American Samoa Heavy Rainfall, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides (DR-1473)

Incident period: May 19, 2003 to May 21, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 6, 2003

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

October 16, 2003
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- The American Samoa Government and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Helpline is now available to applicants by calling (800) 621-3362. Speech and hearing impaired individuals may call TTY (800) 462-7585. Effective Oct. 17, 2003, the local toll-free transfer number will no longer be available.
July 22, 2003
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- The Lieutenant Governor's Office of the Territory of American Samoa and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today issued a reminder that federal assistance is available only to those whose homes were made unsafe by the mud slide disaster of May 19-21.
July 21, 2003
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises that young children may be fearful when they do not understand what is happening around them. The sudden and unexpected nature of terrorism and disaster can cause high anxiety and even panic for them.
July 20, 2003
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advocates that persons living in American Samoa develop a household disaster plan to prepare for a potential emergency. The first step is to check with the Territory Emergency Management Coordinating Office (699-6481) or the American Red Cross chapter (699-6011) to learn which natural disasters might occur in your community.
July 11, 2003
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- Substantial federal financial assistance is available to help American Samoan local governments, communal villages and some non-profits deal with the extraordinary costs associated with the flash floods and severe mudslides of May 19-21. These funds are available as a result of President Bush's June 6, 2003, disaster declaration, which was requested by Governor Togiola Tulafono.
July 10, 2003
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- The American Samoa Government (ASG) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have announced that representatives at the Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Lee Auditorium, are now available to supply information, answer questions and provide status checks on registrations. The Helpline, 633-3036, also remains available for questions and checking the status of registrations.

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Photo of debris left from flooding.Photo of a flooded street.
Flooding in the Pago Pago area. Photo by Evelyn Stevens of TEMCO.Across from the downtown marketplace in downtown Pago Pago. For Chrystal Burger restaurant (pink building). The backside of the structure was crushed by a slide from the cliff in the rear. Photo by Evelyn Stevens of TEMCO.


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