FEMA home rebuilding to begin on Tinian

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Posted on Oct 04 2019

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency will soon begin reconstruction work on homes on Tinian that were destroyed by Super Typhoon Yutu in October 2018.

FEMA’s Permanent Housing New Construction program will break ground on its first project on Tinian this Friday, Oct. 5, at 1:30pm, at Carolinas Height.

The PHC program is a joint effort between the CNMI government and FEMA and aims to rebuild homes that are move-in ready and are more resilient for future storms.

This program is part of FEMA assistance to the CNMI and is available to those homeowners who registered for disaster assistance with FEMA.

Super Typhoon Yutu made landfall on CNMI in October 2018 and passed directly over southern Saipan and Tinian, causing widespread damage to thousands of homes. Yutu’s trail of destruction left unrecognizable neighborhoods and destroyed dwellings all over the island.

The Permanent Housing Construction program is offered in insular areas outside the continental United States where alternative housing resources are unavailable or scarce, where repairs are neither feasible nor cost-effective. The governor requested the program and FEMA approved and will finance and manage the new home construction. Applicants are approved on a case-by-case basis.

PHC-New Construction homes are designed to codes and standards including mitigation for typhoons and are fully concrete, feature typhoon shutters, and a water catchment system. 

Approximately 195 eligible households in the CNMI have elected to participate in PHC-New Construction, including 12 on Tinian.

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