American Samoa High Winds, High Surf and Heavy Rainfall Associated With Tropical Cyclone Heta (DR-1506)

Incident period: January 2, 2004 to January 6, 2004
Major Disaster Declaration declared on January 13, 2004

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 26, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides this final update of federal disaster recovery assistance and services as a result of Cyclone Heta.
March 24, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - To date, approximately $800,000 in federal disaster assistance has been approved to help the American Samoa Government (ASG) in its recovery from January's Cyclone Heta disaster. The money has been obligated under the Public Assistance Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be provided as reimbursement for 75% of the costs incurred by the territorial government because of Heta. The final federal share is expected to reach $9 million, once all eligible projects that ASG has submitted for funding have been approved.
March 19, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa –-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides the following update of federal disaster recovery assistance given so far as a result of Cyclone Heta:
March 16, 2004
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- While American Samoa recovers from the physical damage wrought by Cyclone Heta, disaster recovery teams continue to assess lingering mental-health needs among villagers, through a grant of more than $112,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its Crisis Counseling Assistance Program. Bilingual teams are conducting outreach to Heta-impacted villages in an effort to identify where there is a need for screening, diagnosis and counseling as a result of the disaster.
March 12, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides the following update of federal disaster recovery assistance given to date in American Samoa in the wake of Cyclone Heta:
March 8, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Eligible residents and business owners of Tutuila and Manu’a Islands seeking help for severe damages or losses directly caused by January’s Cyclone Heta must register with the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) by Saturday, March 20, 2004. “Most people who are eligible to apply for help have already registered,” said FEMA’s Thomas J. Costello, federal coordinating officer. “For those rare few who have not yet done so, it’s necessary to make an appointment to register.”

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