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

October 2, 2009
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today updated information on the continued efforts of federal support to American Samoa. FEMA and our federal partners continue to work closely with Governor Tulafono to respond in areas of American Samoa impacted by Tuesday's tsunami. The information below represents the movement of supplies into the island territory in the aftermath of the tsunami. The information is current as of 4:00 p.m. EDT.
October 1, 2009
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is continuing the coordination of federal response efforts to the U.S. Territory of the American Samoa following Tuesday's Pacific Ocean earthquake, tsunami, and flooding affecting the territory. On Tuesday, the president declared a major disaster for American Samoa and ordered federal aid to supplement the territorial and local recovery efforts. The president's action makes federal funding available to individuals and communities impacted by the disaster. 
October 1, 2009
News Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today updated information on the continuation of federal support to American Samoa. FEMA and its federal partners continue to work closely with Governor Tulafono to respond in areas of American Samoa impacted by the tsunami. The information below represents the movement of supplies into the island territory in the aftermath of Tuesday's tsunami. The information is accurate as of 1:30 p.m. EDT. For updates please contact the FEMA News Desk.
September 30, 2009
News Release
(Source: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/aq.html) Governor: Governor Togiola Tulafono Capital: Name: Pago Pago Time difference: UTC-11 (6 hours behind Washington, DC during Standard Time) Population:
September 30, 2009
News Release
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) today announced additional federal support en route to American Samoa by air. The flights below represent the first legs in an “air bridge” being established to ferry supplies into the island territory in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s tsunami. Flights will continue for the foreseeable future in order to respond to the needs of the survivors on the ground.
September 30, 2009
News Release
"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people that have been impacted by this event, and we will continue working as a team with our territory and federal partners to respond to yesterday’s tsunami in the Pacific Ocean.  Our National Response Coordination Center, as well as our Regional Response Coordination Center in Region IX, are currently operating around the clock and FEMA has deployed an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) as well as a Planning and Response Team (PRT) to American Samoa to provide direct support and on the ground response.

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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)
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