PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners continue to support American Samoa Governor Togiola Tulafono, Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, and local leadership as the cleanup and recovery efforts in the territory continue. On Thursday, the Disaster Recovery Center opened its doors in American Samoa, serving 130 families in its first afternoon.
"As relief supplies and equipment continue to arrive, I want to commend the efforts of FEMA under the leadership of Federal Coordinating Officer Ken Tingman in working together with local officials to ensure the recovery plan is proceeding smoothly. The strong partnership between the federal and the American Samoa governments is critical to identifying priorities so that the objectives are met during this phase of the relief plan," said Gov. Tulafono. "I also want to acknowledge the hard work shown by everyone from federal officials, volunteers, community members as well as family members from off-island. The people of American Samoa appreciate all the support shown during this tragic event."
Delegate Eni F.H. Faleomavaega added, "I want to express my appreciation to President Obama and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate for their quick action in providing American Samoa with the full support of the U.S. federal government in response to the tsunami that has devastated our U.S. Territory. As fellow Americans, we appreciate that President Obama personally called to convey his condolences to our people, and we thank him for his leadership and support."
Additionally, FEMA continues to encourage individuals who want to help in the recovery effort to make a donation to a voluntary organization involved in American Samoa. Cash donations allow for voluntary organizations to quickly pay for response and recovery efforts, and quickly provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs. For more information on contributing to these organizations visit www.fema.gov/donations or www.nvoad.org.
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.