"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. In support of the President’s Major Disaster Declaration, the first federal team members are currently en route to American Samoa aboard a Coast Guard plane and will be providing support once they arrive on the island. FEMA, who has provisions pre-positioned in a distribution center in Hawaii, is also preparing to send supplies as requested to help meet the immediate needs of the survivors. We are also working to coordinate the response of the entire federal family as we work to support the government of American Samoa and meet the immediate needs of the survivors as quickly as possible. We remain in contact with the leadership of American Samoa and our federal partners and will continue to coordinate our federal response to ensure that there are no unmet needs in the territorial or in other potentially impacted regions.”
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.