Hagåtña, Guam – At the request of Governor Lou Leon Guerrero, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will soon begin recruiting volunteer organizations from the Continental United States (CONUS) to travel to Guam and provide essential repair of homes for disaster survivors from Typhoon Mawar. Although the program is approved, it is not yet operational. The project is scheduled to commence operations and begin deploying volunteers by the week of August 14, 2023, with the goal of completing as many repairs as possible by November 25, 2023. More information about eligibility and application requirements is forthcoming. 

“GUAM STRONG is short for Guam Urgent Assistance Mobilized to Support Typhoon Repairs on Guam and will be a vital next step to supporting those who were unable to avail of the RISEUP metal roofing repair program, which concluded today,” said Governor Lou Leon Guerrero. “Our goal is to restore typhoon-affected dwellings to a habitable condition in a cost-effective manner, without duplicating other forms of disaster assistance. GUAM STRONG will provide our residents with basic carpentry, electrical, and plumbing repairs in addition to roofing to ensure essential living spaces are safe and functional.”

Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio added, “The people of Guam are well known for our resiliency, and this resiliency is not only attributed to the support we get from within our community but also the strength we draw from others. Even before Typhoon Mawar’s landfall, FEMA officials and our federal partners were on island and ready to provide aid. We are incredibly grateful for these robust partnerships and for all who have uplifted our people through manpower, resources, and time.”  

The driving force of GUAM STRONG is the skilled volunteers from nonprofit partners, such as members of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) that will arrive on Guam and perform repair work on eligible homes. FEMA will be responsible for sourcing the tools and necessary building materials for repairs such as utility restoration, rehabilitating functional and accessible living spaces, and necessary debris clearance.

The total projected cost of the GUAM STRONG initiative is $2 million, with a 75%/25% cost share. This means the federal government will cover 75% of all associated costs, with the Territory of Guam only having to pay 25% ($500,000). GUAM STRONG will seek to utilize donated resources where possible to offset this financial burden.


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