For emergency declaration, federal response after Mangkhut
Last Friday, Gov. Ralph DLG Torres wrote President Donald J. Trump to thank him for acting on his request for an emergency declaration in anticipation of Typhoon Mangkhut and for the ongoing federal response led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
“I write to offer my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your response in the aftermath of Typhoon Mangkhut. Your swift response in authorizing the Department of Homeland Security and [FEMA] to provide emergency protective measures have given the CNMI tremendous support to recover and protect the lives of our people,” Torres said in his letter to Trump.
“Already, the partnership you have provided to the CNMI with FEMA and the U.S. Department of Defense has seen a rapid recovery of the power, water, and transportation systems in the most affected island of Rota. As we continue to assess the damage on all three of our most populated islands, we are strengthened by the federal team you have provided and the support for our people you have showcased.”
“President Trump, I thank you on behalf of the people of the CNMI for your attention and compassion during this natural disaster. You have my deepest gratitude for remembering and caring for the many Americans that call the CNMI home, these 8,000 miles from Washington, DC. As we continue to assess the damages and rebuild, I look forward to working with your team and providing you with further updates on our situation,” Torres wrote.
Damage assessments on all three islands are nearing completion with the governor’s formal request for a major disaster declaration expected to be sent to the White House this week. The major disaster declaration includes other federal programs that were not a part of the emergency declaration. (PR)