WASHINGTON, D.C.—Delegate Aumua Amata (R-A. Samoa) welcomed President Donald J. Trump’s response to Tropical Storm Gita and his prompt declaration at Gov. Lolo Moliga’s request allowing necessary disaster assistance resources to flow into American Samoa.
“American Samoa was in the path of Tropical Storm Gita and sustained significant damaging winds and excessive rain, along with flooding and other destruction,” said Amata. “Along with everyone on the islands, I was there during the storm, and saw the [damage] firsthand throughout the community that are affecting my neighbors and constituents. I greatly appreciate both Gov. Lolo’s prompt request for federal action and President Trump’s quick response on behalf of our people, followed by [the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s] rapid arrival. This disaster declaration is necessary to allow much-needed federal funds, equipment and personnel to assist the recovery effort.”
As stated in the White House announcement, the President’s declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency to get involved immediately and coordinate efforts. They are authorized to help “alleviate the hardship and suffering caused by the emergency on the local population,” along with mobilizing various efforts to “save lives and to protect property, and public health and safety.”
“For many, these [damage] are causing difficult times, and recovery will be costly and always takes time,” said Amata. “I’m very pleased to know that federal help is already arriving, and those resources will help restore services. May God bless everyone that sustained [damage], and thank you again to everyone helping out, whether you’re just being a good neighbor or a professional disaster response worker.” (PR)