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Major disaster declaration covers public assistance for Guam

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It's been three weeks after Typhoon Dolphin and one week since Governor Eddie Calvo made an emergency declaration request to the President of the United States. Guam Homeland Security's Jenna Gaminde said, "On June 5 President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for the Territory of Guam and this triggers the release of federal funds to help communities recover from Typhoon Dolphin. Specifically for this disaster declaration, we were awarded public assistance and hazard mitigation program, we're still pending review for individual assistance."

The Governor's Office states individual assistance is the priority as it will provide funding to help families whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Typhoon Dolphin. The governor's initial request outlined nearly $10 million in preliminary assessments of the damage for GovGuam, businesses and crop loss. Gaminde says a team from FEMA will arrive in the next few weeks and work closely with Guam Homeland Security, other GovGuam agencies and non-profit organizations on project worksheets as part of the assessment.

FEMA can fund up to 75% of the eligible costs with GovGuam funding the rest.

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