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

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Incident period: May 19, 2003 to May 21, 2003
Major Disaster Declaration declared on June 06, 2003


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.

Financial Assistance

Individual Assistance - Dollars Approved

Individuals & Household Program (IHP): Provides money and services to people in Presidentially declared disaster areas.

Housing Assistance (HA): Provides assistance for disaster-related housing needs.

Other Needs Assistance (ONA): Provides assistance for other disaster-related needs, such as furnishings, transportation, and medical.

Total Individual Assistance (IA) - Applications Approved: Total Individual & Households Program - Dollars Approved* Total Housing Assistance - Dollars Approved* Total Other Needs Assistance - Dollars Approved*
Total Amount 4,499 $9,679,012.66 $4,961,914.50 $4,717,098.16
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 02:15 (Updated daily)

Public Assistance - Dollars Approved

Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance available for communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Emergency Work (Categories A-B): Work that must be performed to reduce or eliminate an immediate threat to life, protect public health and safety, and to protect improved property that is significantly threatened due to disasters or emergencies declared by the President

Permanent Work (Categories C-G): Work that is required to restore a damaged facility, through repair or restoration, to its pre-disaster design, function, and capacity in accordance with applicable codes and standards

*Dollars Approved: Assistance dollars approved but not necessarily disbursed.

*Dollars Obligated: Funds made available to the State via electronic transfer following FEMA's final review and approval of Public Assistance projects.

Total Public Assistance Grants - Dollars Obligated* Emergency Work (Categories A-B) - Dollars Obligated* Permanent Work (Categories C-G) - Dollars Obligated*
Total Amount $1,509,996.41 $144,601.10 $1,291,674.65
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 08:25 (Updated daily)

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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.