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

December 28, 2002
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made more than $18 million available in Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to residents of Guam who are unemployed because of Super Typhoon Pongsona, which struck the island on December 8. The DUA program covers agricultural and hourly-paid workers, salaried employees, the self-employed and other categories of workers.
December 27, 2002
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Guam's medical community and those seeking medical attention following Super Typhoon Pongsona received help from two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs) from California and Ohio. Coordinated and funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) the DMAT teams arrived in Guam December 15 and immediately set up two clinics, one in Agat Community Center and one at the Micronesia Mall. Even though the clinic was not technically open, nearly 50 patients were seen that first day.
December 26, 2002
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Disaster officials announced that a Guam/FEMA local Helpline is now available for individuals who have already registered through the FEMA 800 teleregistration number. The Guam Helpline has been established to assist individuals, for whom English may be their second language, with questions pertaining to their disaster application. The number to call is 633-9820. Assistance is available in four languages: English, Chamorro, Chuukese, and Tagalog. Hours of operation are: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
December 25, 2002
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Super Typhoon Pongsona victims who have registered for federal/local disaster assistance can expect a visit from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspector or a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) inspector, or both. Inspections are mandatory. Before any application can be completed and approved, the location must be inspected. Inspectors verify the nature and extent of the damage suffered by those who have applied for federal disaster assistance. This includes inspections for FEMA housing assistance or SBA low-interest disaster-assistance loans.
December 23, 2002
News Release
Dededo, GUAM -- Starting Thursday, December 26, FEMA and SBA staff along with GovGuam agencies will be available at the Disaster Recovery Centers. Here is important information for people planning to visit one of the centers.
December 22, 2002
News Release
Dededo, GUAM -- As the holiday season approaches, most people's thoughts turn to family gatherings. But most Guam residents affected by Super Typhoon Pongsona have been left scrambling to put their lives back together. The typhoon that struck Guam December 8 left countless island residents without a home. Many lost a lifetime's possessions as the storm roared across the island.

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