Guam Super Typhoon Pongsona (DR-1446)

Incident period: December 8, 2002 to December 16, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 8, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

January 14, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would like to remind those individuals and businesses that applied for federal disaster assistance after Typhoon Chata'an last summer that they will need to reapply for assistance if they were also affected by Super Typhoon Pongsona in December. "We know a number of people hit by Chata'an suffered increased losses after Pongsona," said Federal Coordinating Officer, David Fukutomi. "It is essential that they call our toll-free number again to register for any additional assistance for which they may qualify."
January 14, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Information on the status for disaster assistance for those who have already applied is just a phone call away. Individuals and businesses that suffered damages from Super Typhoon Pongsona are reminded that they can call the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Helpline (1-800-621-3362 or for speech- or hearing- impaired TTY 1-800-462-7585) to update information or get more information on available assistance. The number is a available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
January 14, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Workers on Guam who are unemployed because of Super Typhoon Pongsona, which struck the island on December 8, have until January 21 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The DUA program covers agricultural and hourly-paid workers, salaried employees, the self-employed and other categories of workers.
January 8, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials today announced that disaster assistance in the few weeks following Super Typhoon Pongsona has surpassed the total disaster assistance provided under Individual Assistance Programs during Typhoon Paka in 1997. David Fukutomi, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer said, "We have registered and assisted more disaster victims, in less time, than in any previous disaster in Guam's history. This includes the number of applications received and the amount of financial assistance provided."
January 8, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and government of Guam disaster officials announced several changes in the operations of the local Helpline and the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs).
January 7, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- In the month since Super Typhoon Pongsona spent its fury for hours over Guam on December 8, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies (OFAs) have responded to the needs of individuals, businesses and public entities with unprecedented speed. Super Typhoon Pongsona has been rated as the most powerful, damaging, and therefore most costly typhoon in the history of Guam.

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