Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense, FEMA and the Village of Mangilao, will close the Disaster Recovery Center at Guam Community College, but help is still available. The following Disaster Recovery Center at the Guam Community College will cease operations at the close of business at 5 p.m. today, Aug 16, 2023.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Typhoon Mawar debris mission continues to make its way through villages throughout Guam, conducting separation and pickup of Mawar related debris from residential properties.
Once Typhoon Mawar survivors register for assistance, FEMA is required to verify losses to determine if they are eligible for the disaster assistance. FEMA’s standard loss verification method is an on-site inspection by a FEMA inspector.
As an ongoing commitment to support Guam residents on their recovery journey following Typhoon Mawar, FEMA Mitigation specialists continue to offer free tips and advice on how to rebuild stronger and safer against storms at several stores in Guam. FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance staff will also be on-site to help with registration status check or application appeal.
While the application period for federal assistance has ended, federal assistance continues to make its way into the hands of Guam survivors of Typhoon Mawar. To date, more than $201 million in low interest disaster loans from the SBA and direct disaster assistance through FEMA have flowed into communities to help jumpstart the recovery process.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Typhoon Mawar debris mission for public schools has already completed debris removal from 41 schools across the island. USACE has completed this mission well ahead of their projected Aug. 8 completion date.
X Flooding is a temporary overflowing of water onto land that is normally dry. Flooding may happen with only a few inches of water, or it may cover a house to the rooftop. There are many possible causes of floods including heavy rain, coastal storms and storm surge, waterway overflow from being blocked with debris, or overflow of levees, dams, or waste water systems. Flooding can occur slowly over many days or happen very quickly with little or no warning, called flash floods.
Typhoons/Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from typhoons/hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, and rip currents.
“Hurricanes” form in the Atlantic Northeast Pacific region and “Typhoons” form in the Northwest Pacific Region. These large storms are call cyclones in other parts of the world.
X Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. Hazards can occur during production, storage, transportation, use, or disposal. You and your community are at risk if a chemical is used unsafely or released in harmful amounts in the environement where you live, work or play.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Definition of Terrorism
Under Section 2 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002:
The term ‘‘terrorism’’ means any activity that— (A) involves an act that— (i) is dangerous to human life or potentially destructive of critical infrastructure or key resources; and (ii) is a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State or other subdivision of the United States; and (B) appears to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping.
X Tsunamis, also known as seismic waves (mistakenly called “tidal waves”), are a series of enormous waves created by an underwater disturbance such as an earthquake, landslide, volcanic eruption, or meteorite. Earthquake-induced movement of the ocean floor most often generate tsunamis. If a major earthquake or landslide occurs close to shore, the first wave in a series could reach the beach in a few minutes, even before a warning is issued.