf may be issued.
•       Stay out of the waterfalls and rivers and avoid hiking on Wednesday, due to the potential for flash floods.
•       Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
•       Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
•       Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
•       Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.


GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:

·           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/
·           Governor Eddie Baza Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

Guam remains in COR 4 but Precautionary Measures Should be Taken

 July 03, 2018
Press Release

At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued an updated advisory for Tropical Depression 10W, which is intensifying slowly. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are expected within 24 hours.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Rota, and is now in effect for Tinian and Saipan. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 hours.
 
At 1 p.m., the tropical depression was located 10.6 degrees north latitude and 145.7 east longitude, about 205 miles south-southeast of Guam and 310 miles south of Saipan, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. The tropical depression is forecast to gradually intensify today and tonight, becoming a tropical storm on Wednesday.
 
It is expected to pass about 70 miles southwest of Guam late Wednesday afternoon or evening. The closest point of approach is expected around 8 p.m. Wednesdayevening. Winds may increase to between 40 to 45 mph with gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers. Rainfall amounts between 3 and 5 inches are possible, with a potential for flash flooding.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to take basic precautionary actions now. Residents and visitors are advised to:
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding flash flooding or high surf may be issued.
  • Stay out of the waterfalls and rivers and avoid hiking on Wednesday, due to the potential for flash floods.
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
  • Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.
  • Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

Tropical Storm Watch in Effect for Guam and Rota; Take Necessary Precautions


July 03, 2018
Press Release
At 8 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Guam and Rota as a tropical depression forms south-southeast of Guam.

 
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds are possible within the next 48 hours.
 
As of 7 a.m., the tropical depression was located 10.1 degrees north latitude and 145.8 degrees east longitude, about 240 miles south-southeast of Guam and 345 miles south of Saipan, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. It is expected to gradually intensify today and tonight, possibly becoming a tropical storm Wednesday morning.
 
The tropical depression is expected to continue in a slow motion to the northwest and will pass southwest of Guam Wednesday afternoon. Showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds will build across the Marianas tonight from south to north and continue through Thursday. Winds will increase to between 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in heavier showers. The strongest winds will be felt farther south across Guam and Rota, decreasing slightly toward Tinian and Saipan. Rainfall amounts between 3 and 5 inches are possible.
 
Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam the tropical depression will pass, it is advised to take basic precautionary actions now. To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to:
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household
  • Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind
  • Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of
Readiness
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions in the coming days.


Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites, especially if outdoor or marine activities are planned:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 


 


 

 

NWS Issues Special Weather Statement; Tropical Disturbance Expected to Near Guam on Wednesday

July 02, 2018
Press Release
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A tropical disturbance is centered about 325 miles southeast of Guam, 335 miles southeast of Rota and 380 miles south-southeast of Saipan and Tinian and has been nearly-stationary for the last 12 hours.

 
NWS latest computer guidance showed the disturbance to remain nearly-stationary through tonight then brought it on a gradual track to the northwest, nearing Guam on Wednesday. Showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to build across the Marianas on Wednesday and continue through Thursday.
 
At this time, strongest winds are expected around 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph in heavier showers and rainfall amounts between 3 and 5 inches. The worst conditions are expected for Guam and Rota, with slightly less wind and rain on Tinian and Saipan.
 
Considerable uncertainty on track and timing of passage of the disturbance remains.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be traveling in these conditions.
 
Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites, especially if outdoor or marine activities are planned:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
   

Tropical Storm Warning Cancelled for Guam; GovGuam Resumes Normal Operations

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, advised Tropical Storm Maria continues to move away from Guam and Rota.
 
NWS cancelled the Tropical Storm Warning for Guam, only. The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
 
The following advisories are still in effect:
A flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan, through Friday morning. Heaviest rainfall is expected through tonight though rainfall could linger into Friday. Rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches are possible.
 
A thunderstorm advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
A wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 25 knots with gusts to 40 knots in showers are expected.
 
The community is advised to continue to practice caution on the roadways as rains are still expected through tomorrow. Although major roadways are passable now, motorists are cautioned to drive slowly as some debris will still be on the roads.
 
Government of Guam Resumes Normal Operations:
The Government of Guam resumed normal operations as of 1 p.m. with the exception of the Guam Community College and the University of Guam, which remain closed to students.
 
The Guam Power Authority is currently at 79% power restoration and will continue to work on full-island power restoration.
 
Northern, Mangilao and Southern Department of Public Health and Social Services locations are open and operational but limited to clinical services. Technical services will not be available due to limited services available.
 
At this time, there have been no reports of damage to critical infrastructure including, but not limited to; the Port Authority of Guam, Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Water Works, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority.
 
The Guam International Airport Authority reports that flights previously delayed are now proceeding to their destinations. Click here to view flight status.
 
There have been no reports made to 911dispatch of patients admitted to GMHA with storm related, serious injuries pre, during or post Tropical Storm Maria.
 
“We thank our whole community partners as we continue to work together with a goal of returning to normalcy,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.
 
 
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide significant updates. Visit the following sites for updated advisory information:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

Tropical Storm Maria Update: What’s Open & Closed Today 

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
As Tropical Storm Maria continues to move away from Guam, the Joint Information Center is providing a list of businesses and establishments that are open or closed today:
 

Government of Guam offices will open at 1 p.m. today.
 
Banks:
Bank of Guam – Closed
First Hawaiian Bank - Open
Bank Pacific - Open
Bank of Hawaii - Open
Community First – Open
 
*Note: JIC wasn’t able to reach other banking institutions. If you would like to be added to the list of updates, please contact Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense at (671) 478-0290 or 478-0208. 
 
Shopping locations:
Guam Premier Outlets will be open at 10 a.m. Ross opened at 6 a.m.
Agana Shopping Center will be open 10 a.m.
Micronesia Mall will be open 10 a.m.
Tumon Sands Plaza will be open at 10 a.m.
 
Grocery Stores:
7-Day Supermarket: Open
Pay-Less locations: Will open at 10 a.m.
San Jose Supermarket: Open
 
GDOE Summer School:
The Guam Department of Education has cancelled all summer school classes today. All GDOE 12-month employees advised to report to work at 1 p.m., in line with the rest of GovGuam.
 
University of Guam is closed today, including all classes and activities, summer camp and the English adventure program. UOG employees are asked to report to work at 1 p.m.
 
Department of Public Health and Social Services:
DPHSS, Division for Senior Services are suspended today:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Case Management
  • In-Home Services
  • Legal Assistance Services
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Nutrition Services for Congregate
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Preventive Health
Home Delivered Meals will be delivered to clients provided the roads are passable
 
Private Clinics:
U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Centers are Open
Seventh Day Adventist Clinic is Closed. Will Open at 1 p.m.
FHP Clinic: Open
 
Patients with appointments today are advised to contact their clinic directly.
*Note: JIC wasn’t able to reach other banking institutions. If you would like to be added to the list of updates, please contact Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense at (671) 478-0290 or 478-0208. 
Guam Medical Care will be open at 1 p.m.
 
Guam National Wildlife Refuge – Closed
 
Guam Waterworks Authority
GWA hasn’t received reports of outages. If you are experiencing low to no water pressure, please call their hotline at 646-4211.
 
Stay Tuned for Updates
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.

 

The Guam International Airport Authority released the following information regarding affected flight schedules.
 July 05, 2018
Press Release

United urges customers to check the latest status of their flights at united.com or by calling United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).
   

Notice to All Health Regulated Establishments

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
The Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to remind all health-regulated establishments that in the event of a power and/or water outage, affected businesses must ensure appropriate measures are implemented in protecting their customers:

 All Food and Water Vending Establishments
  • Power must be available at all times in order to operate your business.  
  • If there is no power and/or water, the food establishment operators must cease operations. 
  • If a generator is used as an alternate power source, food establishment operators must ensure that all cold holding temperatures are maintained at or below 41o F for refrigerator units and at or below 0o F for freezer units, and all hot holding temperatures are maintained at or above 140o F.
  • Hot water must be provided at a temperature of at least 100o F for all handwashing sinks.

Schools and Child Care Establishments

Adequate lighting must be provided to promote safety and comfortable lighting environment.
Ventilation shall be adequate to provide proper circulation of needed air within a room by either windows or mechanical ventilators.  No class room shall exceed a temperature of 84o F.
If there is no power and/or water, food preparation must cease.. 
If a generator is used as an alternate power source, food operations must ensure that all cold holding temperatures are maintained at or below 41o F for refrigerator units and at or below 0o F for freezer units, and all hot holding temperatures are maintained at or above 140o F.
Hot water must be provided at a temperature of at least 100o F for all handwashing sinks.
Food Safety
  • Maintain all perishable food below 41o F or above 140o F.
  • Discard any perishable food (i.e., meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk) that has been in refrigerator or freezer at or above 41o F for 4 hours or more.
  • Frozen food that is still somewhat thawed or has ice crystals can still be refrozen, or used immediately.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.
For further information, please contact the Food Safety Program of the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221 or via email at dphss-deh@dphss.guam.gov.

 


Tropical Storm Maria Update; Power Restoration Worked On Through the Morning

 July 05, 2018

Press Release

As previously reported, Government of Guam operations will resume at 1 p.m. today. The community is advised to remain indoors
 
GDOE Summer School:
The Guam Department of Education has cancelled all summer school classes today. All GDOE 12-month employees advised to report to work at 1 p.m., in line with the rest of GovGuam.
 
Power:
The Guam Power Authority is working on bringing online generators to restore power systems over the course of the morning. GPA advises they should have substantial load for power restoration in about 4 hours.
 
Power restoration efforts have already begun, some areas of Barrigada are coming back online. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
 
Airlines:
Access live information for flight status by visiting www.guamairport.com/travel-information/flights.
 
Department of Public Health and Social Services:
DPHSS, Division for Senior Services are suspended today:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Case Management
  • In-Home Services
  • Legal Assistance Services
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Nutrition Services for Congregate
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Preventive Health
Home Delivered Meals will be delivered to clients provided the roads are passable
 
Private Clinics:
Patients expecting appointments today are advised to contact their clinic directly.
All U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Centers are Open
 
Impassable and Distrupted Roadways:
  • Ypao Road from Marine Drive to Hilton is impassable due to downed power line
  • Rt. 17, Tarzan Falls area and Cross Island Road has a downed power pole and been impassable
  • Rt. 4 northbound outer lane from Sinajana to Agana, deemed impassable. Assessments are being made
  • Rt. 4, near Island Fresh, reported downed tree
  • Chalan Ramirez Rd., Yigo, blocked entryway
 
If possible, stay off the roadways as emergency responders and crews continue to make assessments and clear roadways.
If travel is necessary, treat traffic light areas as four way intersections, stopping for other vehicles.
Winds:
NWS advises 25 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 38 – 40 mph for the duration of the morning until this afternoon. Northern Guam will continue to experience the heavier gusty winds. It is currently 30 miles north of Guam.   
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
   

Most GovGuam operations to start at 1 p.m., agency heads to call essential personnel
 July 05, 2018
Press Release
Government of Guam offices will open at 1 p.m. today. Directors and agency heads will be assessing conditions at their office this morning and may call personnel they deem essential to ensure they can resume operations.
 
National Weather Service has recommended all residents stay indoors for the next four to six hours.
 
ROAD CONDITIONS
The Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department and other safety agencies will be out on Guam’s roads early this morning to help ensure safety on the roads.  
 
The Department of Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense is monitoring roads. As of 5 a.m. today:
-       There are trees or downed power poles that have been toppled over through Route 4 Evangelical Christian Academy School in Chalan Pago; Wolford Heights Road in Talofofo; Route 17 by Windmill 2 downed poles; Chapel Road, Canada Barrigada
 
Additionally, there are several traffic lights that are not working:
  • Route 4 & Route 4A, downed street light
  • Tri-Intersection in Barrigada (Routes 8, 10, 16)
  • Route 8 going to Agana from Maite
  • Route 4 and West O’Brien Drive intersection (Between Agana Shopping Center and Judiciary)
  • Marine Corps Drive, Route 1 in Yigo and Dededo, traffic lights are out.
  • Some traffic lights in Tumon are out.
 
 
Advisories:
 
There is an urban and small stream flood advisory in effect until 7:15 a.m. Rivers or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or imminent.
 
A thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
A wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport and has been extended to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 29 mph with gusts to 44 mph in showers, shifting to the east-southeast at 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph in showers near noon Thursday. Be alert and take precautions as needed.  
 
A flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
Power:
Weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Maria have deteriorated and present multiple hazards to the GPA field crews. At this time, crews have been instructed to seek shelter. Field work will resume as soon as possible. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
 
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
  • Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
  • Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
  • Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters.
  • As winds and rains remain through the morning, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
  • Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft.
  • Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
  •  Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.

 



Residents urged to stay indoors and stay secured; Guam remains in COR4


Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4. Tropical Storm Maria rain and winds are increasing road hazards.
 
All residents urged to remain indoors and stay secured until the worst of the winds are down.
 
Guam Department of Education summer school classes are cancelled.
 
Conditions are being evaluated to determine whether GovGuam operations will open at 8 a.m.
 
The Department of Public Works, Guam Police Department and other safety agencies will be out on Guam’s roads early this morning to help ensure safety on the roads.  
 
The Department of Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense is monitoring roads. As of 5 a.m. today:
-       There are trees or downed power poles that have been toppled over through Route 4 Evangelical Christian Academy School in Chalan Pago; Wolford Heights Road in Talofofo; Route 17 by Windmill 2 downed poles; Chapel Road, Canada Barrigada;
 
Additionally, there are several traffic lights that are not working:
  • Route 4 & Route 4A, downed street light
  • Tri-Intersection in Barrigada (Routes 8, 10, 16)
  • Route 8 going to Agana from Maite
  • Route 4 and West O’Brien Drive intersection (Between Agana Shopping Center and Judiciary)
  • Marine Corps Drive, Route 1 in Yigo and Dededo, traffic lights are out. 

At 5 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W, Tropical Storm Maria is moving toward the west-northwest at 8 mph. Maria is currently passing over extreme northern Guam and is now moving off Ritidian Point.
 
Tropical Storm force winds extend outward up to 90 miles east of the center and up to 65 miles west of the center.
 
Watches and Warnings:
 
A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam, Rota and adjacent waters. Tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are occurring this morning.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian, Saipan and adjacent waters. Tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more remain possible later today.
 
Advisories:
 
There is an urban and small stream flood advisory in effect until 7:15 a.m. Rivers or stream flows are elevated, or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or imminent.
 
thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport and has been extended to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 29 mph with gusts to 44 mph in showers, shifting to the east-southeast at 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph in showers near noon Thursday. Be alert and take precautions as needed.  
 
flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
Power:
Weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Maria have deteriorated and present multiple hazards to the GPA field crews. At this time, crews have been instructed to seek shelter. Field work will resume as soon as possible. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
  • Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
  • Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
  • Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters.
  • As winds and rains remain through the morning, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
  • Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft.
  • Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.



 

Tropical Depression 10W Upgraded to Tropical Storm Maria; Track Updated Again to Pass Southern Tip of Guam

 July 05, 2018
Press Release

At 1 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W, which has been upgraded toTropical Storm Maria. The current forecast track now has Tropical Storm Maria passing near the southernmost tip of Guam, with the Closest Point of Approach (CPA) between 6 – 7 a.m. Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to continue before and even after the system passes the island.
 
Watches and Warnings:
A tropical storm warning is remains in effect for Guam and Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are occurring this morning.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, remain possible later today.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time.
 
At 1 a.m., TS Maria was located at 12.8 degrees north latitude and 145.2 east longitude, about 55 miles southeast of Guam and 165 miles south-southwest of Saipan, moving west-northwest, with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph.
 
Current Track:
The current forecast track now has TS Maria passing very close to the southern tip of Guam Thursday morning with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Worst conditions are expected through Thursday morning, as the system leaves the area. The system remains erratic in its movement.
 
Advisories:
thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport and has been extended to 6 p.m. Thursday evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 29 mph with gusts to 44 mph in showers, shifting to the east-southeast at 39 mph with gusts to 54 mph in showers near noon Thursday. Be alert and take precautions as needed.  
 
flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
Airline Updates:
The following United Airlines flights will be affected as a result of Tropical Storm Maria:
 
July 4, 2018
Flight Flight Info Guam Arrival Time
UA874 Narita – Guam Cancelled
UA2832 Narita – Guam 2:40 p.m.
UA184 Manila – Guam 3:47 p.m.
UA116 Hong Kong – Guam 4:00 p.m.
UA158 Palau – Guam 11:15 a.m.
 
July 5, 2018
Flight Flight Info Guam Departure Time
UA 165 Guam -Fukuoka 11:00 a.m.
UA 828 Guam-Narita 11:15 a.m.
UA 151 Guam-Osaka 12:00 p.m.
UA 174 Guam-Saipan 3:15 p.m.
UA 137 Guam-Nagoya 7:43 p.m.
UA 200 Guam-Honolulu 8:00 p.m.



United urges customers to check the latest status of their flights at united.com or by calling United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).
 
Power:
Weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Maria have deteriorated and present multiple hazards to the GPA field crews. At this time, crews have been instructed to seek shelter. Field work will resume as soon as possible. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
·Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
·Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
·Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters.
·As winds and rains remain through the morning, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
·Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft.
·Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
·Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
·Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
 
·           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/
·           Governor Eddie Baza Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
   

Tropical Depression Track Changes; Strong Winds, Heavy Rain Expected Thursday – Even After System Passes

 July 04, 2018
Press Release

At 7:23 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W. The current forecast track now has Tropical Depression 10W passing through the Rota channel on Thursday morning. Heavy rains and strong winds are expected to continue even after the system passes the island.
 
Watches and Warnings:
A tropical storm warning is remains in effect for Guam and Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within 24 hours.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 36 hours.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time. 
 
Current Track:
The current forecast track has Tropical Depression 10W passing near or just north of Guam, through the Rota channel early Thursday morning with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Worst conditions are expected through Thursday morning, as the system leaves the area. The change in the forecast track is a testament to how erratic the system has been and highlights the importance of staying up to date with the latest advisories from NWS.
 
Advisories:
An airport weather warning is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 4 a.m. Thursday morning. Winds from the northeast, of 24 to 34 mph are expected with higher gusts within heavier showers reaching 44 mph. Wind direction will change depending upon the movement of Tropical Depression 10W.
 
flash flood watch is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Friday morning. Heavy rainfall is expected as the tropical depression passes through the Marianas overnight and on Thursday. Due to its slow motion, there is potential for excessive rainfall and flash flooding, especially across Guam and Rota. Rainfall of 4 to 6 inches is possible with locally higher amounts, especially for Guam and Rota.
 
Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop. Clear any debris around drainage areas.
 
Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the GHS/OCD Watch Desk 478-0290 for coordination with village Mayor’s offices. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
As of this evening, Government of Guam operations will continue as normal tomorrow including the Guam Department of Education summer school programs. Residents are urged to drive with caution on the roads tomorrow and to allow plenty of time to reach their destination.
 
 
Preparedness Actions Through the Evening:
  • Check in with the NWS website for updates through the evening in order to get the latest weather updates.
  • Charge cell phones in advance, so there is full battery if power is lost.
  • Avoid walking, swimming or driving through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown! Just six inches of fast-moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving fast-water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • As winds and rains increase through the evening, residents and visitors are advised to remain in a safe location that is able to withstand damaging winds.
  • Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft. Dangerous rip currents are expected, along with 10 – 12 feet of open ocean and 8 – 10 feet of surf.
  • Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind, including canopies and children’s outdoor toys.
  • Keep emergency preparedness kits nearby.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change, additional advisories may be issued, or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness may be issued.

GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
 


Tropical Depression 10W Continues Approach Toward the Marianas; Practice Caution on Roadways
 July 04, 2018

Press Release

At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued an updated advisory for Tropical Depression 10W.
 
Watches and Warnings:
tropical storm warning is remains in effect for Guam and Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected tonight.  
 
tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 36 hours.
 
As of 1 p.m., Tropical Depression 10W was located 11.9 degrees north latitude and 146.1 east longitude, about 140 miles southeast of Guam and 225 miles south of Saipan.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time. 
 
Closest Point of Approach
The current forecast track has Tropical Depression 10W passing near or just south of Guam at midnight tonight into early Thursday morning with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Worst conditions are expected early Thursday morning, as the tropical depression leaves the area.
 
Rainfall amounts between 4 and 6 inches are possible, with a potential for flash flooding.
 
Outdoor Precautions
As winds and rains increase through the evening, residents and visitors are advised to practice extreme caution if traveling on the roadways is necessary. Allow enough braking distance between cars to avoid any collisions and drive cautiously, being mindful of flooded roadways. Avoid outdoor activities such as hiking.


The Chamorro Village Wednesday Night Market will remain open this evening until 8 p.m. Vendors with pop-up canopies or tents will not be setting up due to the anticipated heavy weather conditions. The Chamorro Village businesses and vendors occupying the festival huts will be open for the night market.  For additional information, contact the Chamorro Village Office at 475-0377 or Jeffrey San Nicolas at 864-5133.
 
Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft. Dangerous rip currents are expected, along with 10 – 12 feet of open ocean and 8 – 10 feet of surf.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to make last minute preparations before the winds and rains increase through the evening:
  • Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind, including canopies and children’s outdoors toys.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and additional advisories may be issued. 
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
  • Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
 
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
 

Damaging Winds Expected this Evening; Take Action Today to Prepare
 
July 04, 2018
Press Release

At 7:24 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued an updated advisory for Tropical Depression 10W. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Guam, meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected tonight.
 
A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Rota, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within 24 hours.  A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Tinian and Saipan, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 to 36 hours.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time but the movement of the tropical depression remains erratic and shows a lot of variability.  As of 8 a.m., Tropical Depression 10W was located 11.7 degrees north latitude and 146.2 east longitude, about 155 miles southeast of Guam and 240 miles south of Saipan.
 
Government of Guam maintains normal operations. Residents who are concerned that their homes may not be able to withstand tropical storm conditions can call the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense at (GHS/OCD) 478-0290. The GHS/OCD 24/7 Watch Office will coordinate non-emergency individual requests for assistance from village mayors, government of Guam, military, private, and non-profit organizations.
 
GPA Preparation 
Guam Power Authority crews are continuing their pre-storm inspections and line clearing, as high winds can blow vegetation into power lines. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
 
Closest Point of Approach
The current forecast track now has Tropical Depression 10W passing south of Guam at midnight tonight, with damaging winds between 40 and 45 mph and gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers at the closest point of approach. Rainfall amounts between 4 and 6 inches are possible, with a potential for flash flooding.
 
Conditions will start to deteriorate this afternoon.
 
Rains could worsen after Closest Point of Approach
Flash flood advisories are expected later today. Although the tropical depression is tracking through Wednesday night, the worst conditions are expected around 4 – 5 a.m. Thursday along the tail end as the tropical depression leaves the area.
 
Marine Conditions
As the wind and rains pick up through today, the community is advised to avoid outdoor or marine related activities. Mariners should make all necessary preparations to return to port, seek safe harbor and secure their craft. Dangerous rip currents are expected, along with 10 – 12 feet of open ocean and 8 – 10 feet of surf.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to use this morning and afternoon to prepare:
  • Take down or tightly secure canopies and clear loose debris around your yard. Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change. Advisories regarding flash flooding or high surf may be issued.
  • Stay out of the waterfalls and rivers and avoid hiking on Wednesday, due to the potential for flash floods.
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
  • Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
 
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
  For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.
 


Tropical Depression Exact Track Uncertain; Guam Remains in COR 4

 July 03, 2018
Press Release

At 8:30 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office Guam updated the advisory for Tropical Depression 10W. Guam remains in a tropical storm warning, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected within 24 hoursA tropical storm watch remains in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
 

As of 7 p.m., the center of the tropical depression was relocated to near 11.3 north latitude and 148.4 east longitude, moving northwest at 9 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. NWS advises it is expected to head to the northwest tonight and Wednesday, passing over the southern Marianas late Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning. Additionally, the Joint Typhoon Warning Center has now taken the system’s track to the north of Guam, between Rota and Tinian.


Movement of Tropical Depression 10W has been erratic and may continue to change. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates.


The community are reminded to use Wednesday morning to take precautionary actions:
•       Take down or tightly secure canopies and clear loose debris around your yard. Store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.
•       Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change. Advisories regarding flash flooding or high surf may be issued.
•       Stay out of the waterfalls and rivers and avoid hiking on Wednesday, due to the potential for flash floods.
•       Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
•       Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
•       Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
•       Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.


GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:

·           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/
·           Governor Eddie Baza Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/
 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

Guam remains in COR 4 but Precautionary Measures Should be Taken

 July 03, 2018
Press Release

At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued an updated advisory for Tropical Depression 10W, which is intensifying slowly. A tropical storm warning means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are expected within 24 hours.
 
A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Rota, and is now in effect for Tinian and Saipan. A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more, are possible within 24 hours.
 
At 1 p.m., the tropical depression was located 10.6 degrees north latitude and 145.7 east longitude, about 205 miles south-southeast of Guam and 310 miles south of Saipan, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. The tropical depression is forecast to gradually intensify today and tonight, becoming a tropical storm on Wednesday.
 
It is expected to pass about 70 miles southwest of Guam late Wednesday afternoon or evening. The closest point of approach is expected around 8 p.m. Wednesdayevening. Winds may increase to between 40 to 45 mph with gusts up to 50 mph in heavier showers. Rainfall amounts between 3 and 5 inches are possible, with a potential for flash flooding.
 
Guam remains in Condition of Readiness 4 at this time.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) advise the community to take basic precautionary actions now. Residents and visitors are advised to:
  • Stay up to date with the latest information. The storm track or intensity may change and advisories regarding flash flooding or high surf may be issued.
  • Stay out of the waterfalls and rivers and avoid hiking on Wednesday, due to the potential for flash floods.
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
  • Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind.
  • Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators.
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of Readiness.
  • Secure outdoor pets in a safe location either indoors or inside the garage.
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 
 

 

Tropical Storm Watch in Effect for Guam and Rota; Take Necessary Precautions


July 03, 2018
Press Release
At 8 a.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Guam and Rota as a tropical depression forms south-southeast of Guam.

 
A tropical storm watch means tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds are possible within the next 48 hours.
 
As of 7 a.m., the tropical depression was located 10.1 degrees north latitude and 145.8 degrees east longitude, about 240 miles south-southeast of Guam and 345 miles south of Saipan, with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. It is expected to gradually intensify today and tonight, possibly becoming a tropical storm Wednesday morning.
 
The tropical depression is expected to continue in a slow motion to the northwest and will pass southwest of Guam Wednesday afternoon. Showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds will build across the Marianas tonight from south to north and continue through Thursday. Winds will increase to between 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in heavier showers. The strongest winds will be felt farther south across Guam and Rota, decreasing slightly toward Tinian and Saipan. Rainfall amounts between 3 and 5 inches are possible.
 
Due to the uncertainty of exactly how close to Guam the tropical depression will pass, it is advised to take basic precautionary actions now. To prepare for any scenario, residents and visitors are advised to:
  • Locate or prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household
  • Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy wind
  • Gas your car and get fuel for your generators
  • Stay up to date in the event there are changes with or updates to changes in Conditions of
Readiness
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions in the coming days.


Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites, especially if outdoor or marine activities are planned:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 


 


 

 

NWS Issues Special Weather Statement; Tropical Disturbance Expected to Near Guam on Wednesday

July 02, 2018
Press Release
The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A tropical disturbance is centered about 325 miles southeast of Guam, 335 miles southeast of Rota and 380 miles south-southeast of Saipan and Tinian and has been nearly-stationary for the last 12 hours.

 
NWS latest computer guidance showed the disturbance to remain nearly-stationary through tonight then brought it on a gradual track to the northwest, nearing Guam on Wednesday. Showers, thunderstorms and gusty winds are expected to build across the Marianas on Wednesday and continue through Thursday.
 
At this time, strongest winds are expected around 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph in heavier showers and rainfall amounts between 3 and 5 inches. The worst conditions are expected for Guam and Rota, with slightly less wind and rain on Tinian and Saipan.
 
Considerable uncertainty on track and timing of passage of the disturbance remains.
 
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be traveling in these conditions.
 
Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites, especially if outdoor or marine activities are planned:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
   

Tropical Storm Warning Cancelled for Guam; GovGuam Resumes Normal Operations

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
At 2 p.m., the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, advised Tropical Storm Maria continues to move away from Guam and Rota.
 
NWS cancelled the Tropical Storm Warning for Guam, only. The Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan.
 
The following advisories are still in effect:
A flash flood watch remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan, through Friday morning. Heaviest rainfall is expected through tonight though rainfall could linger into Friday. Rainfall amounts of 4-6 inches are possible.
 
A thunderstorm advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.
 
A wind advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds from the east-northeast at 25 knots with gusts to 40 knots in showers are expected.
 
The community is advised to continue to practice caution on the roadways as rains are still expected through tomorrow. Although major roadways are passable now, motorists are cautioned to drive slowly as some debris will still be on the roads.
 
Government of Guam Resumes Normal Operations:
The Government of Guam resumed normal operations as of 1 p.m. with the exception of the Guam Community College and the University of Guam, which remain closed to students.
 
The Guam Power Authority is currently at 79% power restoration and will continue to work on full-island power restoration.
 
Northern, Mangilao and Southern Department of Public Health and Social Services locations are open and operational but limited to clinical services. Technical services will not be available due to limited services available.
 
At this time, there have been no reports of damage to critical infrastructure including, but not limited to; the Port Authority of Guam, Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Water Works, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority.
 
The Guam International Airport Authority reports that flights previously delayed are now proceeding to their destinations. Click here to view flight status.
 
There have been no reports made to 911dispatch of patients admitted to GMHA with storm related, serious injuries pre, during or post Tropical Storm Maria.
 
“We thank our whole community partners as we continue to work together with a goal of returning to normalcy,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.
 
 
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide significant updates. Visit the following sites for updated advisory information:
   
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.
 

Tropical Storm Maria Update: What’s Open & Closed Today 

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
As Tropical Storm Maria continues to move away from Guam, the Joint Information Center is providing a list of businesses and establishments that are open or closed today:
 

Government of Guam offices will open at 1 p.m. today.
 
Banks:
Bank of Guam – Closed
First Hawaiian Bank - Open
Bank Pacific - Open
Bank of Hawaii - Open
Community First – Open
 
*Note: JIC wasn’t able to reach other banking institutions. If you would like to be added to the list of updates, please contact Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense at (671) 478-0290 or 478-0208. 
 
Shopping locations:
Guam Premier Outlets will be open at 10 a.m. Ross opened at 6 a.m.
Agana Shopping Center will be open 10 a.m.
Micronesia Mall will be open 10 a.m.
Tumon Sands Plaza will be open at 10 a.m.
 
Grocery Stores:
7-Day Supermarket: Open
Pay-Less locations: Will open at 10 a.m.
San Jose Supermarket: Open
 
GDOE Summer School:
The Guam Department of Education has cancelled all summer school classes today. All GDOE 12-month employees advised to report to work at 1 p.m., in line with the rest of GovGuam.
 
University of Guam is closed today, including all classes and activities, summer camp and the English adventure program. UOG employees are asked to report to work at 1 p.m.
 
Department of Public Health and Social Services:
DPHSS, Division for Senior Services are suspended today:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Case Management
  • In-Home Services
  • Legal Assistance Services
  • Senior Center Operations
  • Transportation Services
  • Nutrition Services for Congregate
  • National Family Caregiver Support Program
  • Preventive Health
Home Delivered Meals will be delivered to clients provided the roads are passable
 
Private Clinics:
U.S. Renal Care Dialysis Centers are Open
Seventh Day Adventist Clinic is Closed. Will Open at 1 p.m.
FHP Clinic: Open
 
Patients with appointments today are advised to contact their clinic directly.
*Note: JIC wasn’t able to reach other banking institutions. If you would like to be added to the list of updates, please contact Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense at (671) 478-0290 or 478-0208. 
Guam Medical Care will be open at 1 p.m.
 
Guam National Wildlife Refuge – Closed
 
Guam Waterworks Authority
GWA hasn’t received reports of outages. If you are experiencing low to no water pressure, please call their hotline at 646-4211.
 
Stay Tuned for Updates
GHS/OCD, working with the NWS, will continue to monitor the system and provide updates. Monitor the latest advisory information through the following sites:
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or contact the GHS/OCD watch desk at (671) 478-0290.

 

The Guam International Airport Authority released the following information regarding affected flight schedules.
 July 05, 2018
Press Release

United urges customers to check the latest status of their flights at united.com or by calling United Reservations at 1-800-UNITED-1 (1-800-864-8331).
   

Notice to All Health Regulated Establishments

 July 05, 2018
Press Release
The Division of Environmental Health of the Department of Public Health and Social Services would like to remind all health-regulated establishments that in the event of a power and/or water outage, affected businesses must ensure appropriate measures are implemented in protecting their customers:

 All Food and Water Vending Establishments
  • Power must be available at all times in order to operate your business.  
  • If there is no power and/or water, the food establishment operators must cease operations. 
  • If a generator is used as an alternate power source, food establishment operators must ensure that all cold holding temperatures are maintained at or below 41o F for refrigerator units and at or below 0o F for freezer units, and all hot holding temperatures are maintained at or above 140o F.
  • Hot water must be provided at a temperature of at least 100o F for all handwashing sinks.

Schools and Child Care Establishments

Adequate lighting must be provided to promote safety and comfortable lighting environment.
Ventilation shall be adequate to provide proper circulation of needed air within a room by either windows or mechanical ventilators.  No class room shall exceed a temperature of 84o F.
If there is no power and/or water, food preparation must cease.. 
If a generator is used as an alternate power source, food operations must ensure that all cold holding temperatures are maintained at or below 41o F for refrigerator units and at or below 0o F for freezer units, and all hot holding temperatures are maintained at or above 140o F.
Hot water must be provided at a temperature of at least 100o F for all handwashing sinks.
Food Safety
  • Maintain all perishable food below 41o F or above 140o F.
  • Discard any perishable food (i.e., meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk) that has been in refrigerator or freezer at or above 41o F for 4 hours or more.
  • Frozen food that is still somewhat thawed or has ice crystals can still be refrozen, or used immediately.
  • When in doubt, throw it out.
For further information, please contact the Food Safety Program of the Division of Environmental Health at 735-7221 or via email at dphss-deh@dphss.guam.gov.

 


Tropical Storm Maria Update; Power Restoration Worked On Through the Morning

 July 05, 2018

Press Release

As previously reported, Government of Guam operations will resume at 1 p.m. today. The community is advised to remain indoors
 
GDOE Summer School:
The Guam Department of Education has cancelled all summer school classes today. All GDOE 12-month employees advised to report to work at 1 p.m., in line with the rest of GovGuam.
 
Power:
The Guam Power Authority is working on bringing online generators to restore power systems over the course of the morning. GPA advises they should have substantial load for power restoration in about 4 hours.
 
Power restoration efforts have already begun, some areas of Barrigada are coming back online. Please report power-related issues to GPA via its Facebook page or call its 24-hour Trouble Dispatch desk at 475-1472, 475-1473, or 475-1474.
 
Airlines:
Access live information for flight status by visiting www.guamairport.com/travel-information/flights.
 
Department of Public Health and Social Services:
DPHSS, Division for Senior Services are suspended today:
  • Adult Day Care
  • Case Management
  • In-Home Services
  • Legal Assistance Services