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FEMA on standby while GovGuam assesses damage

Posted: Sep 11, 2018 4:23 PM +10:00 Updated:

The Government of Guam is conducting damage assessments ahead of a formal request to the White House for a national disaster declaration.

At a news conference at Civil Defense headquarters, Governor Eddie Calvo said he anticipates he will be writing to President Trump once they get a complete handle on the storm's impact.

“I'm waiting for those assessments to get back to me and with that, accumulating them and getting the package ready so that I am ready to send that letter to the president calling for federal assistance,” he said.

Personnel from the Federal Emergency Management Agency are already here, arriving in anticipation of major storm damage. FEMA External Affairs officer David Gervino says they are standing by should a disaster be declared.

“We're just starting the process, but we're working very closely, we've been here since before the typhoon struck with over a hundred officials from FEMA right here on Guam and a hundred officials from other agencies,” he said.

Gervino says the assessment will determine what type of assistance will be provided. In the meantime, the governor says residents who may want to seek FEMA's help should begin recording their damages.

“They're gonna need a lot of documentation, and any one of us who have been in previous storms in Guam it’s important that you got the necessary information, including taking pictures of the areas that were damaged,” he said.

But Gervino cautions that there are limits to the help they can provide, and people should look at other sources as well.

“A lot of people immediately think of FEMA as like the one and only type of assistance tht's available, but the fact of the matter is most of the assistance is actually by local government, state government, non-profit agencies, friends and family who step up and band together,” he said.

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