NWS, Guam presented the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) a Certificate of Recognition of the U.S. Territory of Guam as a StormReady and TsunamiReady Community in a ceremony held at the GHS/OCD facility this morning.
As with the initial recognition in June 2006 and the follow-on recognition in June 2012, Guam was recognized again for the unique challenges the whole community had to overcome to implement the programs necessary to meet and maintain the high program standards. In 2006, Guam was the first U.S. Territory to be recognized as a StormReady Site, and first community recognized west of the International Date Line.
Guam joins 2,697 StormReady and/or TsunamiReady Sites in 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Pacific Islands, and was recognized for its continual significant improvements, such as the All-Hazards Alert Warning System, the purchase of NOAA Weather Radios, sophisticated modeling for tsunami effects on Apra Harbor, and the completed Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and the Catastrophic Typhoon Plan. The recognition signifies that Guam continues to be highly prepared to respond to the multitude of natural hazards including typhoons, tsunamis, flash floods, and earthquakes that can impact the island.
In a letter addressed to George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor, from NWS Meteorologist-in-Charge Genevieve Miller, she stated, “Guam’s citizens can truly be proud of the accomplishments of their elected officials, their staffs, the cadre of first responders, and the multitude of other Island participants.”
Charles “Chip” Guard, NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, who has been instrumental in the partnership between emergency management and the National Weather Service, mentioned during the ceremony that this is “Guam’s program” that can be attributed to the entire island’s efforts to be StormReady and TsunamiReady.
“I thank the Department of Commerce, NOAA, and NWS for recognizing our hard work and efforts. I’d also like to thank all of our emergency management partners; the Government of Guam, to include our Mayors council and our federal and military partners. I thank the community for all their preparedness efforts in being StormReady and TsunamiReady. This was truly a team effort that contributed to this recognition. I’d like to thank my team at GHS/OCD for their hard work and efforts in making sure the island is prepared for all-hazards and threats. Lastly, thank you to Governor Calvo and his administration for providing the leadership and the guidance,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “This does not mean we should let our guard down. We should always be prepared. We look forward to maintaining the move in this direction to receive the recognition again in 2024,” Charfauros concluded.
To learn more about StormReady and TsunamiReady Communities, visit https://www.weather.gov/
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.