PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides this final update of federal disaster recovery assistance and services as a result of Cyclone Heta.
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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - To date, approximately $800,000 in federal disaster assistance has been approved to help the American Samoa Government (ASG) in its recovery from January's Cyclone Heta disaster. The money has been obligated under the Public Assistance Program of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be provided as reimbursement for 75% of the costs incurred by the territorial government because of Heta. The final federal share is expected to reach $9 million, once all eligible projects that ASG has submitted for funding have been approved.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa –-- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides the following update of federal disaster recovery assistance given so far as a result of Cyclone Heta:
Pago Pago, American Samoa -- While American Samoa recovers from the physical damage wrought by Cyclone Heta, disaster recovery teams continue to assess lingering mental-health needs among villagers, through a grant of more than $112,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its Crisis Counseling Assistance Program. Bilingual teams are conducting outreach to Heta-impacted villages in an effort to identify where there is a need for screening, diagnosis and counseling as a result of the disaster.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides the following update of federal disaster recovery assistance given to date in American Samoa in the wake of Cyclone Heta:
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Eligible residents and business owners of Tutuila and Manu’a Islands seeking help for severe damages or losses directly caused by January’s Cyclone Heta must register with the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) by Saturday, March 20, 2004. “Most people who are eligible to apply for help have already registered,” said FEMA’s Thomas J. Costello, federal coordinating officer. “For those rare few who have not yet done so, it’s necessary to make an appointment to register.”
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Federal agencies, in support of the American Samoa Government, continue in their efforts to help the territory recover from the Cyclone Heta disaster, even as the deadline to register for individual assistance draws near. The following is an update of the federal financial aid given in the territory since President Bush issued a major disaster declaration on January 13, 2004:
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – More than $22 million in federal assistance has been approved for residents and business owners affected by Cyclone Heta, report disaster recovery officials. Because of the large amount of taxpayer money involved, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in partnership with the American Samoa Government, is seeking to identify the small percentage of disaster assistance applicants who try to cash in on the misfortune of others.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- All eligible residents of Tutuila and the Manu’a Islands, who suffered damages as a result of Cyclone Heta and have not registered for disaster assistance, will be able to come into the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Saturday, February 28 after 9:00 am to make an appointment to register beginning Monday, March 1. The deadline to register is March 20.
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa -- Delays in completing and returning disaster loan applications may delay other forms of disaster assistance, federal and territory officials said today. Officials of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the American Samoa Government (ASG) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge disaster victims of Cyclone Heta to return their SBA applications as soon as possible.