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Radion NZ News, 4 September 2014. American Samoa's governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has requested that President Barack Obama declare the territory a major disaster area following July's heavy rain which led to flooding and landslides. Lolo says recovery cannot be handled by the territorial government alone and federal assistance is necessary. The request follows a visit by a US Federal Emergency Management Agency official last month to assess damage. Lolo says the initial assessment...
Samoa News, 31 July 2014. A 13-member Gatavai family evacuated from their home which had been damaged by flood water and mud following Tuesday’s heavy rain, are very thankful to the local chapter of the American Red Cross for their "very kind and gracious assistance" in providing necessities after they had to leave their home with only the clothes on their backs. The family-with the youngest member at three years old and the oldest a grandmother in her 70s-was the only one evacuated...
RNZI News, 31 July 2014. A teenage girl has died and homes have been evacuated under the threat of landslides following a day of severe weather in America Samoa. The girl was killed when she was swept away in a stream during heavy rains, which drenched the main island of Tutuila, and prompted a flash flood warning. The rain caused a landslide in Gatavai village, damaging at least three homes and a church, and residents were evacuated to a high school for temporary shelter
RNZI New, 6 August 2014. Families in American Samoa who have been displaced by landslides and flooding last week are to have government assistance to find better temporary housing. More than 70 people have been housed at the residence of the LBJ (Lyndon B Johnson) Hospital chaplain, while 13 are staying in the Congregational Christian Church of American Samoa hall in Fagatogo
RNZI News, 4 August 2014. The American Samoa Government is submitting a request for a disaster declaration in areas worst it by severe weather last week. The declaration would pave the way for assistance from the US government for individuals, business and the government
RNZI News, 4 September 2014. American Samoa's governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has requested that President Barack Obama declare the territory a major disaster area following July's heavy rain which led to flooding and landslides. Lolo says the initial assessment estimates damages in excess of five million US dollars to public property. The natural disaster produced serious and extensive damage to both public and private property, causing one fatality and leaving many residents homeless...
Samoa News, 30 July 2014. Rain continued to lash the territory overnight with high surf, strong wind and flood warnings. Residents in the affected areas have been told to evacuate before nightfall. The weather officer commends that the public continue to monitor local media for the latest weather update. Report any incidents to Emergency Operation Center which is expected to remain open 24-hours
The federal government is approving American Samoa's request for help with storms, flooding and landslides that caused more than $5 million in damage and left one person dead. The White House announced the major disaster declaration for the territory. The declaration makes federal funding available to local governments and certain private non-profit organizations to repair or replace damaged facilities
Radio NZ News, 6 August 2014. The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, is expected to send a small team to American Samoa to conduct an assessment of last week's flood damage. The last major severe heavy rain, flooding and landslides to hit American Samoa was in 2003, claiming the lives of four people, and causing nearly ten million US dollars in damages
The Pacific Disaster Center (PDC) created a Natural Hazards Risk and Vulnerability Assessment (Assessment) as part of the American Samoa Hazard Mitigation Plan (Mitigation Plan) for the Territory of America Samoa. The Mitigation Plan enables American Samoan officials to comprehensively plan long-range disaster mitigation efforts, thereby saving lives and reducing property losses
RNZI News, 8 September 2014. The latest reports from American Samoa reveal Chikungunya-related cases have now reached over 700 and there is now one probable case in Ofu, Manua. Health officials are urging residents not to travel to Manua if they have Chikungunya and testing is being done to determine whether the case in Ofu is due to the virus. Health officials continue to urge those with symptoms to drink plenty of fluids, get a lot of rest and visit the emergency department if symptoms become...
RNZI News, 19 August 2014. The US center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a travel advisory for American Samoa after a Chikungunya outbreak. The Center recommends travellers to American Samoa to protect themselves from mosquito bites. Long-term travellers such as missionaries, humanitarian aid workers, and people visiting friends and relatives are also at high risk
RNZI News, 5 August 2014. The American Samoan Department of health says there are now more than 300 confirmed cases of chikungunya or 'chik' virus in the territory. People are advised those who are ill with fever and body aches do not travel off Island
RNZI News, 21 October 2014. American Samoa is taking steps to prepare for any cases of Ebola, with procedures in place to safeguard the territory's borders. The Director of Health and Director of Homeland Security told senators today that their departments are prepared and ready to handle any cases of Ebola. A medical team will operate from the main dock to inspect vessels that arrive in port
Samoa News, 7 March 2014. Airport firefighters were putting out a man-made fire inside the Pago Pago International Airport facility during their triennial emergency response exercise. This “realistic exercise” is an FAA Certification requirement to test airfield preparedness and response. Pago Pago International Airport “met its objectives” during its triennial emergency response exercise, which is a Federal Aviation Administration certification requirement to test airfield preparedness and...
RNZI News, 30 September, 2013. The chief of a village in American Samoa which lost 11 people in the September 2009 tsunami says it’s still too hard to remember that day, and healing from it is an ongoing process. About 100 floating lanterns will be released at sunset on Sunday in American Samoa to mark the fourth anniversary of the 2009 tsunami that killed 34 people in the territory. Church services territory-wide included remembrance of those whose lives were taken that day
American Samoa tsunami Study presented to the Tsunami Advisory Council (TAC) on 16 November, 2011. The goal of the study was to 1. Identify opportunities to improve tsunami resilience in American Samoa within the context of a comprehensive and strategic implementation plan. 2. Build a platform for mutual exchange and learning
The American Samoa Tsunami Study was conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE) Honolulu District in cooperation with the American Samoa Government (ASG) under USACE’s Planning Assistance to States Program to help strengthen American Samoa’s ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from tsunami hazards. The study included a broad field of research topics to provide comprehensive coverage for assessing current tsunami resiliency and a significant public outreach component to...