FEMA Continues Response Efforts In American Samoa

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Release date: 
October 2, 2009
Release Number: 
HQ-09-119

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.

A team of over 245 federal responders from FEMA, Coast Guard, HHS, Department of Defense, EPA, FAA, and other federal agencies is on the ground in American Samoa. These personnel comprise the immediate response force, including Incident Management Assessment Teams, Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, and Public Health Assistance Teams. 

FEMA, with the support of its federal partners has also deployed critical supplies and equipment to help meet the immediate needs of the survivors, including more than 20,000 meals, 13,000 liters of water, over 1,500 blankets, over 800 tents, and hundreds of cots have been delivered in support of the territory's mass care operations. Generators and medical supplies are also on the ground.

Additional information can be found below:

C-130 Flights: Two United States Coast Guard C-130 flights arrived in American Samoa. These flights carried key federal responders including the Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT) and Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and response team supplies for seven days.

C-17 National Guard Flights: Five National Guard C-17 cargo flights have arrived in American Samoa carrying response and recovery personnel, vehicles, hazmat materials, trailers, communications equipment, cots, blankets, generators, food and water.

USS Ingraham: The United States Navy frigate arrived in American Samoa with food, water, commodities and two Seahawk helicopters available for search and recovery operations.

FEMA continues to coordinate with our federal partners, providing the following efforts to the region:

U.S. Coast Guard (USCG): Port assessments report no significant pollution and no obstructions to commercial traffic. All commercial waterfront facilities are operational with the exception of one pier used by the Container Yard for Harbor Tugs, which has been condemned; no anticipated impacts to harbor operations. The Navigation Team has completed the assessment of water navigation aids for American Samoa and the surrounding islands; all aids are intact and considered ready to support day and night operations. 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Disaster Medical Assistance Teams are providing medical support to survivors; a public health official has been deployed along with other support staff including public health experts; providing medical and pharmaceutical equipment and supplies.

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI): DOI's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has deployed a representative to the FEMA NRCC. The Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance is also sending representatives to the NRCC as needed, for response and recovery planning.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): Analysts at the USGS National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) are providing a range of rapid earthquake information products to support emergency response and relief operations. USGS will also be sending a team of scientists to American Samoa to conduct a post-tsunami investigation. USGS has activated the International Charter for Space and Major Disasters for both the Samoa and Sumatra earthquakes to coordinate the collection and dissemination of imagery an...

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July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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