YUTU UPDATES – November 9, 2018


Water bottles

The CNMI government will be exchanging 5-gallon water bottles for empty or damaged bottles on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the San Antonio basketball court. Residents must bring empty or damaged 5-gallon water bottles to exchange for new bottles. Distribution starts at 3pm, with a limit of one five-gallon water bottle per family.

Relief distribution

The Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ 4th Watch in San Jose will be hosting a relief distribution on Sunday, Nov. 11, at 12pm. Relief goods are limited and will be distributed to the first 100 people.

Long-term shelter

The CNMI government, in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, CNMI Public School System, and the American Red Cross, are providing shelter assistance for displaced residents who are currently residing in some of the initial shelters opened since Super Typhoon Yutu.

The CNMI Shelter Relief Program offers a more long-term accommodation for displaced residents who may require more time for recovery and restoration of their personal residence.

Displaced residents who are currently sheltered at Kagman Community Center and Kagman High School will be transported by COTA to the new opening of the Kagman Elementary School facility on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 1:30pm.

The first round of shelterees being transported to the Kagman Elementary School will begin at 1:30pm. All shelters will be closing their doors by 6:30pm, Saturday evening.

The CNMI Shelter Relief Program will provide power, air conditioning, meal and water distribution daily, and a reliable water supply.

Free transportation accommodation will be provided daily by COTA every two hours from 8am to 4pm from Kagman Elementary School to the villages.


The Commonwealth Utilities Corp. has received reports about federal and local generator tampering, which could affect water services in villages and delay power restoration.

The CNMI community is urged to document or report suspicious activity around federal and local generators to the Department of Public Safety and CUC.

Green waste burning

The Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services has limited the time to burn green waste to Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Individuals can only burn green waste from 3pm to 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on Saturday.

Community events

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Guam and CNMI’s “Black Ties & Zories” fundraiser scheduled for today, Nov. 9, is postponed until further notice. A new date will be announced.


Effective Nov. 7, 2018, Bank of Guam’s Tinian branch reopens and will be operating Monday to Friday 9am- 2:30pm; closed Saturday until further notice.

Garapan branch: Monday through Friday, 9am-3pm; Saturday, 9am-1pm
Rota: Normal hours
Chalan Piao Saipan Branch remains closed

Debris removal

The Office of the Governor said it is false that home debris cannot be cleared until a Federal Emergency Management Agency inspector visits the home.

People should not wait for FEMA inspectors before clearing home debris. Debris should be removed as soon as possible.

Before clearing home debris, individuals must take photos or videos of the outside and inside of the building including damaged personal property, and label them by room before removal.

For items like washers, dryers, water heaters, kitchen appliances, TVs and computers, photograph the make, model, and serial number.

For building items, keep samples.

After taking photos, immediately throw away items that pose a health risk like perishables.

The Saipan Mayor’s Office, Department of Public Works, and the Department of Land and Natural Resource continues to pick up green waste, tin, and lumber from homes until further notice.

Hazardous waste

The Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will accept household hazardous waste, white goods, and electronics. The drop-off locations are Lower Base transfer stations and As Gonno staging area. Both dropoff locations will be open from Nov. 12 to Dec. 2 from 8:30am to 4pm seven days a week

Erwin Encinares | Reporter
Erwin Charles Tan Encinares holds a bachelor’s degree from the Chiang Kai Shek College and has covered a wide spectrum of assignments for the Saipan Tribune. Encinares is the paper’s political reporter.

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