American Samoa Earthquake, Tsunami, and Flooding (DR-1859)

Incident period: September 29, 2009 to October 6, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 29, 2009

Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases

March 17, 2010
News Release
Pago Pago, AS --  In the six months since an earthquake and tsunami struck American Samoa and caused extensive damage and loss of life, federal assistance has topped $33 million. Another $107 million is in the pipeline for later distribution. The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the American Samoa Government (ASG) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), launched recovery efforts within a day of the disastrous tsunami, which killed 32 people and left two missing
February 17, 2010
News Release
PAGO PAGO, AS -- After a federally declared disaster, funding for the repair or rebuilding of damaged public infrastructure is a critical part of the recovery process. Accordingly, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through its Public Assistance (PA) Program, will reimburse the Territory of American Samoa for 90% of the eligible cost for emergency measures and permanent restoration.
February 12, 2010
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- After a federally declared disaster, like the earthquake, tsunami and flooding of September 29, 2009, getting funds to repair or rebuild damaged public infrastructure is a critical part of the response and recovery process.
February 12, 2010
News Release
PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA -- On September 29, 2009 President Obama approved Governor Togiola Tulafono’s request for a major disaster declaration for the Territory of American Samoa in response to the earthquake, tsunami, and flooding that devastated much of the island on that date.
January 16, 2010
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barack Obama today made additional disaster assistance available to the Territory of American Samoa by authorizing an increase in the level of federal funding for Public Assistance, including direct federal assistance; Hazard Mitigation; and the Other Needs Assistance portion of the Individual Assistance Program.
January 12, 2010
News Release
Pago Pago, AS -- FEMA has been in the forefront of government agencies in adapting its communication efforts to include social media and the next generation of online tools.

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How to Apply for Assistance

» Apply Online
» Call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)/
1-800-462-7585 (TTY)

» What is Disaster Assistance
» Individual Assistance
» Hazard Mitigation

Multimedia

» US Coast Guard Video: Reps from the
Coast Guard & FEMA enroute to Samoa.
» US Coast Guard Video: Delivering aid
and assessing damage in Pago, Pago.


Biography: Kenneth R. Tingman, Federal Coordinating Officer

Preliminary Damage Assessment

  • American Samoa, FEMA-1859-DR (PDF 25KB)
State/Tribal Government: 
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