The Western Pacific Islands Typhoon Readiness and Planning Workshop kicked off today at the Sheraton Laguna Guam Resort. The two-day workshop hosted by the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) aims at improving Guam’s readiness to respond to and recover from natural disasters through planning efforts.
“Because of Guam’s location, we often experience severe weather conditions that can put our island in dangerous situations,” the Governor said. “This workshop will help us in our necessary planning efforts to ensure our island is ready for natural disasters that may come our way.”
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The first day of the workshop focused on the impact of changing climate conditions on Guam and included a presentation from U.S. Department of Interior Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs Esther Kia’aina on “Strengthening Insular Areas and Adaption.”
The second day of the workshop will focus on Guam’s catastrophic typhoon plan, including presentations on various typhoon scenarios, infrastructure, and mass care. Guam is one of only two jurisdictions that has a catastrophic typhoon plan in place, with FEMA taking the lead on the plan.
“It’s important that we are ready for whatever catastrophes may come our way,” Governor Calvo said.
For more information on the workshop, contact Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at

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