Collection: American Samoa Relief Efforts

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American Samoa Earthquake, Tsunami, and Flooding (DR-1859) 09/29/2009
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September 20, 2013
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  • Kenneth Tingman, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster response and recovery efforts in American Samoa, discusses the operational objectives for the upcoming week.

    Operational Objectives for Upcoming Week in American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Kenneth Tingman, FEMA's Federal Coordinating Officer for the disaster response and recovery efforts in American Samoa, discusses the operational objectives for the upcoming week.
  • Administrator Fugate provides a short update on FEMA activities in response to the Tsunami that struck American Samoa.

    Administrator Fugate on the Tsunami - September 30

    Video by Aaron Skolnik
    Administrator Fugate provides a short update on FEMA activities in response to the Tsunami that struck American Samoa.
  • B-roll from American Samoa demonstrating the power restoration mission.

    American Samoa Power Restoration B-roll

    Video by Casey Deshong
    B-roll from American Samoa demonstrating the power restoration mission.
  • FEMA generators continue to arrive in American Samoa to support the power restoration mission.  The FEMA generators featured in this video will go to power critical facilities.

    FEMA Generators Arriving in American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    FEMA generators continue to arrive in American Samoa to support the power restoration mission. The FEMA generators featured in this video will go to power critical facilities.
  • This is an update on the FEMA response and recovery efforts in American Samoa by Ken Tingman, Federal Coordinating Officer.

    FCO Update on FEMA Response in American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    This is an update on the FEMA response and recovery efforts in American Samoa by Ken Tingman, Federal Coordinating Officer.
  • American Samoa Governor, Togiola T.A. Tulafono, provides an update on the FEMA response and recovery efforts in American Samoa.

    American Samoa Governor Provides Update on FEMA Response and Recovery Efforts

    Video by Casey Deshong
    American Samoa Governor, Togiola T.A. Tulafono, provides an update on the FEMA response and recovery efforts in American Samoa.
  • Capt. Michael Bryce, U.S. Public Health Service, discusses the role of Disaster Medical Assistance Teams in support of FEMA's response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster in American Samoa.

    Role of Disaster Medical Assistance Teams in American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Capt. Michael Bryce, U.S. Public Health Service, discusses the role of Disaster Medical Assistance Teams in support of FEMA's response to the earthquake and tsunami disaster in American Samoa.
  • A compilation showing supplies bound for American Samoa being loaded at FEMA's Fort Worth logistics center.

    Supplies for American Samoa Relief

    Video by Aaron Skolnik
    A compilation showing supplies bound for American Samoa being loaded at FEMA's Fort Worth logistics center.
  • One week after a tsunami hit American Somoa, Governor Togiola Tulafono and Kenneth Tingman, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer discuss the recovery actions that have occurred during that period.

    One Week After the Tsunami

    Video by Casey Deshong
    One week after a tsunami hit American Somoa, Governor Togiola Tulafono and Kenneth Tingman, FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer discuss the recovery actions that have occurred during that period.
  • Today, FEMA officials met with village mayors and town leaders in American Samoa to explain how FEMA's Individual Assistance program will be administered.  After the meeting several mayors spoke on how the tsunani impacted their village.

    FEMA Meeting with American Samoa Village Mayors and Leaders

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Today, FEMA officials met with village mayors and town leaders in American Samoa to explain how FEMA's Individual Assistance program will be administered. After the meeting several mayors spoke on how the tsunani impacted their village.
  • Captain Michael Bryce, U.S. Public Health Service, and Toby Clairmont, Team Commander, Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, describe a medical evacuation of an infant from American Samoa using a cargo plane that was used to bring in disaster supplies.

    DMAT Evacuation of Infant from American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Captain Michael Bryce, U.S. Public Health Service, and Toby Clairmont, Team Commander, Hawaii Disaster Medical Assistance Team, describe a medical evacuation of an infant from American Samoa using a cargo plane that was used to bring in disaster supplies.
  • Major John Adams, Company Commander, U.S. Army, describes how FEMA short-term housing packages and commodities are provided to American Samoans impacted by the earthquake and tsunami.

    FEMA Distributes Short-term Housing Packages to American Samoans

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Major John Adams, Company Commander, U.S. Army, describes how FEMA short-term housing packages and commodities are provided to American Samoans impacted by the earthquake and tsunami.
  • Casey De Shong, External Affairs Specialist, provides a tour of the recently opened Disaster Recovery Center in Utulei, American Samoa.

    Tour of Disaster Recovery Center in American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Casey De Shong, External Affairs Specialist, provides a tour of the recently opened Disaster Recovery Center in Utulei, American Samoa.
  • Kenneth Tingman, Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA in American Samoa, summarizes the recovery status since the South Pacific Islands were ravaged by both an earthquake and tsunami.

    End of Week Update in American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Kenneth Tingman, Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA in American Samoa, summarizes the recovery status since the South Pacific Islands were ravaged by both an earthquake and tsunami.
  • Gerard Stolar, Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA in American Samoa, discuss how disaster response supplies are meeting the needs of the citizens.

    Disaster Supplies Are Meeting the Need in American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    Gerard Stolar, Deputy Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA in American Samoa, discuss how disaster response supplies are meeting the needs of the citizens.
  • As the earthquake and tsunami disaster in American Samoa transitions into recovery,the Department of Defense (DOD) assets used during the response are being demobilized.  

Col. Jay George, Defense Coordinating Officer, and Kenneth Tingman, Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA, summarize the DOD support to FEMA during the earthquake and tsunami 
operation.

    Department of Defense Assets Demobilize From American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    As the earthquake and tsunami disaster in American Samoa transitions into recovery,the Department of Defense (DOD) assets used during the response are being demobilized. Col. Jay George, Defense Coordinating Officer, and Kenneth Tingman, Federal Coordinating Officer for FEMA, summarize the DOD support to FEMA during the earthquake and tsunami operation.
  • As part of its mission to restore electrical power in American Samoa, FEMA flew in generators using cargo planes.  On one mission, FEMA used an Antonov 225 cargo plane.  It is the world's largest fixed wing aircraft.Mark Ackerman, FEMA  Staging Area Group Supervisor, explains the logistical considerations that went into using this cargo plane.

    Antonov Cargo Plane Delivers Generators to American Samoa

    Video by Casey Deshong
    As part of its mission to restore electrical power in American Samoa, FEMA flew in generators using cargo planes. On one mission, FEMA used an Antonov 225 cargo plane. It is the world's largest fixed wing aircraft.Mark Ackerman, FEMA Staging Area Group Supervisor, explains the logistical considerations that went into using this cargo plane.
  • Kenneth R. Tingman, federal coordinating officer for the earthquake, tsunami and flooding disaster in American Samoa starting Sept. 29, 2009, describes the recovery progress made in three weeks by FEMA, its federal partners and the American Samoa Government. Major topics are debris removal, HAZMAT removal, registration and financial assistance for disaster survivors, installation of generators to restore electrical power and immediate sheltering provisions now being followed-up with planning for mid-term and long-term housing solutions.

    FCO Update 10-20-09 American Samoa

    Video by Richard O'Reilly
    Kenneth R. Tingman, federal coordinating officer for the earthquake, tsunami and flooding disaster in American Samoa starting Sept. 29, 2009, describes the recovery progress made in three weeks by FEMA, its federal partners and the American Samoa Government. Major topics are debris removal, HAZMAT removal, registration and financial assistance for disaster survivors, installation of generators to restore electrical power and immediate sheltering provisions now being followed-up with planning for mid-term and long-term housing solutions.
  • The first stage of power restoration in American Samoa has been completed and rolling blackouts in the Pago Pago area have ended. Addition of a second large generator and a larger transformer at one location, plus installation of a larger transformer to match the capacity of an existing larger generator at another location did the job. However, the island still has only one operating power plant. Replacement of the other plant, inundated by the tsunami on Sept. 29, 2009, is estimated to take two years.

    Power Restored in American Samoa

    Video by Richard O'Reilly
    The first stage of power restoration in American Samoa has been completed and rolling blackouts in the Pago Pago area have ended. Addition of a second large generator and a larger transformer at one location, plus installation of a larger transformer to match the capacity of an existing larger generator at another location did the job. However, the island still has only one operating power plant. Replacement of the other plant, inundated by the tsunami on Sept. 29, 2009, is estimated to take two years.
  • FEMA assigned the U.S. Coast Guard to the task of removing hazardous material that was washed into Pago Pago Harbor by the tsunami of September 29. The debris included vehicles, which threaten pollution from their gasoline, oil, battery acid, anti-freeze and other fluids. The Coast Guard contracted with Pacific Environmental Corp. (PENCO) to do the work. PENCO sent divers and it's 100-foot dive tender "American Islander" from Hawaii. The mission was completed in about three weeks under Coast Guard supervision.

    Hazmat Recovery in Pago Pago Harbor - video3

    Video by Richard O'Reilly
    FEMA assigned the U.S. Coast Guard to the task of removing hazardous material that was washed into Pago Pago Harbor by the tsunami of September 29. The debris included vehicles, which threaten pollution from their gasoline, oil, battery acid, anti-freeze and other fluids. The Coast Guard contracted with Pacific Environmental Corp. (PENCO) to do the work. PENCO sent divers and it's 100-foot dive tender "American Islander" from Hawaii. The mission was completed in about three weeks under Coast Guard supervision.

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