OAKLAND, CALIF. - The Territory of Guam and affected local government agencies are eligible for federal disaster assistance in recovering from Tropical Storm Tingting, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
President George W. Bush issued a major disaster declaration for the territory on July 29. Based on that declaration, the territory and local government agencies can apply for reimbursement of eligible costs for debris removal, emergency services, and the restoration of public facilities damaged during the storm.
"The availability of these funds is a positive step in helping Guam recover from Tingting," said William Lokey of FEMA, the federal coordinating officer. "We are making every effort to expedite the process."
Funding through FEMA's Public Assistance Program will pay 75 percent of approved costs for infrastructure damages from high winds, flooding and mudslides brought by the storm, which battered Guam from June 26 through June 29.
A series of briefings to explain to potential applicants the procedures involved in requesting assistance will be announced in the near future.
Federal money also will be available to the territory on a cost-shared basis under FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for projects aimed at lessening the risk of future disasters.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.