Recovery Process Speeds Ahead Assistance Tops $4.2 Million

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Release date: 
February 3, 2003
Release Number: 
1447-08

Dededo, Guam -- Federal disaster assistance continues to flow to Rota residents and businesses affected by the results of Typhoon Pongsona. Total assistance has topped the $4.2 million mark.

RECOVERY OPERATIONS

  • Housing Assistance: $1 million in housing assistance, such as rental or repair assistance, has been approved.

  • Other Needs Assistance: $1.4 million has been approved for personal property, transportation or other miscellaneous items not covered by insurance or other assistance programs.

  • U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA): $1.8 million to homeowners, renters, and businesses of all sizes has been approved. SBA loan application forms are available at the Disaster Recovery Center. SBA will not mail applications.

  • Registrations: A total of 716 applications have been received.

  • The Rota Disaster Recovery Center (DRC), located in the Northern Mariana College Public Library Complex, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To date, 836 people have visited the Center to follow up on their application and meet with other federal or Commonwealth representatives.

  • Monday, February 24 is the last day FEMA will accept disaster assistance applications from residents and business owners, who sustained damage from Typhoon Pongsona.

  • Home Inspections: A total of 632 home inspections have been approved with nine inspections pending.

  • To Register for Disaster Assistance: Individuals and business owners who suffered losses or damages during Super Typhoon Pongsona are encouraged to register by calling FEMA's toll-free number at 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing- impaired.

  • Monday, February 24 is the last day FEMA will accept disaster assistance applications from residents and business owners who sustained damage from Super Typhoon Pongsona.

  • People who have already registered but need to update their information (new telephone numbers, for example) or who have questions about the status of their application, should call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-621-3362 or TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech- or hearing- impaired. People can call Monday through Sunday from 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.

  • The local multilingual Helpline operates Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is available to all those who speak Chamorro, Tagalog, Spanish, Cantonese, and Chuukese as their first language. You can call 1-866-550-4211.
Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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