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

February 8, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Federal disaster assistance continues to flow to Rota residents and businesses affected by Typhoon Pongsona. Total assistance has topped the $6.8 million mark. RECOVERY OPERATIONS
February 7, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Public Assistance has been approved for Saipan and Tinian to help local governments recover from the effects of Typhoon Pongsona which struck the islands on December 8, the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today. FEMA Director Joe M. Allbaugh said Public Assistance was approved based upon initial damage assessments gathered by federal, CNMI and local officials.
February 3, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Federal disaster assistance continues to flow to Rota residents and businesses affected by the results of Typhoon Pongsona. Total assistance has topped the $4.2 million mark. RECOVERY OPERATIONS
January 24, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Monday, February 24 is the last day FEMA will accept disaster assistance applications from residents and business owners in Rota who sustained damage from Typhoon Pongsona. "We want people on Rota to understand that this is merely an application deadline," said Bill Carwile, federal coordinating officer. "For people who have already applied, their cases will continue to be processed, but we will not be accepting any new applications after February 24."
January 2, 2003
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- Super Typhoon Pongsona applicants on Rota who have registered for disaster assistance can expect a visit from a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) inspector and/or a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) inspector, or both.
December 27, 2002
News Release
Dededo, Guam -- A CNMI/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open in Rota, December 28 to help those who suffered damage from Super Typhoon Pongsona, disaster officials announced today. The Center will open at the following location. Northern Mariana College Public Library Complex Rota, MP 96951

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