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Calvo making assessments of post-typhoon needs

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Guam is now in recovery mode following Typhoon Dolphin, with assessments being done throughout the island to bring the people of Guam back to a state of normalcy.

"I'd say 85% of its gone," estimated Tom Sapp. He and his wife Maria have run a fruit stand in Barrigada for the past five years. And on Monday they sold the last of the fruit that survived Typhoon Dolphin. Sapp says nearly all his fruit trees bearing mango, avocado, breadfruit, star apples , papaya, tangerine and lemon, to name a few, were destroyed this weekend. "Nothing can stop us, we just need a little help and we move forward," he said encouragingly.

That help, Governor Eddie Calvo says, is on the way as an assessment is being conducted islandwide. "[Lieutenant Governor] Ray [Tenorio] and I with other members of the administration together with FEMA and national teams and nongovernmental organizations have been going out in the public and making assessments, not only in areas where there is damage to infrastructure or to the environment, but also Ray and I have been going to the shelters," the chief executive explained.

Governor Calvo says part of the efforts will be a collaborative effort between local stakeholders and our federal counterparts. "There are many people, hundreds of people without a home right now. Obviously, I had some concerns because certain requirements in regards to assistance come under citizenship. I have a concern with that because with the compact treaties we have so many legal immigrants and they really received a brunt of the damage, a lot of the structures that were demolished were of our immigrants sector, so we need to see what we can do and work with the federal government to give everyone all residents of Guam, the necessary assistance, whether you're an American citizen or not," he shared.

Governor Calvo says now is critical in collecting as much information from the assessments in order to provide that necessary relief and bring the island back to a sense of normalcy. "I'm trying to get these assessments to my desks as soon as possible," he continued, "to get a clear bearing of the damages and the efforts for full recovery and then with that making a decision to move quickly in some declaration to the president of the United States."

And while the Sapps join the hundreds of others on Guam waiting for that relief, they're just thankful to have made it out of the storm alive. Tom said, "I'm just glad nobody got hurt and all the other farmers, I'm hope they're all okay and they get the help they need so we can all move forward."

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