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

November 14, 2009
News Release
UTULEI, AMERICAN SAMOA -- Free legal assistance is being offered to low income victims of the September 29, 2009 earthquake and tsunami.  These services will be provided through outreach clinics and a telephone hotline as part of a partnership between the American Samoa Bar Association (“ASBA”), the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (“ABA YLD”) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”). 
November 10, 2009
News Release
Pago Pago, AS -- In less than 20 days, the final day to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and to turn in a completed U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) loan application will be here. FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer Kenneth R. Tingman said the deadline for American Samoa residents to apply for disaster assistance and return a completed SBA loan application for damages or losses caused by the earthquake, tsunami and flooding is at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009.
November 7, 2009
News Release
PAGO PAGO, AS -- To date, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released $9.5 million in disaster grants for people affected by the earthquake, tsunami and flood that hit the island on Sept. 29, 2009.  Upon distribution of funds, every recipient receives a letter that provides important information about the grant and outlines how the money should be spent.  People receiving financial assistance through a disaster grant are advised to use their money wisely.
November 3, 2009
News Release
Disaster Recovery Center News Who:  Families from the villages of Paggi and Faga’itua affected by the September 29th Earthquake, Tsunami and Flooding  What:      Appointments to access disaster related recovery services When:           Tuesday, November 3, 2009                       8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Where:          Lee Auditorium, Utulei
October 29, 2009
News Release
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- Thirty days after a major disaster declaration in response to the devastating earthquake, tsunami and flooding that struck American Samoa, the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to support the American Samoa government (ASG) and its people.
October 26, 2009
News Release
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- American Samoans who suffered damages or losses from the September 29 Earthquake, Tsunami and Flooding and received a loan application from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are urged to complete and return the application. Doing so will ensure the applicants are considered for the full range of disaster assistance that may be available to them.


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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


» 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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