CNMI govt taps social media to assess damage


Acting governor Ralph DLG. Torres on Tuesday announced that his office will begin using social media in the ongoing recovery and assessment efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Soudelor.

“As part of our recovery and assessment efforts, the Office of the Governor’s Office of Public Information & Protocol has launched an official Facebook page as the main social media hub from the CNMI Emergency Operations Center,” Torres, in his own social media page, said.

The Facebook page has been named “Operation: Soudelor Recovery.”

“For those who are able to access social media here in the Commonwealth, the U.S. mainland, and around the world, I highly encourage you to like ‘Operation: Soudelor Recovery’ for the latest updates regarding all things related to recovery and assessment efforts here on Saipan,” Torres said.

In an update early evening on Tuesday, Torres expressed gratitude to Gov. Eddie Calvo of Guam and the Obama administration for sending a team to Saipan to assess the situation.

Earlier announcements from Torres have already been included in the updates of the social media page.

Aside from relief and recovery efforts, the Facebook page also has updates on gas stations that are operating. It also has updates on emergency shelters.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent an advance team to Saipan and is reportedly waiting for the local government to submit an initial damage assessment report before determining what support it can provide.

Joel D. Pinaroc | Reporter
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