FEMA update: American Samoa earthquake, tsunami and flooding
Pago Pago, AS -- FEMA and its federal partners continue to work closely with the American Samoa Government to assist in the recovery efforts in the aftermath of the Sept. 29, earthquake, tsunami and flooding. Below are a few progress updates from FEMA and its partners:
- Approved more than $15.5 million in grants to individuals for housing and other disaster needs
- The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved more than $7.0 million in low-interest disaster loans.
- To date over 450 Celina tents will have been distributed.
- Over 21,000 people visited the Disaster Recovery Center and 8,436 applications have been received. The DRC is now officially closed and the FEMA Disaster Service Center at the Convention Center in Ututeli is open and providing applicant assistance.
- Installation of Sprung units at the Matatula Elementary school has begun. Temporary school facility installations are on-going at Masafau, Afono and Le'atele Elementary schools.
- Continue to conduct crisis counseling and follow-up meetings with previously visited villages
- Participate in American Samoa Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (ASVOAD) meetings to discuss long-term needs.
- Power has been fully restored to the Island of Tutuila with the installation of 27 Aggreko generators at the Satala and Tafuna power plants, which will supply power until the Satala power plant can be restored.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.