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Disaster Recovery Centers to Open this Week

Release date: 
October 10, 2018
Release Number: 
DR-4396-CNMI NR 004

The CNMI Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HSEM) has identified permanent sites for Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) on the islands of Rota, Saipan and Tinian.

Beginning Thursday, October 11, 2018, the following sites will be open to allow homeowners, renters and business owners impacted by Typhoon Mangkhut to register for Disaster Assistance. These sites will be open Mondays through Fridays from 9AM to 6PM and Saturdays, from 10AM to 4PM ( CLOSED on Sundays ):

  • ROTA: Northern Marianas College Instructional Site (Room A-1)
  • SAIPAN: Joeten-Kiyu Library
  • TINIAN: Northern Marianas College (Room C)

The Tinian Mayor’s Office would like to notify the Tinian community that a Lot No. is required upon registration. Lot No. information may be obtained from the Dept. of Public Lands (DPL) and will cost .50 cents per copy.

The *best* method to register for disaster assistance in the CNMI is by visiting your nearest Disaster Recovery Center to ensure accurate physical addresses are reflected in FEMA’s system.

In addition to providing opportunities to register for disaster assistance, DRCs provide a location for disaster survivors to check the status of their applications, to submit documentation and to speak with representatives from other agencies that assist in disaster recovery, such as the Small Business Administration.

Small Business Administration Information

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.

What to Bring with You

To ensure a faster, more efficient application process, obtain the following information PRIOR to heading to the nearest Disaster Recovery Center:

  • Social Security Number (one per household)
  • Address of the damaged home or apartment
  • Description of the damage
  • Information about insurance coverage
  • Telephone number
  • Mailing address
  • Bank account and routing numbers for direct deposit of funds

Follow CNMI on Social Media

The CNMI Joint Information Center (JIC) urges the community to follow the following social media platforms to get the latest weather updates and information:

The CNMI JIC also encourages residents to download HSEM’s readyCNMI App available for FREE in the Apple iStore or Google PlayStore to receive the latest weather updates and notifications.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Nadine Deleon Guerrero, HSEM External Affairs Officer at

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The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

The SBA is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long term rebuilding of disaster damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries, and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling (800) 659-2955, emailing or visiting SBA’s website at Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call (800) 877-8339.

Last Updated: 
October 10, 2018 - 11:36