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Many families seek refuge in storm shelters throughout Guam

Posted: Sep 10, 2018 3:30 PM +10:00 Updated:

Dozens of families set up and hunkered down at a northern shelter in Harmon - one that's already full. And it was a similar scene as our crew checked out shelters in the southern villages. Southern residents wasted no time looking for cover.

Maisie Quinata, Merizo resident, said, "Our house is not the newest so just to be safe and for the kids safety we don't know what to expect so it's better we go to the shelter and keep them safe."  Quinata is familiar with storm preps, as she recalled, "It's kind of frustrating because we live with my mom and she just panicked so we just have to pack everything."

Packing whatever they could get to get their spot at the shelter in time, she noted, "I'm here for shelter. Clothes, sleeping bags, food because some of the stores closed. I prepared all that stuff."

13-year-old Samantha showed up to one of the southern shelters with her family, saying, "I got a lot like my auntie's and uncles."

The storm preps no doubt new for youngsters like her, as she said, "It's been a long time since there was a storm here so I am scared."

Others showing up to shelters knowing their homes may not be strong enough to hold up. Chester Joseph of Santa Rita said, "I think our house is not strong enough so we decide to come here." And Julie, also of the southern village of Santa Rita, added, "I'm afraid if my house is broken that's why I bring my kids and mom here to safe us."

 

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