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

Incident period: September 29, 2009 to October 06, 2009
Major Disaster Declaration declared on September 29, 2009


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 -- 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.

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 4,429 $22,780,503.01 $18,259,342.00 $4,521,161.01
Last Updated: Friday, June 24, 2016 - 02:04 (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 $85,886,988.81 $33,299,833.17 $51,247,783.97
Last Updated: Friday, June 24, 2016 - 08:07 (Updated daily)

Related Links

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


» 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)