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Governor extends emergency declaration

GOVERNOR Ralph DLG Torres on Friday renewed the declaration of a major disaster and state of significant emergency.

Ralph Torres

First issued two days after Super Typhoon Yutu hit Saipan and Tinian on Oct. 24-25, the governor’s major disaster and statement of significant emergency has been renewed every month since then.

In his latest executive order, Torres renewed the emergency declaration “in its entirety without change except that the report from the Homeland Security and Emergency Management Office to the Office of the Governor shall be submitted on or about April 25, 2019 and the expiration of the declaration shall be extended for an additional 30 days.”

As stated in previous emergency declarations, “the housing of displaced residents, the distribution of relief supplies such as tents, temporary roofing, water and food all require the government to utilize all available government resources necessary to satisfy these tasks.”

It also states that “clean up of debris is still ongoing and requires the broad utilization of equipment and vehicles of many government agencies, and a portion of the electric power infrastructure of the commonwealth [remains] inoperable.”

A “strict adherence to government regulations would hinder and delay power restoration [while] the disruption of critical infrastructure and lack of habitable housing pose a significant threat to the peace, health and safety of the commonwealth residents and the present conditions threaten the public peace, health and safety.”