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FEDERAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS ARRIVE IN GUAM

 FEDERAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAMS ARRIVE IN GUAM
 SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The Federal Emergency


Management Agency (FEMA) arrived on Guam less than 24 hours after Typhoon Omar's destructive pass directly over the island. Preliminary reports indicate extensive damage to residential, local government, and federal properties. Local officials report lack of power and water throughout the island. Over 3,000 people are currently residing in temporary shelters.
 Richard A. Buck has been named the Federal Coordinating Officer for the response and recovery efforts. In addition to FEMA which is responsible for coordinating the federal response effort, representatives from seven other federal agencies including the Department of Defense (CINCPAC) make up the emergency response team. The team will assist local government in identifying needs and assessing damage to the island and its residents.
 "FEMA has directed the military to provide immediate aid to the residents of Guam to include potable water, power generation, construction material," stated William M. Medigovich, director of FEMA Region IX. "In addition, the Department of Defense has also activated its Crisis Action Team comprised of the various military services to respond to the disaster."
 In response to a request from Guam's Governor Ada, President Bush signed a major disaster declaration for Guam on Friday, Aug. 28. The president's declaration makes available a wide range of assistance programs to individuals and businesses and local governments.
 Disaster Application Centers (DACs) will soon be opened at several locations to assist individuals in applying for the appropriate programs. Locations and scheduled opening of the centers will be announced shortly.
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 /CONTACT: Susan Healey of FEMA, 011-671-477-9841/ CO: Federal Emergency Management Agency ST: IN: SU:


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