Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Super Typhoon Pongsona (DR-1447)

Incident period: December 8, 2002 to December 16, 2002
Major Disaster Declaration declared on December 11, 2002

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

April 3, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Disaster relief and assistance to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands following Typhoon Pongsona has climbed to $17.4 million since President George W. Bush declared the area eligible for federal disaster aid on December 11. Pongsona struck on December 8, 2002, leaving behind one of the costliest disasters to hit Micronesia in decades.
March 18, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- In the first 100 days following Typhoon Pongsona, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and many other federal agencies provided more than $12.1 million in disaster relief and assistance in Rota. Pongsona struck the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands on December 8, 2002. Since December 11, when President Bush declared the storm's effects on Rota a federal disaster, $12.1 million in assistance has been provided to individuals, businesses and public entities on Rota who suffered losses as a result of the typhoon.
March 14, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- FEMA Director and Acting Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael D. Brown, has announced that President George W. Bush signed documents amending the August 6, 2002 and the December 11, 2002 disaster declarations for the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, increasing the federal cost-share from the previous 75 percent to 90 percent. The authorization was based on special conditions and documentation, which warranted the adjustment of Federal funds.
February 22, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Disaster assistance to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands for damages from Super Typhoon Pongsona is nearing the $10 million dollar mark, according to figures released today by disaster officials.
February 20, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have scheduled two Applicant Briefings for local officials and private non-profit agencies in Saipan and Tinian to provide information about the Public Assistance Program. Officials will explain the application procedures for federal aid. The briefings will be conducted at the following locations: Thursday, February 27, 20039 a.m.Mayor's Conference RoomTinian
February 18, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Residents and businesses on Rota have just one more week to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. The CNMI/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Rota will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2003. The closing will coincide with the February 24 application deadline for residents and business owners to apply for assistance, according to disaster officials. The DRC, located at the following location, will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, February 22, from 9 a .m. to 1 p.m.:

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