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Guam Super Typhoon Pongsona (DR-1446)

Incident period: December 08, 2002 to December 16, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 08, 2002


March 25, 2003 - News Release

Preamble: When disaster strikes a community, everyone turns to television and radio for immediate news. As soon as the first newspaper coverage hits the streets, people grab copies to find out what's happened, what happens next, and where to go for help. But when a natural disaster strikes the news outlets-knocking out power, toppling buildings, blocking road and bridges-the media become disaster victims as well.

March 25, 2003 - News Release

» Disaster Preparedness Tips From The Pacific Daily News When disaster strikes, news outlets sometimes escape unscathed. Sometimes they don't. But when the media become disaster victims, the public loses its source of emergency information. Fortunately for those living on Guam, the news media there has learned the lessons of previous typhoons. They know that preparedness pays off?for everyone.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 20,699 $125,463,060.64 $43,407,641.42 $82,055,419.22
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 05:11 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $56,986,504.09 $12,598,628.00 $42,212,978.84
Last Updated: Friday, April 29, 2016 - 06:27 (Updated daily)