The CNMI government, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Public School System, and American Red Cross successfully transitioned the remaining shelterees into the newly-opened Kagman Emergency Shelter Facility.
A number of temporary emergency evacuation shelters first opened their doors on Oct. 24 in response to Super Typhoon Yutu. At the peak of shelter operations, a total of 15 shelters were opened, housing over 900 displaced residents who were unable to return and safely live in their current residence due to major storm damage.
The newly-opened shelter, which will become a permanent shelter, officially opened its doors on Dec. 3, in efforts to house and consolidate the existing shelterees from Gregorio T. Camacho Elementary School, Tanapag Middle School, Kagman Elementary School, the HOPE Recovery Center, and the Office of Aging.
Various agencies and non-profit organizations played key roles in identifying the needs and maintaining overall safety, comfort and care for those displaced residents since the opening of the evacuation shelters: the CNMI government, PSS, Department of Community and Cultural Affairs, Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority, Commonwealth Healthcare Corp., HOPE Recovery Center, FEMA, American Red Cross, the Maturana House of Prayer, and all organizations that contributed to the overall sheltering efforts.
The Kagman Emergency Shelter Facility’s current population is 156 as of Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. The KESF is expecting to see more shelterees returning to their homes within the coming days as they avail of the Temporary Emergency Tent and Roofing Installation Support program. (PR)