MAJOR DISASTER DECLARATION
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to provide financial assistance to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island (CNMI), local governments, and private nonprofit organizations under emergency declaration FEMA-3408-EM-MP and major disaster declaration FEMA-4404-DR-MP. This notice applies to the Individual Assistance (IA), Public Assistance (PA), and Hazard Mitigation Grant (HMGP) programs implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207. This public notice concerns activities that may affect historic properties, activities that are located in or affect wetland areas and the 100-year floodplain and may involve critical actions within the 500-year floodplain. Such activities may adversely affect the historic property, floodplain or wetland, or may result in continuing vulnerability to flood damage.
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Tsunami Safety Advise
Be Prepared BEFORE a Tsunami strikes:
- Know the tsunamii history and flooding elevation of you area
- Learn the location of nearest shelter/safe area
- Learn the safe route to shelter
- Have on hand emergency supplies for at least 3 days
- Keep your emergency supplies in a backpack near your door
- Know how to turn off your utility mains
- Get basic first aid instruction
- Have family discussion about tsunamis and evacuation plans
When a tsunami WATCH is issued for your area:
- This means a dangerous tsunami has not yet been verified. If one exists, it may only be one hour away
- Frequently monitor radio, Coast Guard emergency frequencies, NOAA Weather Radio, or other reliable source
- If you live in a low lying area carefully check your emergency supply kit. Especially remember any special medicine, infant needs, warm clothing, water and cash.
- Locate family members and review evacuation plans
- If you have special evacuation needs (handicapped, elderly, small children), consider early evacuation.
- Only consider taking your boat to deep water if time, weather, and its seaworthiness permit
- Secure important loose objects around your home/business, if time permits
- Make ready to evacuate
When a tsunami WARNING is issued for your area:
- This means a dangerous tsunami may have been generated and could be very close. Estimated times of wave arrival will be given.
- If on the beach near the shoreline: If you feel a very strong earthquake, evacuate to higher ground immediately. DO NOT wait for a formal warning.
- If a tsunami is verified, the warning is extended to all Pacfic coastlines: Closely monitor radio, Coast Guard emergency frequencies, NOAA Weather Radio, or other reliable source.
- Follow instructions issued by local officials. Leave immediately if ordered to do so. Remember your emergency kit.
- Never go down to the beach to watch for a tsunami
- Turn off your electric and gas service at the main, only if time permits. Do not use the telephone except in a genuine ermergency
- Once in a safe area, do not return to the hazard zone until a competent local official has issued an ALL CLEAR condition
- All tsunamis, like hurricanes, are potentially dangerous even though they many not damage every coastline they strike