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Trump approves CNMI's request for emergency declaration

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 1:34 PM +10:00 Updated:

President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for the CNMI. CNMI Governor Ralph DLG Torres sent a letter to the President on Monday requesting for the emergency declaration. According to the CNMI Governor’s office FEMA is now authorized to provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures, authorized under Title V of the Stafford Act, to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe on the three islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. Specifically, FEMA is authorized to provide emergency protective measures limited to direct federal assistance, under the Public Assistance Program at 75% federal funding. “Thank you to the President, the White House, FEMA, and our federal partners for acting on this expeditiously. And special thanks to everyone at the Homeland Security and Emergency Management and our local first responders for doing the necessary work to push this immediately,” Governor Torres stated. The assistance is for the islands of Rota, Saipan, and Tinian.

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