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

January 22, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- Residents of the village of Nu’uuli may come into the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium in Pago Pago, on Saturday, January 24 after 9:00 am to make an appointment to register beginning Monday.
January 22, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- A FEMA Disaster Information Helpline has been established for persons who have been affected by Cyclone Heta and need information on the status of their applications for aid. Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Government of American Samoa are encouraging individuals who have already registered at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) and have questions about their registration to call the Helpline. The number is 633-3036 and is in operation Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.
January 20, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium in Pago Pago, opened today, Thursday, January 22. Registrations are being taken by village according to the severity of the damages. Individuals are asked to make an appointment to register when their village is scheduled. Registrations will only be accepted when the registrant’s particular area or village is scheduled. Residents of the village of Pago Pago can schedule appointments to register now.
January 20, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- Now that a presidential disaster declaration for individual assistance has been issued for American Samoa, a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) will open Thursday, January 22 at 8:00 am. The DRC will be located at the Governor Rex Lee Auditorium. Registrations will be taken by village according to the severity of the damages. Individuals will be asked to make an appointment to register when their village is scheduled. Registrations will only be accepted when the registrant’s particular area or village is scheduled.
January 19, 2004
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- Substantial federal financial assistance is available to help American Samoa communities and villages deal with the extraordinary costs associated with Cyclone Heta of January 2-6. These funds are available as a result of President Bush’s January 15, disaster declaration and the January 20 amendment, which were requested by Governor Togiola Tulafono.
January 13, 2004
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that federal disaster funds have been made available for American Samoa to supplement emergency response efforts on the island of Tutuila struck by heavy rains and high winds and surf spawned by Tropical Cyclone Heta.

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