How ready is Guam for the aftermath of an possible attack? - KUAM.com-KUAM News: On Air. Online. On Demand.

How ready is Guam for the aftermath of an possible attack?

Posted: Updated:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency handles recovery efforts and helping survivors in any disaster they are called to. KUAM News visited the FEMA warehouse to get some answers.

Marcelo Esperon, supervisor, for FEMA Distribution Center Guam said, when asked if Guam is ready in the event of a missile attack, "I would say we are ready to respond to the government of Guam and Region 9 if they need our assistance." And readiness is their mission.

Inside the FEMA warehouse on Guam are stacks upon stacks of supplies, as Espero quantified, "3,000 cots, 2,000 blankets, 4,000 tarps, 88 generators, 87,000 meals and 158 liters of water."

"FEMA here is the initial push. We have a distribution center in Guam, Hawaii and California," he added. "It's that initial response that includes these 80-plus generators to help in response to any natural or manmade disaster."

The plus, he says, is FEMA assets are already on Guam and can be given whenever requested. "One thing that is unique for the warehouse here on island is these packed tents which serve as temporary lodging following a disaster," he added.

Even when disaster hits elsewhere his team is there. At least five from Guam's FEMA office responded to help out in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as he continued, "To help the folks recover."

It's efforts that keep the flow of operations for the agency going smoothly. That's why they maintain the supplies kept here, as well.

"So it's climate controlled because this is where we store our food and our water, our baby supplies in here," he said. "And a major money saver for the federal government are these canned waters which have a life expectancy of up to 50 years."

So whatever the case, Esperon says their main goal is "We help survivors. We help the government of Guam and CNMI so whatever they may need."

Help...to ensure those affected by any disaster get right back up on their feet.

  • NEWS HEADLINESMore>>

  • Settlement for terminated corrections officer approved

    Settlement for terminated corrections officer approved

    It's official: the Civil Service Commission signed-off on the settlement agreement for fired DepCor corrections officer Benjamin Urquizu. He was the only officer fired after the internal affairs investigation was done into the beating of detainee Justin Meno.

    More >>

    It's official: the Civil Service Commission signed-off on the settlement agreement for fired DepCor corrections officer Benjamin Urquizu. He was the only officer fired after the internal affairs investigation was done into the beating of detainee Justin Meno.

    More >>
  • Dozens testify against firing range at Litekyan

    Dozens testify against firing range at Litekyan

    Passionate words came out of the Guam Congress Building today, as dozens of people filled the public hearing room giving testimony on Bill 228. The measure would stop the construction of a proposed firing range at Litekyan.

    More >>

    Passionate words came out of the Guam Congress Building today, as dozens of people filled the public hearing room giving testimony on Bill 228. The measure would stop the construction of a proposed firing range at Litekyan.

    More >>
  • Judge wants GHURA board case settled

    Judge wants GHURA board case settled

    Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola wants to settle the case involving seven individuals charged with obstructing the Open Government Law by the end of the year. Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority board members Cecile Suda, David Sablan, Deanne Torre,  John  Ilao, Roland Selvidge, Rosie Ann Blas, as well as current GHURA executive director Michael Duenas are accused of holding secret board meetings. Though parties were scheduled to set a trial date today, there were iss...More >>
    Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola wants to settle the case involving seven individuals charged with obstructing the Open Government Law by the end of the year. Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority board members Cecile Suda, David Sablan, Deanne Torre,  John  Ilao, Roland Selvidge, Rosie Ann Blas, as well as current GHURA executive director Michael Duenas are accused of holding secret board meetings. Though parties were scheduled to set a trial date today, there were iss...More >>
Powered by Frankly