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Super Typhoon Mawar Updates:

Super Typhoon Mawar Updates Joint Typhoon Warning Center

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Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 29

June 2, 2023, 5:40 p.m. (ChST) JRR0602#29

First Disaster Recovery Center to Open this Weekend

Disaster Recovery Center Opening:

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with other federal and local partners, have announced that Guam Community College (GCC) will serve as the first Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in response to typhoon recovery efforts. FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are accessible facilities and mobile offices you can visit to learn more about FEMA and other disaster assistance programs. 

GCC Building E will host the soft opening of the Disaster Recovery Center from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow, June 3, 2023. The DRC will be open to assist island residents impacted by Typhoon Mawar with disaster relief programs. After Saturday, regular hours of operations will be seven days a week from 7 am –7 pm. Please be advised that the Guam Police Department will be conducting crowd control and traffic direction within the GCC parking lot. Additional centers will be announced soon to support the needs of the community.

A DRC may be able to help you:

  • Apply for FEMA Assistance online 
  • Learn more about disaster assistance programs
  • Learn the status of your FEMA application
  • Understand any letters you get from FEMA
  • Find housing and rental assistance information
  • Get answers to questions or resolve problems
  • Get referrals to agencies that may offer other assistance
  • Learn about Small Business Administration (SBA) programs

Please have the following available when you arrive:

  • Valid form of identification: Driver’s license, Guam ID or Passport  
  • Proof of home address (i.e. utility bill, rental agreement, etc.)
  • Condition of your damaged home 
  • Insurance information, if available 
  • Social Security card or number 
  • Best contact number 
  • Mailing address or email address 

Disaster Assistance Available:

Guam homeowners and renters who were affected by Typhoon Mawar can register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362, visiting disasterassistance.gov or downloading the application on the FEMA App. For more information about registration, processing and FEMA’s Individual Assistance Programs, visit fema.gov.  

When you apply for assistance, have the following information ready:  

  • A current phone number  
  • Address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying  
  • Social Security number  
  • List of damage and losses  
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit 
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name 

Survivors may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Typhoon Mawar. If you have homeowners, renters or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your disaster expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance. 

Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs, as well as other disaster-related expenses. 

To date, nearly 6,800 Guam residents have applied for disaster assistance. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 28

June 2, 2023, 4 p.m. (ChST) JRR0602#28

Utilities Update; GSWA Update; GHURA Update

GPA Update:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GPA reports that as of 1 p.m.:

  • 41.5.% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.
  • 95.8% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.
  • 77.8% of GPA’s feeders/ circuits have been energized/restored.

GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substations are energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized.

Five (5) additional feeders/circuits were added to the island-wide system for a total of 49 feeders/circuits that are partially energized today. A total of 23 critical substations were energized of the 24 total major GPA substations. Umatac substation restoration is in process. 

 

Current generation capacity is 111MW of capacity online supporting a 83MW load. Baseload unit Piti #8 to be online today (44MW). 

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

GWA Update:

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) provides this Water System Status update:

Northern: 

  • GWA northern water system is operating normally. 
  • 53% of operable wells are online. 
  • The areas south of the Anderson back gate now have water service. 
  • GWA continues to operate all available wells to increase reservoir levels throughout the northern system until reservoir levels can be increased. 

Central: 

  • GWA resources and Navy-supplied sources continue to supply Santa Rita and Agat, except in the higher elevation areas of Umang and Santa Ana.
  • Service on Cross-Island Road area up to Our Lady of Peace is restored. 
  • The Sinafa area and higher elevations of Santa Rita on Cross-Island Road remain without water. 
  • Talo’fo’fo main village has been restored but remains susceptible to outages as reservoir levels drop during high demand. Crews continue to monitor the system. 
  • Tumon, Tamuning, Chalan Pago, and Sinajana will continue to experience intermittent service disruption during peak demand times. 
  • Most of Mangilao remains without water service. 

Southern: 

  • GWA’s southern water system is being operated at reduced capacity due to damaged control equipment at the Ugum Surface Water Treatment Plant. 
  • Water services are restored from Ipan to Umatac, however, higher areas in Umatac have no water until operators can build up water levels in the 1-million-gallon Umatac Sub Reservoir. 
  • Residents in Yona in extreme high elevations are without water. 
  • Ten (10) – 6,000 gallon Flexible Potable Water Tanks (FPWT):

North

  • Dededo Mayor’s Office, Dededo
  • Yigo Gym, Yigo
  • Astumbo Fire Station (moved from Chalan Palauan)
  • Mount Santa Rosa, Yigo
  • Y-15 Well Site (across Upi Elementary), Yigo

Central

  • Santa Teresita, Mangilao
  • Shop 4 Less parking lot, Maite

South

  • Memorial Park entrance (moved from Humåtak Mayor’s Office), Humåtak
  • Malesso’ Pier
  • Malojloj Old Mayor’s Office, Inalåhan

Five (5) additional flex tanks deployments are pending additional containers/chassis. The water tanks listed above are accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week at this time. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. Residents island-wide who have water service are advised to conserve and limit use for cleaning, bathing, and cooking in order to conserve water to allow reservoir levels to increase. 

A precautionary boil water notice remains in place. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. 

Residents island-wide, who have water service, are asked to limit use for cleaning, bathing, and cooking in order to conserve water to allow reservoir levels to increase. 

For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671) 646-4211 or go to www.facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

GSWA Update:

The Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) continues trash collection services following Typhoon Mawar and is providing an update to customers and residents regarding delays in services.

GSWA asks for everyone’s patience and understanding during this challenging time as dedicated staff continue to put their utmost effort to provide service to all residents in single-family homes and apartments with four units or less, including those who are not registered customers of GSWA, and are working diligently to address the increased waste volumes, blocked roads, and operational challenges. This significant increase in waste requires additional time and resources to ensure proper disposal.

GSWA is in the process of completing previously delayed routes, which is expected to be finished by the end of today, June 2, 2023. Furthermore, residents who are normally serviced on Thursday will be serviced on Saturday, June 3, 2023. GSWA requests everyone’s cooperation in leaving their trash curbside if it has not yet been collected. The GSWA team is working tirelessly to address all pending collections as quickly and efficiently as possible.

 

For further updates, please visit our website at gswa.guam.gov or contact customer service at 671-646-3111 or email customerservice@gswa.guam.gov.

GHURA Update:

The Guam Housing and Urban Renewal Authority (GHURA) has announced it will resume limited operations effective Monday, June 5, 2023. 

Due to the instability of power, water, and connectivity at all GHURA offices, and ongoing repairs needed, please be advised of the following:

  • Payments to Section 8 Landlords: These are being processed, however, they may be delayed due to challenges with computer systems and fund transfers within financial institutions. GHURA is doing its best to ensure that payments are received on or before Monday, June 5, 2023.
  • Appointments for Section 8 and Public Housing clients: GHURA staff will be contacting all clients with appointments scheduled from May 22 to June 2, 2023, to reschedule appointments. Any documents requiring submission during those dates will be provided new submission dates.
  • Waiver of Late fees for all rent and mortgage payments: Late fees will be waived for all rent and mortgage payments due for the month of June.
  • Lease terminations: All lease terminations will be extended through June 30, 2023.

 

For more information, please visit www.ghura.org.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 27

June 2, 2023, 11 a.m. (ChST) JRR0602#27

DPHSS Cautions Against Standing Water; GPA Update; GSWA Update

DPHSS Cautions Against Standing Water:

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) encourages the public to inspect the premises around their homes and businesses for standing water where mosquitoes may breed. Heavy rainfall may create conditions suitable for increased mosquito breeding, particularly the Aedes mosquito which breeds in containers. Debris strewn by the storm may be collecting water and breeding this mosquito. Aedes mosquitoes are known transmitters of Dengue Fever and Chikungunya virus, and while these two mosquito-borne diseases are not currently found on Guam, they can be imported and spread by Aedes. Neighboring islands in the Pacific, and Asia, frequently endure outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.

Take these steps to limit mosquito breeding sites at your home or business:

  • Clean all debris, especially those that can hold water.
  • Dispose of loose tires.
  • Clean pet water dishes regularly.
  • Clean, empty, and properly screen or cover containers used to store water.
  • Clear roof gutters of debris.
  • Properly dispose of all bottles, cans, buckets and other containers that can collect and hold water.
  • Plug tree holes.
  • Repair leaky outdoor faucets so as not to create standing water.
  • Change the water frequently in flower vases and other containers that routinely contain water.

The public is also advised to wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing during outdoor activities as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors.  When practical, wear long-sleeves and pants when going outdoors. Decrease your risk of mosquito bites by properly applying mosquito repellents containing 20% – 30% DEET as the active ingredient on exposed skin and clothing.

For more information, please contact DPHSS’s Division Environmental Health Mosquito Surveillance and Control Program at (671) 300-9579.

GPA Update:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) advises the community of the proper use of generators during a power outage. If installed and operated correctly, use of standby or portable electric generators poses little danger, but improper installation or use could be dangerous and even deadly. Follow the directions from the operator’s manual supplied with the generator. Incorrect generator use can lead to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, electric shock or electrocution and fire. 

GPA provides the following tips for the safe operation of and use of generators: 

Connecting the Generator:

  • Never try to power house/building wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “back feeding”. It can lead to electrocution of utility workers or neighbors served by the same utility transformer. The only safe way to connect a generator to a house/building wiring is to have a qualified electrician install a power transfer switch.  
  • Use proper extension cords. Use only safety-tested, shop-type electrical cords designed and rated for heavier, outdoor use to connect appliances.  
  • Protect your appliances. Turn off or unplug all appliances and lights before you begin operating the portable generator. Once the generator is running, turn your appliances and lights on one at a time to avoid overloading the unit. 

Placement of Generator: 

  • Never use a portable generator indoors – If you or someone starts to feel sick, dizzy or weak while using a generator, move to fresh air right away, do not delay.  
  • Place the generator in a dry, outside location.  
  • Place the generator away from windows, doors, and vents that could allow CO to come indoors.  
  • To avoid electrocution, keep the generator dry. Do not use it in rain or wet conditions. Always operate generators on a dry surface under an open canopy-like structure. Make sure your hands are dry before touching the generator. 

Use and Storage of Generator Fuel:

  • Turn the generator off and let it cool before refueling. Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite.
  • Store fuel in an approved safety can outside of living areas, preferably in a locked area or other protected area.  
  • If you spill fuel or do not seal the container properly, invisible vapors can travel along the ground and be ignited by arcs from electric switches in the appliance.  
  • Use the type of fuel recommended in the generator instructions or on its label. 

Shutting down the Generator:

  • Before shutting down a generator, turn off and unplug all appliances and equipment being powered by the generator. 

Damaged Weatherheads and other Electrical Components 

While restoration is ongoing, customers are advised to conduct their own home and property assessment of weatherhead and electrical components, taking necessary steps to repair damages caused by Typhoon Mawar. 

Frequently Asked Question:  My weatherhead and/or electrical components (meter box, service entrance conduit & cable, riser) are damaged. What should I do? These components are the customer’s responsibility. 

  1. Account holder or authorized person visits any of GPA’s Customer Service lobbies and requests for a work clearance. A GPA representative will issue a work clearance and a GPA Electrical Inspection Report form. 
  2. GPA crew will schedule removal of the service line and meter. Once removed, customers can hire and schedule contractor/master electrician to make repairs. A list of licensed master electricians is available on the Guam Contractors License Board website at http://clb.guam.gov/index.php/contractors-listing/.
  3. Upon completion of repairs, the master electrician must print name, sign and include ME license number on GPA’s Electrical Inspection Report form. Please contact GPA Customer Service at (671) 647-5787/88/89 or email customersfirst@gpagwa.com, informing representatives of the completed work.
  4. Customers will be contacted once meter installation and service line reconnection is scheduled. Customers must present an Electrical Inspection Report to GPA crew upon arrival. 

GPA locations & Hours:

Fadian Customer Service Center & Main Office 

Gloria B. Nelson Public Service Building 688 Route 15 Fadian, Mangilao, Guam 

Monday-Friday 7am-5pm 

Closed on Weekends & Holidays 

Hagatna Customer Service Lobby 

Julale Shopping Center Ste 103, 424 West O’Brien Drive, Hagåtña, Guam 

Monday-Friday 8am-5pm 

Closed on Weekends & Holidays 

GPWA Upper Tumon Lobby 

578 North Marine Corps Drive, Tamuning, Guam 

Monday-Friday 7:30am-6pm Saturday 8am-12pm

GSWA Update:

Since resuming collections on Monday, May 29, 2023, the Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) has collected over 771 tons of trash. This significant increase in waste requires additional time and resources to ensure proper disposal.

Residents who are normally serviced on Thursday will be serviced on Friday, June 2, 2023. GSWA requests everyone’s cooperation in leaving their trash curbside if it has not yet been collected, as GSWA continues to address all pending collections as quickly and efficiently as possible, to all residents in single-family homes and apartments with four (4) units or less, including those who are not registered customers of GSWA.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 26

June 2, 2023, 10:50 a.m. (ChST) JRR0602#26

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams to go Door-to-Door; USDA Offers Disaster Assistance

Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams to go Door-to-Door:

Guam residents will start seeing FEMA’s Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) crews in neighborhoods today to help Typhoon Mawar survivors apply for federal disaster assistance and to identify needs within communities.

DSA crews primarily focus on helping underrepresented populations that may be hard to reach by traditional channels. Their mission is to assess, and report critical and emerging disaster needs to FEMA leadership for decision-making purposes. Their essential duties include:

  • Provide on-site guidance to survivors about the application process, and an overview of FEMA disaster assistance.
  • Review survivors’ applications, providing basic information about application status and other eligible assistance, and collecting new information or documents for case files.
  • Engage disaster survivors and local officials in identifying immediate unmet needs for a quick resolution via FEMA and/or its partners including voluntary agencies.
  • Support community outreach and partnerships with the local, state, tribal or territorial emergency managers, disability partners, private sector, voluntary agencies and faith- and community-based organizations to foster a culture of strengthened alliances to support the delivery of inclusive, equitable services to survivors.

 

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance: 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering several programs to help agricultural producers. 

Risk Management

For producers who have risk protection through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), USDA recommends reporting crop damage to the local Guam Farm Service Agency (FSA) office. Those with NAP coverage can file a Notice of Loss (Form CCC-576) within 15 days of loss becoming apparent, except for hand-harvested crops, which should be reported within 72 hours.

Disaster Assistance

USDA also offers disaster assistance programs, for livestock, fruit and vegetable, specialty and perennial crop producers. First, the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybee and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP) reimburses producers for a portion of the value of livestock, poultry and other animals that died as a result of a qualifying natural disaster event or for loss of grazing acres, feed and forage. The Tree Assistance Program (TAP) also provides cost share assistance to rehabilitate and replant tree, vines or shrubs loss experienced by orchards and nurseries. For LIP and ELAP, producers will need to file a Notice of Loss for livestock and grazing or feed losses within 30 days and honeybee losses within 15 days. For TAP, individuals will need to file a program application within 90 days.

Documentation

It is critical to keep accurate records to document all losses following this devastating typhoon event. Crop producers are advised to prepare acreage and production data which include, but are not limited to; type of crops, planting dates, farm acreage, and production data. Livestock producers are advised to document beginning livestock numbers by taking time and date-stamped video or pictures prior to and after the loss.

Other common documentation options include:

  • Purchase records
  • Production records
  • Vaccination records
  • Bank or other loan documents
  • Third-party certification

Other Programs

The Emergency Conservation Program and Emergency Forest Restoration Program can assist landowners and forest stewards with financial and technical assistance to restore damaged farmland or forests. Additionally, FSA offers a variety of loans available including emergency loans that are triggered by disaster declarations and operating loans that can assist producers with credit needs. You can use these loans to replace essential property, purchase inputs like livestock, equipment, feed and seed, or refinance farm-related debts, and other needs.

Meanwhile, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides financial resources through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program to help with immediate needs and long-term support to help recover from natural disasters and conserve water resources. Assistance may also be available for emergency animal mortality disposal from natural disasters and other causes.

Additional Resources

Additional details – including payment calculations – can be found on USDA’s NAP, ELAP, LIP, and TAP fact sheets. On farmers.gov, the Disaster Assistance Discovery Tool, Disaster-at-a-Glance fact sheet, and Farm Loan Discovery Tool can help determine program or loan options. To file a Notice of Loss or to ask questions about available programs, contact your local Guam FSA Office at 671-300-8550 or 671-300-8551.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 25

June 1, 2023, 4:15 p.m. (ChST) JRR0601#25

 

Business Sector Disaster Management Assessments; Recovery Efforts Continue; GSWA Update; Recovery Safety Tips; No Burn Notice in Place; Road Safety

Business Sector Disaster Damage Assessments:

Pursuant to the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, the Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP) conducted a Business Sector Disaster Damage Assessment (BSDDA) of Guam’s business/commercial following the passage of Typhoon Mawar.  BSP, along with representatives from the Guam Visitors Bureau, Department of Land Management, Guam Economic Development Authority, Department of Chamorro Affairs and the Port Authority of Guam conducted the BSDDA on May 26-27 and May 30-31, 2023.

A sample of business establishments were surveyed for damages to building structure, equipment and merchandise. The total dollar damage loss estimate reported by Guam’s commercial sector is $111,791,358 and is specified as follows: $65,010,843 for building damage, $38,378,325 for equipment damage and $8,402,190 for merchandise damage.

A total of 433 businesses were visited including 15 hotels. Of the 434 businesses visited, 231 or 53% of the businesses reported damages (191 provided cost damage estimates and 40 did not provide cost damage estimates); 28 or 6% of the businesses reported no damages; 156 or 36% of the businesses were closed; and 18 or 4% of the businesses declined to participate or no information was provided.

Due to the short time constraints to complete the business damage assessment, the report does not account for potential losses from numerous businesses that closed due to power and water outages shortly after the passing of Typhoon Mawar.

For more information regarding this assessment, contact the BSP at (671) 472-4201/2/3. 

Recovery Efforts Continue:

  • The Guam Power Authority continues its restoration efforts, reporting more than 34.5% of customer demand is restored, with crews working 24-hour shifts. The authority has restored 95.8% of substation energization, which includes power to 23 of 24 critical substations that will result in increased power to more residents. Twelve (12) line crew from Commonwealth Utility Corporation (CUC) CNMI will be arriving to Guam in the next few days to assist in recovery efforts.  
  • The Guam Waterworks Authority reports that 53% of water systems are online. GWA is working with FEMA to expedite generators to high-producing well sites, and has two currently being deployed, with an additional eight generator installations in progress for pump stations.
  • The Guam Regional Transit Authority (GRTA) public transit services are operational Monday through Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The GRTA paratransit services are operational Monday through Saturday, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is working with local and territorial officials to determine Disaster Recovery Center locations. Once open, survivors can visit these centers to receive one-on-one help with their disaster registration process and emergency assistance. 
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has about 135 responders in Guam supporting temporary power, temporary roofing and debris missions. The first generator has been installed to help provide water to a village of roughly 6,000 residents. 
  • The U.S. Coast Guard is conducting underwater surveys of transit channels and piers to remove any storm-related debris while its pollution response teams continue to assess vessels in the area. 
  • Members of the Hawaii National Guard are deployed to supplement Guam National Guard soldiers through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. 
  • Nearly 50% of cell towers are now operational in Guam. 
  • Three (3) shelters remain open in Guam with an overnight population of more than 697. 
  • Tankers with liquefied petroleum gas and jet fuel are offshore, to be offloaded to help with increased fuel demand throughout Guam. 
  • The American Red Cross is providing 1,200 meals per day, two (2) hot meals to shelterees and delivering emergency relief supplies to about 3,000 households, which includes clean up kits to help survivors with their recovery. Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the American Red Cross Relief site at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa or call 1-800-733-2767 for more information. 
  • The Salvation Army is delivering food to Guam’s Department of Youth Affairs correctional facility. 
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has a 14-person team supporting response activities in Guam Memorial Hospital and a 15-person team supporting Guam Regional Medical City Hospital. 

GSWA Update:

Since resuming collections on Monday, May 29, 2023, the Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) has collected over 771 tons of trash. This significant increase in waste requires additional time and resources to ensure proper disposal.

GSWA is in the process of completing Wednesday routes, which is expected to be finished by the end of today, June 1, 2023. Residents who are normally serviced on Thursday will be serviced on Friday, June 2, 2023. GSWA requests everyone’s cooperation in leaving their trash curbside if it has not yet been collected, as GSWA continues to address all pending collections as quickly and efficiently as possible, to all residents in single-family homes and apartments with four (4) units or less, including those who are not registered customers of GSWA.

 

Recovery Safety Tips:

  • Make sure food is safe to eat. Residents should throw out any perishable food in their refrigerator that has not been refrigerated at 40° F degrees or lower or if their refrigerator has been without power for over four hours. Never taste food to determine if it is safe to eat.
  • Be safe using generators. Generators can help during a power outage but can present serious health and safety risks. Only use a generator outdoors and far from open doors and windows to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Visit Ready.gov/power-outages for more on how to use generators safely.
  • Avoid downed power or utility lines. They may be live with deadly voltage. Stay away and report them immediately to the Guam Power Authority. Do not cut or cover cables with debris.
  • Exercise caution when cleaning and making repairs. Residents who are returning home, should:
    • Wear protective clothing and appropriate face coverings or masks if cleaning mold or other debris, and always work with someone else.
    • Document any damage with photographs and contact their insurance company so they can quickly file a claim.
    • Ask for help if moving heavy debris in or around their home.
  • Boil or use bottled water. As a precautionary boil water notice remains in effect for Guam, residents should continue to use bottled water or boil their water for cooking, drinking and hygiene.
  • Stay tuned to local authorities. With heavy rains forecasted, residents should take these precautions:
    • If driving, be alert for low visibilities and slippery roads in heavy rain.
    • Slow down where water is ponding on the road.
    • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
    • Do not camp, park or hike along streams and rivers.

No Burn Notice Remains in Place:

The Guam Fire Department (GFD) maintains a No Burn Notice for the entire community due to ongoing recovery efforts. GFD is focusing efforts on life and property preservation. 

Road Safety for Traffic Control Point: 

The Guam Police Department, and other local Law Enforcement Officers and Soldiers with the Guam National Guard continue to maintain traffic flow within the heavily congested intersections. As a reminder to the community, a vehicle approaching a traffic light at any intersection unmanned without a working light should come to a complete stop.

When approaching a manned intersection, it is advised to proceed with caution and be prepared to stop. With heavy rains and minimal lighting, our officers and guardsmen operate with highlighted vests to assist in increasing their visibility for all motorists. Motorists are asked to adhere to all rules and regulations pertaining to Guam Law Title 16.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 24

May 31, 2023, 6:20 p.m. (ChST) JRR0531#24

GPA Update; GPD Update; Road Safety for Traffic Control Point

GPA Update:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GPA reports that as of 1 p.m.:

  • 28.0% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.
  • 95.8% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.
  • 61.9% of GPA’s feeders/ circuits have been energized/restored.
  • 5 additional feeders/circuits added to the island-wide system
  • 23 critical substations energized of the 24 total major GPA substations.
  • Generation Capacity: 111 megawatts (MW) of capacity are online supporting 52MW load.

GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substation is energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized. 

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

Guam Police Department Police Clearance Update:

Although the Guam Police Department’s Records and ID Section remains closed, for those needing Police Clearance can obtain it at the Central Precinct Command in Sinajana, beginning Thursday, June 1, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Please be advised that times are subject to change and cash payments will only be accepted during modified hours. 

Road Safety for Traffic Control Point: 

The Guam Police Department, and other local Law Enforcement Officers and Soldiers with the Guam National Guard continue to maintain traffic flow within the heavily congested intersections. As a reminder to the community, a vehicle approaching a traffic light at any intersection unmanned without a working light should come to a complete stop.

When approaching a manned intersection, it is advised to proceed with caution and be prepared to stop. With heavy rains and minimal lighting, our officers and guardsmen operate with highlighted vests to assist in increasing their visibility for all motorists. Motorists are asked to adhere to all rules and regulations pertaining to Guam Law Title 16.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

For Immediate Release

May 31, 2023, 5:40 p.m. (ChST)

 Flood Watch Remains in Effect; Practice Caution on the Roadways

The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office maintains a flood watch, in effect for Guam through late Sunday night. Flash flooding caused by excessive rainfall is possible.

Residents and visitors are advised to take the following precautionary actions:

  • If driving, be alert for low visibilities and slippery roads in heavy rain;
  • Slow down where water is ponding on the road;
  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away;
  • Do not camp, park, or hike along streams and rivers. These areas can floodquickly and with little warning.

Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone areas. A wet pattern looks to continue through the weekend, with at least a few opportunities for locally heavy rainfall.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind the community to practice caution while traveling in rainy conditions, driving below the speed limit and allowing enough braking distance between vehicles.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 23

May 31, 2023, 1:05 p.m. (ChST) JRR0531#23

Emergency Assistance Underway: FEMA Update, ARC Supplies, HHS Support to Healthcare; 

Donations Not Accepted at the Shelters; Guam Cancer Care Open; 

No Burn Notice in Place; GPD Services

FEMA Update:

Guam homeowners and renters who were affected by Typhoon Mawar can register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362, visiting disasterassistance.gov or downloading the application on the FEMA App. For more information about registration, processing and FEMA’s Individual Assistance Programs, visit fema.gov.  

When you apply for assistance, have the following information ready:  

  • A current phone number  
  • Address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying  
  • Social Security number  
  • List of damage and losses  
  • Banking information if you choose direct deposit 
  • If insured, the policy number or the agent and/or the company name 

Survivors may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Typhoon Mawar. If you have homeowners, renters or flood insurance, you should file a claim as soon as possible. FEMA cannot duplicate benefits for losses covered by insurance. If your policy does not cover all your disaster expenses, you may be eligible for federal assistance. 

Disaster assistance may include financial help with temporary lodging and home repairs, as well as other disaster-related expenses. 

For an accessible video on how to apply for assistance go to, youtube.com/watch?v=WZGpWI2RCNw

Do Not Wait to Clean and Repair:

Residents should not wait for a visit from a FEMA housing inspector or their insurance company to start cleaning up and making repairs. However, you should take photographs of damage and keep recovery-related receipts. Insurance companies may need both photographs and receipts, while FEMA may need receipts. 

It is important that you first check for structural damage to your damaged home before entering it and to report it to local officials. Cleanup requires throwing away wet contents like bedding, carpet and furniture because of health issues that may arise with mold. Follow local government guidance for disposing of damaged furnishings and other items. 

ARC Emergency Assistance Items:

The American Red Cross (ARC), working alongside village mayors and faith-based organizations, is providing emergency assistance items to residents that have been displaced, or whose homes were destroyed, due to Typhoon Mawar. The following items are made available to those in need:

  • Tarp
  • Flashlight
  • Cooler
  • Clean-up kits: squeegee, push brooms, brush, work gloves, latex gloves, bleach, trash bags, sponge
  • Bucket

Emergency assistance supplies are available for residents whose homes were destroyed as a result of Typhoon Mawar, meaning a total loss of structure, the structure is not economically feasible to repair, or complete failure to major structural components (e.g., the collapse of basement walls/foundation, walls or roof).

Points of Distribution for today (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) are as follows:

  • Sinajana Mayor’s Office
  • Hågat Mayor’s Office
  • Jeromy Newby Community Youth Center, Talo’fo’fo
  • Yigo Gym, Yigo

The American Red Cross continues to provide two (2) meals a day to shelterees within the identified four (4) Government of Guam emergency shelters. 

Those wishing to volunteer can visit the American Red Cross Relief site at the main office at the Hilton Guam Resort and Spa. Volunteers are asked to present a valid ID for registration purposes. Contact Mary Findley at 1-800-733-2767 for more information. 

HHS Support to Healthcare:

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response (ASPR), deployed disaster response personnel from the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) to Guam to address the health impacts of Typhoon Mawar.

HHS deployed over 48 NDMS Health and Medical Task Force (HMTF) and Incident Management Team (IMT) personnel to support emergency response efforts. Two HMTF teams are providing medical support to Guam Memorial Hospital in Tamuning and Guam Regional Medical City in Dededo, while IMT members are managing operations, planning, and logistics on the ground. NDMS and IMT personnel, both part of ASPR, are working with FEMA, ASPR Regional Emergency Coordinators, territorial health authorities, and emergency response officials to determine if any additional federal public health and medical resources may be needed to aid in responding to Typhoon Mawar.   

HHS’ Disaster Distress Helpline, sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at 1-800-985-5990, can provide immediate counseling to anyone affected by Typhoon Mawar. Callers can connect with counselors in over 100 languages; a videophone option is available to support the deaf or hard-of-hearing. 

Additional information about HHS response to Typhoon Mawar can be found at https://aspr.hhs.gov.

 USDA Update:

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging local sponsors to submit project requests for funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program which responds to emergencies created by natural disasters. It is not necessary for a national emergency to be declared for an area to be eligible for assistance.

The EWP Program is a recovery effort aimed at relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, windstorms, and other natural disasters. All projects must have a project sponsor. NRCS may bear up to 75 percent of the eligible construction cost of emergency measures (90 percent within limited-resource areas as identified by the U.S. Census data). The remaining costs must come from local sources and can be in the form of cash or in-kind services.  EWP is designed for installation of recovery measures to safeguard life and property as a result of a natural disaster. Threats that the EWP Program addresses are termed watershed impairments. These include, but are not limited to:

  • debris-clogged waterways,
  • unstable streambanks,
  • severe erosion jeopardizing public infrastructure,
  • wind-borne debris removal, and
  • damaged upland sites stripped of protective vegetation by fire or drought.

Funding is available for new projects as well as those already submitted to NRCS. NRCS will give additional consideration to projects in historically underserved communities that directly benefit limited resource areas or socially disadvantaged communities. NRCS will continue to review as funding is available.

 

Eligible project sponsors include state government entities, local municipalities, conservation districts, and federally-recognized tribal organizations. Sponsors are encouraged to reach out to their local District Conservationist see contact information above and/or their state’s/territorial NRCS Watershed Program Manager John Mathews John.mathews@usda.gov or (808) 600-2922 with watershed concerns as soon as possible to ensure their project request is in the funding queue for consideration.

Donations Not Accepted at the Shelters:

The Guam Department of Education schools that were used for Emergency Shelters from Typhoon Mawar are not accepting donations on site. 

For information on how to donate, check in with your village mayor’s office first, to see what the needs are. All pertinent information must be provided beforehand: who the donation is from, what the donation is, and who it is for. 

 

AGANA HEIGHTS
Paul M. McDonald, Mayor
mayor.mcdonald671@gmail.com
671-472-6393/8285/6

 

ASAN-MAINA
Frankie A. Salas, Mayor
asanmainamayor@gmail.com
671-472-6581/671-479-2726

 

BARRIGADA

June U. Blas, Mayor
mayorbarrigada@gmail.com

671-734-3725/34/36/37/3859

 

CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT
Jessy C. Gogue, Mayor
ocp.mayor@gmail.com
671-472-8302/3/7173

 

DEDEDO
Melissa B. Savares, Mayor
melissa.savares@gmail.com
671-632-5203/5019/671-637-9014

 

HÅGAT

Kevin J. T. Susuico, Mayor

agatmayor@yahoo.com

671-565-2524/4330/4335/4336

 

HAGÅTÑA
John A. Cruz, Mayor
hagatnamayor2004@gmail.com
671-477-8045/47/671-472-6379

 

HUMÅTAK

Johnny A. Quinata, Mayor

umatacmo@gmail.com

671-828-2940/8251/52/58

 

INALÅHAN
Anthony P. Chargualaf, Mayor
inalahanmayor@gmail.com
671-475-2509/10/11

 

MALESSO’
Ernest T. Chargualaf, Mayor
mayorernestc@yahoo.com
671-828-8312/2941

MANGILAO
Allan R.G. Ungacta, Mayor
mayorallan.ungacta@yahoo.com
671-734-2163/5731

 

MONGMONG-TOTO-MAITE
Rudy A. Paco, Mayor
mtmmayorpaco17@gmail.com
671-477-6758/9090/671-479-6800/6801

 

PITI
Jesse L.G. Alig, Mayor
jesse.alig@pitiguam.com
671-472-1232/3

 

SANTA RITA-SUMAI
Dale E. Alvarez, Mayor
srsmo.mayor@gmail.com
671-565-2514/4337/4302/04

 

SINAJANA
Robert RDC Hofmann, Mayor
guammayor@gmail.com
671-472-6707/671-477-3323

 

TALO’FO’FO
Vicente S. Taitague, Mayor
talofofomayor@gmail.com
671-789-1421/3262

 

TAMUNING

Louise C. Rivera, Mayor
mayorlcrivera.tatuha@gmail.com
671-646-5211/8646

671-647-9816/9819/20

 

YIGO
Anthony P. Sanchez, Mayor
ymayortony@gmail.com
671-653-5248/9119/9446

 

YONA
Bill A. Quenga, Mayor
yonamayor2020@gmail.com
671-789-4798/0012/1525/6

Guam Cancer Care Open

Guam Cancer Care will remain open and accessible for all cancer patients in need of direct support services. These services include but are not limited to: transportation to treatment, patient supplies and pharmaceutical drugs prescribed to them for treatment. 

Cancer patients are urged to contact Guam Cancer Care navigators at (671) 929-7207 and (671) 687-0189 to make arrangements to avail of the services offered. Guam Cancer Care navigators will be temporarily housed at varying cancer clinics that remain open to provide the needed cancer treatment to those battling cancer on Guam. The Guam Cancer Care office remains closed at this time until facility communications and utilities are restored.

  Guam residents afflicted by cancer are encouraged to contact Guam Cancer Care’s navigators at (671) 929-7207 and (671) 687-0189 to make special arrangements to receive direct support services. For further information regarding Guam Cancer Care’s programs, please contact their office at (671) 929-7207 or (671) 687-0189 or visit them at their website at www.guamcancercare.org

No Burn Notice Remains in Place:

The Guam Fire Department (GFD) maintains a No Burn Notice for the entire community due to ongoing recovery efforts. GFD is focusing efforts on life and property preservation. 

GPD Services: 

The Guam Police Department (GPD) Community Service Counters within the ITC and Hakubutan Building will remain closed until adequate power and water is restored. Community services include the Records and ID Section, Recreational Boating and Safety and the Armory. Upon full restoration, GPD will provide operational hours to the community. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 22

May 30, 2023, 6 p.m. (ChST) JRR0530#22

GPA Update; Road Safety at Manned and Unmanned Traffic Control Points  

GPA Update:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GPA reports that as of 1:00 p.m.:

  • 26.0% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.
  • 83.3% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.
  • 55.6% of GPA’s feeders/ circuits have been energized/restored.

GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substation is energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized.

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

Road Safety for Traffic Control Point: 

The Guam Police Department, and other local Law Enforcement Officers and Soldiers with the Guam National Guard continue to maintain traffic flow within our heavily congested intersections. As a reminder to the community, a vehicle approaching a traffic light at any intersection unmanned without a working light should come to a complete stop.

When approaching a manned intersection, it is advised to proceed with caution and be prepared to stop. With heavy rains and minimal lighting, our officers and guardsmen operate with highlighted vests to assist in increasing their visibility for all motorists. Motorists are asked to adhere to all rules and regulations pertaining to Guam Law Title 16.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 21

May 30, 2023, 4:25 p.m. (ChST) JRR0530#21

FEMA Individual Assistance Available; SBA Update; Business and Farmers Assessments Underway

FEMA Individual Assistance Available:

President Biden approved Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s request for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which provides grants for homeowners and renters like rental assistance and money for home repairs. FEMA inspectors will perform home by home assessments to initiate the process to provide direct relief to our people.

Register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362, visiting disasterassistance.gov or downloading the application on the FEMA App. For more information about registration, processing and FEMA’s Individual Assistance Programs, visit fema.gov.  

In-person application sites are anticipated to be announced soon.

SBA Low-Interest Federal Disaster Loans Available

The Small Business Association (SBA) advised low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Guam businesses and residents as a result of President Biden’s major disaster declaration. The declaration covers Guam as a result of Typhoon Mawar that began May 22.

Businesses of all sizes and private nonprofit organizations may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory and other business assets. SBA can also lend additional funds to businesses and homeowners to help with the cost of improvements to protect, prevent or minimize the same type of disaster damage from occurring in the future.

For small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size, SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. Economic injury assistance is available to businesses regardless of any property damage.

Disaster loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners and renters are eligible for up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property, including personal vehicles.

Interest rates can be as low as 4 percent for businesses, 2.375 percent for private nonprofit organizations and 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters with terms up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.

To be considered for all forms of disaster assistance, survivors must first contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.disasterassistance.gov. As soon as Federal-Territory Disaster Recovery Centers open throughout the affected area, SBA will provide one-on-one assistance to disaster loan applicants. Additional information and details on the location of disaster recovery centers is available by calling the SBA Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955.

Business Sector Disaster Damage Assessments Underway

The Bureau of Statistics and Plans (BSP) is conducting the Business Sector Disaster Damage Assessment (BSDDA) of the damages to business establishments that have been caused by Typhoon Mawar. 

 

For more information regarding this survey contact the BSP at (671) 472-4201/2/3. 

Farmers’ Damage Assessments Underway:

The Department of Agriculture (DOAG) teams are conducting Preliminary Damage Assessments (PDA) with farmers that are registered with DOAG. The result of the PDA will help determine what assistance programs, if any, can be brought in to support our local farmers. Farmers that suffered crop loss are requested to document their losses and contact DOAG at 671-300-7972-73. Farmers can also visit agriculture@doagguam.gov for more information.  

 Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

 

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 20

May 30, 2023, 10:20 a.m. (ChST) JRR0530#20

Green Waste Sites Update; Continued updates for GCC, UOG, DPHSS & Matson

Green Waste Disposal Updates – Barrigada, Dededo and Santa Rita:

The Government of Guam’s green waste transition sites are open for residential green waste disposal. Each site is operational 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. These sites will accept only green waste, vegetative waste, and yard trimmings. All other disaster debris including, but not limited to metallic waste, white goods, bulky household waste, household hazardous waste, and household trash will be REJECTED. Residents are advised that site locations are subject to change based on capacity.

 

For Residents of:

Sponsor

Site Location

Hagåtña

GPA

Agana Pool Area

Agana Heights

Mayor

Old Skate Park

Hågat

Mayor

Mayor’s Office

Assan-Ma’ina

Mayor

Old Baseball field

Update: Barrigada

Mayor

Tiyan Carnival Grounds (Former COVID-19 Testing Site)

Update: Dededo

Mayor

Astumbo Park 

Humåtak

Mayor

Mayor’s Office

Inalåhan

Mayor

Baseball Field New

Malesso’

DPW

GWA Water Tank Area by Baseball Field

Mangilao

Mayor

BIll Muna Baseball field parking lot

Mongmong-Toto-Maite

Mayor

Next to Toto Baseball Field 

Chalan Pago-Ordot

Mayor

Public Easement across Mayor’s Office 

Piti

DPW/Mayor

Across Church 

Update Sånta Rita-Sumai

Mayor

Beside Mayor’s Office 

Sinajana

Mayor

Baseball field 

Talo’fo’fo

Mayor

DYA Cottage Home on Vicente Castro Street

Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon

Mayor

Ypao Point – Right side behind Archbishop Circle

Yigo

Mayor

U.O.G. Northern Farm, Wusstig Road Yigo 

Yona

Mayor

Baseball field on Jose B. Sudo Street

Do Not Wait to Clean:

The Joint Information Center reminds the community to document any photos and videos of your property before and after a disaster strikes. After photos are taken, immediately begin cleaning and making repairs to their homes to make them safe and livable again. Do not wait for public officials to come to your home. 

GCC Update:

The Guam Community College (GCC) is closed to the public this week, May 30 – June 3 as employees assess and prepare for reopening at a later date. For questions contact (671) 482-4320. 

 UOG Update; 

The University of Guam (UOG) Finakpo’ Summer Session A will be postponed until June 13, 2023. For more information, contact Admissions at admitme@triton.uog.edu

DPHSS Update:

The Department of Public Health and Social Services (DPHSS) Northern Regional Community Health Center (CHC) and Pharmacy in Dededo and Southern CHC in Inalahan will be closed until further notice. Patients will be contacted for rescheduling. 

DPHSS released a listing of active merchant accounts to assist clients under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) from the period of May 25, 2023 through May 27, 2023. Availability of merchants to process SNAP-EBT purchases ultimately depends on the merchant’s access to both power and a connection to the internet. 

 

For more information, call the Bureau of Economic Services Administrator Ms. Christine San Nicolas at (671) 488-6839 or email at christine.sannicolas@dphss.guam.gov.

Matson Update: 

Matson announced it will contribute $350,000 in transportation and in-kind services toward disaster relief in Guam, Micronesia and the CNMI, and expects to begin delivering relief supplies on voyage Manukai 237, scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, June 6. Matson’s vessel, Maunawili, arrived on May 28 following the reopening of the Port of Guam and discharged 454 containers of general goods.

Matson is working with FEMA and the American Red Cross to facilitate shipments of relief supplies to Guam for the recovery process in the coming weeks and months. For detailed service schedules visit Matson.com.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 19

May 29, 2023, 4:25 p.m. (ChST) JRR0529#19

Green Waste Disposal Updates; GSWA Update; GPA Update; GWA Update; Do Not Wait to Clean

Green Waste Disposal Updates:

The Government of Guam’s green waste transition sites are open for residential green waste disposal. Each site is operational 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week. These sites will accept only green waste, vegetative waste, and yard trimmings. All other disaster debris including, but not limited to metallic waste, white goods, bulky household waste, household hazardous waste, and household trash will be REJECTED. 

 

For Residents of:

Sponsor

Site Location

Hagåtña

GPA

Agana Pool Area

Agana Heights

Mayor

Old Skate Park

Hågat

Mayor

Mayor’s Office

Assan-Ma’ina

Mayor

Old Baseball field

Barrigada

Mayor

Mayor’s Office  

Dededo

Mayor

West Santa Monica Ponding Basin & Astumbo Park 

Humåtak

Mayor

Mayor’s Office

Inalåhan

Mayor

Baseball Field New

Malesso’

DPW

GWA Water Tank Area by Baseball Field

Mangilao

Mayor

BIll Muna Baseball field parking lot

Mongmong-Toto-Maite

Mayor

Next to Toto Baseball Field 

Chalan Pago-Ordot

Mayor

Public Easement across Mayor’s Office 

Piti

DPW/Mayor

Across Church 

Sinajana

Mayor

Baseball field 

Talo’fo’fo

Mayor

DYA Cottage Home on Vicente Castro Street

Tamuning-Tumon-Harmon

Mayor

Ypao Point – Right side behind Archbishop Circle

Yigo

Mayor

U.O.G. Northern Farm, Wusstig Road Yigo 

Yona

Mayor

Baseball field on Jose B. Sudo Street

GSWA Service Update:

The Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) will be providing free trash collection services to all residents, including those who are not registered customers of GSWA. 

GSWA urges the community to take not of the following important information regarding trash collection services and other updates related to GSWA operations and typhoon recovery efforts which will be in effect for the next two weeks: 

  • Curbside Trash Collection for All Residents: 
    • Curbside collections will run from 3 a.m. to 7 p.m. 
    • GSWA will collect trash from all residents, including homes not registered with GSWA for free and for the next two weeks
    • Residents who do not have GSWA issued trash carts must ensure that all trash is bagged and/or placed in a personal trash container and placed curbside for collection
    • Customers who have GSWA issued recycle carts may use them for excess trash
    • Unfinished collection routes will continue to the next day to ensure all scheduled areas are serviced
    • Construction debris and green waste, including leaves, branches, trees, and plants will not be collected
  • Temporary Suspension of Curbside Recycle and Bulky Waste Collection: 
    • Curbside recycle collection and bulky waste collection services are suspended until further notice
    • Customers who have current bulky waste appointments will be contacted for rescheduling once bulky waste collections resume 
    • Bulky waste items such as appliances and furniture will be accepted free of charge at the residential transfer stations located in Harmon, Hågat, and Malojloj
  • Residential Transfer Stations (Harmon, Hågat, and Malojloj):
    • Free of charge for residential use for disposal of trash and bulky waste.
    • Household appliances and furniture will be accepted. 
    • Open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Replacement Trash Carts: 
    • Customers may obtain a replacement cart by visiting the GSWA Customer Service office 
    • A replacement fee of $74.75 must be paid prior to the reissuance of a cart.
    • Cash or check payments accepted at the GSWA main office

Due to the increase in waste volume and several roads still blocked by typhoon debris, some delays may occur. Collection routes will also be coordinated with the Department of Public Works and the Guam Power Authority as those agencies are conducting work along roads and to avoid any conflicts or disruptions during the recovery process. 

Please visit the GSWA website for further updates and announcements or contact GSWA Customer Service by phone at 671-646-3111 or email customerservice@gswa.guam.gov

GPA Update:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. As of 4 p.m., GPA reports:

  • 21% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.
  • 76.9% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.
  • 47.6% of GPA’s feeders/ circuits have been energized/restored.

GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substation is energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized.

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 671-475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

GWA Update:

As of 2 p.m., the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) provided the following update on water restoration progress:

Northern Region:

  • Currently 50% of operable wells are on-line
  • GWA continues to operate all available wells to increase reservoir levels throughout the northern system
  • Tumon and Tamuning have water, but low pressures persist causing outages in some areas until reservoir levels can be increased

Central Region:

  • Connection to Navy-supplied sources at Santa Rita-Sumai and Nimitz Hill has been restored
  • With the exception of Finile and Santa Ana areas, service was restored to Santa Rita-Sumai and Hågat
  • The Navy has increased flows in Santa Rita-Sumai and in Piti to assist with recovery
  • Talo’fo’fo main village has been restored, with minor outages being reported as crews are assessing for any line breaks
  • Service on Cross-island road area restored up to Our Lady of Peace

Southern Region:

  • Southern water system will operate at reduced capacity until damaged control equipment at the Ugum Surface Water Treatment Plant is resolved
  • Water services were restored from Ipan to Malesso’
  • Main break repairs completed in Inalåhan
  • Restoration of Humåtak is ongoing

GWA has deployed nine (9) 6,000 gallon Flexible Potable Water Tanks in:

  • Santa Teresita, Mangilao
  • Mongmong-Toto-Maite Mayor’s Office
  • Dededo Mayor’s Office
  • Joseph’s Catholic Church, Inalåhan
  • Malesso’ Pier
  • Hågat Mayor’s Office
  • Chalan Palauan, Dededo
  • Sinifa, Santa Rita
  • Mount Santa Rosa, Yigo

Additional tank deployments pending for other sites once additional containers and chassis are made available. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. 

The water tanks listed above are accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week at this time. Once the tanks are depleted, it will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. Residents island-wide who have water service are advised to conserve and limit use for cleaning, bathing, and cooking in order to conserve water to allow reservoir levels to increase. 

A precautionary boil-water notice remains in effect. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking,

making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Residents island-wide

who have water service are being asked to limit use for cleaning, bathing and cooking in order to conserve

water to allow reservoir levels to increase. For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671) 646-4211 or facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

Do Not Wait to Clean:

The Joint Information Center reminds the community it is always a good preparedness practice to document any photos and videos of your property before and after a disaster strikes. After photos are taken, immediately begin cleaning and making repairs to their homes to make them safe and livable again. Do not wait for public officials to come to your home. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 18

May 29, 2023, 1:20 p.m. (ChST) JRR0529#18

President Biden Approves Governor Leon Guerrero’s Request for FEMA Individual Assistance

This morning President Biden approved Governor Lou Leon Guerrero’s request for Individual Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which provides grants for homeowners and renters like rental assistance and money for home repairs. FEMA inspectors will perform home-by-home assessments to initiate the process to provide direct relief to our people.

“We are appreciative of the work we’ve already accomplished with our territorial and federal partners and I’m happy to announce that more relief is on the way,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “As our community continues making progress towards recovery in the wake of Typhoon Mawar, I’ve been assured that Guam will be provided with every necessary resource for a complete and speedy recovery.” 

“FEMA is dedicated to helping Guam recover from Typhoon Mawar,” said FEMA Federal Coordination Officer Bern Ruiz. “Residents who suffered damages to their home as a result of the storm should contact FEMA to register. You can register with FEMA by calling 1-800-621-3362, through our website at disasterassistance.gov and the FEMA App.”

For more information about registration, processing and FEMA’s Individual Assistance program, can be found by visiting fema.gov and disasterassistance.gov.  

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 17

May 29, 2023, 1 p.m. (ChST) JRR0529#17

DPW Update; GWA Update: TeleCom Update

DPW Update:

The Department of Public Works (DPW) Highway Maintenance Construction Section (MCS) has been working pre-typhoon ensuring the roadways remain accessible for emergency responders and essential government workers. Work was focused at the following sites pre-storm, that have been prone to flooding and heavy vegetation foliage:

  • Polaris Outfall Southbound, Piti
  • Finile Drive, Hågat
  • RR Cruz Subdivison, Hågat
  • Barcinas Manel Channel and Culverts, Malesso’
  • Patpuguan Bridge, Malesso’
  • Routed Roads (1, 4, 2, 10, 16, 15, 3, 9) – Island-wide
  • Storm Drainage Grills – Island-wide
  • Line Ditch Swells Along Rt. 11
  • Rt. 16, Maina Line Ditch 

Upon the passage of Typhoon Mawar and at first daylight, crews from DPW’S MCS continued efforts in clearance of debris on major roadways which allowed the quick response from the Government of Guam and counterparts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to conduct damage assessments. The following sites were: 

  • Rt. 4, Malesso’ 
  • Rt. 4, Chalan Pago
  • Pago Bay, Rt. 4
  • Rt. 4, Yona
  • Rt. 4, Ipan Talo’fo’fo
  • Rt. 4A, Talo’fo’fo
  • Layon Landfill, Inalåhan
  • Rt. 2, Hågat
  • Rt. 2A, Hågat-Humåtac
  • Rt. 17, Santa Rita-Sumai
  • Portions of Rt. 5 and 17m, Santa Rita-Sumai
  • Rt. 1 – Upper Tumon
  • Rt. 1 – East and West Hagåtna
  • Daok Strip, Hagåtna
  • Rt. 4, Sinajana to Ordot
  • Rt. 15, from Mangilao to Perez Acres, Yigo
  • Rt. 6, Maina
  • Snake Road to Nav Hospital, Maina
  • Rt. 15, Mangilao
  • Rt. 8, Maite Plumeria Hotel
  • Rt. 1 Dededo Micro Mall to Rt. 1 Yigo
  • Rt. 15 from Carnation up to Upi Elementary School, Yigo
  • Rt. 27, Macheche to Late Heights, Dededo and Mangilao
  • Rt. 29, Gayinero to Rt. 3 and Rt. 9, Yigo
  • Supported GWA – Access to 20+ Well sites island-wide.

As the island moves towards recovery, DPW crews continue to work removing debris throughout the island. 

GWA Update:

As of 10 a.m., the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) provided the following update on water restoration progress:

Northern Region: 

  • Currently 50% of operable wells are on-line
  • Northern water system is operating normally
  • More wells are being restored to island power as GPA continues to restore circuits
  • GWA continues to operate all available wells to increase reservoir levels throughout the northern system
  • Tumon and Tamuning have water, but low pressures persist causing outages in some areas until reservoir levels can be increased 

Central Region: 

  • Connection to Navy-supplied sources at Santa Rita-Sumai and Nimitz Hill has been restored
  • With the exception of Finile and Santa Ana areas, service was restored to Santa Rita-Sumai and Hågat
  • Talo’fo’fo main village has been restored, with minor outages being reported as crews are assessing for any line breaks
  • Service on Cross-island road area restored up to Our Lady of Peace

Southern Region: 

  • Southern water system will operate at reduced capacity until damaged control equipment at the Ugum Surface Water Treatment Plant is resolved
  • Water services were restored from Ipan to Inalåhan
  • Main break repairs completed in Inalåhan
  • Restoration of Malesso’ and Humåtak is ongoing

GWA has deployed nine (9) 6,000 gallon Flexible Potable Water Tanks in:

  • Santa Teresita, Mangilao
  • Mongmong-Toto-Maite Mayor’s Office
  • Dededo Mayor’s Office
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Inalåhan
  • Malesso’ Pier
  • Hågat Mayor’s Office
  • Chalan Palauan, Dededo
  • Sinifa, Santa Rita
  • Mount Santa Rosa, Yigo

Additional tank deployments pending for other sites once additional containers and chassis are made available. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. 

At this time, the water tanks listed above are accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. Residents island-wide who have water service are advised to conserve and limit use for cleaning, bathing, and cooking in order to conserve water to allow reservoir levels to increase. 

As a precaution, water obtained from these designated locations must be boiled for at least three (3) minutes prior to consumption. A precautionary boil water notice remains in place due to possible bacterial contamination in the water that can occur when increased run-off enters a drinking water source following heavy rains. 

Boil Water Notice Tips:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. 
  • Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. 
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. 
  • Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671) 646-4211 or facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

GTA Restoration Update:

GTA is actively working 24/7 on post-typhoon restoration. The core network is operational with stable off-island internet, but there are outages in wireless services in certain areas. Priority is given to larger sites serving residential and business customers. GTA is also prioritizing restoration to public safety and health facilities. However, the lack of island power and fuel shortages are causing some challenges for the restoration process. 

To support customers, GTA is waiving disconnection fees and freezing disconnections until further notice. 

Updated operating hours are Micronesia Mall (10AM-6PM) and GTA Support Center (7AM-7PM), while the GTA Experience Center and retail locations remain closed. For assistance, please contact the support center at 671-644-4482, visit www.gta.net, or email ask@gta.net.

Docomo Pacific Restoration Update:

Docomo Pacific has been working with its technology crews to make island-wide assessments in Guam, Saipan, Tinian and Rota since Typhoon Mawar.

For Guam customers, the majority of cell sites did not suffer major damage due to Typhoon Mawar. The primary issue at this time is getting island power restored to the sites. Docomo Pacific is working closely with Guam Power Authority to restore services. Generators have been deployed at strategic sites to maximize coverage, and to ensure a stable power supply for as many mobile sites as possible. 

The fiber network for southern villages supporting several mobile cell sites has sustained storm damage. This means that even if these sites were powered with a portable generator, there is no mobile service connectivity at this time. This is on the list of high priorities, along with restoration to public safety and health care facilities. No disconnections were announced until further notice, as well as no data caps for all mobile data customers and load-free prepaid service.

IT&E Restoration Update:

IT&E is working around the clock to restore services. Generators have been deployed to undamaged cell sites that can be accessed safely and that have connectivity to the network. Southern cell sites suffered significant damage from the typhoon. IT&E is unable to provide a timeline for restoration at this time, but is working to deploy a solution. 

All prepaid subscribers get unlimited service, regardless of prepaid plan. Data caps have been lifted for all postpaid subscribers and tethering is available for all postpaid subscribers, free of charge. Service suspension due to nonpayment is postponed until further notice. 

For the latest service updates, subscribers are encouraged to check IT&E’s official social media pages. Service-related issues can be reported by calling (671) 922-4483 or sending a direct message on official social media pages.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 16

May 28, 2023, 6:50 p.m. (ChST) JRR0527#16

Fuel Update; Shelter Update; Port Authority of Guam Update; Guam Airport Update

 

The community is reminded that there is sufficient fuel. Additional stations are opening, as available. Information that is provided to the Joint Information Center is reported directly by fuel company officials. 

Mobil provided the following update, that as of 05/28/2023 at 5 p.m.,  twelve (12) service stations are open:

  • Mobil East Agana
  • Mobil Airport
  • Mobil Maite
  • Mobil Fatima
  • Mobil Liguan
  • Mobil Yigo North
  • Mobil Yigo Perez Acres
  • Mobil Sinajana 
  • Mobil Upper Tumon 
  • Mobil Agat 
  • Mo
  • bil Apra Heights 
  • Mobil Tamuning, DIESEL ONLY, with the exception of the hours of 6 p.m. – 10 p.m., which is exclusive for healthcare workers and first responders with a valid ID, limited to (1) one container per vehicle.

Shell stations:

  • Hagatna (8 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Tamuning (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Harmon (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • MicroMall Intersection (9 a.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Tiyan (2 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
  • Chalan Pago (Diesel Only) (2 p.m. – 8 p.m.)

Emergency Shelter Update: 

Effective immediately, emergency shelters will no longer be accepting residents who have been displaced by Typhoon Mawar. As shelterees begin returning home to clean and assess damages, the current shelter capacity has decreased to 815.

Port Authority of Guam Update:

Port Authority of Guam (PAG) operations will resume today and will offload a Matson container ship. Yesterday, the PAG terminal yard was completely cleaned up. PAG confirmed that Gantry 5 is operational after addressing damage to conduits and its circuit board. Gantry 4 and Gantry 6 have issues with their computer boards and are currently being serviced.

As of 10:30 a.m. today, the U.S. Coast Guard issued the all-clear to open from the waterway perspective while PAG immediately issued the all-clear from the dockside. PAG has received notice of arrivals for two vessels and is ready to service those vessels. Additionally, Guam Customs and Quarantine officers are ready for operations. Matson was scheduled to arrive at noon today, with APL to dock once discharge of Matson’s Maunawili is completed. Matson’s Manoa and Papa Mau are also scheduled to arrive May 30, 2023. 

Guam Airport to open regular flight operations:

After working around the clock to address the impacts to the airport terminal building, equipment, and operations by Typhoon Mawar, the Guam International Airport Authority on May 29, 2023 at 3:00 p.m.

The Airport has phased in to normal operations with a restricted opening for humanitarian and essential cargo flights on May 25, 2023, bringing much needed supplies and emergency personnel to Guam. These operations will continue for typhoon recovery efforts.

Airlines are anticipated to file their flight plans with the GIAA to begin flight operations and to bring

their regularly scheduled operations online. Passengers are advised to contact their airlines directly

for flight status and rescheduling their flights. Below are contact numbers for our airline partners:

 

United Airlines

Tel: +1(800) 864-8331

Fax: (671) 649 6588

Cargo: (671) 645-8570

www.united.com

Jin Air Co. Ltd.

Tel: 1(671)642-2800

Fax: 1(671)642-2801

Website: www.jinair.com

Email gumkk@jinair.com

Jeju Air Co.LTD

Tel: 1(671)649-3936

Tel: +82.1599.1500

(Automated Menu)

www.jejuair.net

EMAIL:gumkk7c@jejuair.net

Korean Air

Telephone: 1(671)642-3200

Admin/Sales 1(671)642-1125/6

Cargo: 1(671)642-5333

www.koreanair.com

gumkk@koreanair.com

Philippine Airlines

General Sales Agents for PAL

(Ticketing) 1(671)632-1615

www.philippineairlines.com

Email: gumkzpr@pal.com.ph

T’way Air Co.LTD

Tel: 1(671)989-1500

Website: www.twayair.com

Email: gumkk@twayair.com

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 15

May 28, 2023, 3:40 p.m. (ChST) JRR0527#15

Utilities Update

GPA Update:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GPA reports that as of 1:00 p.m.:

  • 16.2% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.
  • 65.4% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.
  • 27.0% of GPA’s feeders/ circuits have been energized/restored.

GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substation is energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized.

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

GWA Update:

Water System Status for Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA):

Northern: 

  • GWA northern water system is operating normally but with limited capacity. 
  • Two wells were restored to island power overnight. 
  • GWA continues to operate all available wells to increase reservoir levels throughout the northern system. 

Central: 

  • The Central system is operating, but with reduced transfer of water from northern wells still affecting service. 
  • Water service to Santa Rita and Nimitz Hill (except Turner Road area and higher elevations in Piti village) has been restored. 
  • Restoration of Agat is on-going. 
  • Service to Talofofo village and the Windward Hills area has been restored up to Our Lady of Peace. 
  • The Sinifa area along Cross-island Road remains without service. 

Southern: 

  • GWA’s southern water system is being operated at reduced capacity due to damaged control equipment at the Ugum Surface Water Treatment Plant. 
  • Restoration has occurred in Ipan, Malojloj and Inarajan however GWA crews are currently repairing a main break in Inarajan before restoration can continue to Malesso. 
  • Eight (8) – 6,000 gallon Flexible Potable Water Tanks (FPWT):
    • Mongmong-Toto-Maite Mayor’s Office
    • Inalåhan Mayor’s Office 
    • Malesso’ Pier
    • Hågat Mayor’s Office 
    • Santa Teresita, Mangilao
    • Ordot-Chalan Pago Mayor’s Office, Chalan Pago
    • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Inalåhan
    • Dededo Mayor’s Office, Dededo
  • Two (2) more locations are being prepped and will be deployed to Chalan Palauan and the Sinifa area in Dededo later today.

At this time, the water tanks listed above are accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. Residents island-wide who have water service are advised to conserve and limit use for cleaning, bathing, and cooking in order to conserve water to allow reservoir levels to increase. 

As a precaution, water obtained from these designated locations must be boiled for at least three (3) minutes prior to consumption. A precautionary boil water notice remains in place due to possible bacterial contamination in the water that can occur when increased run-off enters a drinking water source following heavy rains. 

Boil Water Notice Tips:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. 
  • Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. 
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. 
  • Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671) 646-4211 or go to www.facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 14

May 28, 2023, 1 p.m. (ChST) JRR0527#14

Fuel Update; Additional Stations Open

76/Circle K provided the following update, that the following service stations are operational today, May 28:

76/Circle K (12 p.m. – 10 p.m.):

  • Agat
  • Barrigada
  • Dededo
  • Malojloj
  • Sinajana
  • Ypao

From 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Airport 76 is open for First Responders & Healthcare Workers only; credentials are required; cash only. 

These are in addition to the following current, open stations:

Mobil (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.):

  • East Agana
  • Airport 
  • Maite
  • Liguan
  • Fatima
  • Yigo north
  • Yigo Perez Acres
  • Tamuning (Diesel Only)

Shell IP&E:

  • Hagatna as of 8 a.m.
  • Tamuning as of 9 a.m.
  • Harmon as of 9 a.m. 
  • MicroMall Intersection as of 9 a.m. 
  • Yigo at 12 p.m. 
  • Chalan Pago (Diesel only) at 12 p.m.

Shell Upper Tumon across John F. Kennedy High School remains open for essential Government vehicles only. 

Shell reminds the community that while they are accepting all card payments, due to intermittent connectivity, it is recommended to bring cash. 

Some locations are cash only; be prepared. The community is reminded to be courteous and orderly when lining up for fuel. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 13

May 28, 2023, 11:20 a.m. (ChST) JRR0527#13

Fuel Update; GWA Update; American Red Cross Supplies Unavailable at Village Mayors’ Offices

Mobil provided the following update, that the following service stations will be operational today, May 28:

Mobil (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.):

  • East Agana
  • Airport 
  • Maite
  • Liguan
  • Fatima
  • Yigo north
  • Yigo Perez Acres
  • Tamuning (Diesel Only)

The community is reminded to be courteous and orderly when lining up for fuel. 

GWA Recovery Efforts Continue

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GWA reports that as of 10:00 a.m.:

  • 47% of operable wells are online. Crews are working to restore 31% needing power or minor repairs. 17% require motor replacements
  • Wastewater System: Northern District and Inalåhan wastewater treatment plants are in normal operation. GWA is working to address storm damage at the Hagåtña , Humåtak-Malesso’, and Santa Rita-Sumai locations. 
  • Southern water system being operated at reduced capacity due to damaged control equipment at the Ugum Surface Treatment Plant. Water services were restored from Ipan to Inalåhan, but a main break repair in Inalåhan is ongoing. Humåtak remains with partial service, and Malesso’ is still without service pending repair in Inalåhan.
  • In addition to the four water tankers announced yesterday, GWA has deployed four (4) more 6,000 gallon Flexible Potable Water Tanks (FPWT) to include:
    • Mongmong-Toto-Maite Mayor’s Office
    • Inalåhan Mayor’s Office 
    • Malesso’ Pier
    • Hågat Mayor’s Office 
  • Current designated locations are:
    • Santa Teresita, Mangilao
    • Ordot-Chalan Pago Mayor’s Office, Chalan Pago
    • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Inalåhan
    • Dededo Mayor’s Office, Dededo
  • Two (2) more locations are being prepped and will be deployed to Chalan Palauan and the Sinifa area in Dededo later today.

At this time, the water tanks listed above are accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. Residents island-wide who have water service are advised to conserve and limit use for cleaning, bathing, and cooking in order to conserve water to allow reservoir levels to increase. 

As a precaution, water obtained from these designated locations must be boiled for at least three (3) minutes prior to consumption. A precautionary boil water notice remains in place due to possible bacterial contamination in the water that can occur when increased run-off enters a drinking water source following heavy rains. 

Boil Water Notice Tips:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. 
  • Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. 
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. 
  • Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671) 646-4211 or go to www.facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

ARC Supplies Unavailable at Village Mayors’ Offices:

The American Red Cross (ARC), working alongside village mayors, provided emergency assistance items yesterday to residents whose homes were destroyed, due to Typhoon Mawar. 

At this time, the supplies are no longer available. Residents are advised to refrain from going to the village Mayor’s Office for these supplies and stay up to date with the latest information for other opportunities, once available. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 12

May 28, 2023, 10:15 a.m. (ChST) JRR0527#12

Fuel Stations Update

The following Shell service stations are open Sunday, May 28:

Shell IP&E:

  • Hagatna as of 8 a.m.
  • Tamuning as of 9 a.m.
  • Harmon as of 9 a.m. 
  • MicroMall Intersection as of 9 a.m. 
  • Yigo at 12 p.m. 
  • Chalan Pago (Diesel only) at 12 p.m.

Shell Upper Tumon across John F. Kennedy High School remains open for essential Government vehicles only. 

Shell reminds the community that while they are accepting all card payments, due to intermittent connectivity, it is recommended to bring cash. 

76 Circle K Gas Station (11 a.m. – 10 p.m.):

  • Hågat
  • Airport
  • Barrigada
  • Malojloj
  • Sinajana
  • Dededo 
  • Ypao 

Mobil (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.):

  • East Agana
  • Airport 
  • Maite
  • Liguan

The community is reminded to be courteous and orderly when lining up for fuel. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 11

May 28, 2023, 8:40 a.m. (ChST) JRR0527#11

Visitor industry works toward storm recovery

The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and the Guam Hotel and Restaurant Association (GHRA) are working in tandem for visitor industry response efforts as the island works to recover from Typhoon Mawar.

5-6K visitors impacted 

GVB and GHRA are developing a visitor support program to assist stranded visitors impacted by the typhoon to include meal vouchers, airport transportation and future optional tours. Based on data from GVB’s research department, an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 visitors are stranded on the island, not including military. Of that amount, over 3,200 are Korean visitors.

As a result of this, GVB and the Korean Consulate’s Office have formed a partnership to support transportation of visitors who need immediate medical services. The consulate’s office has identified volunteers in the local Korean community that can assist visitors with translation and support for medical inquiries. 

Additionally, the GVB Visitor Concierge Program has been assisting visitors impacted by the storm. The main hotline for visitors that speak Korean, Japanese or Mandarin Chinese is (671) 588-3030.

The Guam Medical Association has also provided a listing of clinics that help with urgent healthcare needs of tourists at the request of GVB management. 

The following clinics include:

 

American Medical Clinic – (671) 647-8262

Seventh Day Adventist Clinic (671) 646-8881

Guam Medical Care (671) 647-4174

Guam Radiology Center (671) 649-1001

Dr. Shieh’s Clinic & Associates (671) 648-2229

One Love Pediatrics – (671) 588-1588

MPG Pediatrics – (671) 648-5437

Lombard Medical – (671) 989-4747

The Neurology Clinic – (671) 646-6463

FHP Medical Clinic (671) 646-5825

Federal assistance and fuel needs

GHRA is working to support FEMA teams that are arriving on island to provide federal assistance with lodging and transportation services. Additional critical federal response workers are anticipated to be on island in the coming days. GHRA is also working with the Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA)  and Guam Power Authority (GPA) on restoration efforts for water and power to hotels that are currently off the grid and relying on limited resources.With a supply chain issue with fuel being resolved, the tourism industry has been informed distribution trucks have started to deliver much needed fuel to vendors around the island who are in great need of gasoline, diesel and LP gas.

GVB and GHRA have included a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) sheet that provides guidance to common inquiries dealing with stranded visitors.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 10

May 27, 2023, 6:30 p.m. (ChST) JRR0527#10

Additional Fuel Stations Prepared to Open Tomorrow

There is an adequate supply of fuel for the island. Fuel companies, Mobil and Shell IP&E, are working together to get more stations online by tomorrow. The following service stations will be open Sunday, May 28:

Mobil (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.):

  • East Agana
  • Airport 
  • Maite
  • Liguan

Shell IP&E (8 a.m. – 10 p.m.):

  • Hagatna
  • Harmon
  • MicroMall Intersection
  • NCS
  • Tiyan
  • Chalan Pago (Diesel only)

More stations will be announced shortly. 

The community is reminded to be courteous and orderly when lining up for fuel. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 9

May 27, 2023, 4:20 p.m. (ChST) JRR0527#9 

Critical Infrastructure Updates; American Red Cross Supplies Available to Residents

Guam Power Authority:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GPA reports that as of 1 p.m. today:

  • 12% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.
  • 46.2% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.
  • 17.5% of GPA’s feeders/circuits have been energized/restored.

GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substation is energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized.

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

Guam Waterworks Authority:

GWA continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GWA reports that as of 1 p.m.:

  • Currently 50% of operable wells are online
  • GWA continues to operate all available wells to increase reservoir levels throughout the northern system 
  • The connection to Navy-supplied sources at Sånta Rita-Sumai and Nimitz Hill has been restored and service is being restored to the area
  • The new Winward Hills Reservoir was put online after chlorination reached acceptable levels. providing partial service to the village of Talo’fo’fo
  • GWA crews continue to work to repair a water main break in Hågat before service can be restored
  • GWA’s southern water system is being operated at reduced capacity due to damaged control equipment at the Ugum Surface Water Treatment Plant. Restoration has commenced toward the Malojloj pump station to restore service to downstream lines and tanks in Malojloj, Inarajan, and Malesso, however, GWA crews are monitoring for breaks that may have occurred and must be repaired before restoration can be completed. 
  • GWA has deployed four 6000-gallon Flexible Potable Water Tanks overnight in Mangilao, Ordot, and Dededo. Two more are being prepped and will be deployed to Merizo and Agat later today. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. 

To report water outages, call GWA at (671) 647-7800.

GSWA Service Update:

The Guam Solid Waste Authority (GSWA) will resume curbside trash collection services on Monday, May 29, 2023. GSWA will prioritize accessible routes and provide curbside collection services to these areas. GSWA will schedule additional collections for customers located in inaccessible areas as roads are cleared. Customers are reminded to place their trash carriers on the curb the night prior to their designated collection day. 

GSWA Residential Transfer Stations located in Harmon, Hagåt, and Malojloj will reopen Tuesday, May 30, 2023. Transfer stations will operate seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until further notice. GSWA Customer Service and administrative offices have resumed normal business hours. For more information, please visit gswa.guam.gov

Open Burning Unauthorized:

The Guam Fire Department (GFD) reminds our community to refrain from burning debris. Low water supply throughout the island will challenge the response to extinguishing fires. Residents are urged to call their respective village mayor’s office for guidance on disposing of debris and to call the Guam Fire Department to report unauthorized burning.

Guam International Airport Authority:

The A. B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam (GIAA) issued a Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) at 9 a.m. today after completing the final inspection of the airfield and navigational aids, and opening Runway 6L/24R for operations.

GIAA is open for humanitarian and essential cargo operations only and prior permission for landing is required. GIAA received the first cargo flights coming in this morning from Saipan, Rota, Kwajalein, and Yap transporting military relief personnel, equipment, and essential cargo.

GIAA anticipates the first relief flights will follow tomorrow, transporting FEMA and critical federal response personnel coming to aid in the island’s recovery from Typhoon Mawar. For these initial relief flights, GIAA is working with the US Customs and Border Protection and Guam Customs and Quarantine for humanitarian personnel clearance.

The Airport previously announced the anticipated resumption of commercial passenger services on Tuesday,

May 30, 2023, which is aligned with the NOTAM issued. GIAA will be meeting with airlines on the plan of

execution. GIAA continues its recovery efforts to resume inbound and outbound passenger processing, and testing of all GIAA and federal regulatory technical systems and equipment required for safe and secure passenger processing is ongoing to ensure conformance with regulatory and security requirements.

 

Passengers are advised to contact their airlines directly for flight status and rescheduling their flights. Below

are contact numbers for our airline partners:

 

United Airlines

Tel: +1(800) 864-8331

Fax: (671) 649 6588

Cargo: (671) 645-8570

www.united.com

Jin Air Co. Ltd.

Tel: 1(671)642-2800

Fax: 1(671)642-2801

www.jinair.com

gumkk@jinair.com

Jeju Air Co.LTD

Tel: 1(671)649-3936

Tel: +82.1599.1500

(Automated Menu)

www.jejuair.net

gumkk7c@jejuair.net

Korean Air

Telephone: 1(671)642-3200

Admin/Sales 1(671)642-1125/6

Cargo: 1(671)642-5333

www.koreanair.com

gumkk@koreanair.com

Philippine Airlines

General Sales Agents for PAL

(Ticketing) 1(671)632-1615

www.philippineairlines.com

gumkzpr@pal.com.ph

T’way Air Co.LTD

Tel: 1(671)989-1500

www.twayair.com

gumkk@twayair.com

Matson Update:

Matson’s vessel Maunawili 234W, originally scheduled to arrive Tuesday, May 23, remains positioned nearby and poised to enter Apra Harbor as soon as given the all-clear. Matson plans to commence cargo operations immediately upon arrival.

Refrigerated containers have been fully powered throughout the voyage and those not picked up immediately by customers will continue to be powered with available resources in the terminal. Matson’s next two scheduled Guam voyages remain on time, with Manoa 483W showing an ETA of Tuesday, May 30, and Manukai 237W showing an ETA the following Tuesday, June 6. 

ARC Emergency Assistance Items:

The American Red Cross (ARC), working alongside village mayors, is providing emergency assistance items to residents that have been displaced, or whose homes were destroyed, due to Typhoon Mawar. The following items are made available to those in need:

  • Tarp
  • Flashlight
  • Cooler
  • Clean-up kits: squeegee, push brooms, brush, work gloves, latex gloves, bleach, trash bags, sponge
  • Bucket

ARC emergency assistance supplies are available for residents whose homes were destroyed as a result of Typhoon Mawar, meaning a total loss of structure, the structure is not economically feasible to repair, or complete failure to major structural components (e.g., the collapse of basement walls/foundation, walls or roof).

Contact your village Mayor’s Office for information on the availability and distribution of ARC emergency assistance items:

 

AGANA HEIGHTS
Paul M. McDonald, Mayor
mayor.mcdonald671@gmail.com
671-472-6393/8285/6

 

ASAN-MAINA
Frankie A. Salas, Mayor
asanmainamayor@gmail.com
671-472-6581/671-479-2726

 

BARRIGADA

June U. Blas, Mayor
mayorbarrigada@gmail.com

671-734-3725/34/36/37/3859

 

CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT
Jessy C. Gogue, Mayor
ocp.mayor@gmail.com
671-472-8302/3/7173

 

DEDEDO
Melissa B. Savares, Mayor
melissa.savares@gmail.com
671-632-5203/5019/671-637-9014

 

HAGAT

Kevin J. T. Susuico, Mayor

agatmayor@yahoo.com

671-565-2524/4330/4335/4336

 

HAGATNA
John A. Cruz, Mayor
hagatnamayor2004@gmail.com
671-477-8045/47/671-472-6379

 

HUMATAK

Johnny A. Quinata, Mayor

umatacmo@gmail.com

671-828-2940/8251/52/58

 

INALAHAN
Anthony P. Chargualaf, Mayor
inalahanmayor@gmail.com
671-475-2509/10/11

 

MALESSO
Ernest T. Chargualaf, Mayor
mayorernestc@yahoo.com
671-828-8312/2941

MANGILAO
Allan R.G. Ungacta, Mayor
mayorallan.ungacta@yahoo.com
671-734-2163/5731

 

MONGMONG-TOTO-MAITE
Rudy A. Paco, Mayor
mtmmayorpaco17@gmail.com
671-477-6758/9090/671-479-6800/6801

 

PITI
Jesse L.G. Alig, Mayor
jesse.alig@pitiguam.com
671-472-1232/3

 

SANTA RITA-SUMAI
Dale E. Alvarez, Mayor
srsmo.mayor@gmail.com
671-565-2514/4337/4302/04

 

SINAJANA
Robert RDC Hofmann, Mayor
guammayor@gmail.com
671-472-6707/671-477-3323

 

TALOFOFO
Vicente S. Taitague, Mayor
talofofomayor@gmail.com
671-789-1421/3262

 

TAMUNING

Louise C. Rivera, Mayor
mayorlcrivera.tatuha@gmail.com
671-646-5211/8646

671-647-9816/9819/20

 

YIGO
Anthony P. Sanchez, Mayor
ymayortony@gmail.com
671-653-5248/9119/9446

 

YONA
Bill A. Quenga, Mayor
yonamayor2020@gmail.com
671-789-4798/0012/1525/6

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 8

May 27, 2023, 1:45 p.m. (ChST) JRR0527#8 

GDOE Graduation Update; Shelter Update

GDOE Graduation Update: The GDOE leadership has confirmed that high school graduation ceremonies for SY 2022-2023 have been postponed until further notice. The leadership team will meet with school administrators to discuss high school graduation ceremonies, summer school 2023, and other educational matters. 

Emergency Shelters Update: 

Residents in need of shelter are encouraged to seek safety at the nearest available shelter. Residents who are displaced because of Typhoon Mawar may still seek safety at the following shelters. Here are the numbers as of 1:00 p.m.:

 

Emergency Shelter

Current Numbers

Max Capacity

% Capacity

AsTumbo Elementary School*

166

200

85%

Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School

295

349

85%

Wettengel Elementary School

255

378

67%

George Washington High School

107

450

24%

Talo’fo’fo Elementary School

34

311

11%

Total

857

1,688

51%

*AsTumbo Elementary School is still an active emergency shelter but is no longer accepting residents. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 7

May 27, 2023, 10:35 a.m. (ChST) JRR0526#7 

Water Tanker Locations; Boil Water Notice Remains in Place

GWA Update:

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) has stationed four water tanks in designated areas of the island to support water needs as GWA assesses areas that need full water restoration. 

 

The designated locations for the 4,000-6,000 gallon tankers include:

  • Santa Teresita, Mangilao
  • Ordot-Chalan Pago Mayor’s Office, Chalan Pago
  • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Inalåhan
  • Dededo Mayor’s Office, Dededo

At this time, the water tanks listed above are accessible 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Once the tanks are depleted, they will be refilled and returned to service at locations still without water. Residents island-wide who have water service are advised to conserve and limit use for cleaning, bathing, and cooking in order to conserve water to allow reservoir levels to increase. 

As a precaution, water obtained from these designated locations must be boiled for at least three (3) minutes prior to consumption. A precautionary boil water notice remains in place due to possible bacterial contamination in the water that can occur when increased run-off enters a drinking water source following heavy rains. 

Boil Water Notice Tips:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. 
  • Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. 
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. 
  • Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

GWA continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GWA reports that as of 10:00 a.m.:

  • Currently 50% of operable wells are online
  • GWA continues to operate all available wells to increase reservoir levels throughout the northern system 
  • The connection to Navy-supplied sources at Sånta Rita-Sumai and Nimitz Hill has been restored and service is being restored to the area
  • The new Winward Hills Reservoir was put online after chlorination reached acceptable levels. providing partial service to the village of Talo’fo’fo
  • GWA crews continue work to repair a water main break in Hågat before service can be restored 

To report water outages, call GWA at (671) 647-7800.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 6

May 26, 2023, 6:05 p.m. (ChST) JRR0526#6 

Stay Out of Water; GMH Update; Gas Station Safety

Stay Out of Water

The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office Guam has the following advisories in effect:

A high surf warning remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2023. Dangerously large breaking waves of 10 to 15 feet are expected in the surf zone of south and west-facing reefs. A high risk of rip currents is in effect through Saturday afternoon and can sweep even the best swimmers away from the shore into deeper water. 

Everyone should remain out of the water due to life-threatening water conditions. 

A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam and Rota until 6 p.m. this evening. Southeast winds near 20 knots and seas near 10 feet are expected. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid navigating in hazardous conditions. 

Guam Memorial Hospital

The Guam Memorial Hospital regained power and utility service and remains operational. 

 

Gas Station Safety

Motorists waiting in queue to refuel at a gas station are advised to maintain their hazard lights and remain on the outermost lane nearest the station. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 5

May 26, 2023, 4:40 p.m. (ChST) JRR0526#5

GovGuam Agency Updates; Emergency Shelters Update; Safety Reminders

GovGuam Agency Updates:

Guam Power Authority:

The Guam Power Authority (GPA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GPA reports that as of 1:00 p.m.:

  • 3.8% of the System Load (Customer Demand) has been restored.
  • 41.4% of GPA’s Substation Energization has been restored.
  • 15.9% of GPA’s feeders/ circuits have been energized/restored.

GPA notes that feeders and circuits may be energized only if GPA’s substation is energized and that system load will increase once feeders and circuits are energized.

Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

 

Guam Waterworks Authority:

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) continues its restoration and post-typhoon recovery efforts. GWA reports that as of 3:00 p.m.:

  • Guam northern water system is operating normally with additional wells brought back on line overnight
  • Tumon Maui Well serving the Tumon and Tamuning areas is operational
  • Currently 50% of operable wells are on-line
  • GWA is working to restore connection to Navy-supplied sources at Santa Rita and Nimitz Hill.
  • GWA’s southern water system is operating
  • Ugum Surface Water Treatment Plant back on-line as of this morning
  • Northern District, Hagåtña and Inalåhan wastewater treatment plants (WWTP) are operating normally 

 

Residents island-wide who have water service are being asked to conserve water GWA attempts to

increase reservoir levels. GWA’s Boil Water Notice remains in effect

Some GWA facilities remain on generator power and GWA is working with GPA to monitor power status to maintain operations at GWA’s production and distribution facilities. GWA staff continues to address storm damage at the Umatac-Merizo and Agat-Santa Rita WWTPs. GWA is monitoring all wastewater pump stations closely. Some GWA facilities remain on generator power and GWA is working with GPA to monitor power status at GWA wastewater pump stations and treatment plants.

For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671) 646-4211 or go to www.facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

Port Authority of Guam:

The Port Authority of Guam (PAG) has received clearance from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to begin major recovery efforts dockside. PAG weathered Typhoon Mawar with visible damage to Piers F3, F4, F5 and F6, particularly the Bull Rail. Portions of the Fender System also are damaged or broken off. The storm also caused damage to the Agat and Agana Marinas. 

PAG continues assessments on their  wharves, docks, cranes, and facilities. PAG’s dive team will conduct underwater assessments of the docks tomorrow, which is key to the Port’s ability to reopen. Apra Harbor remains closed as the USCG has restricted water entry into the Harbor until further notice. PAG’s operations team continues to address all concerns within the terminal yard to allow vessel entry to the Port and the discharge of cargo as soon as possible.

Guam Department of Education (GDOE): Central operations and school sites are closed for services. Employees have reported in to assess damages and certain schools are still being utilized as emergency shelters. Also, DOE announced that the Guam Education Board (GEB) meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 30, 2023, has been canceled until further notice. 

Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR): All parks and recreational areas are closed until further notice. DPR is conducting damage assessments. Residents are encouraged to stay away from all parks and recreational areas until all safety concerns are addressed. Lifeguards are not on duty.

 Department of Public Works (DPW): The Department of Public Works (DPW) has cleared major roadways following the aftermath of Mawar. All major routes are cleared and open.

 

Emergency Shelters Update: 

Residents in need of shelter are encouraged to seek safety at the nearest available shelter. Residents who are displaced because of Typhoon Mawar may still seek safety at the following shelters. Here are the numbers as of 4:00 p.m.:

Emergency Shelter

Current Numbers

Max Capacity

% Capacity

AsTumbo Elementary School*

154

287

72%

Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School

118

349

34%

Upi Elementary School*

235

506

46%

Wettengel Elementary School

65

378

17%

George Washington High School

81

450

18%

Talo’fo’fo Elementary School

37

311

12%

Total

690

2,281

30%

*AsTumbo Elementary School is still an active emergency shelter but is no longer accepting residents. Effective today, the Upi Elementary School shelter will close and the shelter will be relocated to Wettengel Elementary School shelter. 

Safety Reminders:

Generator Use

If you are using a generator in the event of a power outage, please adhere to the following safety precautions:

  • Be aware of hazards: Common hazards include shocks and electrocution from incorrect use, carbon

monoxide (CO) from a generator’s exhaust, fires from improper refueling or fuel storage, and

noise/vibration hazards.

  • Keep generators at least 15 feet from any open window, door, or vent while in use. Do not operate a

generator in a garage or storage area even with the door open.

  • Always follow instructions in the owner’s manual proper “grounding” of the generator.
  • Clear flammable and combustible material at least 3 to 4 feet around the generator to avoid a fire.
  • Place the generator either in a dry area or under an open canopy structure outside and away from your

home; never run generators in the rain or when wet.

  • Plug appliances directly into the generator and do not plug multiple power strips together. If you must

use an extension cord, it should be 3-pronged, grounded, heavy-duty and labeled for outdoor use.

  • Check cords regularly for damage (such as cuts or fraying) that could cause a fire.
  • Do not “back feed” power by plugging the generator into a wall outlet. Back feeding will put you and

others, including utility workers, at serious risk for electrocution and/or electrical fire risk.

  • Even if operated for a short time, generators can become hot very quickly. If you must touch the

generator, wear protective gloves. To avoid electric shock or electrocution, do not try to fix or

otherwise work on a generator while it is on or plugged in.

  • Always keep a fully charged fire extinguisher nearby. If you or others show symptoms of CO

poisoning (light-headed, dizzy, tiredness, or nausea) go outside immediately for fresh air and seek

medical attention.

Fuel Storage

  • Only use fuel recommended in the owner’s manual.
  • Keep fuel in an ANSI-approved container away from the generator.
  • Store outdoors in a cool, well-ventilated space – never indoors.
    Do not fuel the generator while it is running.

Candle Use

The Guam Fire Department recommends the use of flashlights instead of candles during power outages;

however, if you must use candles, the following safety measures must be taken:

  • Never leave a burning candle unattended. Extinguish candles completely before you leave the room or

go to sleep.

  • Do not burn candles on or near anything that can catch fire. Keep candles away from decorations,

curtains, beddings, paper, walls, furniture, and other combustible materials.

  • Always keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children and never leave children

unattended in a room where candles are lit. Place candles out of the reach of children and pets and

away from areas where they can be knocked over.

  • Keep burning candles away from flammable liquids.
  • Never touch or move a burning candle when the wax is liquefied.

Traffic Safety

All Traffic Control Points (TCP) will be unmanned by 6:00 p.m. due to loss of daylight and poor visibility.  Motorists are asked to proceed with caution when approaching all major traffic intersections. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

Contact the JIC at (671) 478-0208/09/10 for more information.

Joint Information Center – JIC Recovery Release No. 1

May 26, 2023, 10 a.m. (ChST) JRR0526#1


Recovery Efforts Continue

Critical and Essential GovGuam Employees:

As of 5 p.m. Thursday, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero placed the island in Condition of Readiness (COR). All essential and critical Government of Guam employees are to report to the worksite to assess for damages. All others are to report to their supervisors. For agencies whose payroll is processed by the Department of Administration, payroll data was transmitted earlier this week. 

Traffic Control:
The Guam Police Department and the Guam National Guard are being positioned at major intersections and motorists are advised to please proceed with caution. 

GFD Issue a No Burn Notice:

The Guam Fire Department (GFD) issued a No Burn Notice for the entire community due to ongoing recovery efforts. GFD is focusing efforts on life and property preservation. 

Gas Stations Open Today for Public Services

The Joint Information Center received the update that the following Shell Service Stations are open today:

  • Shell Tamuning on Rt. 14 Chalan San Antonio
  • Shell Harmon Rt 16 Army Drive 
  • Shell Chalan Pago Rt 4 Chalan Kanton Tasi will open at 1pm

Shell Tumon across John F. Kennedy High School is only open to service essential government vehicles.  

GPA Update:

Guam Power Authority (GPA) has begun its post-typhoon power restoration process starting with restoring critical and priority facilities such as hospitals, water wells and wastewater facilities, critical infrastructure and key areas e.g. communications, schools, public safety/health and ports of entry. GPA crews will then focus on areas throughout the island. To report power outages and down lines, call (671) 648-3000 or (671) 647-5787 or report it on facebook.com/guampowerauthority.

GWA Update:

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) issued a boil water notice due to possible bacterial contamination in the water that can occur when increased run-off enters a drinking water source following heavy rains. GWA will perform assessments of its water system to be within acceptable levels as soon as possible.

Boil Water Notice Tips:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. 
  • Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. 
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. 
  • Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

GWA is working with village mayors in assessing areas with no water services.  Coordination is being made to deploy water bladders to the respective villages that are in need of them. Water bladders are currently being distributed to critical care facilities. To report water outages, call (671) 647-7800.

DPHSS Updates:

The Department of Public Health and Social Services’ (DPHSS) Division of Senior Citizens (DSC) resumed the following: 

  • Homebound Meals with a hot meal. Homebound Meals will continue the regular operations of providing meals Sunday through Saturday. For any questions you can contact SH Enterprises, the Elderly Nutrition Program vendor at 671-649-9716/9727.
  • Case Management Services, In-Home Services and the National Family Caregiver Support Program 

The 3 Adult Day Care Centers, 12 Senior Citizens Centers, Congregate Nutrition Services, Transportation Services, and Elder Justice Legal Assistance Services will be closed today, Friday, May 26, 2023. 

Judiciary of Guam Remains Closed:

The Judiciary of Guam remains closed until an assessment of the court’s power and the generators have been completed. Essential staff will report to address the situation. All hearings and court proceedings remain canceled and will be rescheduled. Upon reopening, the Judiciary will prioritize matters that require immediate attention. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Joint Information Center (JIC) will continue to provide updates as they are made available. For more information, contact the JIC at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 30

May 25, 2023, 5:30 p.m. (ChST)

Guam in COR 4; JRM in TCCOR 1R as of 5 PM; Response Efforts Underway

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has placed the island in Condition of Readiness (COR) 4 as of 5 p.m. today, May 25, 2023, in the wake of Typhoon Mawar’s exit from the Marianas. 

Joint Region Marianas (JRM), Naval Base Guam (NBG), Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB), and Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB) are in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 1R as of 5 p.m. today. TCCOR 1R is set after the destructive winds have subsided to allow for survey and work crews to determine the extent of the damage. Until the recovery process is declared complete (TCCOR 4), or the risk of injury and/or damage to personnel and property has been mitigated to a safe level, the installations are limited to essential personnel only and recommend all on-base personnel remain indoors. For installation-specific operations or questions, please consult the respective installation Facebook pages or reach out to the Public Affairs Officer.

As Typhoon Mawar slowly pulls away from the Marianas, response efforts are underway. As of 1 p.m., Mawar was located 14.4. degrees north, 143.0 degrees east, about 135 miles west-northwest of Guam. It is moving west-northwest at 7 mph with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. 

For the remainder of the day, Guam can expect south winds of 20 -25 mph, with gusts up to 40 mph in heavy showers. Spotty showers are still expected as rainbands come in from time to time, bringing gusty winds at least until after sunset. Surf of 12 to 16 feet is expected for south and west facing reefs. The community is reminded to stay out of the water as hazardous surf and seas will be life-threatening. 

After Typhoon Mawar’s passage last night, response efforts began as early as daybreak, when it was safe to do so. No major injuries or casualties were reported as a result of Mawar’s passage. Throughout the storm, and immediately after, emergency response personnel executed rescue and evacuation efforts as long as it was safe to do so. 

The government of Guam prioritizes the safety of the community as they work on water and power restoration for the island, as well as the continued safe removal of debris from roadways. All crews are aggressively working to get both power and water restored. 

GWA Update:

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) is working diligently to restore water to island residents in the aftermath of Typhoon Mawar. A boil water notice and water conservation notice has been issued by GWA, until further notice. For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671) 646-4211 or go to www.facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

GPA Update:

Guam Power Authority (GPA) has begun its post-typhoon power restoration process. Power restoration after a typhoon is an extremely dangerous effort, and we ask for the public’s cooperation and patience as we safely work to restore power to the island. GPA crews have begun 24/7 shift work clearing lines and restoring power. GPA has procedural plans and priorities in place for post-typhoon recovery and restoration. 

 

Some GPA crews will first work on the transmission lines bringing power from the power plants out to the substations. Other crews will begin to restore power to circuits and ultimately to customers. 

GPA will work on restoring critical and priority facilities such as the hospital, water wells and wastewater facilities, critical infrastructure and key areas e.g. communications, schools, public safety/health and ports of entry. GPA crews will then focus on areas throughout the island. In order to energize the most customers, we may have to isolate areas heavily damaged and then return to the respective area at a later time. 

We recognize that the widespread power outages make post-typhoon recovery difficult. We are working to restore your power service as soon as possible. We ask residents not to inundate or overwhelm GPA Trouble Dispatch lines with inquiries regarding service restoration. Updates on power restoration will be provided to news media, Office of Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, the village Mayors, GPA website and posted on GPA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority). 

GPA continues to ask for the public’s patience and understanding as we work on restoring power to the island. Customers can contact GPA’s 24-Hour Trouble Dispatch at 475-1472/3/4 or via direct message on GPA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.  

MCOG Update:

The respective village Mayors have been out helping their village constituents throughout the duration of the typhoon. The mayors will continue to work with the Guam Environmental Protection Agency (Guam EPA) to establish staging centers for storm waste collection to include metals, white goods, plastics and green waste.  

GFD Update:

The Guam Fire Department (GFD) emergency response personnel responded to as many calls as they safely could throughout the duration of the storm. NextGen 911 also fared well throughout the storm. 

GPD Update:

As the island moves into COR 4, the Guam Police Department reminds motorists to adhere to the road conditions and to proceed with caution while approaching major traffic intersections.  Starting Friday morning, traffic direction will be provided to all major intersections to aid with the safe movement of traffic flow. 

GIAA Update: 

Flights are not operating at this time. The A.B. Won Pat International Airport Guam (GIAA) activated its Emergency Coordination Center and completed damage inspections of its terminal facilities and airfield with recovery efforts well underway. In coordination with the FAA Agana Air Traffic Control Tower, the airport has decided it will accommodate humanitarian and cargo flights to Guam at this time.  

The first priority in the terminal building is safely removing water in flooded areas to get the airport’s equipment back online. The GIAA team is assessing the airfield for operational capabilities. The airport will be meeting with airlines and stakeholders to update them on terminal status and information on their operational plans. 

 

Korean Air has announced the following flight cancellations:

KE 423/424 Incheon/Guam/Incheon  canceled for May 24 and 25

KE 421/422 Incheon/Guam/Incheon canceled for May 25 

KE 423/424 Incheon/Guam Incheon canceled for May 25 and May 26

Until the terminal is up for operations, we ask passengers to stay at their hotels and homes as passenger amenities are limited at this time.  Travelers can contact their respective airlines for any change in flight status or by going to the GIAA website at www.guamairport.com/flights.

GVB Update:

To help support recovery efforts at the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Guam and the tourism industry, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) and Guam Hotel & Restaurant Association (GHRA) have reached out to hotels, tour agents, taxis and other industry partners to communicate the flight operations impacted by the airport’s flooded areas, as well as damages to some hotels caused by Typhoon Mawar. Messaging has reached all of Guam’s main visitor markets. GVB has also pushed the added assistance of its visitor concierge program for those that speak Japanese, Korean and Mandarin Chinese. The concierge service hotline is (671) 588-3030. 

 Emergency Shelters Update:

As the island continues to experience tropical storm force winds and rain, residents whose homes are not safe against heavy winds or rains, or those that live in low-lying, flood-prone areas can seek safety at a designated emergency shelter. Machananano Elementary School and  Inalåhan Middle School Shelters are closed, effective immediately. Residents in the area are advised to go immediately to any of the other shelters available. Emergency Shelter Numbers as of 4:00 p.m., Thursday:

 

Emergency Shelter

Current Numbers

Max Capacity

% Capacity

AsTumbo Elementary

208

287

72%

Machananao Elementary School

334

Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School

156

349

45%

Upi Elementary School

312

506

62%

Wettengel Elementary School

50

378

13%

B.P. Carbullido Elementary

85

242

35%

George Washington High School

87

450

19%

Inalåhan Middle School

352

Merizo Martyrs Memorial School

19

307

6%

Talo’fo’fo Elementary School

66

311

21%

Total

983

3,516

28%

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Joint Information Center (JIC) will continue to provide updates as they are made available. For more information, contact the JIC at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 29

May 25, 2023, 1:30 p.m. (ChST)

Boil Water Notice; Water Conservation

Guam is in COR 1 – Remain indoors

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) is advising customers to conserve water and has issued a boil water notice due to possible bacterial contamination in the water that can occur when increased run-off enters a drinking water source following heavy rains. GWA will perform assessments of its water system to be within acceptable levels as soon as possible.

Boil Water Notice Tips:

  • DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. 
  • Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for three (3) minutes, and let it cool before using or use bottled water. 
  • Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. 
  • Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

Villages are experiencing water outages and crews are working to restore service at this time. The following areas of the island that are affected include Tamuning, Nimitz Hill, Hågat, Santa Rita, Yona, Talo’fo’fo, Ipan

and Malojloj.

 

Water Conservation Notice:

GWA is asking that customers in the southern region of the island from Ipan to Humåtak conserve water due to high turbidity in the Ugum river. For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671)646-4211 or visit facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 28

May 25, 2023, 10:35 a.m. (ChST)


Typhoon Mawar Update; Tropical Storm Force Winds Continue; 

Stay Out of the Water

Guam is in COR 1 – Remain indoors

Tropical storm force winds continue  

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office advised that although Guam is no longer expected to experience typhoon conditions from Typhoon Mawar, outer winds and rain bands of the storm are expected to persist over the island for the next few hours. Tropical storm force winds of 35 mph to 40 mph, with gusts of 45 mph up to to 50 mph are anticipated as Mawar makes its way out of the Marianas. Guam remains in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1.

Remain in shelter within sturdy concrete homes with concrete roofs until COR 4 is announced. 

Stay Out of the Water 

In addition to the tropical storm-force winds, hazardous surf and seas remain. Remain out of the water due to life-threatening conditions. 

Although Typhoon Mawar is moving northwest of Guam and the Marianas, Mawar’s current track puts the risk of highest surf along west and north-facing reefs. 

Dangerous surf persists along western and northern coastlines due to a large swell generated by Mawar.

 Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 27

May 25, 2023, 6:35 a.m. (ChST)

Guam Remains in COR 1; 

Governor Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Tenorio to Make Initial Assessment at First Light

At first light, and when it is safe to do so, Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio, along with partners from the Department of Public Works, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will conduct a windshield assessment to gain visibility of any major damages or blocked roadways in the wake of Typhoon Mawar. As Guam received the full brunt of the typhoon overnight, the assessment will help determine what damages may have occurred.

Tropical Storm Force Winds Continue on Guam:

Current conditions will continue on Guam but are not expected to worsen. Sustained winds of 30 mph with gusts up to 55 mph will continue for the next two to three hours. 

 Residents are urged to stay off the roads and remain in safe, hardened shelters until Condition of Readiness (COR) 4 is declared.

  Flooding Remains Possible:

A flood watch is in effect for Guam and Rota through this morning.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 26

May 25, 2023, 12:35 a.m. (ChST)

Typhoon Mawar Moving Away; Tropical Storm Force Conditions Still Expected

Guam is in COR 1 – Remain indoors

As of 12 a.m., May 25, typhoon force winds from Typhoon Mawar are expected to slowly subside for Guam as the center of the storm slowly pulls away from Guam. However, the island can still expect strong battering tropical storm force winds to continue through this morning. Expect heavy showers and strong gusty winds.

The worst of the conditions will lighten, slowly ending the heavy thrashing of Guam in the next couple of hours. 

As of 10 p.m., Mawar was located 13.7 degrees north latitude and 144.6 degrees east longitude, about 20 miles northwest of Guam and 125 miles southwest of Saipan. It is moving northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. 

What to Do:

  • Continue to shelter indoors until destructive winds leave our vicinity. Be mindful that tropical storm force winds will continue well into today;
  • Turn off your breaker if your home is affected by flooding;
  • Call 911 if it is an immediate emergency.

Local Radio Stations Providing Updates:

The Joint Information Center will continue to use all means of communication available throughout the duration of the storm. Tune to the following local radio stations for the latest updates:

  • 95.5 FM KStereO
  • 93.3 FM The Point
  • 93.9 FM The Breeze
  • 88.1 FM KHMG
  • 97.5 FM Power 98

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 25

May 24, 2023, 9 p.m. (ChST)

Extreme Wind Warning Extended; Destructive Winds Expected to Continue Late into this Evening

Guam is in COR 1 – Remain indoors

The Extreme Wind Warning has been extended for the northeastern part of Guam until 10:45 p.m. Widespread destructive winds of 115 to 140 mph are moving over Yigo and Andersen AFB, extending southward to Dededo. The safest place to be is in a reinforced concrete structure, in an interior room. 

According to the National Weather Service Office Guam, the storm’s destructive winds of 105 mph are impacting Guam and will continue late into this evening. Guam can expect peak typhoon force conditions late into the evening before gradually subsiding into tropical storm conditions. 

As the storm continues through the Rota Channel, just north of Guam, the brunt of the typhoon force winds are impacting the northern villages but the remainder of the island is continuing to receive impact as typhoon force winds extend 45 miles from Mawar’s center. Tropical storm force winds extend outward from the center up to 145 miles.

As of 7 p.m., Typhoon Mawar was located 13.7 degrees north latitude, 144.9 degrees east longitude, about 15 miles north-northeast of Guam, about 115 miles south-southwest of Saipan. It is moving northwest at 8 mph with maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. 

Local Radio Stations Providing Updates:

The Joint Information Center will continue to use all means of communication available throughout the duration of the storm. Tune to the following local radio stations for the latest updates:

  • 95.5 FM KStereO
  • 93.3 FM The Point
  • 93.9 FM The Breeze
  • 88.1 FM KHMG
  • 97.5 FM Power 98

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 24

May 24, 2023, 6:05 p.m. (ChST)

Extreme Wind Warning in Effect; Typhoon Mawar Impacts Guam

Guam is in COR 1 – Remain indoors

An Extreme Wind Warning is in effect for the northeastern part of Guam until 7:45 p.m. Widespread destructive winds of 115 to 140 mph are moving over Yigo and Andersen AFB, extending southward to Dededo, as far as the Micronesia Mall. The central and southern parts of the island will continue to experience typhoon force winds but the highest wind speed will be farther north, over Andersen AFB and Ritidian. 

 

Officials continue to monitor Typhoon Mawar. As of 4 p.m., Mawar was located 13.6 degrees north latitude and 145.2 degrees east longitude. It is moving west-northwest at 7 mph. 

According to the National Weather Service Forecast Office Guam, Mawar is now expected to pass just north of Guam this evening as it passes through the Rota Channel between Guam and Rota. Maximum sustained winds remain at 140 mph and it is expected to maintain this intensity through Thursday. 

This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Take action now to protect your life and move immediately to an interior room in your shelter. The safest place to be during this situation is in a reinforced interior room away from windows. Remain in place through the passage of these life-threatening conditions.

Local Radio Stations Providing Updates:

The Joint Information Center will continue to use all means of communication available throughout the duration of the storm. Tune to the following local radio stations for the latest updates:

  • 95.5 FM KStereO
  • 93.3 FM The Point
  • 93.9 FM The Breeze
  • 88.1 FM KHMG
  • 97.5 FM Power 98

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 23

May 24, 2023, 3:20 p.m. (ChST)

Typhoon Mawar Update: Conditions Expected to Worsen

Stay indoors until COR 4 is declared. 

Conditions Worsening in the Next Few Hours:

Typhoon Mawar continues on a track toward Guam. As of 1 p.m., Mawar was located 13.2 degrees north latitude and 145.5 degrees east longitude, about 45 miles east-southeast of Guam and 135 miles south of Saipan. It has maximum sustained winds of 140 mph. The storm is experiencing an eyewall replacement cycle which will affect its trajectory as it moves closer to Guam. 

Conditions are expected to worsen within the next few hours. Based on the current forecast track, the eye is expected to pass over central Guam sometime between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., though passage over northern Guam or the southern part of the Rota Channel is still possible. 

Guam is experiencing 61 mph to 74 mph winds, expecting to gradually increase to typhoon force winds between 74 mph to 104 mph over the next couple of hours. Typhoon-force winds extend outward from the center up to 50 miles. 

A flash flood warning is in effect for Guam. Between 1 and 3 inches of rain has already fallen. Additional rainfall amounts of 10 to 15 inches are possible, with locally 20 to 25 inches possible. Flash flooding is ongoing or expected to begin shortly. 

The community is reminded to remain indoors, stay away from windows; and avoid travel outdoors, as heavy winds, rains and flooding could be life-threatening. 

Federal Stakeholders standby to support Guam:

President Biden has granted an emergency declaration for Guam ahead of Typhoon Mawar. This declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to supplement territorial and local response efforts to help save lives, protect property and public safety.

FEMA has more than 50 staff in Guam with dozens more federal partners on the ground to support incident management, communications, debris removal, engineering, health and military support if needed. If the immediate needs of survivors supersede local and territorial resources, FEMA can provide commodities like meals, water, blankets, cots, tents, tarps, baby supplies and more. FEMA can also mission assign other federal agencies to perform or contract work, if needed.

To read the emergency declaration for Guam in its entirety, CLICK HERE, or visit whitehouse.gov

Local Radio Stations Providing Updates:

The Joint Information Center will continue to use all means of communication available throughout the duration of the storm. Tune to the following local radio stations for the latest updates:

  • 95.5 FM KStereO
  • 93.3 FM The Point
  • 93.9 FM The Breeze
  • 88.1 FM KHMG
  • 97.5 FM Power 98

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 21

May 24, 2023, 9:55 a.m. (ChST)

Stay off the Roads; Emergency Shelter Update; Utilities Update

 

Stay indoors until COR 4 is declared, now that Guam is in the threshold of damaging winds of 39 mph or greater. Winds are expected to intensify to typhoon force winds by midday, with the strongest winds of 145 mph sustained winds, with gusts up to 150-170 mph expected through the afternoon. 

 

Emergency Shelter Update:

Residents whose homes are not made to withstand heavy winds or rains, or those that live in low-lying, flood-prone areas are advised to move to a designated emergency shelter immediately. The window to mobilize has closed for some areas and is rapidly closing for other locations. Make assessments on the safest decision for you and your family. Emergency Shelter Numbers as of 8 a.m. Wednesday:

AsTumbo Elementary School shelter is closed due to max capacity. Residents in the area are advised to seek shelter in an alternate location. 

 

Emergency Shelter

Current Occupancy

Max Capacity

% Capacity

AsTumbo Elementary

183

287

64%

Machananao Elementary School

238

334

71%

Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School

108

349

31%

Upi Elementary School

44

506

9%

Wettengel Elementary School

45

378

12%

B.P. Carbullido Elementary

30

242

12%

George Washington High School

69

450

15%

Harry S. Truman Elementary

13

422

3%

Inalåhan Middle School

33

352

9%

Merizo Martyrs Memorial School

64

307

21%

Talo’fo’fo Elementary School

49

311

16%

Total

876

3,938

22%

GPA Update:

As of 4:45 am today, Guam Power Authority (GPA) crews were secured and stood down for their safety as high winds have made it unsafe to continue making repairs around the island. Mobilization, assessments and repairs to the system will resume once conditions improve and return to a safe level. This will begin the recovery phase of the island-wide power system around Guam. 

GPA advises that power outages and fluctuations are expected during the storm. GPA does not intend to shut down the island-wide power system. The island-wide power system runs automatically and power cuts out when damage has occurred to a customer’s circuit. This occurs for the safety of GPA’s customers and their homes and businesses. 

The system will be energized as long as power circuits remain intact. GPA is working hard to achieve having some part of the system continue to operate throughout the storm because it will make post-typhoon recovery faster. 

 

As the storm progresses closer to Guam, more power outages will occur. If your power circuits go down, GPA will work on energizing it immediately within a few minutes. If your power doesn’t come back in a few minutes it is most likely that the circuit is damaged and GPA will have to wait until the typhoon passes before they can make repairs. The GPA team is prepared to immediately begin restoration as soon as winds decrease to safe levels. 

 

For any outages, customers can contact the GPA 24-hour dispatch line at (671) 475-1472/3/4. Customer service representatives are also manning GPA’s facebook page at www.facebook.com/GuamPowerAuthority.

GWA Update:

The Guam Waterworks Authority (GWA) is asking that customers in the southern region of the island from Ipan to Humåtak conserve water due to high turbidity in the Ugum river. For information, contact GWA’s 24/7 phone line at (671)646-4211 or go to www.facebook.com/guamwaterworksauthority.

Local Radio Stations Providing Updates:

The Joint Information Center will continue to use all means of communication available throughout the duration of the storm. Tune to the following local radio stations for the latest updates:

  • 95.5 FM KStereO
  • 93.3 FM The Point
  • 93.9 FM The Breeze
  • 88.1 FM KHMG
  • 97.5 FM Power 98

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Tune in to local radio Super Typhoon Mawar Updates

Seek Immediate Shelter; Super Typhoon Mawar Update; USCG Update;

Local Radio Stations Providing Updates

The community is advised to SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER, if you have not done so already. Once sheltered, stay indoors until COR 4 is announced. 

Local Radio Stations Providing Updates:

The Joint Information Center will continue to use all means of communication available throughout the duration of the storm. Tune to the following local radio stations for the latest updates:

  • 95.5 FM KStereO
  • 93.3 FM The Point
  • 93.9 FM The Breeze

Super Typhoon Mawar continues its approach to Guam. As of 4:00 a.m., Super Typhoon Mawar was located 12.5 degrees north latitude and 145.6 degrees east longitude, about 85 miles southeast of Guam and 180 miles south of Saipan. It is moving west-northwest at 5 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. 

What to Expect:

Super Typhoon Mawar’s passage very near or directly over Guam is imminent. Mawar is expected to strengthen further to a Category 5 typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, with gusts approaching 200 mph. This is expected to occur prior to making landfall. 

The triple threat of torrential rains that may result in landslides and flash flooding, catastrophic wind, and life-threatening storm surge, are expected for Guam, with potentially catastrophic coastal flooding for southeastern and southern portions of Guam. Governor Lou Leon Guerrero issued Executive Order No. 2023-03 yesterday, relative to the mandatory evacuation of low-lying coastal areas of Guam. 

Typhoon conditions, with winds of 74 mph or greater, are likely to begin during the next few hours and increase through the morning. Intense eyewall winds are expected around between noon and 5:00 p.m., where maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, with gusts between 195 and 200 mph are likely. 

Emergency Shelter Update:

Residents whose homes are not safe against heavy winds or rains, or those that live in low-lying, flood-prone areas are advised to move to a designated emergency shelter immediately. Emergency Shelter Numbers as of 5 a.m. Wednesday:

 

AsTumbo Elementary School shelter is closed due to max capacity. Residents in the area are advised to seek shelter in an alternate location. 

 

Emergency Shelter

Current Occupancy

Max Capacity

% Capacity

AsTumbo Elementary

179

200

62%

Machananao Elementary School

235

334

70%

Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School

119

349

33%

Upi Elementary School

44

506

9%

Wettengel Elementary School

33

378

8%

B.P. Carbullido Elementary

30

242

12%

George Washington High School

69

450

15%

Harry S. Truman Elementary

13

422

3%

Inalåhan Middle School

33

352

9%

Merizo Martyrs Memorial School

60

307

20%

Talo’fo’fo Elementary School

48

311

15%

Total

861

3,851

22%

 

United States Coast Guard Update: 

Due to the strength of the Typhoon Mawar U.S. Coast Guard Forces Micronesia Sector Guam Joint Rescue Sub-Center watchstanders transferred the watch to U.S. Coast Guard District 14 for monitoring and response. FM/SG watchstanders are sheltering accordingly. Anyone with search and rescue needs in Guam and the CNMI should call 911, outside Guam and the CNMI and maritime traffic should use Channel 16 or call the District 14 Command Center (24×7): 1-800-331-6176

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

The Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center (GBHWC) Suicide & Crisis Lifeline remains operational 24/7. The community may call or text the hotline at 988, or chat online at 988lifeline.org

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 18

May 23, 2023, 7:30 p.m. (ChST)

SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER; Direct Hit Possible by Super Typhoon Mawar

The community is advised to SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER, if you have not done so already. The onset of damaging winds is expected this evening. Seek shelter now before it is unsafe to do so. 

Mawar has been upgraded to a Super Typhoon. As of 5 p.m., Super Typhoon Mawar was located 11.9 degrees north latitude and 146.5 degrees east longitude, about 155 miles southeast of Guam and 230 miles south-southeast of Saipan. It is moving north at 5 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 155 mph. 

Catastrophic Conditions Expected:

Based on the current forecast track, Super Typhoon Mawar is expected to make a direct hit or very near passage for Guam. There is a potential of a catastrophic and devastating event for Guam. Typhoon force winds are expected Wednesday morning, with peak conditions around midday. 

Mawar’s current sustained winds are at 155 mph, which is a strong Category 4, low-end Category 5 storm, with potential to intensify. At this time, the timeline of the typhoon’s peak conditions on Guam is likely around midday Wednesday.

This is a very serious situation with steadily deteriorating conditions. The triple threat of Category 4 typhoon force winds, torrential rains, and life-threatening storm surge are all expected for Guam. Large storm surge and coastal impacts are likely to occur, particularly for coastal areas. 

Emergency Shelter Update:

Residents whose homes are not safe against heavy winds or rains, or those that live in low-lying, flood-prone areas are advised to move to a designated emergency shelter. 

M.U. Lujan Elementary School Emergency Shelter is closed, effective immediately. Residents in the area are advised to go immediately to any of the other shelters available. Emergency Shelter Numbers as of 7:00 p.m., Tuesday:

Emergency Shelter

Current Numbers

Max Capacity

% Capacity

AsTumbo Elementary

192

287

67%

Machananao Elementary School

217

334

65%

Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School

95

349

27%

Upi Elementary School

64

506

13%

Wettengel Elementary School

30

378

8%

B.P. Carbullido Elementary

31

242

13%

George Washington High School

50

500

11%

Harry S. Truman Elementary

12

422

3%

Inalåhan Middle School

29

352

8%

M.U. Lujan Elementary School

13

400

3%

Merizo Martyrs Memorial School

60

307

20%

Talo’fo’fo Elementary School

38

311

12%

Total

831

4,338

19%

Storm Shelter updates will be released as necessary. 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208/09/10.

Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 15

May 23, 2023, 1 p.m. (ChST)

Guam in COR 1; Remain Indoors

Guam in COR 1:

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero placed Guam in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1 at 1 p.m., today, May 23, 2023. At COR1, destructive winds are possible within the next 12 hours.

The community is advised to remain indoors until COR 4 is announced. All residents in low lying, flood-prone and coastal areas, especially in the southern villages of Inalåhan, Ipan, Talo’fo’fo, Malesso’, Hågat and Humåtak, are ordered to evacuate and seek shelter in private residences or designated government shelters in higher elevation no later than 6:00 p.m., on May 23, 2023.

Simultaneously, Joint Region Marianas (JRM), Naval Base Guam (NBG), Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB), and Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB) are also in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 1 at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2023. All Andersen gates are now closed. All Navy Base Guam gates will be closed at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23. The time for gate closure is subject to change based on weather conditions. For installation-specific operations or questions, please consult the respective installation Facebook page or reach out to the Public Affairs Officer.

What to Expect:

On its current track, the system is expected to bring tropical storm force winds to Guam by this evening, with the possibility of typhoon force winds of 81 – 110 mph by Wednesday morning. Rainfall amounts of 8 to 15 inches are possible with locally higher amounts. A slowing forward speed could lead to much higher rainfall totals. 

Emergency Shelters Available:

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) opened twelve (12) emergency shelters at 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 23:

Northern

  • AsTumbo Elementary School
  • Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School
  • Machananao Elementary School
  • Upi Elementary School 
  • Wettengel Elementary School

Central

  • B.P. Carbullido Elementary School 
  • George Washington High School

Southern

  • Talo’fo’fo Elementary School
  • Merizo Martyrs Memorial School
  • Harry S. Truman Elementary School
  • Inalåhan Middle School
  • M.U. Lujan Elementary School

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE TO THE SHELTER?

  1. 7-day supply of food and water for all members of your family 
  2. Bedding 
  3. Personal hygiene products 
  4. Medication 
  5. 7-day of supply for infants and toddlers, including diapers and formula 
  6. Valid Photo ID 
  7. Important documents including birth certificates, passports and medical immunization cards 

SHELTER RULES 

  1. Be respectful to fellow residents and staff. No foul language, abusive behavior, stealing or destruction of property will be accepted or tolerated
  2. Busing to/from shelters is available at the Mayors’ Offices
  3. Bring a 7-day supply of food, water & prescriptions; infants & toddlers should have a 7- day supply of disposable diapers, baby formula & baby food
  4. Bring bedding, toiletries, toilet tissue, and personal hygiene products
  5. Must complete registration. Bring a form of valid I.D.
  6. Must report Tuberculosis or flu-like symptoms
  7. Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and weapons are not allowed in the shelter or on the shelter grounds. Persons caught in possession will be asked to leave the shelter and in some cases turned over to law enforcement personnel. Persons determined to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be admitted, or readmitted to the shelter. 
  8. Public Law 21-139 dictates that there is no smoking on school premises. Smoking is not allowed in the shelter. Smoking is permitted outside the campus in designated smoking areas only. Please dispose of cigarette butts properly. 
  9. Quiet hours will be announced and enforced in the sleeping areas. However, sleeping areas should be kept quiet at all times. 
  10. If you bring vital documents (i.e. Birth records, passports, etc.), secure them or keep them on you at all times. The Shelter is not responsible for these items if stolen. 
  11. Parents must maintain responsibility and supervision for their children. Children must never be left unattended. 
  12. No cooking or gas stoves
  13. For your safety DO NOT LEAVE THE SHELTER before COR 4 has been declared
  14. Only service animals are allowed at this time.
  15. Pets cannot be sheltered at this time. For those seeking shelter for their pets, make plans for them now to stay with a loved one, friend or family member as pets will not be allowed in the emergency shelters. 

TRANSPORTATION 

Those seeking shelter who do not have reliable transportation, or have a disability and need a ride to a designated storm shelter, are advised to contact their village Mayor’s Office for information on transportation. Residents will need to go to their respective Mayor’s Office for bus transportation to the shelters. Village Mayors’ contact information is listed below:

AGANA HEIGHTS
Paul M. McDonald, Mayor
mayor.mcdonald671@gmail.com
671-472-6393/8285/6

ASAN-MAINA
Frankie A. Salas, Mayor
asanmainamayor@gmail.com
671-472-6581/671-479-2726

BARRIGADA

June U. Blas, Mayor
mayorbarrigada@gmail.com

671-734-3725/34/36/37/3859

CHALAN PAGO-ORDOT
Jessy C. Gogue, Mayor
ocp.mayor@gmail.com
671-472-8302/3/7173

DEDEDO
Melissa B. Savares, Mayor
melissa.savares@gmail.com
671-632-5203/5019/671-637-9014

HAGAT

Kevin J. T. Susuico, Mayor

agatmayor@yahoo.com

671-565-2524/4330/4335/4336

HAGATNA
John A. Cruz, Mayor
hagatnamayor2004@gmail.com
671-477-8045/47/671-472-6379

HUMATAK

Johnny A. Quinata, Mayor

umatacmo@gmail.com

671-828-2940/8251/52/58

INALAHAN
Anthony P. Chargualaf, Mayor
inalahanmayor@gmail.com
671-475-2509/10/11

MALESSO
Ernest T. Chargualaf, Mayor
mayorernestc@yahoo.com
671-828-8312/2941

MANGILAO
Allan R.G. Ungacta, Mayor
mayorallan.ungacta@yahoo.com
671-734-2163/5731

MONGMONG-TOTO-MAITE
Rudy A. Paco, Mayor
mtmmayorpaco17@gmail.com
671-477-6758/9090/671-479-6800/6801

PITI
Jesse L.G. Alig, Mayor
jesse.alig@pitiguam.com
671-472-1232/3

SANTA RITA-SUMAI
Dale E. Alvarez, Mayor
srsmo.mayor@gmail.com
671-565-2514/4337/4302/04

SINAJANA
Robert RDC Hofmann, Mayor
guammayor@gmail.com
671-472-6707/671-477-3323

TALOFOFO
Vicente S. Taitague, Mayor
talofofomayor@gmail.com
671-789-1421/3262

TAMUNING

Louise C. Rivera, Mayor
mayorlcrivera.tatuha@gmail.com
671-646-5211/8646

671-647-9816/9819/20

YIGO
Anthony P. Sanchez, Mayor
ymayortony@gmail.com
671-653-5248/9119/9446

YONA
Bill A. Quenga, Mayor
yonamayor2020@gmail.com
671-789-4798/0012/1525/6

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Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 14

May 23, 2023, 11:20 a.m. (ChST)

Governor Signs Executive Order No. 2023-03; Mandatory Evacuation of Coastal Areas Ordered

 Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has issued Executive Order No. 2023-03, relative to the mandatory evacuation of low-lying coastal areas of Guam in anticipation of Typhoon Mawar. 

It is anticipated that Typhoon Mawar will be a high Category 3 typhoon, with sustained winds of 125mph. Typhoon Mawar is further intensifying, with the possibility of advancing to a Category 4 typhoon or a supertyphoon. Further, Guam is in the direct path of Typhoon Mawar and it is anticipated our island will be directly hit or a very near-miss.

EVACUATION OF LOW LYING, FLOOD-PRONE AND COASTAL AREAS. All residents in low lying, flood-prone and coastal areas, especially in the southern villages of Inalahan, Ipan, Talofofo, Malesso, Hagat and Umatac, are ordered to evacuate and seek shelter in private residences or designated government shelters in higher elevation no later than 6:00 p.m., on May 23, 2023.

  1. The Guam National Guard is ordered to assist with the evacuation ordered herein, including the provision of transportation and other assistance necessary for the safe evacuation of the identified areas.
  2. Pursuant to 10 GCA Section 65111, I further direct that the National Guard may regulate the control of traffic necessary to facilitate the rapid and safe movement of evacuees and government personnel assisting in the evacuation effort.
  3. Mayors and mayoral staff are further authorized to assist in the evacuation of residents in their villages.
  4. Due to the likelihood of a strong storm surge, all residents are to avoid coastal areas. The warning time for storms, while relatively predictable, is unlike a storm surge, which is far more unpredictable and of great concern. When sea levels rise, residents will have merely minutes to evacuate and respond. Thus, we must prepare now and anticipate the worst.

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero is expected to place Guam in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1 at 1 p.m. today. What this means is that destructive winds are possible within the next 12 hours. Simultaneously, Joint Region Marianas (JRM), Naval Base Guam (NBG), Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB), and Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB) will also be in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 1 at 1 p.m.

Once the island is in COR 1, the community is advised to remain indoors until COR 4 is announced.

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