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Governor wraps up preliminary damage assessments on Rota

GOVERNOR Ralph D.L.G. Torres wrapped up preliminary damage assessments on Rota, Thursday, the Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management said.

The governor is scheduled to leave for Tinian to join the preliminary damage assessments there with Tinian Mayor Joey P. San Nicolas, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. military and first responders.

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Federal Emergency Management Agency federal coordinating officer Willi Nunn, 3rd left, with Gov.  Ralph D.L.G. Torres, Board of Education Chair MaryLou S. Ada, Vice Chair Janice Marie A. Tenorio, who is also IT&E’s customer service manager, BOE member Sgt. Maj. Herman Atalig (Ret.) and Dr. Rita Hocog Inos Jr. Sr. High School principal Denise Tanya King on Rota.  Marianas Variety photo

The governor will meet with residents of Tinian to assess damage to homes on the island as part of an overall effort to ensure that assistance is readily available for those who need it.

On Rota, HSEM said the governor and FEMA federal coordinating officer Willie Nunn assisted teams conducting damage assessments. Homes with major damage were noted. “Assessments are being performed to support the anticipated request by the governor to the White House for individual assistance,” HSEM added.

An assessment was also done at Dr. Rita H. Inos Junior-Senior High School. There, the governor and Nunn met with Board of Education Chair Marylou Ada, Vice Chair Janice Tenorio, Board Member Sgt. Maj. Herman M. Atalig and former BOE member Tanya King.

The governor thanked a group of students and members of the Red Cross Club at Dr. Rita H. Inos Junior-Senior High School who were preparing food for the Marines who are assisting in the recovery and relief efforts.                                 

The Office of the Governor and HSEM, in coordination with the Office of Management & Budget, the Commonwealth Utilities Corp., the Department of Public Safety and the American Red Cross, were able to gather everything from vehicles, generators, heavy equipment tires, generator parts and transformers to tarps, portable gas stoves and butane, cleaning supplies, cots and tents provided by the American Red Cross, HSEM said.

“Successful transport of these items to Rota was completed on Thursday.”

Today, Friday, HSEM said it “anticipates transporting, on behalf of CUC, an auger truck, two additional bucket trucks, miscellaneous transmission line material and linemen and water system crews comprised of 10 CUC personnel.”

CUC “continues power and water restoration at an impressive speed. As of Thursday,  power and water service had gone back online on Saipan and Tinian. Upon reinstatement of services to those two islands, CUC Executive Director Gary Camacho plans to focus full recovery efforts on Rota by sending additional assets and manpower to assist in speedy restoration.”

The governor said the speed with which CUC has restored services “is a reflection of not only how funds provided by FEMA have assisted in the CNMI’s resiliency, but is also an indication of how CUC has improved in terms of manpower skills and strong leadership.”

CUC said it will continue to work around the clock until full utility restoration on all three major islands is complete.

Official multi-agency updates

The U.S. Postal Service on Rota will reopen Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

The Benjamin Taisacan International Airport is open from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. for both commercial and military use.

Commercial vessels will be allowed to enter the Port of Rota during daylight hours only.

Humanitarian efforts

As part of coordinated efforts to provide disaster relief to the residents of Rota, the Commonwealth Women’s Association is seeking assistance to provide emergency donations of items such as children’s clothing, non-perishable baby food, canned food, rice, butane, paper products, school supplies, mosquito repellent, etc. These may be dropped off at the Carolinian Affairs Office in Garapan on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 by 12 noon. Any donations after this deadline will be accepted at the Garapan Fishing Base on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact 233-8978 for more information.

Ayuda Luta, a donation drive organized by several CNMI government agencies and nonprofit organizations, will be accepting nonperishable food, water and cleaning supplies for the people of Rota at the Garapan Fishing Base on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 beginning at 7 a.m.