American Samoa receives major disaster declaration
March 2, 2018
President Donald J. Trump has declared that a major disaster exists in the territory of American Samoa and has ordered Federal assistance be made available to supplement recovery efforts from Tropical Storm Gita which battered the Territory from February 7 to February 12, 2018.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
Federal funding also is available to the territory and to certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by Tropical Storm Gita in the territory of American Samoa.
Furthermore, Federal funding is available on a cost-sharing basis for hazard mitigation measures throughout the territory. Additional designations may be made at a later date if requested by the territory and warranted by the results of further damage assessments.
Residents and business owners who sustained losses in the designated areas can begin applying for assistance by registering at the Disaster Recovery Center that will open in the coming days. Territorial authorities are planning an orderly process to assist all survivors and will provide details through community and media channels.