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
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
FEMA/Territory Work To Restore Infrastructure Damaged During September 29, 2009 Earthquake, Tsunami, And Flooding
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
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.
February 12, 2010
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.
January 16, 2010
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
Pago Pago, AS – With the concurrence of the American Samoa Government, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will close the Disaster Service Center at the Convention Center in Utulei on Saturday, Jan. 16th at Noon. The American Samoa Helpline will remain open from Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will be CLOSED Saturdays. The projected closure of the American Samoa Helpline is currently Friday, Jan. 29th.
How to Apply for Assistance
Preliminary Damage Assessment
- American Samoa, FEMA-1859-DR (PDF 25KB)