by Krystal Paco
Guam - In the midst of last month's record setting downpour, Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense and the Mayors Council of Guam struggled with assisting and evacuating residents from flooded homes.
As MCOG executive director Angel Sablan tells KUAM, there was plenty of confusion about where residents could seek shelter. To resolve that, village mayors met with Homeland Security's Ambrosio Constantino earlier this week. Sablan said, "Just from the flood, you saw there was some unpreparedness there where they were calling you, where are we going to put all these people? They were calling for evacuation."
Sablan says mayors are working with Homeland to establish tier two facilities, or village facilities that may be used as shelters as well as identify grants to harden these facilities for natural disasters.
Meanwhile, Piti mayor Vicente "Ben" Gumataotao" is upset Jose Rios Middle School in his village has yet to be designated a Tier I Facility. "Up to now I can't even get it because DOE is the one stopping me. It's very important that I should get that because there's no other place that I could take my community to be sheltered during the disaster," he said.
Gumataotao says instead, he's forced to redirect his residents to Harry S. Truman Elementary in Santa Rita or Carbullido Elementary.