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 22, 2002
News Release
Dededo, GUAM -- In recognition of the Christmas holiday on the U.S mainland, FEMA's teleregistration office for applying for federal disaster assistance will be closed on December 26, Guam time.
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.
December 20, 2002
News Release
Dededo, GUAM -- The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that President George W. Bush has expanded disaster assistance for Guam. In addition to assistance for infrastructure restoration already announced on Dec. 8, help is now available to eligible individuals, households or business owners who have suffered damage or losses caused by Super Typhoon Pongsana. This can help get people started back on the road to recovery.
December 16, 2002
News Release
Dededo, GUAM -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinates disaster relief efforts of 27 federal departments and agencies, including the American Red Cross. The following is a summary of several of the latest federal response activities:
December 13, 2002
News Release
Oakland, CA -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) coordinates the work of 27 federal agencies, including the American Red Cross, that participate in disaster-recovery operations. The following is a summary of key federal activities following the devastation caused by Supertyphoon Pongsana:
December 10, 2002
News Release
Oakland, CA -- Following massive damages to Guam from Super Typhoon Pongsona on December 8, President Bush declared a major disaster clearing the way for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to supplement territorial and local response efforts. Guam has sustained heavy damages to its ports, power, water, police and fire departments, and hospital facilities. The entire island is without power, and 3,500 people are in shelters. The American Red Cross has identified more than 2,000 homes destroyed, although several more villages still need to be inspected.

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