Government employees back to work; FEMA other assistance available to typhoon victims

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres on Sunday issued a memorandum stating that all non-critical government employees should report back to work Monday to assist in the preliminary damage assessment for the Typhoon Yutu recovery effort.

Employees who cannot report to work due to the impact of the storm must notify their immediate supervisor and apply for leave.

In a press conference on Saturday, Torres said the government ordered 250,000 meals, cots, tents, water and generators for water wells.

The relief items that arrived on Saturday were distributed to the shelters over the weekend and to the rest of community.

The American Red Cross and the Federal Emergency Management Agency  distributed water and ready to eat meals on Sunday at  American Memorial Park, Kagman Fire Station, San Roque Fire Station, Koblerville Fire Station and Ada Gymnasium.

The supplies were brought by the Department of Defense to Saipan and Tinian.

In addition, there are over 140 FEMA personnel on island to provide assistance to the community, and affected residents can register at

FEMA said it will continue to work aggressively with the Commonwealth Utilities Corp. to help restore power on Saipan and Tinian as quickly as possible.

President Donald J. Trump has approved the governor’s request for a major disaster declaration.

“This means that accelerated federal assistance for disaster assistance, technical assistance, and public health and safety will continue to be provided,” Governor Torres said.

Individual assistance can help support recovery from a major disaster. Survivors can register for Disaster Assistance online at

Source: Marianas Variety :

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