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Preamble: When disaster strikes a community, everyone turns to television and radio for immediate news. As soon as the first newspaper coverage hits the streets, people grab copies to find out what's happened, what happens next, and where to go for help. But when a natural disaster strikes the news outlets-knocking out power, toppling buildings, blocking road and bridges-the media become disaster victims as well.
» Disaster Preparedness Tips From The Pacific Daily News When disaster strikes, news outlets sometimes escape unscathed. Sometimes they don't. But when the media become disaster victims, the public loses its source of emergency information. Fortunately for those living on Guam, the news media there has learned the lessons of previous typhoons. They know that preparedness pays off?for everyone.
Dededo, Guam -- FEMA Director and Acting Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, Michael D. Brown, has announced that President George W. Bush signed documents amending the December 8 disaster declaration for Guam increasing the federal cost-share from the previous 75 percent to 90 percent. The authorization was based on special conditions and documentation, which warranted the adjustment of Federal funds.
Dededo, Guam -- The Guam EPA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard Hazardous Materials Team, will conduct its FINAL collection of household hazardous waste generated by Super Typhoon Pongsona. No tires will be accepted. The collection will take place Saturday, March 15 and Sunday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day only at the Tijan Debris Reduction Site, located past the Department of Motor Vehicle Bldg.
Dededo, Guam -- In the first 100 days following Super Typhoon Pongsona, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and 28 other federal agencies provided more than $300 million in disaster relief and assistance in Guam, making it the country's most costly natural disaster in 2002 in a single state or territory. Pongsona struck Guam on December 8, 2002. Since then, over a third of a billion dollars in assistance has been provided to individuals, businesses and public entities on Guam who suffered losses as a result of the typhoon. Assistance has included
Dededo, Guam -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close its debris reduction site in Dededo at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 9, leaving one remaining site on Guam. The Dededo site is one of six sites established to accept debris from Super Typhoon Pongsona. Closure of the site will allow the Corps to measure the debris and to proceed with the final debris reduction process. Residents will continue to have access to the remaining site located in Barrigada adjacent to and across from the Department of Motor Vehicles building. That site will remain open through March 20.
Dededo, Guam -- Now that the Guam Power Authority has completely restored power to the island, the need for emergency generators at critical facilities no longer exists. The generators were placed in facilities deemed critical to saving lives or to protect island residents.
Dededo, Guam -- A coalition formed last year after Typhoon Chata'an to help disaster victims meet emergency needs was on hand in December when Super Typhoon Pongsona struck Guam. Since then, the strong partnership among Gov Guam, local, federal and voluntary agencies has continued its vital role in providing emergency and post-disaster assistance to people whose lives have been affected by the typhoons.