PUNTA SANTIAGO, Puerto Rico – Recovery progress is perhaps more obvious here than elsewhere on the island as Punta Santiago sheds the moniker “Apocalypse Beach” locals adopted after Hurricane María.
It was here, a 20-minute drive from where Hurricane María made landfall, the words “Necesitamos agua/comida,” or “We need water and food,” were chalked onto the asphalt. An image of this desperate call for help made national news.
SAIPAN, MP — Effective tomorrow, Friday, November 9, 2018, three Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) will be open to assist residents who suffered damages and property loss due to Typhoon Yutu and Typhoon Mangkhut. The DRCs will open in Tinian, Saipan, and Rota.
Release date: November 4, 2018
Release Number: MP 15782-02
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The U.S Small Business Administration today announced the opening of an SBA Business Recovery Center in Saipan to provide a wide range of services to businesses impacted by Super Typhoon Yutu that occurred Oct. 24–26, 2018. The center will open as indicated below.
Release date: October 29, 2018 Release Number: DR-4404-MP NR 003
On Sunday, October 28, 2018, CNMI Leadership and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a Post-Declaration Damage Assessment.
The CNMI Government, FEMA and the Red Cross will be distributing food and water throughout Saipan at five distribution sites on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM. The sites will be operated in a drive-thru fashion. To ensure enough supplies are well-distributed to residents, one care package will be allotted per vehicle.
Points of Distribution are:
Kagman Fire Station San Roque Fire Station Koblerville Fire Station American Memorial Park Ada Gymnasium
Seaport & Airport Movement
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced.
The declaration covers Rota, Saipan, Tinian and the Northern Islands as a result of Super Typhoon Yutu that began Oct. 24, 2018.
Release date: October 27, 2018 Release Number: HQ-18-165-FactSheet
Following is a summary of key federal disaster aid programs that can be made available as needed and warranted under President Donald J. Trump's disaster declaration issued for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Assistance for Affected Individuals and Families Can Include as Required:
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's FEMA announced today that federal emergency aid has been made available to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions in the area affected by Typhoon Yutu beginning on Oct. 24 and continuing.
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded nearly $46 million in additional grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses. These awards bring the total amount of funds obligated under the agency’s Public Assistance program to $3.9 billion.
The grants approved are distributed as follows:
Nearly $14.4 million to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and Wisconsin Electric Power Company for emergency protective measures
Release date: October 3, 2018
Release Number: HQ-18-141
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced today that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the territory of Guam to supplement territorial recovery efforts in the areas affected by Typhoon Mangkhut from September 10 through September 11, 2018.
Federal funding is also available to the territory, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut.
This past weekend, the CNMI’s request for a Disaster Declaration approval was granted by US President Donald J. Trump, triggering the availability of federal assistance for eligible local residents and business owners who sustained property loss or damage from Typhoon Mangkhut.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut that occurred Sept. 10-11, 2018, announced Administrator Linda McMahon of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to businesses and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration, U.S. Small Business Administration’s Administrator Linda McMahon announced.
The declaration covers Rota, Saipan and Tinian as a result of Typhoon Mangkhut that occurred on Sept. 10-11, 2018.
September 29, 2018
WASHINGTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to supplement the commonwealth and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by Typhoon Mangkhut from September 10 to September 11, 2018.
Release Number: NR 284
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded nearly $56 million in grants to cover Hurricane María-related expenses. The funds cover costs for emergency protective measures and debris removal.
Emergency protective measures are actions taken to eliminate or lessen immediate threats either to lives, public health or safety, or significant additional damage to public or private property in a cost-effective manner.
The grants approved are allocated as follows:
Release Number: 147
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – One year after two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), progress is being made in the territory’s recovery. Homes are being repaired, schools are back in session, roads are free of debris, ports are open and composite utility poles are standing tall.
BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico – Ilia González had to make some tough decisions in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane María’s landfall a year ago. Chief among them: whether to leave her home and support network in Barrio Santa Olaya and give up her job.
Gonzalez registered with FEMA for disaster assistance and today is living in an apartment while the home María destroyed is being rebuilt. Both her home and the temporary apartment were paid for by two FEMA programs, and Gonzalez still has her job.
GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico – FEMA has awarded the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency, Electric Power Authority and the Municipality of Rio Grande $49.3 million to cover Hurricane Maria-related expenses.
The grants approved are distributed as follows:
MAUNABO, Puerto Rico – Throughout Puerto Rico, voluntary organizations are addressing the disaster-related unmet needs of survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
More than 100 local and national voluntary organizations are helping Hurricane María survivors by cleaning and repairing damaged homes so they are safe and sanitary, and providing additional services to storm survivors to assist with their recovery.
BAYAMÓN, Puerto Rico – Hurricane María survivor Francisco Diffut remembered what crossed his mind when he saw 20 volunteers standing outside the remnants of his home.
"They said more were coming but I thought that wasn’t true," he said. "Then a van full of people appeared. When I saw all those other people arrive, I was so stunned I just cried."