Press Releases - Archived as of April 6, 2018

From April 6, 2018, all Press Releases are included in our “NEWS” section.


 



For Immediate Release


April 5, 2018


Two AHAWS Sirens to be Tested on April 6
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense will conduct tests of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) sirens from two different locations on Friday, April 6, between 3:15 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.:

 
  • Pago Bay A-Frame South End
  • Talofofo Elementary School

The siren tests from Pago Bay and Talofofo Elementary School are being conducted to test operations since recently being fixed. If there are no issues with the tests, all 15 AHAWS sirens will be fully operational.

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the two AHAWS sirens tomorrow, can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Air Horn” tone, which can be found here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/tones. The “Air Horn” tone would be used in the event of a tsunami threat.

Tomorrow’s test of the two AHAWS sirens is separate from the pre-scheduled monthly test of all 15 AHAWS sirens. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a monthly basis and will typically fall on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

 

 



 

For Immediate Release


April 4, 2018


UPDATED: GHS/OCD Host Introduction to IND Effects Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host the “Introduction to Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) Effects and Response Strategies” PER-307 course on Wednesday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sheraton Laguna Resort.

The four-hour course is offered at no cost to eligible participants and provides an overview of how a nuclear detonation can affect an urban area, understanding of current guidance to aid personnel in preparation, recognition, impact, and recommended response strategies should an IND incident occur.

Attendees for the courses include senior leaders and elected officials from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release


April 3, 2018


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued the following advisories:
 

A small craft advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters, meaning waves are expected to be dangerous to small craft. Combined seas of 10 to 12 feet today and 8 to 10 feet tonight will produce dangerous conditions for operators of small craft in Tinian and Saipan coastal waters through early Wednesday morning. Mariners planning to operate smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

A small craft advisory for hazardous seas remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam and Rota coastal waters. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft in Guam and Rota coastal waters. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until noon on Thursday. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area. For Tinian and Saipan, hazardous surf of 10 to 14 feet are expected on north facing reefs and 7 to 9 feet for west facing reefs. For Guam and Rota, hazardous surf of 9 to 11 feet are expected on north facing reefs and 7 to 9 feet on west facing reefs.

There is a high risk of rip currents for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near reefs and exposed beaches, especially those facing north and west, as rip currents will be life threatening. If caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 2, 2018


NWS Issues High Surf Advisory, High Risk of Rip Currents
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office Guam has issued a high surf advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan, in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday and there is a high risk of rip currents through Wednesday afternoon.

NWS advised hazardous surf of 9 to 11 feet on north and west facing reefs will continue through Tuesday. The hazardous surf will continue longer on north facing reefs, lasting through Wednesday.

NWS provides precautionary actions; residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north and west, as rip currents will be life threatening. If caught in a rip current, yell for help, remain calm and stay afloat. If swimming out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 30, 2018


Joint Guam-CNMI Tsunami Communication Exercise
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in close coordination with the National Weather Service – Guam Weather Forecast Office, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s International Tsunami Information Center, will take part in the Pacific Wave 2018 (PacWave18) Exercise, a Joint Guam-Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI) Tsunami Communication Exercise, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018.

PacWave18 provides a valuable opportunity for Pacific countries to test new products, review tsunami response procedures and test internal communication systems. One of the objectives for the exercise is to validate respective agency/departments’ alert notification planning procedures and identify changes that can improve its effectiveness.

There will be no hindrance to the public as the exercise is internal to those agencies participating. Participating agencies include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations that play an active role in GHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during times of disasters.

Lieutenant Governor Tenorio recently declared the week of April 1 – 7, 2018 as Guam’s Tsunami Preparedness Week. PacWave18 is another way GHS/OCD promotes tsunami hazard preparedness as an active collaboration among federal, territorial, and local emergency management agencies.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 30, 2018


UPDATED: GHS/OCD Host Personal Protective Equipment - Mission Specific Competencies Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host the “Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Mission Specific Competencies” PER-347 course on Thursday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

The course is offered at no cost to eligible participants and demonstrates the use of essential PPE for response mission operations involving Hazardous Materials (HazMat), provides an in-depth inspection of available PPE including determining uses and proper hazard based PPE selection.

Attendees for the courses include first responders and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 30, 2018


UPDATED: GHS/OCD Host Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations Training and Train-the-Trainer Course

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host multiple opportunities for the “Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations” AWR-140 course at the University of Guam, School of Business & Public Administration Bldg., Room 129. The 4-hour course is offered multiple times:

  • Monday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Monday, April 9, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Tuesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


The four-hour course provides first responders and others in response or support mission roles with an introduction to radiological/nuclear WMD operations. The course provides fundamental knowledge in threat or incident recognition, protective measure, notifications, and incident area management.

GHS/OCD, in coordination with CTOS, will host a separate course, the “Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear EMD Operations Train-the-Trainer” (AWR-140-1) on Friday, April 13, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. AWR-140-1 prepares trainers to deliver the AWR-140 Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations course. AWR-140 is a pre-requisite to AWR-140-1.

Attendees for the courses include first responders and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 27, 2018


Rapid Spread of Wildfires Possible; NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has the following advisories in effect:

A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters, until 6 p.m. Wednesday. Winds of 15 to 25 knots with occasional gusts to 30 knots will continue through this evening, producing wave conditions that are hazardous to small craft. Seas have increased to between 7 and 10 feet and will persist through Wednesday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

An airport wind advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6:30 p.m. this evening. Winds from the east at 15 to 20 knots with gusts near 28 knots are expected. Be alert and take precautions as required.

A red flag warning is in effect for Guam until 7 p.m. this evening, meaning critical fire weather conditions are occurring. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create ideal conditions for rapid spread of wildfires.

A fire weather watch will be in effect for Guam from 7 p.m. this evening through Wednesday evening, meaning critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. East winds at 15 to 25 mph with frequent gusts to 30 mph are expected.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution at this time and be aware of later forecasts and possible red flag warnings for dangerous fire weather conditions.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 26, 2018


Tsunami Preparedness Week 2018

 

Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will declare the week of April 1 – 7, 2018 as Tsunami Preparedness Week (TPW) to promote tsunami hazard preparedness as an active collaboration among federal, territorial and local emergency management agencies, community leaders and the public.  The Tsunami Preparedness Week Proclamation signing is scheduled for Friday, March 30 at 11 a.m., at the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) in Agana Heights.

The National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program in conjunction with several states and territories, declare a TPW for their respective areas each year to encourage people to prepare for tsunami disasters.  Lieutenant Governor Tenorio’s declaration of TPW provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s abilities to recognize the threat tsunamis pose to our community.

Throughout the week of April 1 - 7, GHS/OCD will promote information through social media about how to build an emergency kit, how to make an emergency communication plan and how to prepare for a tsunami evacuation. Those interested in participating and finding more information throughout the week are encouraged to follow Guam Homeland Security on Facebook at https://facebook.com/GHSOCD, follow @guamhomelandsecurity on Instagram and visit the GHS/OCD website at www.ghs.guam.gov.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to use TPW as a chance to open discussions with friends and family about tsunami preparedness by using the following resources:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




News Release
 

March 26, 2018


GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to Test Tsunami Tone During Routine Testing of Advanced Warning Systems

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) will conduct routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system sirens, respectively, on Tuesday, April 3, starting at 3:15 p.m.
GHS/OCD will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations in conjunction with NBG and AAFB monthly routine testing of the “Giant Voice (GV).”

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Air Horn” tone, which can be found here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/tones. The “Air Horn” tone would be used in the event of a tsunami threat.

Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will be conducted on a monthly basis, in conjunction with NBG and AAFB, and will typically fall on the first Tuesday of each month.

The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be tested:

  • GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights
  • Agat Marina
  • JFK High School
  • Talofofo Elementary School
  • Asan Mayor's Office
  • Pago Bay A-Frame South End
  • Yona Mayor's Office
  • GWA Pump Station, Merizo
  • Inarajan Elementary School
  • Port Authority of Guam
  • Agat Senior Citizen's Center
  • Hotel Nikko Guam
  • Tamuning Mayor’s Office
  • Ft. Soledad, Umatac
  • Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or NBG Public Affairs Officer, Theresa Merto Cepeda at (671) 339-2663 or via email at theresa.cepeda@fe.navy.mil.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 25, 2018


Tropical Depression 03W Expected to Pass Between Koror and Yap on Monday; NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam has issued a tropical storm warning in effect for Kayangel and Koror in the Republic of Palau, and for Yap Island and Ngulu in Yap State. A tropical storm warning means that damaging winds of at least 39 mph are expected within the next 12 to 24 hours.

As of 1 p.m., Tropical Depression 03Wwas located at 6.0 degrees north latitude and 140.0 east longitude, about 595 miles south-southwest of Guam, with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. NWS advises Tropical Depression 03W is forecast to intensify through tonight, possibly becoming a tropical storm this evening.

Although Tropical Depression 03W is not forecast to have significant impact on the Marianas, residents and visitors are advised to monitor the latest updates. NWS has the following advisories in effect for the Marianas:

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. NWS advises winds of 14 to 24 mph with frequent gusts to 34 mph will continue through Monday, which have cause seas to rise between 7 and 10 feet. Wind speeds or frequent gusts of 25 to 37 mph are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

An airport wind advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds from the east at 19 to 24 mph with gusts to 29 to 34 mph are expected.

A fire weather watch is in effect for Guam through Tuesday evening. A fire weather watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Winds are expected east to eat-northeast at 19 to 29 mph with stronger gusts. The most dangerous times will be from late morning until near sunset. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, especially along east-facing slopes, and may ignite spot fires downwind.

Outdoor burning is not recommended.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution during this time. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 23, 2018


GHS/OCD Host Personal Protective Equipment - Mission Specific Competencies Training

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host the “Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – Mission Specific Competencies” PER-347 course at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The eight-hour course is offered twice:

  • Friday, April 6, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 

The course is offered at no cost to eligible participants and demonstrates the use of essential PPE for response mission operations involving Hazardous Materials (HazMat), provides an in-depth inspection of available PPE including determining uses and proper hazard based PPE selection.

Attendees for the courses include first responders and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 23, 2018


GHS/OCD Host Introduction to IND Effects Training

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host the “Introduction to Improvised Nuclear Device (IND) Effects and Response Strategies” PER-307 course at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights on Wednesday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The four-hour course is offered at no cost to eligible participants and provides an overview of how a nuclear detonation can affect an urban area, understanding of current guidance to aid personnel in preparation, recognition, impact, and recommended response strategies should an IND incident occur.

Attendees for the courses include first responders and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 22, 2018


Pago Bay AHAWS Siren to be Tested March 23

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense  will conduct a test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) siren from the Pago Bay location on Friday, March 23, between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

The siren test from Pago Bay is being conducted to assess operation.

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the Pago Bay AHAWS siren can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro Tones Wav Files/Alert.wav.

Tomorrow’s test of the Pago Bay AHAWS siren is separate from the pre-scheduled monthly test of all 15 AHAWS sirens. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a monthly basis and will typically fall on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 22, 2018


GHS/OCD Host Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations for Emergency Medical Services/Healthcare Training

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host two opportunities for the “Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations for Emergency Medical Services/Healthcare” AWR-350 course at the University of Guam, School of Business & Public Administration Bldg., Room 129. The 4-hour course is offered twice:

  • Wednesday, April 4, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 9, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 

The four-hour course is designed for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Medical Healthcare personnel to provide situational awareness of response operations that will be encountered during a radiological or nuclear incident. The course will provide an introduction to radiation and to radiological/nuclear WMD. The training provides EMS and Health Care providers with fundamental knowledge related to radiological/nuclear threats, including an overview of threat recognition and protective measures.

Attendees for the course include EMS and Medical Healthcare personnel from the government of Guam, military, and federal organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 21, 2018


GHS/OCD Host Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations for Law Enforcement Training

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host two opportunities for the “Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations for Law Enforcement” AWR-346 course at the University of Guam, School of Business & Public Administration Bldg., Room 129. The 4-hour course is offered twice:

  • Thursday, April 5, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 

The four-hour course is offered at no cost to eligible participants and provides law enforcement personnel with fundamental knowledge regarding two distinct mission spaces related to Radiological/Nuclear threats. The course addresses the Preventive Radiological Nuclear Detection (PRND) mission including program structure, operational modes and federal assets. The response mission area includes an overview of recognition of the threat or incident, protective measures, notifications and securing the scene site during Radiological/Nuclear WMD incidents as they relate to law enforcement operations.

Attendees for the course include law enforcement personnel from the Government of Guam, military, and federal organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 20, 2018


GHS/OCD Host Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations Training and Train-the-Trainer Course

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Counterterrorism Operations Support (CTOS) – Center for Radiological/Nuclear Training, will host multiple opportunities for the “Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Operations” AWR-140 course at the University of Guam, School of Business & Public Administration Bldg., Room 129. The 4-hour course is offered multiple times:

  • Wednesday, April 4, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Thursday, April 5, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Friday, April 6, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Friday, April 6, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, April 9, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
  • Tuesday, April 10, 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon
 

The four-hour course provides first responders and others in response or support mission roles with an introduction to radiological/nuclear WMD operations. The course provides fundamental knowledge in threat or incident recognition, protective measure, notifications, and incident area management.

GHS/OCD, in coordination with CTOS, will host a separate course, the “Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear EMD Operations Train-the-Trainer” (AWR-140-1) on Friday, April 13, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. AWR-140-1 prepares trainers to deliver the AWR-140 Introduction to Radiological/Nuclear WMD Operations course. AWR-140 is a pre-requisite to AWR-140-1.

Attendees for the courses include first responders and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

 

 




For Immediate Release
 

March 19, 2018


GHS/OCD Host Tsunami Awareness Training

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC), will host the Tsunami Awareness (AWR-217) training on April 3, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the University of Guam, School of Business & Public Administration.

The AWR-217 course will enhance attendees’ abilities to support respective organizations’ tsunami preparedness and response effort; and provide a better understanding of the tsunami hazard, current hazard assessment tools and products, tsunami warning and dissemination systems and methods, and methods of community response to local and distant tsunamis.

Attendees for this course include emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

For registration details, contact GHS/OCD State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at (671) 475-9600 or via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov.

For media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 19, 2018


NWS Advisories in effect for the Marianas

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has the following advisories in effect:

A red flag warning is in effect for Guam until 7 p.m. this evening. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. NWS advises dry weather is expected to continue the next few days with only a few isolated showers. Stronger and gusty daytime winds today will cause any fires that develop to become difficult to contain.

A fire weather watch will be in effect for Guam from 7 p.m. this evening through Wednesday afternoon. A fire weather watch means that critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. NWS advises winds are expected east-northeast at 15 to 25 mph, and gusty through the afternoon, with temperature highs in the upper 80s. Most dangerous time will be from late this morning until near sunset. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, especially along east-facing slopes, and may ignite spot fires downwind.

Outdoor burning is not recommended.

A high risk of rip currents is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan through Tuesday. NWS advises there is a high risk of rip currents along east-facing reefs. Large east swell will produce life-threatening rip currents near reef lines and exposed beaches facing east.

If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if near the ocean and to be aware of later forecasts and possible red flag warnings for dangerous fire weather conditions.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 15, 2018


NWS Issues Fire Weather Watch for Guam

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued a fire weather watch for Guam, in effect through Saturday evening. A fire weather watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

NWS advises dry weather persists across the area and only isolated showers are expected the next several days. Red flag conditions will be possible as trade winds increase and become gusty at times during the daytime hours. Winds are expected east-northeast at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph, with temperature highs in the upper 80s. The most dangerous times will be from the late morning until near sunset. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, especially along east-facing slopes, and may ignite spot fires downwind.

Outdoor burning is not recommended. Any fires that develop may be difficult to control.

Residents and visitors are advised to watch out for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings issued by the NWS. Practice caution if discarding any smoking materials. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised at this time.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 15, 2018


GHS/OCD Host ICS-300 & ICS-400 Training

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host two Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:

  • March 19 – 21, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • March 22 – 23, 2018 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff
 

ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

Attendees for these courses include senior personnel from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents and who are expected to perform in a management capacity at an incident or event.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




News Release



Guam’s Emergency Communications Capabilities Expand

 

Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) were on Guam from February 26 through March 2, to install the FEMA National Radio System (FNARS) at the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and train key staff how to use the system.

FNARS is a nationwide High Frequency (HF) radio network that provides backup communications when other systems are compromised.  The system provides robust emergency communications that were previously unavailable in Guam and with its key partners, and allows FEMA to maintain close communication with Guam’s leaders during emergencies. FNARS allows real-time communication from disaster areas to support coordination and decision making.

The system supports voice, chat, phone patch, and email and serves as the primary unclassified continuity communication solution for national security and weather events for federal, state, and territorial governments across the country. The system is considered highly survivable during emergencies and provides back-up capabilities if all other systems fail.

FNARS has operated since the 1960s, succeeding previous radio systems that supported all-hazard responses. FNARS operates at over 80 sites, including FEMA offices, state and territorial emergency operation centers (EOCs), to now include the GHS/OCD. FEMA paid for all FNARS installation and training costs at GHS/OCD.

The previous radio system on Guam used a single frequency with 80 watts of transmission power. The newly installed FNARS uses 60 frequencies with 1000 watts of power, providing emergency managers the ability to talk with other Pacific islands, the West Coast, and other parts of the Continental United States with a greater degree of consistency and reliability.

FEMA provided key managers and the GHS/OCD 24/7 watch desk personnel with an equipment overview and training after the system installation was complete. The installation concluded with test calls to the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas (CNMI) EOC as well as the mainland United States. After the installation on Guam was complete, FEMA representatives completed the same FNARS installation in CNMI, expanding their capabilities for robust emergency communications.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at 671-478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or FEMA Public Information Officer, Veronica Verde at 626- 646-6813 or via email at veronica.verde@fema.dhs.gov.

GHS/OCD’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate all Government of Guam, Military, and Federal Liaison Response Agencies and their resources in mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from any and all types of emergencies in order to protect the lives, environment, and property of the island of Guam.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 4, 2018


NWS Issues Red Flag Warning for Guam; Outdoor Burning is Not Recommended

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam issued a red flag warning, in effect until 7 p.m. this evening for Guam. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create ideal conditions for rapid spread of wildfires.

NWS advises only a few showers are expected in the coming days and winds will be gusty at times, east wind 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph are expected until sunset, which will be around 6:30 p.m., temperatures are in the mid 80s now, but will climb to the upper 80s or even near 90 during the afternoon hours.

Any fires that develop will likely spread rapidly and be difficult to control. Outdoor burning is not recommended and should be delayed.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution during this time. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 27, 2018


NWS Issues Fire Weather Watch for Guam

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued a fire weather watch for Guam, in effect through Thursday evening. A fire weather watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

NWS advises dry weather continues across Guam, allowing the fire danger to increase. Strengthening trade winds Wednesday and Thursday will increase the difficulty of controlling any fires that develop. Winds are expected east-northeast at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph, with temperature highs in the upper 80s. The most dangerous time will be from the late morning until near sunset on Wednesday and Thursday. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly and may ignite spot fires downwind.

Residents and visitors are advised to watch out for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings issued by the NWS. Practice caution if discarding any smoking materials. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised at this time.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

 




News Release
 

GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to Test Tsunami Tone During Routine Testing of Advanced Warning Systems

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) will conduct routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system sirens, respectively, on Tuesday, March 6, starting at 3:15 p.m.

GHS/OCD will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations in conjunction with NBG and AAFB monthly routine testing of the "Giant Voice (GV)."

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Air Horn” tone, which can be found here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/tones. The “Air Horn” tone would be used in the event of a tsunami threat.

Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will be conducted on a monthly basis, in conjunction with NBG and AAFB, and will typically fall on the first Tuesday of each month.

The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be tested:

  • GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights
  • Agat Marina
  • JFK High School
  • Talofofo Elementary School
  • Asan Mayor's Office
  • Pago Bay A-Frame South End
  • Yona Mayor's Office
  • GWA Pump Station, Merizo
  • Inarajan Elementary School
  • Port Authority of Guam
  • Agat Senior Citizen's Center
  • Hotel Nikko Guam
  • Tamuning Mayor’s Office
  • Ft. Soledad, Umatac
  • Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan
 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or NBG Public Affairs Officer, Theresa Merto Cepeda at (671) 339-2663 or via email at theresa.cepeda@fe.navy.mil.

 

 




For Immediate Release
 

February 23, 2018 ; 5:45 a.m.


Law Enforcement, GDOE Take Extra Precautions Amidst Bomb Threat

 

On Thursday, February 22, E911 dispatch received a report of a bomb threat specifically mentioning the Guam High School location. After the Navy Police and Guam Police Department were able to conduct a sweep of the facility with use of K9 units, no threat was found, deeming the facility “All Clear.” Responders took all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the remaining school students, personnel, the surrounding public, and responders involved.

While the reported call mentioned the Guam High School address, all Guam based schools are advised to take necessary precautions throughout the day.

While current indications appear that there is no valid, credible threat to local schools, out of an abundance of caution, the Guam Department of Education (GDOE) has instructed school administrators to conduct a sweep of the campus before students and employees report to campus. Status updates from the sweep will be compiled once inspections are complete. GDOE schools are still in session unless additional information is received.

All threats of this nature are taken seriously. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security (GHS/OCD), the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), Guam Police Department, along with federal partners will continue to monitor the situation closely and maintain a state of readiness.

See Something, Say Something

If you see messages or social media posts relating to the current events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something” or call 671-475-0400 / email teammrfc@mlrin.org.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 22, 2018


All Clear determined after Guam High School Bomb Threat

 

At 4:54 p.m., the "All Clear" was given by responders on scene at the Guam High School after a reported bomb threat was called in to E911 dispatch. The school and surrounding areas resume normal operations.

The Guam Police Department and Navy Police were able to conduct a sweep of the facility with K-9 units, confirming the area was “All Clear.” Responders took all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the remaining school students, personnel, the surrounding public, and responders involved.

This will be the final statement provided unless additional information is received.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

 

 




For Immediate Release
 

February 22, 2018


Guam High School Receives Bomb Threat

 

At around 2:30 p.m., the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense received notification from E911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat that was called in for Guam High School.

The Guam Police Department and Navy Police are on scene conducting a sweep of the facility with K-9 units. The Naval Base Guam (NBG) Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit is on standby.

All measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the public and all responders involved. Guam High School and surrounding housing areas have been evacuated until an all clear can be determined.

GHS/OCD, in coordination with the Naval Base Guam and Guam Police Department, will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as needed.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 22, 2018


Local Law Enforcement, Mariana Regional Fusion Center Monitor Social Media Threat

 

The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) received notification of an image circulating via social media, depicting a screenshot of a Facebook post of an individual claiming to shoot up "SHS."

After further research, it is known that the image is circulating across other schools from the continental United States. The named individual is also not a student registered in GDOE and the individual’s public Facebook page is non-existent. Current indications would appear that there is no current threat to local schools.

While there is no guarantee that “SHS” does not refer to the local Southern High School, the offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) along with the Guam Police Department (GPD) are monitoring closely.

School will still be in session tomorrow for all of GDOE to include Southern High School.

Out of an abundance of caution, GDOE, GHS/OCD, MRFC, GPD have increased situational awareness and are taking this very seriously. GDOE staff are postured to take protective measures. GHS/OCD and MRFC will continue to coordinate with GDOE on the situation.

See Something, Say Something

If you see messages or social media posts relating to the current events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something” or call 671-475-0400 / email teammrfc@mlrin.org.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center at (671) 475-0400 or via email at teammrfc@mlrin.org.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 10, 2018


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas

 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued the following advisories:

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Tropical Depression 02W passing south and to the west of Guam is expected to maintain winds in the 15 to 25 knot range mainly across the coastal waters of the Marianas. NWS advises a combination of building north swell associated with strong winds to the north of the Marianas and building east swell associated with Tropical Depression 02W will result in combined seas of 7 to 10 feet through the afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. NWS advises hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet along north facing reefs is expected tonight. High surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near reefs and exposed beaches, especially those facing north and east, as rip currents will be life threatening. If caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




News Release
 


Catastrophic Typhoon Plan Brief and Signing Ceremony


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host the Final Plan Brief and Signing Ceremony for the 2018 Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Plan.  The brief and signing ceremony will be held, February 13, 2018 at the Cabinet Conference Room, Governor Bordallo Complex, in Hagatna, Guam at 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

The finalized plan is Guam’s update to the 2010 Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Plan.  The effort kicked off in February 2016.  In this final meeting of the Senior Leadership Steering Committee, FEMA and Guam planners will present a brief review of the plan, its organization, and highlight critical responses developed for approval.

Once the brief is complete, the Honorable Eddie Calvo, Governor of Guam and Mr. Robert Fenton, FEMA Region IX Administrator will jointly sign the plan, committing to train, exercise and execute this plan.

The Catastrophic Plan was originally created in 2010 by GHS/OCD and FEMA and is now finalized. The comprehensive Catastrophic Typhoon Plan presents the results of research and analysis and hard work done by the core planning team over the last two years. The final plan is a crucial component of disaster planning that addresses and provides a guide to the protocols, procedures, and division of responsibilities in emergency response.

"The Catastrophic Plan further develops response strategies for the local and federal government," stated Governor Calvo. “It is important for all parties involved to familiarize and exercise plans in place so we’re prepared to act if and when catastrophic events do occur. The planning effort has been insurmountable in further preparing Guam for severe weather conditions that occur now or the years to come.”

"The Catastrophic Plan involves a collective effort and provides Guam and FEMA leadership with essential methods and effective strategies by delivering a joint plan that can be continually evaluated, and improved to better prepare for and respond to disasters," said FEMA Region IX Regional Administrator, Robert Fenton.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or FEMA Public Information Officer, Veronica Verde at (626) 646-6813 or via email at veronica.verde@fema.dhs.gov.

GHS/OCD’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate all Government of Guam, Military, and Federal Liaison Response Agencies and their resources in mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from any and all types of emergencies in order to protect the lives, environment, and property of the island of Guam.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 

 




For Immediate Release
 

February 9, 2018


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory for the Marianas

 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory for winds, in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.

NWS advises a tropical disturbance passing to the south of Guam is expected to increase winds across the coastal waters of the Marianas today into Saturday. Wind speeds of 19 to 29 mph are expected into Saturday morning. The highest gusts will likely be tonight and south of Guam, where there could be gusts near 34 mph based on the expected track of the system. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

 

 




For Immediate Release
 

February 8, 2018


Developing Tropical Disturbance expected to pass through Yap and Palau this weekend

 

Increased Winds and Showers Possible for the Marianas

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A developing tropical disturbance located just northwest of Weno in Chuuk State, about 565 miles southeast of Guam and 605 miles southeast of Saipan, is now the subject of a tropical cyclone formation alert issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center this morning.

NWS advises the current model consensus suggests the disturbance will continue to develop and track generally westward over the next several days, across western Chuuk and eastern Yap states today through Friday night, and then western Yap state and the Republic of Palau this weekend.

Although there is no direct effect to Guam and the Marianas from the disturbance, there is still uncertainty on the actual track and strength of the disturbance as it passes through Yap state and the Republic of Palau this weekend.

For the Marianas, much of the activity will pass south of the local area although it will increase winds and shower activity. NWS advises latest model guidance shows showers and thunderstorms increasing tonight and persisting through Friday night. Northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph today and tonight will become breezy at 15 to 25 mph Friday and Friday night. Gusts to 35 mph could occur in heavier showers. Increasing winds and waves will be hazardous to small craft on Friday and Friday night. Seas and surf may increase and generate high rip current risk on north and east facing reefs.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), with guidance from NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

Residents and visitors are advised to monitor current conditions by visiting the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.

 

 




For Immediate Release


February 2, 2018


AHAWS Siren Test from Ija, Inarajan Scheduled for Monday
 

In preparation of the routine monthly test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) on Tuesday, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will conduct a single siren site test at the Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan beforehand on Monday, February 5, between 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Ija siren was recently repaired and will be included in the regularly scheduled test if operational.

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS Ija, Inarajan siren can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and approximately ten-seconds of the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro Tones Wav Files/Alert.wav.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




News Release
 

GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to Test “Attack” Tone During Routine Testing of Advanced Warning Systems
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG), and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) will conduct routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system sirens, respectively, on Tuesday, February 6, starting at 3 p.m.

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and approximately ten-seconds of the “Attack” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Attack.mp3. The “Attack” tone would be used in the event of an imminent missile threat. The decision to test the “Attack” tone is one form of increasing capability of the AHAWS.

Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will be conducted on a monthly basis, in conjunction with NBG and AAFB, and will typically fall on the first Tuesday of each month.

The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be tested:

  • GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights
  • Agat Marina
  • JFK High School
  • Talofofo Elementary School
  • Asan Mayor's Office
  • Pago Bay A-Frame South End
  • Yona Mayor's Office
  • GWA Pump Station, Merizo
  • Inarajan Elementary School
  • Port Authority of Guam
  • Agat Senior Citizen's Center
  • Hotel Nikko Guam
  • Tamuning Mayor’s Office
  • Ft. Soledad, Umatac


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or NBG Public Affairs Officer, Theresa Merto Cepeda at (671) 339-2663 or via email at theresa.cepeda@fe.navy.mil.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 29, 2018


NWS Advisories in effect for the Marianas
 


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has the following advisories in effect:

A small craft advisory for hazardous seas is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Combined seas of 9 to 11 feet with winds of 19 to 24 mph will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced marines, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

A high surf advisory and high risk of rip currents remains in effect through tonight for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 9 to 11 feet is expected through this morning. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents will be life threatening. NWS advises, if caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 28, 2018


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas; Increased Fire Danger
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a red flag warning for Guam, in effect until 8 p.m. this evening. A red flag warning means that critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now, or will shortly. A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures will create ideal conditions for rapid spread of wildfire.

Affected areas include the southern and central mountains of Guam. Wind is northeast at 15 to 20 mph with gusts of 25 to 30 mph. Any fires that develop will spread rapidly and could ignite spot fires downwind, especially along east-facing slopes.

NWS advises outdoor burning is not recommended as flying embers and ash may start spot fires downwind.

A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet is expected tonight and there is a high risk of rip currents until Tuesday morning.

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near reefs and exposed beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents will be life threatening. NWS advises, if caught in a rip current, remain calm and swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible. Do no attempt to swim directly against a rip current.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 23, 2018, 9:20 p.m.


No Tsunami Threat to Guam or the Marianas from Alaska Earthquake
 

The U.S. Geological Survey reported an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 that struck 278 km SE of Kodiak, Alaska at a depth of 10.0 km at 7:31 p.m. (ChST).

As reported by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no tsunami threat to Guam or the Marianas from the earthquake.

This will be the only statement issued, unless additional information is received.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 18, 2018


Three AHAWS Sirens to be Tested on January 19

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense will be conducting tests of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) sirens from three different locations on Friday, January 19, between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

  • Port Authority of Guam (PAG)
  • Ft. Soledad, Umatac
  • Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan


The siren test at PAG is being conducted in support of the U.S. Coast Guard’s annual inspection.

The siren tests from Umatac and Inarajan are being conducted to test operations since recently being fixed. If there are no issues with the test, all 15 AHAWS sirens will be fully operational.

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the three AHAWS sirens can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro Tones Wav Files/Alert.wav.

Tomorrow’s test of the three AHAWS sirens is separate from the pre-scheduled monthly test of all 15 AHAWS sirens. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a monthly basis and will typically fall on the first Tuesday of each month.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 18, 2018


AHAWS Siren Scheduled Test at Port Authority of Guam
 

The Port Authority of Guam (PAG), in coordination with the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will conduct a test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) siren located at PAG on Friday, January 19 between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Residents and motorists surrounding Cabras Highway and Piti can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.

The siren at PAG is one of 15 located around the island. The test is one form of increasing capability of the AHAWS and is being conducted in support of the U.S Coast Guard’s annual inspection.

The test of the PAG AHAWS siren is separate than the pre-scheduled monthly test of all 15 AHAWS sirens. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will typically fall on the first Tuesday of every month.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 18, 2018


NWS Advisories in effect for the Marianas
 


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has the following advisories in effect:

A small craft advisory is in effect for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. Combined seas of 9 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through this afternoon across Tinian and Saipan waters. Inexperienced marines, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. this evening. Hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet along north facing reefs will continue this morning. There is a high risk of rip currents through this afternoon. Avoid venturing out on exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north and east, as rip currents will be life threatening.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 



For Immediate Release
 

January 16, 2018


2018 Service Learning, Youth and Community Preparedness Summit  


The Guam Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), the Guam Youth Preparedness Program, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host the 2018 Service Learning, and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit:

"Service Learning, and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit" for educators and community partners in training – Wednesday & Thursday, Jan. 17 & 18, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Guam Community College, Multi-Purpose Building.

"Service Learning, and Youth and Community Preparedness Summit" for students – Friday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Westin Resort Guam

This year’s theme is “Preparing for a Safer and Sustainable Guam,” to promote youth and community preparedness for all-hazards that affect the region.

The summit includes two tracks: Wednesday, January 18, and Thursday, January 19, focusing on educators and community partners, which helps teachers integrate service learning into their classes. The two-day session topics include the perspective on resiliency and the local environment, resilient communities as it pertains to health, infrastructure and natural resources, service learning and youth preparedness, and a presentation on sustainability and geo-literacy connections from keynote speaker, Dr. Ming Wei Koh, Eco-literacy Senior Specialist at Pacific Resources for Education and Learning.

Friday, Jan. 19, will focus on students and opportunities to engage in community preparedness work, connect community partners with students and educators, and review a plethora of topics including leadership, civic responsibility, and youth preparedness. Presentations will be provided by the National Weather Service, the Guam Fire Department, the Micronesian Youth Services Network, along with Yvette Ibanez, Business Development Specialist, Pacific Human Resource Services, Inc. Gen Tamura, Preparedness Analyst, from FEMA Region IX, Pacific Area Office will be the keynote speaker.

"Service Learning is a great tool to promote social responsibility," stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. "Each year during the summit, we are proud to see the youth of the community make the connections with the subject matter experts and the resources made available to them."

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 10, 2018


Governor approves RUTEX off base; no live-fire training included  


Governor Eddie Calvo, after reassurances from Joint Region Marianas Commander, Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, has agreed to the Realistic Urban Training Exercise (RUTEX), though it will not include the use of Small Arms Marking System rounds during off-base training.

This year, there will be scheduled training on military installations on Guam, as well as training in the Tanguisson area, which will not include the use of live-fire rounds.

The administration recognizes the importance of the RUTEX military exercise for the readiness of the Marines and civilian law enforcement. Further, Governor Calvo said the safety of the civilian community is paramount.

George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor, said Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense will continue to work with DoD, federal, and local participants to coordinate this annual joint exercise.

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 10, 2018


Call Made to Governor Calvo Prompts MRFC Analysis  


A recent interaction between Governor Eddie Calvo and a group claiming to be from the Ukraine Prime Minister’s office prompted action from the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC).

In September 2017, an email was sent to Adelup, seemingly from the office of the Ukraine Prime Minister requesting a phone call with Governor Calvo regarding the North Korea threat. This followed international media attention on Guam regarding the North Korea threats, and official visits from international officials —including the Chinese ambassador to the U.S. along with his deputy —there was a request to speak to the Governor. The email did include facts and verifiable information, allowing the phone call to occur.

Governor Calvo handled the phone call well. He noted partway through the call that something was not right. Governor Calvo was gracious and completed the call in a professional manner.

During the phone call, topics such as the poor quality of missiles sold to North Korea and the military fleet capabilities of the Ukraine were discussed. These professional pranksters also requested that Governor Calvo make the phone call public and share the discussion with President Trump. None of these requests were acted upon.

Homeland Security Advisor, George Charfauros directed the MRFC to vet all information, providing the initial email and all data from the phone call. Chief of Staff Mark Calvo also contacted a National Security Advisory Council member to inform him of the call.

Findings relayed that other high-level executives such as U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Republican Majority leader Mitch McConnell, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also received a prank call from people posing as international heads of state. The administration decided not to take further action.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 20, 2017


Tropical Storm 27W Tracking Northeast of Saipan by Sunday Morning  


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued an advisory for Tropical Storm 27W, located 11.4 degrees north, 151.6 degrees east, about 470 miles east-southeast of Saipan and 485 miles east-southeast of Guam.

Tropical Storm 27W has maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, moving south at 10 mph. It is expected to loop slowly around to west-northwest by tonight and increase its forward speed as it heads northwest on Saturday. NWS advises the current track will take it within 70 miles northeast of Saipan Sunday morning as a sever tropical storm with winds around 70 mph. Tropical Storm 27W is expected to slowly weaken as it moves near the northern Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands of Alamagan, Pagan and Agrihan. A tropical storm watch is now in effect for Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan.

A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Combined seas of 9 to 11 feet will be hazardous for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Wednesday. For west facing reefs, hazardous surf at 11 to 14 feet is expected today through Saturday. For south facing shores, hazardous surf at 7 to 10 feet is expected. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing out on exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west and south, as rip currents will be life threatening.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind all residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions or if near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 
For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 



For Immediate Release
 

October 17, 2017


Flood Advisory Issued for Guam  


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas around Guam, until 9:45 p.m.

Moderate to heavy showers are occurring. Earlier rainfall has caused the soils to become saturated. This and additional rainfall will cause urban and small stream flooding. Overflowing poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding.

A short term forecast and thunderstorm advisory were issued earlier, lasting until 8 p.m. this evening, with showers and isolated thunderstorms, possible 1 to 2 inches of rain and flooding of roads and low-lying areas.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions is necessary.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 17, 2017


Mass Notification SMS Alert Test Initiated; GHS/OCD Working with Telecoms to Address Gaps  


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Adelup Communications Office and Guam’s Telecommunications companies, tested the Short Message Service (SMS) text notification on Tuesday, October 17.

The test, which was the first of its kind, was initiated around 10:30 a.m. GHS/OCD sent the test text to all participating telecommunication carriers, which included Docomo Pacific, GTA Teleguam, iConnect Guam, and IT&E Guam. The SMS test is part of an initiative by GHS/OCD to conduct routine tests of mass notification systems so gaps can be identified and addressed.

In just the last five years, technology has changed the way people communicate and share information. With the help of telecommunication, media and other community partners, the goal is to get information to island residents through various platforms.

As part of today’s test, residents and visitors set up with mobile phone service with local telecommunications companies may have received a short SMS text alert stating, “This is a TEST of the Joint Information Center Mass Notification System. End TEST.”

Wifi-dependent applications such as WhatsApp, which the Joint Information Center and GHS/OCD already use to share information, can be spotty. The goal is to augment that, and other information sources, with an SMS text.

The goal of today’s exercise was to test the communication process between the Joint Information Center and the telecoms partners. Within minutes of the test emergency message being sent out via SMS to the telecom partners, identified telecom representatives confirmed receipt of the emergency text.

GHS/OCD received feedback from people with different carriers, expressing the message was received within minutes of the initiation, others received over an hour after the initiation, and others reported that as of 1 p.m. had not received a message.

GHS/OCD, working with the telecommunication companies, recognize there were gaps in the notification process and are working to address those gaps and shortfalls. Before the test was conducted, there was concern that the SMS mass notification may not be instantaneous. GHS/OCD are meeting with telecommunication representatives to discuss ways to improve this part of the mass communication plan.

In the event of a real emergency, GHS/OCD would utilize multiple forms of mass communication to inform the public including the All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens, the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, local media, SMS breaking news alerts through local media and telecommunication companies, mass notification email, social media, website, and various emergency responders.

"The results of the test will help us identify gaps in Guam's SMS text notification system," stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. "Our agency is working on multiple means of mass communications to include alert warning beacons, mobile apps, and mobile wireless alert system. We want to thank the telecommunications companies that participated for their continued support."

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 17, 2017


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas 


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. As Tropical Storm Lan slowly moves northwestward away from the Marianas over the next few days, another weak circulation is just north of Guam as of this morning. The circulation will bring scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms through Wednesday night, and occasional showers to Guam and Rota today.

Although weather is expected to improve later in the week, NWS advises seas will increase and could reach as high as 10 to 12 feet by the weekend. Rip current risk will become high. For those planning marine activities later this week and over the weekend, monitor conditions carefully for hazardous weather and seas.

A short term forecast is also in effect for Guam and Guam coastal waters. Through 2 p.m., showers and isolated thunderstorms will slowly move to the northeast bringing locally heavy rain and occasional lightning to Guam and the Guam coastal waters. Up to two inches of rainfall is possible, resulting in short-term flooding of roads and low-lying areas.

Motorists are advised to be alert for low visibility and slippery roads. Seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.

A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport until 2 p.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 16, 2017


Tropical Storm Moves Away from Marianas; NWS Issues Special Weather Statement
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.

NWS advises Tropical Storm Lan is located about 275 miles west northwest of Yap and will slowly move away from the Marianas over the next few days. There is another weak circulation east of Guam, near 13 degrees north latitude and 148 degrees east longitude, bringing gusts to 30 mph and isolated showers and thunderstorms for Tinian and Saipan through tonight. Wind gusts up to 25 mph are possible with showers passing over Guam and Rota.

Although weather is expected to improve later in the week, seas will increase and could reach as high as 10 to 12 feet by the weekend. Rip currents will become high with the increasing seas.

A small craft advisory for winds is in effect for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Tuesday. A small craft advisory for wind means wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph are expected. East winds of 19 to 29 mph will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. Be aware of current marine conditions and stay informed on the latest forecasts and advisories issued by NWS.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 13, 2017


Mass Notification SMS Alert Test Scheduled for October 17
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Adelup Communications Office and Guam’s Telecommunications companies, will test the Short Message Service (SMS) text notification on Tuesday, October 17, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Participating telecommunication carriers include Docomo Pacific, GTA Teleguam, iConnect Guam , and IT&E Guam. The different carriers have expressed their continued commitment in ensuring the people of Guam receive the latest and most up to date information in the event of an emergency.

The scheduled SMS test is part of an initiative to conduct routine tests of mass notification systems. As part of the test, residents and visitors set up with mobile phone service with local telecommunications companies will receive a short SMS text alert stating, “This is a TEST of the Joint Information Center Mass Notification System. End TEST.”

Only the SMS notification will be tested on October 17. In the event of a real emergency, GHS/OCD would utilize multiple forms of mass communication to inform the public including the All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens, the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, local media, SMS breaking news alerts through local media and telecommunication companies, mass notification email, social media, website, and various emergency responders.

"We would like to thank all telecommunication partners for their continued support towards moving the island forward in meeting preparedness goals," stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. "Routine tests of all forms of mass notification play an important role in ensuring all systems are ready and able in the event of an emergency."

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 13, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and the coastal waters.

Through 2:30 p.m., scattered showers and thunderstorms will bring locally heavy rain and occasional lightning to Guam and the Guam coastal waters. Up to two inches of rain is possible, especially over northern and central Guam, resulting in brief flooding of roads and low-lying areas. If you will be driving, be alert for low visibility and slippery roads. Seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.

A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 12, 2017


Community Invited to Participate in ‘Change Your Password Day’
 

On September 29, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio signed a proclamation, declaring October as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). NCSAM is a Department of Homeland Security annual campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. The Internet touches almost all aspects of everyone’s daily life. NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, provide them with tools and resources needed to stay safe online, and increase the resiliency of the Nation in the event of a cyber incident.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) along with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) have started a local initiative to have"Change Your Password Day" on October 25, at exactly 10:25 a.m.where the community is encouraged to update important cyber passwords in order to stay safe online.

To help you celebrate the inaugural Change Your Password Day, here are some tips for creating a secure password.


Make Your Passwords Strong

By adding just a little bit of complexity to a password, it can be secure for life. One tip is to choose random characters with mixed letter cases, numbers and symbols. Adding a symbol or two, to a short password increases security.


Use Different Passwords

Each online account should have a different password. Hacking into one account may lead to access to other accounts, just by changing a few characters.


Avoid the Obvious

A brute-force program can hack a common, random dictionary password quickly. Any program or person can get a hold of birthdates, anniversaries and phone numbers very quickly on the internet. Do not choose obvious passwords.


Longer Is Better

Whether using characters, symbols and numbers or passphrases, longer is always better. Make sure to use at least seven characters or more, if you can.


Keep It Weird

No matter which type of password you use, add strange characters or symbols and numbers to throw any brute-force program off the trail. Adding spaces to a password will help. If adding a space is not possible, add an underscore or other punctuation.


Do Not Use These Passwords

Do not use the following common passwords: Password1, password, 123456, 12345678, qwerty, abc123.


Change It Often

Change passwords every 3 to 6 months.

To learn more about National Cyber Security Awareness Month and ways to participate visit:


For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 9, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam, Rota, and respective coastal waters.


Through 4 p.m., heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will bring locally heavy downpours and wind gusts of 29 to 34 mph across Guam, Rota and adjacent waters. Up to 1.5 inches of rain is possible in heavy downpours and dangerous lightning is expected in thunderstorms.


NWS advises motorists to be cautious with ponding of water and lower visibilities in heavy downpours. Visibilities lower than half a mile are expected in heavy showers over the waters. Mariners are advised to seek shelter below deck if lightning is seen or thunder is heard. A thunderstorm advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. Thunderstorms are expected within 20 nautical miles of the airport.


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.


Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 9, 2017


GHS/OCD Host Training Opportunities
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host three training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:

  • October 17, 2017 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – AWR-213: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness
  • October 19-20, 2017 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – MGT-310: Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment
  • October 23-24, 2017 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – MGT-315: Critical Asset Risk Management


AWR-213 will introduce participants to the key terms, policy, guidance and preparedness efforts required to safeguard the Nation’s critical infrastructure. The target audience includes critical infrastructure owners, operators and managers, federal and government of Guam managers, and other organizations and managers with critical infrastructure responsibilities.

MGT-310 will prepare participants to conduct Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments by identifying threats and hazards of jurisdictional concern.

MGT-315 course teaches the critical components of risk management and provides participants the basic fundamentals of determining and mitigating risks associated with their critical infrastructure. The target audience for both MGT-310 and MGT-315 includes law enforcement, fire service, public safety communications, hazardous material personnel, emergency medical services, health care, public works, governmental administrative personnel, private sector, and military personnel.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 2, 2017


Testing of AHAWS Sirens Completed
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) tested the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations today, October 2, 2017 at 3 p.m. The pre-scheduled quarterly test for GHS/OCD was held in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) monthly routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system, “Giant Voice (GV).”

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers may have been able to hear the pre-scripted voice messaging that announced the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Alert” siren tone.

As reported by NBG and AAFB emergency management, all Giant Voice siren units sounded off loud and clear.

For the AHAWS sirens, 13 out of 15 were reported as operational. The following are a list of AHAWS sirens that were tested:

1. GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Asan Mayor's Office

6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

7. Inarajan Elementary School

8. Yona Mayor's Office

9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

12. Port Authority of Guam

13. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

14. Hotel Nikko Guam

15. Tamuning Mayor’s Office


The two sirens that were reported not operational for the test were the Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan and the Ft. Soledad, Umatac location. The test provided the useful assessment for the two locations and provided details on what specific parts are needed for both. GHS/OCD are working with the vendor to address the issues with the two sirens in order to return to fully operational.

"The quarterly tests play a vital role in the maintenance of the AHAWS systems," stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. "Our office will continue to work on the maintenance of the systems with the vendor in order to increase the mass communication capability for all-hazards. We recognize the sirens as one form of communication and would utilize multiple systems in the event of a real emergency. It is still a high priority of ours to keep these systems in line. The joint test with our military partners further solidifies our close-knit working relationship and we will continue to coordinate with Joint Region Marianas and all military installations for future tests of the sirens."

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 2, 2017


GHS/OCD Host ICS-300 & ICS-400 Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host two Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:

  • October 9 -11, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • October 12 -13, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff


ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

 

Attendees for these courses include senior personnel from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents and who are expected to perform in a management capacity at an incident or event.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 21, 2017


GHS/OCD Public Information Office: (671) 478-0208

Naval Base Guam Public Affairs Office: (671) 339-2663

Andersen Air Force Base Public Affairs Office: (671) 366-2228
 

News Release

GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to Conduct Simultaneous Testing of Emergency Warning Systems
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Monday, October 2, 2017 beginning at 3 p.m.
 

The pre-scheduled quarterly test for GHS/OCD will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) monthly routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system, “Giant Voice (GV).”
 

“This will be the first time Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base, and Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense have simultaneously tested our warning systems,” said Capt. Hans Sholley, NBG commanding officer. “This demonstrates the great partnership between the federal and local governments and ensures that if and when the need arises to use these emergency warning systems, we will be able to inform the whole island.”


“The quarterly tests help us to identify gaps and shortfalls with our current capabilities,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “It is important for the public to understand that the AHAWS is but a single component in our emergency mass notification system. We ask for the public’s patience and support as we continually work with our Federal, military, and private partners to improve our island’s all-hazards warning system.”


Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro Tones Wav Files/Alert.wav. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a quarterly basis. The GV tests will continue to be held monthly and typically falls on the first Monday of each month.

 

The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be tested: 

1. GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Asan Mayor's Office

6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

7. Inarajan Elementary School

8. Yona Mayor's Office

9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

12. Port Authority of Guam

13. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

14. Hotel Nikko Guam

15. Tamuning Mayor’s Office

 

Only the sirens will be utilized for the test on October 2. In the event of a real emergency, GHS/OCD would utilize multiple forms of mass communication to inform the public including the AHAWS sirens, the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, local media, SMS breaking news alerts through local media and telecommunication companies, mass notification email, social media, website, and various emergency responders.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov or NBG Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Theresa Merto Cepeda at (671) 339-2663 or via email at theresa.cepeda@fe.navy.mil.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 25, 2017


NWS Issues Advisories for Guam


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued the following advisories:

A short term forecast is in effect for Guam and Guam coastal waters. Now through 3 p.m., scattered showers and isolated thudnerstorms will bring locally heavy rain, occasional cloud-to-ground lightning, and occasional gusts of 25 to 30 mph to Guam and adjacent waters. Brief flooding of roads and low-lying areas is possible in the heaviest rain.

 

Motorists are advised to be alert for slippery roads, ponding of water on road surfaces and visibilities of less than one half mile. Boaters are advised to seek shelter below decks if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 3 p.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.g.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




News Release
 

GHS/OCD, NBG, and AAFB to Conduct Simultaneous Testing of Emergency Warning Systems
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Monday, October 2, 2017 beginning at 3 p.m.

 

The pre-scheduled quarterly test for GHS/OCD will be held in conjunction with the U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB) monthly routine testing of the vital communication and advance warning system, “Giant Voice (GV).”

 

"This will be the first time Naval Base Guam, Andersen Air Force Base, and Guam Homeland Security Office of Civil Defense have simultaneously tested our warning systems," said Capt. Hans Sholley, NBG commanding officer. "This demonstrates the great partnership between the federal and local governments and ensures that if and when the need arises to use these emergency warning systems, we will be able to inform the whole island."

 

"The quarterly tests help us to identify gaps and shortfalls with our current capabilities," stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. "It is important for the public to understand that the AHAWS is but a single component in our emergency mass notification system. We ask for the public’s patience and support as we continually work with our Federal, military, and private partners to improve our island’s all-hazards warning system."

 

Residents, visitors and motorists surrounding the AHAWS sirens and GV speakers can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the start and end of the test, and ten-seconds of the “Alert” tone, which can be heard here: http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Euro Tones Wav Files/Alert.wav. Future tests of the AHAWS sirens will continue to be conducted on a quarterly basis. The GV tests will continue to be held monthly and typically falls on the first Monday of each month.

 

The following are a list of AHAWS siren sites to be tested: 

1. GHS/OCD facility, Agana Heights

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Asan Mayor's Office

6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

7. Inarajan Elementary School

8. Yona Mayor's Office

9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

12. Port Authority of Guam

13. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

14. Hotel Nikko Guam

15. Tamuning Mayor’s Office

 

Only the sirens will be utilized for the test on October 2. In the event of a real emergency, GHS/OCD would utilize multiple forms of mass communication to inform the public including the AHAWS sirens, the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, local media, SMS breaking news alerts through local media and telecommunication companies, mass notification email, social media, website, and various emergency responders.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov or NBG Deputy Public Affairs Officer, Theresa Merto Cepeda at (671) 339-2663 or via email at theresa.cepeda@fe.navy.mil.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 20, 2017


Community Invited to Participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut
 

In less than a month, Guam will take part in the world’s largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut. On October 19, 2017 at exactly 10:19 a.m. (ChST), participants will practice the earthquake response procedure; “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as advised by the Great ShakeOut organization. The drill will last for one minute.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) encourage all residents to increase earthquake preparedness and response by practicing how to protect themselves during an earthquake and how to ensure an earthquake disaster does not become a catastrophe. The ShakeOut participation provides the opportunity to evaluate emergency plans, increase awareness of earthquake safety, and improve resiliency within your community.

 

“Guam, like many areas across the globe, is prone to earthquakes,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “An earthquake can happen anytime. It is important to have open discussions with family, coworkers, and friends to review earthquake procedures and plans. So please join us for the world’s largest earthquake drill and help to build a more resilient island community.”

 

To participate in this year’s ShakeOut, residents must register online at http://www.shakeout.org/guam/ or call (671) 475-9600. The ShakeOut website provides drill manuals, tips on earthquake safety and other resources for developing a disaster plan. Residents may register as an individual, as a family, school, business, or other group and are encouraged to share photos of their ShakeOut experience on the Great Guam ShakeOut website.

 

Island residents will join over 19 million ShakeOut participants from across the U.S., Hawaii, British Columbia, CNMI, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Southern Italy, and other various regions.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 20, 2017, 5 a.m.


No Tsunami Threat from Mexico Earthquake
 

At 4:14 a.m. (ChST), as reported by the U.S. Geological Survey, an earthquake with a preliminary Magnitude of 7.4 and was later downgraded to a 7.1, struck 5km ENE of Raboso, Mexico with a depth of 51.0 km.
 

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam, the earthquake epicenter was far inland and will not generate a tsunami and is no threat to Guam or the Marianas.
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will continue to work closely with NWS to provide further information if warranted.
 

Visit the following links for the latest local advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 15, 2017


North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and federal and military partners, continue to monitor the events surrounding North Korea including recent reports of a North Korea ballistic missile launch at an eastward projectory reportedly over Japan, landing 2000 kilometers off the cape of Erimo in Hokkairdo around 8 a.m. (ChST).

 

The launch was detected out of Sunan, North Korea and determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas. GHS/OCD, working with military and federal partners, was notified immediately. There is no confirmed report at this time, whether the launch was considered successful.

 

"The launch out of North Korea does not come as a surprise rather, it reminds us to always keep our emergency plans in place for any contingency," stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. "Our office will continue to work closely with our military and federal partners to monitor the situation and provide information in a timely manner."

 

See Something, Say Something

If you see messages or social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.

 

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:


For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

8 a.m., September 15, 2017


North Korea Launch Detected; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) received notification that North Korea has conducted a ballistic missile launch. There is NO IMMEDIATE THREAT to Guam or the Marianas. No action is required at this time.

More information will be provided by the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense as it becomes available.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 13, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast for Guam
 


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam.

NWS advises, now through 1 p.m., scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will bring locally heavy rain and occasional cloud-to-ground lightning to much of Guam and the adjacent coastal waters. Brief flooding of roads and low-lying areas is possible in the heaviest rain. Motorists are advised to be alert for slippery roads and ponding of water on road surfaces. Boaters are advised to seek shelter below decks if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport until 1 p.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 9, 2017


Flood Advisory Issued for Guam
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued an intermediate advisory for Tropical Depression 20W. As of 10 a.m., 20W was located about 25 miles east of Guam with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph.

 

Although damaging winds are not expected for the Marianas, gusty winds with peaks as high as 35 mph are expected for Saipan and Tinian. Rainfall will be locally heavy, mainly for Guam and Rota, where 2 to 3 inches may fall this afternoon and tonight.

 

NWS has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Guam, in effect until 3:30 p.m. Heavy rain that spread over southern and central Guam is expected to overspread the island, resulting in 1 to 3 inches of rain in most areas. Local flooding is likely on roads in low-lying areas.

 

“Turn around, don't drown," if you are attempting to drive a street with an unknown depth of water.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 9, 2017 


Tropical Depression 20W Formed East of Guam; Forecast to Pass Through the Marianas before Intensifying
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued an advisory for newly formed Tropical Depression 20W east of Guam.

 

As of 7 a.m., Tropical Depression 20W was located at 13.5N and 146.1E, about 90 miles east of Guam and 115 miles south-southeast of Saipan, with maximum sustained winds of 25 mph, moving west at 18 mph. 20 W is forecast to intensify slowly through Sunday, possibly becoming a tropical storm Sunday afternoon well west of the Marianas. NWS will issue the next advisory at 2 p.m. this afternoon.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect for Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. Sustained wind speeds or frequent gusts of 25 to 37 mph are expected for Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels are advised to avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 8, 2017 


Tropical Disturbance to Move Through the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office, Guam has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.

 

NWS advises around 4 p.m., a tropical disturbance was centered about 565 miles east of Guam and 535 miles east of Saipan. It is moving west at about 17 mph, and is expected to pass through the Marianas Saturday afternoon or evening.

 

As the disturbance passes through the Marianas, numerous showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected late tonight and Saturday, with locally heavy rain possible. Heavier showers may produce locally gusty winds up to 25 mph. Showers should decrease Saturday night and Sunday as the disturbance moves off to the west-northwest.

 

Although significant development is not expected until the disturbance passes through the islands, residents and visitors of the Marianas should stay up to date on its progress and any statements or advisories issued from NWS.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if traveling in rainy conditions. If outdoor events are planned, stay up to date for any additional advisories throughout the weekend:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 3, 2017 


GHS/OCD Closely Monitor Reports of North Korea Events
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea. There is a recent report of a magnitude 6.3 explosion, located 22km ENE of Sunjibaegam, North Korea, recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey around 1:30 p.m. ChST. The suspected explosion was originally detected as an earthquake.

 

Multiple national and international media report the tremor as a sign of a possible nuclear test in North Korea.

 

There is no confirmed evidence provided at this time, whether the test was successful. GHS/OCD with MRFC and federal and military partners, will continue to monitor the situation. There are no known immediate threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time. The threat level remains the same.

 

See Something, Say Something

If you see social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.


GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 1, 2017 


Emergency Management Notification System Tested
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) released information this morning regarding what was perceived as fake calls from the toll free number, (866) 609-7026, announcing an automated message stating “Exercise, exercise, exercise. Inbound ballistic missile.”

 

Immediately GHS/OCD along with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), researched the number and found it attributed to "spam" or a "spoof" number.

 

Further research with our partners in Joint Region Marianas (JRM) revealed that the JRM Regional Operations Center did conduct a test of their internal mass notification system as part of a routine emergency management exercise designed to maintain a high level of readiness to respond to threats. The exercise was generated from a legitimate toll-free number that manages JRM mass notifications. According to JRM, the intent was to send the message to a limited internal JRM audience, but inadvertently triggered the external mass notification function. They further recommend the number not be blocked on mobile or landline phones.

 

For more information, contact the Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs Office at (671) 349-4055/3209.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 30, 2017


North Korea Continues Rhetoric; Guam Still Safe
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea including the launch of a ballistic missile towards Japan’s northeast region yesterday morning.

 

International media outlets are reporting on Kim Jong-Un’s continued saber-rattling. There is no change in the threat level to Guam.

 

"We knew, based on North Korea events in previous years, that with the joint exercise between the U.S., South Korea, and its Allies, we can expect rhetoric and activity in North Korea,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor.

 

"It is important to remember that the U.S. Department of Defense capabilities are more than competent and stand ready to defend the U.S., its territories and Allies. We continue to encourage the people of Guam to have their emergency procedures in place. In the event of a ballistic missile threat to Guam or the Marianas, immediate action is required from the public. The shelter in place information our office promotes is a redundancy to the plan to protect all on island."

 

In the event of an immediate threat to Guam, residents and visitors can expect to hear a loud wailing siren from the All Hazards Alert Warning Systems. To listen to the tone that would be used, visit http://www.whelen.com/mass/audio/Attack.mp3. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense would also utilize the Emergency Alert System through television and radio, SMS emergency alerts through local media and telecommunications companies, mass notification email, and first responders. To learn more, visit www.ghs.guam.gov to download Fact Sheet 1.

 

If residents and visitors receive the notification, the immediate action is to shelter in place in a concrete structure and remain indoors, away from windows until the All Clear is announced. Tune in to local media through television or radio for more information. Visit www.ghs.guam.gov to download Fact Sheet 3.

 

The “All Clear” announcement may take over an hour to be announced. This is to ensure there are no follow-on attacks. It is important to remain indoors until told otherwise.

 

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:

GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1...

  • GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
  • GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
  • GHS/OCD Website: www.ghs.guam.gov
 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 30, 2017


FEMA Issues Advisory; How to Help Disaster Survivors in Texas
 

In the wake of Tropical Storm Harvey, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has provided guidelines to support disaster survivors in Texas.

 

"It is important during and after any emergency to ensure donations are provided to a credible organization," stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. "Guam is no stranger to large storms and flooding events like these. FEMA provides information for both donations management and volunteer opportunities that are proven to make a difference for those affected by the devastating aftermath of Tropical Storm Harvey.”

 

Read the full press release attached within this document.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 29, 2017


North Korea Launches Ballistic Missile; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea including recent reports of a missile launch towards Japan’s northeast region around 7 a.m.
 

The launch was detected and determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas. GHS/OCD along with Government of Guam leadership were aware of the reported missile launch in real time, working with military and Department of Defense partners and advised immediately that there was no threat to Guam and the Marianas. This is the second launch out of North Korea in less than a week, the first on Saturday multiple short-range missiles into the sea east of the Korean peninsula

 

There is no confirmed report at this time, whether the launch was considered successful. GHS/OCD will continue to monitor the situation.

 

"The launch out of North Korea this morning further solidifies the notification process from our military and Department of Defense partners," stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. "As soon as we were notified that there was no immediate threat to the Marianas, we were able to gather all factual and relevant information. The U.S. Department of Defense capabilities hold steadfast and our office will continue the open dialogue with them in order to keep the community up to date. GHS/OCD remains vigilant in monitoring the situation, along with other regional, national and international events."

 

See Something, Say Something

If you see social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.

 

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 28, 2017


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. As of Sunday afternoon, a tropical disturbance was centered near 18.9 degrees north latitude and 145.6 east longitude, over the northern CNMI. The system will bring scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms and occasional heavy rain through today.
 

A small craft advisory is now in effect for Guam and Rota waters until 4 a.m. Wednesday. Southwesterly winds of 19 to 29 mph are expected through early Wednesday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.blas@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 26, 2017


North Korea Launches Multiple Ballistic Missiles; No Immediate Threat to Guam
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea including recent reports of multiple short-range missiles into the sea east of the Korean peninsula earlier this morning. 


The series of launches were detected and determined not to be a threat to Guam or the Marianas. GHS/OCD was well aware of the missile launches in real time, working with military and Department of Defense partners. Government of Guam leadership was made aware before media reports.

 

There is no confirmed report at this time, whether the launches were successful. GHS/OCD will continue to monitor the situation.

 

"Although the launches were no threat to Guam, it reminds us that we cannot be complacent," stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. "We place confidence in our U.S. Department of Defense capabilities and continue open communications with our federal and military partners. GHS OCD continues to remain vigilant in monitoring the situation, along with other regional, national and international events. We will continue to keep the community updated on any new developments surrounding these events."

 

See Something, Say Something


If you see social media posts relating the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.” You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.

 

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:


GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1...

  • GHS/OCD Twitter: @ghsocd
  • GHS/OCD Instagram: @guamhomelandsecurity
  • GHS/OCD Website:www.ghs.guam.gov
 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna G. Blas at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 24, 2017


GHS/OCD Hold Contests for National Preparedness Month
 

Throughout the month of September, Guam joins the nation in celebrating National Preparedness Month (NPM) by promoting the importance of planning and preparing for man-made and natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. This year’s NPM theme is, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” 


The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) are hosting contests throughout the month of September.


Elementary School Poster Contest


WHO MAY JOIN – Any elementary student enrolled in any Guam based school.

Categories:

1) K-5 and 1st Grade

2) 2nd and 3rd Grade

3) 4th and 5th Grade

 

POSTER SPECIFICATIONS

  • Overall dimensions shall be no smaller than Legal Size (8.5’’ x 14’’) and no larger than Tabloid (11’’x17’’) on paper, poster or illustration board.
  • Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.
  • Crayons, markers, coloring pencils, and pens are acceptable drawing mediums.
  • Construction paper and glue may be used.
  • Posters must incorporate word games you could play during a black out in a storm.
    • Games must incorporate NPM’s Weekly Theme: 1.) Week 1: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family & Friends and/or 2.) Week 3: Practice and Build Out your Plans.
    • Example Games: Cross word puzzle, fill in the blank, trivia, Jeopardy, maze or word search.
    • No more than two games on one entry.
    • Posters must have have the hashtags in their poster: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.
 

IDENTIFICATION – All entries must be written clearly and to include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).

 

DEADLINE – All entries must be submitted to Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense in Agana Heights no later than 5pm, Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL COMIC POSTER CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN – Any middle school student enrolled in any Guam based school.

 

POSTER SPECIFICATIONS

  • Overall dimensions shall be no smaller than Legal Size (8.5’’ x 14’’) and no larger than Tabloid (11’’x17’’) on paper, poster or illustration board.
  • Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.
  • Crayons, markers, coloring pencils, and pens are acceptable drawing mediums.
  • Construction paper and glue may be used.
  • Posters must incorporate:
    • Week 2 Theme: How you would help out your neighbor and community after a Super Typhoon OR Week 4 Theme: How you can Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger.
    • Posters should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do I have in my disaster kit, Who can we call for help, join CERT, do a coastal clean-up, etc.).
    • Comic Strip must have no less than two panels.
    • Posters must have all three hashtags in their artwork: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.
 

IDENTIFICATION – All entries must be written clearly and to include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).

 

DEADLINE – All entries must be submitted to Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense in Agana Heights no later than 5pm, Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

 

HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN – Any high school student enrolled in any Guam based school.

 

VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

  • An individual or a group of no more than 3 may submit a digital video.
  • Digital video submissions should be at least 3 minutes (180 seconds) and not to exceed 8 minutes (480 seconds).
  • All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:
    • Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.
    • School name
    • Title of video
  • Digital videos must incorporate the letters A to M with the theme, "What would you do before, during, or after a Super Typhoon?"
    • Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a Super Typhoon (i.e. D for Donate to a local charity, H for Help your neighbor, E- for assist the Elderly, etc.).
    • Videos must have all three hashtags in their video: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
    • Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
 

DEADLINE – All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube or Vimeo link to marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm, September 20, 2017.

 

COLLEGE VIDEO CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN – All registered Fall 2017 University of Guam and Guam Community College Students

 

VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

  • An individual or a group of no more than 3 may submit a digital video.
  • Digital video submissions should be at least 3 minutes (180 seconds) and not to exceed 8 minutes (480 seconds).
  • All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:
    • Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.
    • School name
    • Title of video
  • Digital videos must incorporate the letters A to M with the theme, "What would you do before, during, or after a Super Typhoon?"
    • Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a Super Typhoon (i.e. D for Donate to a local charity, H for Help your neighbor, E- for assist the Elderly, etc.).
    • Videos must have all three hashtags in their video: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
    • Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
 

DEADLINE – All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube or Vimeo link to marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm, September 20, 2017.

 

ISLAND WIDE INSTAGRAM CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN – Any person currently residing on Guam with an Instagram account.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Posts must be the users’ original artwork or a picture of themselves.(i.e. carrying disaster outreach materials, building a plan, practicing the earthquake drill, etc.)
  • Posts must have all three hashtags in their caption: #GuamNPM, #NatlPrep, and #PlanAhead
  • Post must tag @guamhomelandsecurity on their image and caption on Instagram.
  • Participants may post a maximum of two times for the same week.
  • Participants are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov
  • /make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
  • Posts will be judged on originality of post, the focus on the weekly emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the post and caption.
  • Participants under 18 must have authorization from their parents by emailing marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov.
 

IDENTIFICATION – All entries must have their posts and accounts public between September 1 to September 29.

 

DEADLINE – All entries must be posted by the end of each category week.

Category 1: Make a Plan for Yourself, Family and Friends 5pm, September 9

Category 2: Plan to Help Your Neighbor and Community 5pm, September 16

Category 3: Practice and Build Out your Plans 5pm, September 23

Category 4: Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger 5pm, September 29

 

WINNERS – Winners for each category will be recognized and presented Preparedness Kits at the 2017 National Preparedness Month Grand Finale at the Micronesia Mall scheduled for September 30, 2017.

All entries will become property of Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and may appear in future public outreach publications.

For contest information, contact Typhoon Program Manager, Maria Romulo at (671) 475-9600 or via email at marialoralyn.romulo@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 22, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters until 11 p.m. 


A line of heavy showers and occasional lightning is currently moving south from central Guam towards Merizo and the adjoining coastal waters. NWS advises visibilities of less than one mile and some ponding of water on the roadways where the heaviest rain occurs are expected.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 2 a.m. later tonight. Thunderstorms are occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 22, 2017


NWS Issues Thunderstorm Advisory
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a thunderstorm advisory for the Guam International Airport Authority until 2 a.m. later tonight. Thunderstorms are occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport. 


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who hears thunder or sees lightning.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 21, 2017


Lieutenant Governor Tenorio Declares September National Preparedness Month
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) invite the island to celebrate September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will sign the NPM Proclamation on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2 p.m. (ChST) at the Ricardo J. Bordallo Governors Complex’s Large Conference Room. 


This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is, “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.” NPM is held annually in the month of September. During the month, the community is encouraged to conduct preparedness actions, develop emergency plans with the community, learn how to stay safe, and how to communicate during an emergency. Lt. Governor Tenorio’s declaration of National Preparedness Month provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s emergency management capabilities.

 

“National Preparedness Month is a great opportunity for the whole community to get involved with all-hazards, all-threat preparedness activities,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “By promoting individual and family preparedness, such as making a plan and building a kit, we are promoting whole-community preparedness and resilience.”

 

GHS/OCD will host a National Preparedness Month grand finale on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at the Micronesia Mall center court from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (ChST). During the expo, there will be activities, booths, short skits, demonstrations and much more for disaster awareness. Follow GHS/OCD on Facebook for event details and ways you can participate throughout the month: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1....

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 21, 2017


No Change in Threat Level from Recent North Korea Events
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea. 


“As of this morning, there is no change in threat level and Guam remains in normal conditions,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “We continue to place high confidence in the U.S. Department of Defense capabilities to protect the U.S., its territories and allies. We will continue communication with our federal and military partners. Our office has not received official statement warranting any concern for imminent threat to Guam or the Marianas.”

 

In a recent editorial for North Korea’s newspaper, Rodong Sinmun, North Korea criticized the annual South Korea, United States and partner allies’ military exercise, Ulchi Freedom Guardian, which begins today. The rhetoric out of North Korea regarding the exercise is similar to what they have done in the past and continue to do with each joint exercise between South Korea, the United States and its allies.

 

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via the following sites:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 21, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:

Now through 10 a.m., scattered brief heavy rain and occasional lightning is possible for portions of Guam and Guam coastal waters. Visibilities of less than one half mile and ponding of water on roadways is possible where the heaviest rain occurs.

A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport until noon today. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport. 


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 17, 2017 


No Change in Threat Level; Guam is Business as Usual
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea.

Although reports out of KCNA, North Korea’s official news agency, state that Kim Jong Un has backed off on plans to fire ballistic missiles at Guam, Kim Jong Un’s threat has not been lifted entirely. Reports indicate he will watch the actions of the United States before making a decision.

“We will continue to monitor the situation with our partners and provide updates as they become available,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “There is no change in our threat level and we are glad to see schools back in session and businesses continuing normal operations.”
 

See Something, Say Something

If you see social media posts relating to the current regional events, report them to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”
You also can call 671-475-0400 or email teammrfc@mlrin.org.

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




Immediate Release
 

August 17, 2017


GHS/OCD Host ICS-300 & ICS-400 Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host two Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:
 
  • August 28 - 30, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • August 31 – Sept. 1, 2017 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff
 

ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

 

Attendees for these courses include senior personnel from Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents and who are expected to perform in a management capacity at an incident or event.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 15, 2017


No Change in Threat Level
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions.

There is no change in threat level at this time; Guam continues normal operations.

“Residents and visitors are reminded to remain calm, even with the continued unconfirmed reports throughout the media,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “Remember there is no change in threat level, we continue business as usual and know there are U.S. Department of Defense capabilities in place. We continue communication with our federal and military partners and have not received official statement warranting any concern for imminent threat to Guam or the Marianas.”

No Connection between Outages and Unscheduled EAS Test.
 

Residents and visitors may have noticed at 12:25 a.m., an unscheduled test of the Emergency Alert Broadcast System (EAS) was triggered from KTWG/KSTO AM. The message read:

 

A BROADCAST STATION OR CABLE SYSTEM HAS ISSUED A CIVIL DANGER WARNING FOR THE FOLLOWING COUNTIES/AREAS:

Guam, Guam;

AT 12:25 AM

ON AUG 15, 2017

EFFECTIVE UNTIL 12:40 AM.

MESSAGE FROM KTWGKSTO.

 

The unauthorized test was NOT connected to any emergency, threat or warning. GHS/OCD has worked with KSTO to ensure the human error will not occur again. There is no scheduled test of the EAS or All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens today.

 

Unrelated to the EAS unauthorized test, the Guam Power Authority (GPA) reported there were two scheduled outages, for emergency interruption of power, at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., August 14 for customers located in Talofofo located along along Rte.17, Chalan J. Kindo, Vicente Borja Dr., Felix Dydasco St., Henry Simpson area to bus shelter by Bishop Street and other customers in these locations.

 

There was one unscheduled outage from 8:30 lasting a little over 9:30 p.m. for portions of Mangilao, Chalan Pago, Yona, Baza Gardens, and Talofofo heading to Malojloj. GPA line crews found a damaged piece of hardware by Ilig Bridge, which caused the unscheduled outage. GPA were able to make repairs and power was restored in the areas.

 

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 15, 2017


Trump Administration Responds to North Korea
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions. We stand fast and firm in our previous statements on this dynamic situation.

 

In a recent press release from the Office of the Press Secretary, White House, on August 14, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson stated, “We’re holding Pyongyang to account.”
 

“The statements made from Secretary Mattis and Secretary Tillerson provide insight that the United States is applying diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea,” stated George Charfauros, Guam Homeland Security Advisor. “We agree with this approach and stand with the statements of both Secretaries. While we pray that diplomacy shall win the day, we too, hold Pyongyang accountable for their actions contrary to what we know is best for the region and the world. We hold them accountable for any harm or damage to our island and the rest of the Marianas.”

 

Read the full press release attached within this document.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 10, 2017


GHS/OCD Hosts Resource Management Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region IX Preparedness Division, will host Resource Management training from Wednesday, August 16 to Thursday, August 17, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 

The 16 hour course introduces resource management as described in the National Incident Management System (NIMS), and shows how the systems for managing resources can be used to improve incident response. The course includes best practices, lessons learned, and job aids to assist the participants in planning for resource management.

 

Attendees for the course include emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 9, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast; Showers and Thunderstorms Expected
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:

 

Now through 8:45 p.m., showers and thunderstorms have developed over the Guam coastal waters on the west side of the island. Additionally, areas from Tamuning south to As an may be impacted. Very heavy rain, visibilities below a half mile and dangerous cloud to ground lightning strikes are possible with these storms.

 

NWS has also issued a thunderstorm advisory in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 8:30 p.m. Thunderstorms are occurring within 5 nautical miles of the airport.

 

Residents and visitors are advised to seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 9, 2017


No Change in Threat Level from Recent North Korea Events
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea and their threatening actions.
 

"As of this morning, we have not changed our stance in confidence that the U.S. Department of Defense is monitoring this situation very closely and is maintaining a condition of readiness, daily," stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. "We will continue to keep the public updated on any changes or requests for action. For now, we advise the community to remain calm, remember that there are defenses in place for threats such as North Korea and to continue to remain prepared for all hazards."

 

Multiple news organizations report that North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit on its missiles. International news organizations also reported that North Korea threatened to carry out a plan to fire missiles at Guam and the surrounding areas.

 

At this point, we know the following:

  • All information is coming from media reports.
  • The Guam Homeland Security Advisor is in regular contact with national Homeland Security and the Department of Defense. He has not received any statement that there is an imminent threat.
  • The Governor of Guam will meet with local military officials to determine if there is any update to military stance.
  • There is no imminent threat to the safety of the residents and visitors of Guam and the CNMI at this time.
 

GHS/OCD advises the community to stay up to date by listening to the news or visit GHS/OCD via social media:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 29, 2017


North Korea Launches Second ICBM; No Immediate Threat to the Marianas
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), and in coordination with our federal and military partners, continue to monitor the events surrounding North Korea, including reports of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch out of North Korea on Friday, July 28, 2017. This is the second test this month, with the first tested on July 4th.

 

Multiple international news outlets report that the missile was launched from Mupyong-ni and traveled about 1000 km before landing off the waters of the Japanese coast, with reports that the missile flew for approximately 45 minutes.

 

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) reports that the missile test from North Korea did not pose a threat to North America.

 

“Reading reports of statements from the Pentagon regarding their commitment to the defense of U.S. allies remaining ‘ironclad’ and how they are prepared to defend from any attack is the same sentiment I share and have been promoting as the Homeland Security Advisor for Guam,” stated George Charfauros Jr., Homeland Security Advisor. “Missile tests out of North Korea may continue but we stand by our statement that we have full confidence in the U.S. Department of Defense to defend Guam, as a U.S. territory.” Charfauros concluded.

 

For information on how to prepare for all-hazards, to include preparation for an imminent missile threat, visit www.ready.gov.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 17, 2017


GHS/OCD Hosts Homemade Explosives Awareness Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, will host the Homemade Explosives (HME): Awareness, Recognition, and Response training on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 

The comprehensive course provides first responders with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effectively prevent, interdict, and respond to an imminent threat caused by HME laboratories and producers. The course focuses on the various components and manufacturing processes of homemade explosives, response considerations when encountering homemade explosives, enhancing community situational awareness, and ensuring appropriate personal protection.

 

Attendees for the course include law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, communications, specialty team members (SWAT, Haz Mat), hospital, medical professionals, and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 17, 2017


GHS/OCD Hosts Medical Preparedness & Response for Bombing Incidents Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host Medical Preparedness & Response for Bombing Incidents (MGT-348) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.
 

The two-day course will be offered twice:

  • Monday, July 24 – Tuesday, July 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 27 – Friday, July 28, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 

The 16 hour course is intended for members of emergency response that become part of a community response to a bombing incident. The interactive, instructor facilitated program employs case studies, lessons learned, validated medical data, and potential threats to the communities. Sessions will address planning considerations and concerns specific to medical responders, law enforcement, and emergency planners, with the outcome of integrating incidents in explosive nature into existing plans.

 

Attendees for the course include law enforcement, emergency medical services, fire services, communications, specialty team members (SWAT, Haz Mat), hospital, medical professionals, and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 15, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast; Showers and Thunderstorms Occurring Over Guam
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:
 

Showers and thunderstorms developing over Guam will cause locally heavy rain and dangerous lightning this morning. Showers are also possible this afternoon. Visibilities will be very low in the heavy showers, and below half a mile over the coastal waters.

 

Dangerous lightning strikes are likely with these storms. NWS advises residents and visitors to seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is also in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 11 a.m. Thunderstorms are occurring within 5 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 10, 2017


NWS Issues Short Term Forecast
 


The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a short term forecast for Guam and Guam coastal waters:

Scattered showers and thunderstorms will bring locally heavy rain up to an inch, and occasional lightning to Guam and the coastal waters west of the island. Drivers should be alert for brief flooding of roads. Boaters will encounter low visibilities of less than a nautical mile. Residents and visitors are advised to seek shelter if lightning is seen or thunder is heard.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 5, 2017


North Korea Conducted ICBM Missile Test
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea, including reports of a probable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launch from Panghyon, in North Pyongan province, on July 4.
 

Multiple international news outlets have reported the missile reaching a height of around 1,741 miles. This is the highest altitude a North Korean missile has reached since the start of testing. The missile flew for approximately 40 minutes and landed more than 500 miles east of the launch site, in the Sea of Japan.

 

"Although the recent North Korea test is the furthest reached thus far, there is still no immediate threat to Guam and the Marianas at this time," stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “We remind residents and visitors that we are monitoring the situation closely and are not alone in doing so; the U.S. Department of Defense is a credible stronghold in protecting our island community from any missile threat," Charfauros continued. “We recognize the public’s concerns and remind residents of the importance of preparing for all-hazards and not just for this threat," Charfauros concluded.

 

Ways to prepare for all-hazards include creating a family communication plan, practicing your plan and building an emergency preparedness kit. Visit www.ready.gov for information on how to prepare.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 25, 2017


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam issued a special weather statement this afternoon for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan advising of the developing tropical disturbance passing over the Marianas, bringing scattered showers, isolated thunderstorms, occasional heavy rain and gusty winds today and tonight.
 

NWS advises now through 8 p.m., frequent lightning will accompany the developing disturbance and there is the possibility of ponding on roads and local flooding.

NWS has issued the following advisories:

 

A small craft advisory is in effect for Rota, Titian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Monday. East winds of 24 to 29 mph with gusts to around 34 mph will continue through the night. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport until 9 p.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who are traveling in these conditions. Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories from NWS.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 19, 2017


NWS Issues Thunderstorm Warning
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Weather Forecast Office Guam, has issued a thunderstorm warning for the Guam International Airport until 3 p.m. this afternoon. This means thunderstorms are occurring within 5 nautical miles of the airport.
 

A thunderstorm advisory remains in effect for the Guam International Airport until 6 p.m. this evening. This means thunderstorms are occurring or possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who is traveling in the area.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 12, 2017


Typhoon Pakyo Exercise Tests Super-typhoon Response
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), along with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials, various Government of Guam agencies, federal partners, military partners, private sector and non-governmental organizations will conduct the Typhoon Pakyo Exercise 2017 (Pakyo 17) from June 16 to June 22, 2017.
 

Participants will practice the execution of the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan and the Catastrophic Typhoon Plan. The annual exercise will evaluate federal and territorial integration with the GHS/OCD Emergency Operations Center and assess the coordination in executing mass care procedures.

 

Pakyo 17 will be a functional exercise for GovGuam. A functional exercise is a multi-agency activity designed to evaluate capabilities and multiple functions using simulated response. Functional exercises are typically focused on exercising plans, policies, procedures, and staff members involved in management, direction, command, and control functions. There is no actual filed work or “boots on the ground” personnel. As a result, the exercise will not affect the public. Most notable participation for the Government of Guam will be the Response Activity Coordinators/Emergency Support Functions active in the GHS/OCD Emergency Operations Center during a typhoon.

 

"The focus of this year’s exercise will be response to critical transportation, critical infrastructure, operational coordination, and mass care services," stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. "We look forward to the outcome of exercises like Pakyo 17 to identify shortfalls or gaps, so we can address them prior to a real world event. It’s also a great opportunity to work with all stakeholders; Government of Guam, federal partners, and military partners. In a real world event, the lines may be blurred so it’s important to understand roles and responsibilities ahead of time." Esteves continued.

 

For more information, please contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 7, 2017


NWS Issues Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for southern and western Guam until 3 p.m. Areas from western Dededo, down to Merizo could be affected. NWS advises up to two inches of rain have already fallen and an additional rainfall of up to two more inches is expected over the area. The additional rainfall will cause minor flooding.
 

NWS advises to turn around when encountering flooded roads. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 31, 2017


Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop Kicks Off Typhoon Preparedness Week
 

Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will declare the week of June 4 – 10, 2017 as Typhoon Preparedness Week to promote typhoon hazard preparedness. It is an active collaboration among federal, territorial and local emergency management agencies, community leaders and the public. The Typhoon Preparedness Week Proclamation Signing is scheduled for Friday, June 2 at 1:30 p.m. at the Large Conference Room, Gov. Ricardo J. Bordallo Complex, Adelup.

 

Throughout the week, the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will promote information through social media about how to build an emergency kit, how to make an emergency communication plan and how to prepare for a typhoon. Those interested in finding out more information throughout the week are encouraged to follow Guam Homeland Security on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1..., follow @guamhomelandsecurity on Instagram and visit the GHS/OCD website at www.ghs.guam.gov.

 

GHS/OCD, in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS) Guam Weather Forecast Office, is hosting a two-day Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop, which will start Typhoon Preparedness Week.

 

The annual, comprehensive workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., June 5 - 6, 2017 at the Shearon Laguna Guam Resort, Tamuning. The objective of the workshop is to familiarize decision makers with the numerous natural hazards that threaten Guam, the behavior of those hazards, emergency information and instructions issued by the NWS and its associates, and how to make critical decisions based on provided information.

 

The workshop examines current knowledge, tropical cyclone characteristics, behavior and hazards. Participants will learn causes for the weather around Guam, the island’s risk and vulnerability to typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis, climate change issues, implications for rainfall and sea level predictions, and other topics concerning disaster preparedness.

 

Attendees for this workshop include various Government of Guam agencies, our military partners and private, and non-profit organizations that work in GHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during typhoons.

 

“We will never be able to stop natural disasters from occurring but we can equip ourselves with as much knowledge as possible on how to prepare for them,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “Guam is fortunate to have subject matter experts from the National Weather Service here on island. We thank them for the continued partnership,” Esteves continued.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 22, 2017


No Immediate Threat from North Korea Missile Test
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, continue to monitor the recent events surrounding North Korea, including recent reports of a medium-range ballistic missile test out of Pukchang, in western North Korea yesterday.

 

Multiple international news outlets have reported the missile hit the water about 217 miles from the east coast of North Korea at an altitude of 620 miles.

 

"Our office holds steadfast that there is no immediate threat to Guam or the Marianas at this time, even with the latest test," stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. "GHS/OCD will continue to place confidence in partners in the Department of Defense to protect the homeland. Visit www.ready.gov to learn more about necessary steps you and your family can take to be more prepared, not just for novelty events like these, but all-hazards, whether natural or man-made," Charfauros continued.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 15, 2017


GHS/OCD and MRFC Continue to Monitor Events Surrounding North Korea
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), federal and military partners, are closely monitoring the recent events surrounding North Korea.

 

Multiple international news outlets have reported North Korea’s test-fire of a ballistic missile on Sunday, that reportedly reached an altitude of approximately 1,240 miles and a distance of 489 miles, landing in the Sea of Japan/East Sea, about 60 miles from eastern Russia.

 

“As we continue to monitor these types of missile tests, we remind residents and visitors there is no immediate threat to Guam at this time,” stated George Charfauros, Homeland Security Advisor. “Although the tests out of North Korea seem daunting to the public, we have confidence in the United States military and work closely with our partners in the Department of Defense to be able to respond accordingly. For the community, it’s always important to have a family communication plan, emergency preparedness kit and plans in place for members in your home to be prepared for all hazards, natural or man-made,” Charfauros continued.

 

When creating your family communication plan, consider how your family will get emergency alerts and warnings, how everyone will get to a safe, concrete location if separated, how your family gets in touch with one another, where your family meeting place will be, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan, for more information. For supplies that you should include in your emergency kit, visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




News Release
 

Typhoon Pakyo 2017 Senior Leaders Seminar
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct a Senior Leaders Seminar on Friday, May 19, 2017 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Pacific Star Resort & Spa. The seminar addresses Guam’s challenges, risks, and issues related to a catastrophic typhoon, which will be exercised at the upcoming Typhoon Pakyo Full Scale Exercise in June.

 

The seminar will support the Guam Territorial Emergency Operations Plan and the Guam Catastrophic Typhoon Response Plan by engaging key senior officials in a discussion of the roles and functions of the Government of Guam, FEMA, the Department of Defense, and other stakeholders during response and recovery operations from a catastrophic typhoon.

 

“The seminar allows Guam and FEMA leadership to discuss essential methods and effective strategies by delivering a joint plan that can be exercised, continually evaluated, and improved to better prepare for and respond to disasters,” said FEMA Region IX Acting Regional Administrator, Dr. Ahsha Tribble.

 

Topics discussed at the seminar include: public policy, critical infrastructure, commodity distribution, crisis communications, and incident management. All of the topics will be discussed at the strategic and policy level in order to identify challenges and solutions; build a common understanding of roles and responsibilities during a disaster; and foster collaboration.

 

“The seminar provides the opportunity for executives to discuss and analyze preparedness and response activities in regards to a catastrophic event so when an event of this magnitude does happen, we are prepared to make decisions and respond effectively,” stated Office of Civil Defense Administrator, Charles Esteves.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.govor FEMA Public Affairs Officer, Veronica Verde at (626) 646-6813 or via email at veronica.verde@fema.dhs.gov.

GHS/OCD’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate all Government of Guam, Military, and Federal Liaison Response Agencies and their resources in mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from any and all types of emergencies in order to protect the lives, environment, and property of the island of Guam.

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.



 



For Immediate Release
 

May 13, 2017


NWS Issues Dense Smoke Advisory
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) - Guam Weather Forecast Office has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory for Guam in effect until midnight, resulting from the fire near Harmon Industrial Park. A dense smoke advisory means a large file will create smoke, limiting visibilities.

 

NWS advises visibility is down to about one mile within the smoke plume and possible industrial chemicals may cause respiratory distress.

 

Residents and visitors are advised, if driving, slow down, use your headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. People with sensitive lungs should stay clear of this area or stay indoors.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 5, 2017


Cybersecurity & Cyber Incident Awareness Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the Center for Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois Chicago will host Cybersecurity & Cyber Incident Awareness training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

The 4 hour course will be offered twice, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. or Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

 

The comprehensive training is meant to create broader awareness of the principles and best practices of a robust cybersecurity program for all critical infrastructure sectors. The course specifically utilizes the Cybersecurity Framework, created by the National Institute of Standards and Technology through Presidential Executive Order 13636, as a basis for building awareness. The framework is based on common use of language, flexibility and its reliance on industry best practices.

 

Attendees for the course include information technology and emergency management personnel from the Government of Guam, federal, military, private, and non-profit organizations.

 

To register for the course, contact Joan Carnduff via email at jcarn4@uis.edu. For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 4, 2017


Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the Emergency Management Institute and the National Emergency Training Center, will host an “Integrating Access and Functional Needs into Emergency Planning (L0197)” training at the Department of Integrated Services for Individuals with Disabilities facility in the DNA Bldg., Hagatna. The two day training is from May 8 – 9, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

The 16 hour course will provide participants who are responsible for providing or participating in emergency planning with the information necessary to utilize disability, access and functional needs-inclusive practices, as well as the additional updated skills and knowledge they will need to prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergencies.

 

Attendees for these courses include emergency managers from the Government of Guam, Non-Governmental Organizations, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster, organizations/groups working with children/adults with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.

 

To register, email Training & Exercise Program Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov. For more media inquiries, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 3, 2017


GHS/OCD to Conduct Testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will test the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Monday, June 5, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.

The following are a list of siren sites to be tested:

1. GHS/OCD facility

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Asan Mayor's Office

6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

7. Inarajan Elementary School

8. Yona Mayor's Office

9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

12. Port Authority of Guam

13. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

14. Hotel Nikko Guam

15. Tamuning Mayor’s Officer

 

Residents and motorists surrounding these sites can expect to hear pre-scripted voice messaging announcing the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. Future tests of the AHAWS sites will be conducted on a quarterly basis. More information regarding the scheduled test dates will be provided.

“The AHAWS is an integral part of our mass communication plan,” stated Charles Esteves, Administrator. "A quarterly test will help us maintain the system," Esteves continued.

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 28, 2017


GHS/OCD Host Incident Command System Trainings
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host three Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights:
  • May 1, 2017 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.) – MGT-347: Incident Command System Forms Review
  • May 1 – 3, 2017 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m., except May 1, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • May 4 – 5, 2017 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System
 

MGT-347 provides training for emergency response supervisors and managers and provides a detailed introduction to the ICS forms used in the development of an Incident Action Plan.

ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

 

Attendees for these courses include emergency managers who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 5, 2017


Joint Guam-CNMI Tsunami Communication Exercise Scheduled for Tomorrow
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in close coordination with the National Weather Service – Guam Weather Forecast Office, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization/Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s International Tsunami Information Center, will take part in a “Pacific Wave 2017 Exercise” (PacWave17) driven, Joint Guam-CNMI Tsunami Communication Exercise on Thursday, April 6, 2017.

 

PacWave17 provides a valuable opportunity for Pacific countries to test new products, review tsunami response procedures and test internal communication systems. One of the objectives for the exercise is to validate respective agency/departments’ alert notification planning procedures and identify changes that can improve its effectiveness.

 

There will be no hindrance to the public as the exercise is internal to those agencies participating. Participating agencies include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations that play an active role in GHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during times of disasters.

 

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo recently declared the week of April 2 – 8, 2017 as Guam’s Tsunami Preparedness Week. PacWave17 is another way GHS/OCD promotes tsunami hazard preparedness as an active collaboration among federal, territorial, and local emergency management agencies.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 5, 2017


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas


The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message of a large north swell moving through the Marianas waters.

NWS has the following advisories in effect:

 

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 a.m., Friday. Waves and surf along north facing reefs have risen to hazardous level of 7 to 10 feet. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing out on exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, where rip currents will be life threatening.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m., Friday. Combined seas of 7 to 10 feet and winds of 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts of 29 mph will continue through early Friday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 29, 2017


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory until Thursday Evening
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a small craft advisory in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 10 p.m., Thursday. A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft.

 

East wind will increase 24 to 29 mph through Thursday and seas will increase to 7 to 10 feet for the Marianas.

 

NWS advises inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 29, 2017, 5:45 a.m.(ChST)


Kontra I Piligru 2017 Ends
 

The End of Exercise (ENDEX) for Kontra I Piligru 2017 (KIP17) was announced at 4:45 a.m. Normal operations resume for participating agencies. Although KIP17 had the opportunity to run for a total of 36 hours, quick response to each emergency scenario led to the early morning ENDEX.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will host a hot wash for participating agencies to review immediate after-action reports and evaluations of multiple agencies’ performance during the exercise.

The purpose of the hot wash is to improve individual, leader and collaborative performance through immediate feedback on how tasks could have been performed better and to review processes and procedures to improve future interoperability.

KIP17 was an island-wide, multi-agency exercise. The full-scale exercise was meant to test and evaluate the operational capability of the emergency management system in an interactive manner and to validate interagency coordination and response. The hot wash will give the agencies involved, a chance to highlight what areas went well and what areas need to be improved.

“Training and exercises help uncover gaps and shortfalls within our plans, policies and procedures, so in the event of a real-world incident we are better prepared,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “KIP17 provided us with an objective assessment.” Esteves continued.
 

Participating agencies were, Guam National Guard (GUNG) 94th Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team, Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense, Guam Police Department (GPD) and GPD SWAT, Guam Fire Department (GFD) and GFD Hazardous Materials, Department of Public Works, Guam Power Authority, Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Memorial Hospital, Guam Regional Medical City, Mariana Regional Fusion Center, Federal Bureau of Investigators, Transportation Security Agency, Naval Hospital, US Marshals Courts, and other local and federal agencies.

 

Simulated events throughout the exercise included a bomb detonation and an active shooter scenario at the District Court of Guam and the Sirena Building in Agana, an active shooter scenario at Northern Public Health, simulated roadside bomb at Andersen South, simulated helicopter medical evacuation from Andersen South, Active Shooter takedown at the Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Fire Department Hazardous Material and 94th CST response to various scenarios. All high intensity incidents were closely monitored by safety personnel to ensure the protection of the public and all those involved.

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 28, 2017, 5 p.m. (ChST)


Kontra I Piligru 2017 to End Tomorrow


The Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team (CST) along with local and federal first responders have completed the first day of Kontra I Piligru ’17 (KIP17).

Throughout the day, various scenarios involving heightened emergency response activities across the island were enacted. The full-scale exercise tests and evaluates the operational capability of the emergency management system as a whole.

Today’s portion of the exercise reinforced interoperability among local and federal first responders. Some of today’s exercises included a simulated bomb detonation and an active shooter scenario at the District Court of Guam and the Sirena Building in Agana, an active shooter scenario at Northern Public Health, simulated roadside bomb at Andersen South, simulated helicopter medical evacuation from Andersen South, Guam Fire Department Hazardous Material and 94th CST response to various scenarios. All high intensity incidents were closely monitored by safety personnel to ensure public protection.

The exercise will continue throughout this evening into tomorrow morning. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will be operational at 8 a.m. for any inquiries.
 

More information will be posted on the Guam Homeland Security:

 

For more information, contact Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 18, 2017


NWS Advisories in Effect for the Marianas


The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued the following advisories:

A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Sunday. A large north swell ranging from 6 to 10 feet is expected over the Mariana Islands today, which will diminish slightly tonight. Winds of 24 to 29 mph with gusts to 34 mph near showers will make sailing of small craft potentially dangerous. Mariners should use extra caution when entering or leaving harbor channels. Large breaking waves can easily capsize even larger vessels. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 4 p.m. Sunday. Hazardous surf of 9 to 12 feet along north facing shores is expected through tonight. Avoid venturing out to exposed reef lines and beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 10 a.m. this morning. Thunderstorms are expected within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean. Residents and visitors are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the weekend.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 16, 2017


NWS Issues High Surf Advisory for Friday Morning
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a high surf advisory in effect from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. An increasing north swell is moving into the Mariana waters. Hazardous surf of 9 to 11 feet is expected on north facing reefs Friday and Friday night.
 

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents will be life threatening. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 9, 2017 (2:20 p.m. ChST)


NWS Issues Thunderstorm Advisory
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a thunder advisory for the Guam International Airport Authority until 6 p.m. this evening. Thunderstorms are expected within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if traveling around that area. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:


For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 13, 2017


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas; Hazardous Seas Expected Until Friday
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message of a large north-northwest swell continuing across the Marianas waters.

 

NWS has the following advisories in effect:

 

A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m., Friday. The small craft advisory means combined seas of 9 to 12 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m., Friday. Surf will be hazardous from 9 to 11 feet today along north and west facing reefs. Residents and visitors are reminded to avoid venturing out to exposed reef lines and beaches, especially along north and west facing shores, as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if near the ocean and if possible, to avoid the waters while the NWS advisories are in effect. GHS/OCD, with guidance from NWS will continue to monitor and share the latest NWS advisories. Visit the following links for information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 13, 2017


GHS/OCD Host Medical Countermeasures Training


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a “Medical Countermeasures: Points of Dispensing (POD), Planning, and Response (MGT-319)” training at the GHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The training is a 16 hour course, being delivered twice next week; February 20 – 21, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and February 22 – 23, 2017, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
 

The comprehensive 16 hour course is meant to enhance jurisdiction preparedness and emergency response efforts by providing the knowledge of how to exercise and revise a plan that utilizes an all-hazards, whole community approach toward a Medical Countermeasure (MCM) event. The training course assists with coordination of planning, training and responding to a MCM response for a public health incident. This course responds directly to the National Preparedness Goal; as it applies to delivery of medical countermeasures to exposed populations. Topics include Points of Dispensing Command Structure for planning, execution, and demobilization of jurisdictional response, Emergency Use Authorizations (EUA), Discussions as it applies to local Emergency Support Functions, Public Health Preparedness Capabilities.

 

“It is important to maintain our composure as it relates to the National Preparedness Goal,” stated Brant McCreadie, Homeland Security Advisor. “Trainings such as these further our capabilities in preparedness for all hazards,” he continued.

 

Attendees for the course include public health officials, health care and ancillary service groups, personnel from law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, public works, public safety communications, educational community, and others from the Government of Guam, federal, military, and private, non-profit organizations.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 12, 2017


GHS/OCD and MRFC Closely Monitor Events Surrounding North Korea
 

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) in conjunction with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), are closely monitoring reports of North Korea’s launch of a mobile ballistic missile.

 

In a recent article, CNN reported the South Korean Ministry of Defense stated that North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile. There are no known threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.

 

“Although there are no immediate threats to Guam at this time, we ask residents to remain vigilant,” stated Homeland Security Advisor, Brant McCreadie. “GHS/OCD and the MRFC will continue to monitor all open sources for any further information,” he continued. Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

February 1, 2017 (2:20 p.m. ChST)


NWS Issues High Wind Advisory
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a high wind advisory for the Guam International Airport Authority until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds at the airport will be from the east-northeast at 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts of 29 to 34 mph.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if traveling around that area. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 24, 2017


AHAWS Siren Scheduled Test at Port Authority of Guam
 

The Port Authority of Guam (PAG), in coordination with the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will conduct a test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) siren located at PAG on Tuesday, January 31st between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

 

Residents and motorists surrounding Cabras Highway and Piti can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.

 

The siren at PAG is one of 15 located around the island. The test is one form of increasing capability of the AHAWS and will be conducted for the PAG to maintain federal compliancy.

 

“By giving Port Authority of Guam’s use of our siren for port related hazards, threats, and emergencies, we are highlighting the importance of cooperation between Government of Guam agencies and the fact that everyone plays a part when it comes to emergency management,” stated Charles Esteves, Administrator.

 

GHS/OCD is working towards finalizing the standard operating procedures for the AHAWS. More tests of the different AHAWS sites are expected in the future.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 23, 2017


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas; Hazardous Seas Expected Until Thursday
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message advising that a large north to northwest swell is being created by northwest winds behind a cold front moving out of Japan. This swell will create hazardous surf for the Marianas the next few days.

 

NWS has the following advisories in effect:

 

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Thursday. Surf is currently hazardous at 7 to 9 feet on north and west facing reefs and will remain hazardous through Thursday. Avoid venturing out to the reef lines, especially along north and west facing shores as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Thursday. A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph and combined seas of 10 feet or more are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if near the ocean and if possible, to avoid the waters while the NWS advisories are in effect. GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 19, 2017


2017 Service Learning, Youth and Community Preparedness Summit
 

The Guam Department of Education (DOE), in collaboration with the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), hosted a two day event to help teachers integrate service learning into their classes. The event continues tomorrow at the Westin Resort Guam.

 

This year’s theme was “Service Learning: Building Resilient Communities,” to promote youth and community preparedness for the range of disasters that may affect our island.

 

“Service Learning is a great approach to community involvement. It is beneficial to the youth of our community to have an array of resources in front of them at summits like these,” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brant McCreadie. “This summit is another avenue to help build a more resilient community,” McCreadie continues.

 

The summit included two tracks: Wednesday, January 18, and Thursday, January 19, focused on educators and community partners. The two-day session topics included the perspective on resiliency and our local environment, land, air, water and wind safety, a presentation from the National Weather Service, service learning, and implementing plans into the schools.

 

Friday, January 20, will focus on students and opportunities for them to engage in community preparedness work and connect community partners with students and educators to benefit our entire community. This day-long session, at the Westin Resort Guam, will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and include sessions to introduce topics to students and offer opportunities for young people to become more involved in disaster preparedness, response and mitigation.

 

The event is free to students and educators but participants must pre-register. For more information regarding registration, please contact NOAA representative, Adrienne Loerzel at adrienne.loerzel@noaa.gov.

 

For more information regarding media coverage, please contact GHS/OCD Public Information Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 16, 2017


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued the following advisories:

A small craft advisory is in effect for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Friday. A building north swell resulted in combined seas between 8 and 10 feet this afternoon. Seas will gradually build through the night and are expected to peak near 12 feet on Wednesday. Seas are expected to remain above advisory levels through early Friday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam and Rota coastal waters from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Friday. The building north swell will gradually move in to Rota and Guam waters later tonight. Seas between 8 to 10 feet are expected to arrive over Rota and northern Guam waters around 1 a.m. and are expected to peak near 12 feet on Wednesday. Seas are expected to remain above advisory levels through early Friday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect for Tinian and Saipan until 6 a.m. Friday. A high surf advisory means that high surf will affect beaches in the advisory area, producing localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions. For north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet will increase through the night. Surf is expected to peak near 14 feet on Wednesday. Surf may become hazardous for east facing reefs Wednesday. Avoid venturing near reefs along exposed beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect for Guam and Rota, from 1 a.m. Tuesday to 6 a.m. Friday. For north facing reefs, hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet is expected for Rota and Guam early Tuesday morning. Surf is expected to peak near 14 feet on Wednesday. For east facing reefs, surf may become hazardous for east facing reefs Wednesday. Avoid venturing near exposed beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week.

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 19, 2016


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Tiyan, Guam, has issued a coastal hazard message advising that fresh to strong winds are moving through the Marianas. The strong trade winds will create rough seas and large swells, producing hazardous surf this week on north and east facing reefs.

 

NWS has the following advisories in effect:

 

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. For east facing reefs, surf will be hazardous at 10 to 14 feet by today. For north facing reefs, surf will be hazardous at 7 to 9 feet today. Avoid swimming or venturing near reefs along exposed beaches, especially those facing north and east as rip currents will be life-threatening.

 

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Combined seas of 10 to 13 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft the next few days. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high wind advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds at the airport will be from the east at 19 to 24 mph with gusts to 34 mph.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these windy conditions and if possible, to avoid the waters while the NWS advisories are in effect. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 18, 2016


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a small craft advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters, in effect until6 p.m.Thursday(ChST). A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft.

Fresh to strong winds will make sailing difficult this week in the Mariana waters. Winds will produce seas of 7 to 9 feet today which could build between 8 and 10 feet bytonight. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice caution if near the ocean.

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 14, 2016


Executive Order Signed; Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan Now in Place
 

The Guam Emergency Response Plan (GERP) has been superseded by what is now, the Guam Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). On Tuesday, December 13, Governor Eddie Baza Calvo signed Executive Order No. 2016-13, adopting and enacting the CEMP.

 

Guam’s geographic location makes it more vulnerable to the effects of both natural and man-made disasters. The CEMP outlines the objective of the plan to provide protection for the residents and visitors of Guam, using the National Incident Management System to best utilize the Government’s limited resources during disasters.

 

“Since the GERP was promulgated in 2005, there has been a major overhaul to the National Preparedness System. It is important to update our plans and procedures accordingly. The CEMP incorporates Presidential Policy Directive 8, planning frameworks for each of our five mission areas. The most important change is the movement towards a whole community approach to emergency management,” stated Administrator, Charles Esteves.

 

Although the GERP served a near similar function as the CEMP, there have been significant changes in the most recent update such as the incorporation of the National Planning Frameworks (the Frameworks) under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The Frameworks describe how the whole community works together to achieve the National Preparedness Goal: to create a secure and resilient nation. There is one Framework for each of the five mission areas; Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. For more information about the Frameworks, visit https://www.fema.gov/national-planning-frameworks.

 

Another notable change from the GERP to the CEMP, is the inclusion of the Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8: National Preparedness. The PPD-8 is aimed at strengthening the security and resilience of the United States through systematic preparation for the threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of the nation, including acts of terrorism, cyber-attacks, pandemics, and catastrophic natural disasters. For more information about PPD-8, visit https://www.fema.gov/learn-about-presidential-policy-directive-8.

 

Esteves continues, “It is a great addition to our emergency management capabilities. We look forward to exercising this plan with our partners in emergency management and the public in order to promote resiliency throughout our island community.”

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 9, 2016


OHS/OCD Conduct Annual Training & Exercise Planning Workshop
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will conduct a Training and Exercise Planning Workshop (TEPW) on Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

The TEPW is a forum for developing, reviewing, and updating the Multi-Year Training and Exercise Plan (MYTEP). The MYTEP will serve as a living document and will be updated annually. The TEPW is an opportunity for emergency management stakeholders to discuss and develop a plan to increase preparedness through training and exercises. It allows Guam’s emergency management as a whole to translate goals and priorities into specific objectives, coordinate exercise activities and track improvement plan actions against current capabilities, training and exercises.

 

“Continual coordination in emergency management is important to prevent duplication of effort, the over extending of resources, and to maximize the efficiency of training and exercise appropriations,” stated Administrator, Charles Esteves.

 

Attendees for this workshop include Government of Guam agencies, military, federal, non-profit organizations, and the private sector partners.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 9, 2016, 4:45 a.m.


Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake from Solomon; No Tsunami Threat to Guam and the Mariana Islands at this time
 

At 3:38 a.m. (ChST), an earthquake with a preliminary Magnitude of 8.0 and was later downgraded to a 7.8, struck 68km WSW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands with a depth of 25 miles.

 

According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, based on all available data, a tsunami watch has been cancelled for Guam and the CNMI. Hazardous tsunami waves were not forecasted from this earthquake.

 

Although a tsunami watch has been cancelled for Guam and the CNMI, it is important to remain vigilant.

 

The following are important safety tips for a Tsunami:

  • Know your tsunami evacuation routes by recognizing the tsunami evacuation signs posted on the sides of the road in your area.
  • If a tsunami is coming, move immediately at least 100 feet inland and 50 feet upward.
  • Stay away from the beach.
  • Visit https://www.ready.gov/tsunamisfor more information on tsunami preparedness.
  • The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, along with the National Weather Service will continue to monitor all activity in our area.
 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 30, 2016


Winds and Seas Expected to Increase; Small Craft Advisory in Effect
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Tiyan, Guam has issued a marine weather message this morning. A passing trade-wind disturbance and ensuing trade-wind surge will cause wind and seas to increase today. Stronger winds will maintain choppy sea conditions the next several days.

 

NWS issued a small craft advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday. Winds of 19 to 24 mph will increase between 24 and 29 mph with gusts to 34 mph around midday. Seas of 7 to 8 feet will build between 8 and 10 feet this evening. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high wind advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 7 p.m. this evening. Sustained winds will be from the east-northeast at 19 to 24 mph with gusts to 34 mph near showers.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone traveling in windy conditions and anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 22, 2016


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.

 

East winds of 24 to 29 mph and combined seas between 8 and 10 feet will create conditions hazardous to small craft today. Both winds and seas are expected to diminish slightly tonight to just below hazardous levels.

 

Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 10, 2016


Tropical Disturbances in the Region; Scattered Showers and Isolated Thunderstorms Expected Tomorrow
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement for Tropical Depression 27W, which forms well north of Pohnpei. As of 7 a.m., Tropical Depression 27W was located 16.7 degrees north latitude and 157.1 east longitude , about 855 miles east-northeast of Guam with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph.

 

There is no direct impact expected at this time from Tropical Depression 27W. Based on the NWS current forecast, it will continue west-northwest with little or gradual development the next few days as it passes near or over the far northern islands of the CNMI.

 

NWS is also monitoring 3 additional disturbances in the region that are not forecast to have significant development at this time. A circulation north of Chuuk will approach the Marianas by Friday. For now, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms with moderate northeast winds of 10 to 15 mph are expected this Veterans Day. A circulation nearby Koror and Yap will remain in the area a few more days. A circulation near the Marshall Islands will head westward, bringing showers to the northern Micronesia Islands.

 

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 4 p.m. this afternoon for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet on north facing reefs today will decrease between 5 and 7 feet by tonight. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

Although the weather has been fairly calm and significant development of these disturbances is not expected, residents and visitors are advised to maintain a close watch for any changes in forecast track and weather conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor activities through tomorrow. OHS/OCD with guidance from NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 9, 2016


OHS/OCD Host CBRNE Events Training


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a “Medical Management of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive (CBRNE) Events (PER-211)” training at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The training is a 16 hour course, being delivered twice next week; November 14 – 15, 2016, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and November 16 – 17, 2016, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 

The comprehensive 16 hour course topics include environmental factors and appropriate self-protection measures for first responders and the public, planning for potential consequences of a CBRNE incident, reorganizing and identifying CBRNE agents and their physiological effects on the human body, basic decontamination considerations, and appropriate triage methods.

 

Attendees for the course include personnel from law enforcement, fire services, emergency medical services, emergency management, healthcare, emergency dispatchers, and others from the Government of Guam, federal, military, and private, non-profit organizations.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 4, 2016


Monsoonal Weather to Continue Through the Weekend;


Residents Advised to Practice Extreme Caution

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan as Tropical Storm Meari continues to move north-northwestward of the Marianas the next few days.

 

Tropical Storm Meari is located about 500 miles west-northwest of Guam near 15 degrees north latitude and 137 degrees east longitude. Meari will remain west and eventually north of the Mariana Islands.

 

Although this system is forecasted to continue west of the Mariana Islands, NWS advises a monsoon organization associated with this storm will prolong inclement weather across the Marianas into this weekend. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are anticipated through tonight. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in heavy showers are also expected. Isolated thunderstorms with brief heavy showers and wind gusts up to 30 mph will remain possible through Sunday.

 

NWS has issued the following advisories:

 

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Winds of 24 to 29 mph and combined seas between 9 and 12 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Saturday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet along south and west facing reefs will continue into the weekend. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing south and west as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions. If you are planning any outdoor activities, stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 3, 2016


NWS Issues Special Marine Warning


The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special marine warning until 10 a.m. for Guam and Rota coastal waters.

A series of squall lines capable of producing thunderstorms and wind gusts of 29 to 39 mph will move from southwest to northeast across Guam and Rota waters for the next two hours.

 

Mariners can expect gusty winds, high waves and possible dangerous lightning and visibility of down to ½ mile in heavy showers. NWS advises to move to safe harbor immediately or stay close to shore until conditions have improved.

 

NWS has the following advisories in effect as well:

 

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Winds of 25 to 29 mph and combined seas between 8 and 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Friday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Surf will become hazardous at 7 to 9 feet along south facing reefs this morning and build to 8 to 10 feet Friday. Surf will remain hazardous through the weekend. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing south as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions. If you are planning any outdoor activities, stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 3, 2016


No Damaging Winds Expected from Tropical Disturbance; NWS Issues Advisories
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement yesterday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A tropical disturbance east of the CNMI passed just north of Saipan through yesterday evening and early this morning.

 

Although this system is forecasted to pull west of the Mariana Islands this afternoon and no damaging winds are expected for the islands at this point, NWS advises a monsoon pattern will likely develop across our area and prolong the wet weather though Friday.

 

NWS has issued the following advisories:

 

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Winds of 25 to 29 mph and combined seas between 8 and 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Friday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Sunday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Surf will become hazardous at 7 to 9 feet along south facing reefs this morning and build to 8 to 10 feet Friday. Surf will remain hazardous through the weekend. Avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing south as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to practice extreme caution if traveling in these conditions. If you are planning any outdoor activities, stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 30, 2016


Tropical Disturbance Will Pass South of the Marianas


Residents and visitors can expect a wet and windy Halloween

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A tropical disturbance centered 300 miles east-southeast of Guam this afternoon will move west and pass south of Guam on Monday.

 

This disturbance will bring showers and isolated thunderstorms to the Marianas tonight through Monday night and may bring locally heavy rain and wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph. After the disturbance passes the Marianas, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms could persist as long as Wednesday night.

 

NWS has issued a small craft advisory, in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Wind speeds of 25 to 37 mph are expected to produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Seas could build to as high as 8 to 10 feet in response to the winds. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

If you are planning any outdoor or marine activities, be aware of current conditions and stay informed on the latest statements and possible advisories. Residents are advised to prepare for wet and sometimes windy conditions for Halloween tomorrow. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 18, 2016


OHS/OCD Host Community Cybersecurity Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a series of Community Cybersecurity training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:
 
  • October 20-21, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – “The Emergency Operation Center’s (EOC’s) Role in Community Cybersecurity” (MGT-384)
  • October 24, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – “Promoting Community Cybersecurity” (AWR-135)

 

The “EOC’s Role in Community Cybersecurity” MGT-384 course provides participants a thorough understanding of cybersecurity vulnerabilities, risks, threats, and countermeasures. It examines how cyber attacks and incidents can negatively impact emergency operations and response, daily workplace operations, and the whole community. Attendees for this course include personnel from the Government of Guam, military partners, and private, non-profit organizations that are involved with EOC activities during an emergency or disaster.

 

The “Promoting Community Cybersecurity” AWR-135 course provides participants an introduction to basic cybersecurity topics. Participants will utilize the information to determine how they can improve cybersecurity and cyber resiliency in their organizations and communities. Attendees for this course include general managers, security personnel, planning personnel, incident responders, and IT managers.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 13, 2016


OHS/OCD Host Essentials of Community Cybersecurity Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host the “Essentials of Community Cybersecurity & Community Cybersecurity Exercise Planning” (AWR-136 & MGT-385) training on October 18-19, 2016 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

The “Essentials of Community Cybersecurity” (AWR-136) course provides participants the tools to examine the different types of cyber-attacks, how communities are vulnerable to cyber-attacks and incidents and what types of organizations are most likely to be targeted. In the “Community Cyber Security Exercise Planning” (MGT-285) course, participants will explore cyber-related exercise objectives, players, and scenarios, challenges of developing exercises, and the importance of exercises in building the community’s overall cybersecurity posture.

 

Attendees for this course include public and private personnel involved with critical infrastructure, emergency operations and incident response.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 5, 2016


Community Invited to Participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut
 

In less than three weeks, Guam will take part in the world’s largest earthquake drill, the Great ShakeOut. On October 20, 2016 at exactly 10:20 a.m. (ChST), participants will practice their earthquake procedure; “Drop, Cover and Hold On” as advised by the Great ShakeOut organization. The drill will last for one minute.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) encourage all residents to increase earthquake preparedness and response by practicing how to protect themselves during an earthquake and how to ensure an earthquake disaster does not become a catastrophe. The ShakeOut participation provides the opportunity to evaluate emergency plans, increase awareness of earthquake safety, and improve resiliency within your community. Last year, over 83,000 participated in the drill across the island.

 

To participate in this year’s ShakeOut, residents must register online at http://www.shakeout.org/guam/or call (671) 475-9600. The website provides drill manuals, tips on earthquake safety and other resources for developing a disaster plan. Residents may register as an individual, as a family, school, business, or other group and are encouraged to share photos of their ShakeOut experience on the Great Guam ShakeOut website.

 

Island residents will join over 20 million ShakeOut participants from across the U.S., Hawaii, British Columbia, CNMI, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Southern Italy, and other various regions.

 

Attached with this email is the PDF file of this release, an invite from the Office of Civil Defense Administrator and two flyers for widest distribution.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 30, 2016


OHS/OCD Host Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations Training:

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training, will host a series of “Introduction to Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) Suite” training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses will be held as a two-part series:

  • October 5 – 7, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – “Introduction to Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) Suite” (PER-229)
  • October 10 – 13, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – CAMEO Suite (Train-the-Trainer)
 

The CAMEO PER-229 course will provide training on the fundamental elements of the CAMEO Suite of programs as they relate to emergency situations. It includes detailed technical information and hands-on practice of critical elements in the CAMEO system and its associated programs. Participants will be provided opportunities to practice key procedures that allow users to enhance planning and response activities associated with community risks.

 

Attendees for this course include Government of Guam agencies, military partners and private and non-profit organizations that work with and within the fire departments, law enforcement, emergency medical technicians, public health officials, hazardous materials professionals, public works officials, and emergency managers. The CAMEO Train-the-Trainer version of this course is meant to establish trainers/instructors in these fields. CAMEO PER-229 is a pre-requisite for the Train-the-Trainer course.

 

Upon successful completion of these courses, participants will receive Certificates of Course Completion.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 28, 2016


Tropical Depression Chaba Forms East of the Marianas
 

Heavy rains are expected tonight into Thursday

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement for Tropical Depression Chaba. As a precautionary measure, a Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Tropical storm conditions, including winds of 39 mph or more are possible tonight and Thursday morning.

 

As of 1 p.m., Tropical Depression Chaba was located 205 miles east-northeast of Guam and 145 miles east-southeast of Saipan, near latitude 14.2 degrees north and longitude 147.7 degrees east. It is currently moving west at 16 mph with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph. It is expected to maintain a general westward track tonight and Thursday, taking it over the Marianas this evening and early Thursday morning.

 

The following NWS advisories are in effect:

 

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. For Guam and Rota waters, northwest winds will swing through west toward southwest by Thursday then increase reaching 19 to 29 mph around then. Seas will build from 4 to 6 feet today to between 7 and 9 feet by Thursday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid sailing in these conditions. Caution should be exercised when entering harbors or inlets and along reef lines.

 

A flood watch is in effect through Thursday evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Heavy rainfall is expected the next couple of days. Tonight through Thursday, rainfall of 4 to 8 inches is possible with locally higher amounts. Flash floods are possible especially in low-lying areas.

 

The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:


Now is a good time to clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water. Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next few days. Hazardous seas and inclement weather are expected. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 27, 2016


Tropical Disturbance Expected to Pass Through the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement advising that a tropical disturbance will move through the Marianas Wednesday.

 

The disturbance is centered about 560 miles east of Guam and 485 miles east of Saipan and producing widespread showers and thunderstorms as it moves toward the west-southwest. On its current track, the disturbance is expected to move through the Marianas Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing showers, thunderstorms, and locally heavy rain. Wind gusts of 30 to 35 mph Wednesday and Wednesday night are possible. NWS advises after the center passes the Marianas, scattered locally heavy showers and thunderstorms will likely persist through Thursday night.

 

Residents and visitors are advised to be aware of current conditions and practice extreme caution if planning any outdoor or marine activities. The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), with guidance from NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 27, 2016


The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) received a report of the All Hazards Alert Warning System from Tamuning Mayor’s Office sounding of the siren around 10:40 a.m. and continuing.

 

The siren sound in Tamuning is NOT connected with any emergency situation.

 

OHS/OCD immediately contacted the vendor, RadioCom who are now working to assess the system to find and resolve the issue.

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 22, 2016


Tropical Disturbance Passed South of Guam; Heavy Winds Still Expected
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement that the Tropical Disturbance has passed south of Guam this afternoon. It is possible it will develop into a Tropical Depression tonight or Friday as it moves further away.

 

The disturbance is moving westward and will continue to bring increased showers and thunderstorms along with windy and gusty conditions to the area through Saturday.

 

The disturbance is currently closer to Guam than it is to Saipan. Heavier winds are found further out from the center of the disturbance. Saipan and the surrounding waters are currently experiencing winds around 20 to 35 mph with occasional gusts to 45 mph and these winds are expected to spread southward toward Guam waters over the next 12 to 24 hours.

 

NWS has issued a small craft advisory, in effect until 4 pm Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Moderate to strong winds are already affecting Saipan waters. These winds will spread southward, arriving in Guam waters around midnight. Southeast winds of 19 to 29 mph with occasional gusts to 39 mph near showers will continue through Friday. Combined seas will build to between 8 to 10 feet due to the winds and are expected to subside late Friday afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

Residents and visitors are advised to be aware of current conditions and practice extreme caution if planning any outdoor or marine activities. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 22, 2016


Residents and Visitors Advised to Monitor Tropical Disturbance Passing South of Guam

 

Changes to this system may happen rapidly

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A developing tropical disturbance is now the subject of a Tropical Cyclone Formation Alert issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

 

This disturbance was located late yesterday about 425 miles southeast of Guam, is moving westward slowly and is expected to bring increasing showers and thunderstorms to the area through Saturday. The tropical disturbance is passing south of Guam this morning.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next few days. Changes to this system may happen rapidly. Small craft and high surf advisories are possible later this week depending on developing conditions. Listen out for any additional NWS statements and advisories throughout the week.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 21, 2016


OHS/OCD Hosts Guam Emergency Management Healthcare Coalition Membership & Mutual Aid Agreement and Charter Signing
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Guam Emergency Management Healthcare Coalition (GEMHCC), hosted the signing of the Charter and Membership & Mutual Aid Agreement between Guam Healthcare Facilities/Organizations today at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

The purpose of the Membership & Mutual Aid Agreement is to establish the relationship and degree of cooperation between the members that shall comprise the GEMHCC for the purpose of emergency mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery from all hazards.

 

GEMHCC is an entity that falls under the structure of OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during all hazards emergency response and recovery efforts. The goal of the GEMHCC is to promote and enhance the emergency prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery capabilities of healthcare facilities/organizations.

 

The Steering Committee Member facilities/organizations include the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Guam Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Guam Fire Department, and OHS/OCD. Members of the Steering Committee will reach out to healthcare stakeholders, including military partners and private organizations to be included in the coalition. Membership in the GEMHCC is open to all entities that agree to work collaboratively on healthcare preparedness and emergency response activities.

 

For more information, contact GMHA Program Coordinator, Michael Poblete at (671) 647-2221 or via email at michael.poblete@gmha.org, or OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 19, 2016 


OHS/OCD Host Local Volunteer and Donations Management Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Emergency Management Institute of the National Emergency Training Center, will host a one and a half day “Local Volunteer and Donations Management (L288)” training on Thursday, September 22 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Friday, September 23, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

This comprehensive training is designed to strengthen the abilities of local jurisdictions to successfully prepare for and handle volunteer and donations management issues that may arise during and after a disaster. This training provides information regarding Guam’s volunteer and donations management responsibilities, which are designed to help build relationships between government and non-governmental organizations.

 

Attendees for this course include representatives from respective Mayor’s offices, Government of Guam agencies and voluntary organizations involved in managing donations and volunteers for disaster response.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 31, 2016


September is National Preparedness Month
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) invite the island to celebrate September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio will sign the NPM Proclamation on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. (ChST) at Adelup, in the Cabinet Conference Room.

 

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.” NPM is held each September. During the month, the community is encouraged to conduct preparedness actions, develop emergency plans with the community, know how to stay safe, and how to plan on communicating during an emergency situation. Lt. Governor Tenorio’s declaration of National Preparedness Month provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s emergency management capabilities.

 

“This is a great opportunity for the island to follow the four building blocks of emergency preparedness: be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.

 

OHS/OCD will host a National Preparedness Month expo on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Micronesia Mall center court from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (ChST). During the expo, there will be activities, booths, short skits, demonstrations and much more for disaster awareness. Follow OHS/OCD on Facebook for event details and ways you can participate throughout the month:https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-SecurityOffice-of-Civil-Defense-1....

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

Augusr 26, 2016


OHS/OCD Hold Contests for National Preparedness Month
 

Throughout the month of September, Guam joins the nation in celebrating National Preparedness Month (NPM) by promoting the importance of planning and preparing for man-made and natural disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. This year’s NPM theme is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) are hosting contests for all Guam based schools throughout the month of September.


Elementary School Poster Contest

WHO MAY JOIN - Any elementary student enrolled in any Guam based school.


Categories:

1) Kindergarten through 2ndGrade

2) 3rdGrade through 5thGrade


POSTER SPECIFICATIONS

  • Overall dimensions shall be no larger than approximately 15”x 20” on a poster or illustration board.
  • Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.
  • Posters must incorporate the theme of“What does your emergency plan look like?”
    • Posters should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov(http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.


IDENTIFICATION – All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).


MIDDLE SCHOOL POEM CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN - Any middle school student enrolled in any Guam based school.


POEM GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

IDENTIFICATION – All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and title of poem (all information should be at the top right corner of the poem)


HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN - Any high school student enrolled in any Guam based school.


VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

  • An individual or a group of no more than 5 may submit a digital video.
  • Digital video submissions should not exceed 3 minutes (180 seconds).
  • All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:
    • Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.
    • School name
    • Title of poem
  • Digital videos must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”
    • Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
  • All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube link to jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov no later than5pm, September 15, 2016. Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.
 

DEADLINE All poster entries must be submitted to the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense in Agana Heights, no later than 5pm, September 15, 2016. Any entries submitted after this day will not be considered eligible. All poem entries must be submitted to jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm, September 15, 2016. Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.


WINNERS –Winners will be contacted via school/teacher/email. Winners for each category will be recognized and presented Preparedness Kits at the 2016 National Preparedness Month Grand Finale at the Micronesia Mall scheduled for September 17, 2015.

All entries will become property of Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and may appear in future public outreach publications.

For more information, pleasecontact Public Affairs Officer,Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 23, 2016


Tropical Disturbance Intensifies Near Rota:


Guam can expect heavy showers and thunderstorms this evening

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a Special Weather Statement for the Tropical Disturbance centered about 20 miles northeast of Rota.

 

As of 6:30 p.m., the tropical disturbance was located near 14.3 degrees north and 145.4 degrees east and is the subject of a tropical cyclone formation alert by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The disturbance is moving quickly north at about 20 mph on a course that could take it near Saipan and Tinian later tonight and near Pagan Island by early morning. Although this disturbance is moving away from Guam, residents and visitors can expect heavy showers and thunderstorms through this evening.

 

Winds will increase to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph overnight before decreasing Wednesday. Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are likely tonight with the heaviest rain expected for Guam and Rota. According to NWS, the system will likely be upgraded to a tropical depression later tonight.

 

Now through 9 p.m., heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms will build across Guam producing locally heavy downpours with 2 to 3 inches of rainfall. Isolated thunderstorms with cloud-to-ground lightning are also possible. Gusty winds of 30 mph gusting to 40 mph are possible the next few hours as showers move in.

 

NWS has issued the following advisories:

 

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 3 p.m. Wednesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas from 7 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft until into Wednesday morning. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is now in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) until 12 a.m. Thunderstorms are possible or occurring within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

A wind advisory is now in effect for GIAA until 12 a.m. Winds will be from the southwest at 25 knots with gusts up to 35 knots, especially in showers.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if traveling in these conditions. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

   

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at(671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 18, 2016, 2:30 p.m. ChST


Saipan and Tinian Placed on Tropical Storm Watch


Tropical Depression 10W still expected to pass north of Saipan Friday morning

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Saipan and Tinian and a Tropical Storm Warning for Alamagan, Pagan and Agrihan.

As of 2 p.m., Tropical Depression 10W was located 15.6 N latitude and 142.6 E longitude moving east at 9mph. It is currently 205 miles northwest of Guam and its current track keeps it north of Saipan as it passes over the Marianas near Pagan Island early Friday morning.

 

Residents and visitors of the Marianas should continue to monitor this weather. Expect windy and wet monsoon conditions to persist over Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan at least through Friday. Locally heavy rainfall is possible over the Marianas through the next 24 hours. Although this disturbance is tracking to pass north of Saipan, winds will affect the Mariana Islands from Guam to Saipan with 20 to 30 mph winds.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 18, 2016


Tropical Depression Tracking to Pass North of Saipan Friday Morning
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, issued a special weather statement that Tropical Depression 10W is developing west of Saipan.

 

As of 8 a.m., the disturbance was located latitude 15.6 N and longitude 142.0 E, about 250 miles west of Saipan and 235 miles northwest of Guam with a current movement east-northeast at 7mph. On its current track, it would pass just north of Saipan early Friday morning, towards Pagan and Alamagan Islands. Although this disturbance is tracking to pass north of Saipan, winds will affect the Mariana Islands from Guam to Saipan with 20 to 30 mph winds. Residents and visitors can expect the same rainy weather as the past few days with no significant change.

 

The small craft advisory and high surf advisory have been extended to 6 p.m. Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west and south as rip currents will be life threatening. Inexperienced mariners should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 13, 2016


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 

As monsoonal weather is expected to continue into next week, the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories:

 

A high surf advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan until 6 p.m. Monday. Surf of 7 to 9 feet this morning will continue to build through the day between 9 and 11 feet by tonight. Surf will remain hazardous through at least Sunday. Residents and visitors are advised to avoid exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

A small craft advisory remains in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. Monday. Southwest winds of 20 to 25 knots and combined seas of 9 to 13 feet will produce hazardous conditions to operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 12, 2016


Monsoon Expected to Bring More Rain to Guam, Marianas


Residents urged to keep on eye on the weather when making plans for the weekend.

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, conducted a special weather brief at the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) this afternoon.

NWS advises a tropical disturbance developing west of Saipan is expected to gradually drift toward the east-northeast over the next several days resulting in strong west to southwest winds and scattered locally heavy showers and thunderstorms over the Marianas this weekend and the first half of next week. Southwest winds of 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph in showers are expected by Saturday. Hazardous seas, high surf and strong rip currents are likely over the weekend along west and south facing shores.

 

The ground is already saturated from previous rains, which can result in flooding for low-lying areas. The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:

Now is a good time to clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water. Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Hazardous seas and inclement weather are expected. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week. OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 11, 2016


Strengthening Monsoon Flow Expected for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A strengthening monsoon flow is expected for the Marianas this weekend into next week.

 

NWS advises a broad area of low pressure centered about 400 miles west of Saipan is showing signs of development, producing scattered showers and thunderstorms from south of the Mariana Islands northwestward to well north of Palau.

 

This system is expected to gradually develop and drift toward the northeast over the next several days resulting in strong monsoonal winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms over the Marianas this weekend and the first half of next week. Winds of 15 to 25 mph with higher gusts in showers are expected by Saturday evening. Seas will build further and could reach small craft advisory levels by Friday or Saturday.


The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if planning any outdoor or marine activities over the next several days. Hazardous seas and inclement weather are expected. Listen out for any additional NWS advisories throughout the week.


The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:


Now is a good time to clear drainage areas and un-block clogged storm drains in your area to minimize the chance of flooding. Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 11, 2016


OHS/OCD Host Training Under the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host a series of trainings supported by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and the National Earthquake Technical Assistance Program (NETAP) at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses will be held as a three-day series:

 

Monday, August 15, 2016
  • 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.:FEMA E-74 - Reducing the Risks of Nonstructural Earthquake Damage. Describes the sources and types of nonstructural earthquake damage and provides participants with effective methods to reduce their risk from nonstructural elements in order to minimize injuries and property losses from future earthquakes.
  • 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.:FEMA P-909 - Home and Business Earthquake Safety Mitigation. Provides basic knowledge on earthquakes and simple steps toward safety and mitigation in homes and business with the goal of reducing the loss of life and property damage from an earthquake.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
  • 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.:FEMA P-154 - Rapid Visual Screening of Buildings for Potential Seismic Hazards. Provides instruction on how to identify potentially hazardous buildings before they occur.
  • 12:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.:ATC-20 – Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings/Rapid Observation of Vulnerability and Estimation of Risks (ROVER). Provides instruction on rapid and detailed procedures for evaluating earthquake-damaged buildings and the use of ROVER, a software to input that data.
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
  • Continuation: FEMA P-154/ROVER
  • 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: FEMA 395 - Earthquake Safety and Mitigation for Schools. Teaches participants to assess and analyze seismic risks to typical school buildings, develop actionable plans for reducing and managing risks, secure nonstructural components in school facilities, and implement seismic rehabilitation as an affordable approach for protecting existing school buildings and ensuring occupant safety.


Attendees for these courses include property owners, facility managers, local officials, engineers, architects, emergency managers, and school officials. Upon completion of all courses scheduled for each specific day, attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 5, 2016


Tropical Storm Omais Drifts Away from the Marianas


Heavy showers still expected throughout the week

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued an advisory regarding the monsoon flow, which is now Tropical Storm (TS) Omais.

 

There are no Tropical Storm watches or warnings in effect for Guam. As of 8 a.m., TS Omais was located 305 miles north of Saipan and 430 miles north-northeast of Guam with maximum sustained winds of 40 mph. TS Omais is drifting slowly north away from the Marianas and is expected to maintain this course.

 

Although TS Omais is expected to drift away from the Marianas, residents and visitors can expect isolated showers and thunderstorms through the weekend and possibly well into next week. West winds will increase to 15 to 20 mph by today with gusts of 25 mph or more. However, NWS advises no damaging winds are expected.

 

The following NWS advisories are in effect:

Tinian and Saipan

A gale warning, small craft advisoryandhigh surf advisory are in effect for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters until 6 p.m. this evening. Southwest winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are expected. Hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet along west facing reefs is expected through this afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially operators of small craft should avoid sailing in these conditions.

Guam and Rota

A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam and Rota until 6 p.m. Saturday. Combined seas of 7 to 9 feet are reported at Ritidian buoy and may increase to near 10 feet this afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially operators of small craft should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.


Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 5, 2016


OHS/OCD Host ‘Sports and Special Events Incident Management’ Training


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a two-day training, ‘Sports and Special Events Incident Management’ (MGT-404), on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 9 - 10, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

This comprehensive training emphasizes the unique aspects of response to an incident occurring during sports or special events, including considerations for business continuity and after-action activities. Participants will learn the skills necessary to effectively manage an incident by applying and implementing a multi-disciplinary management team approach as described in the National Incident Management System.

 

Attendees for this course include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations that work within OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center, as well as athletic departments and operators of large areas or venues.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 4, 2016


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas
 

As monsoonal weather continues this week, the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories:

 

An urban and small stream flood advisory for poor drainage areas is in effect for Guam. Heavy showers continue throughout the island. Additional rainfall amounts of 3 to 5 inches are expected throughout this morning. This additional rainfall on top of already saturated ground will cause minor flooding in poor drainage areas and small streams. Residents and visitors are advised not to attempt to travel across flooded roads. Flood water can cause vehicles to stall and leave drivers stranded.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters until 6 a.m. Saturday. Winds of 15 to 25 knots with stronger gusts will continue through Friday night, which may produce wave conditions hazardous to small craft. Combined seas of 5 to 7 feet have been reported and may increase to near 10 feet by Friday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

A thunderstorm advisory is in effect for the Guam International Airport Authority until 9 a.m. Thunderstorms are possible within 20 nautical miles of the airport.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 3, 2016


Damaging Winds Not Expected from Monsoon Flow

 

Showers and thunderstorms will continue this week

The National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued a special weather statement this afternoon reiterating that Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan can expect monsoonal weather to continue this week.

 

The disturbance is centered roughly 350 miles northeast of Saipan. Residents and visitors of the Marianas can expect scattered showers and thunderstorms to continue through at least Thursday night. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are forecast for Friday through the weekend and possibly well into next week. West winds will increase to 15 to 20 mph by Friday with gusts of 25 mph or more. However, NWS advises no damaging winds are expected and any tropical cyclones that develop in this weather pattern will stay well north of the Marianas.

 

Residents and visitors are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week regarding flooding or hazardous seas. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised if traveling in these rainy conditions. The following are basic flood safety tips to keep in mind, found at www.ready.gov/floods:


Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water. Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely.


Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 1, 2016


NWS Advises of Monsoon Development
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued a special weather statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A monsoon flow is expected to develop across the Marianas this week.

 

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms are in large areas from the Marianas to the northern parts of eastern Micronesia. As advised by NWS, this disturbance will further develop and move slowly toward north of northwest, resulting in westerly winds and showers across the Mariana Islands by Wednesday through the weekend.

 

Westerly winds of 10 to 20 mph are expected by Friday with stronger gusts near showers through the weekend. Locally heavy downpours will cause ponding of water on roadways and poor drainage areas. If you are driving in these conditions, be alert for brief flooding on roads and lower visibility in heavy showers. Seas across the Marianas will become rough and choppy later this week. Mariners should prepare for west winds and hazardous coastal conditions.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely. Residents are advised to listen out for any additional advisories throughout the week.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 15, 2016


Kontra I Piligru ‘16 Culminated with Agency After-Action Reports
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) hosted Kontra I Piligru ’16 (KIP ’16) participating agencies to review immediate after-action reports and evaluations of multiple agencies’ performance during the exercise.

 

The purpose of the hotwash was to improve individual, leader and collaborative performance by providing immediate feedback about how tasks could have been performed better and to review processes and procedures to improve future interoperability.

 

KIP ’16 was an island-wide, multi-agency exercise held on July 12, into the early morning of July 13. This full-scale exercise was meant to test and evaluate the operational capability of the emergency management system in an interactive manner and to validate interagency coordination and response. The hotwash today gave the agencies involved, a chance to highlight what areas went well and what areas need to be improved.

 

“Training & Exercises help us to uncover gaps and shortfalls within plans, policies and procedures, so in the event of a real-world incident we are better prepared,” stated Charles Esteves, Acting Homeland Security Advisor. “KIP’16 provided an objective assessment of all agencies involved,” Esteves continued.

 

Agencies involved in Kip ’16 included, Guam National Guard (GUNG) 94th Weapons of Mass Destruction - Civil Support Team, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. District Court, OHS/OCD, the Mariana Regional Fusion Center, Guam Police Department (GPD), GPD SWAT units, Guam Fire Department (GFD), GFD HazMat units, Port Authority of Guam, Port Police, Guam Power Authority, Department of Public Health and Social Services, and Guam Memorial Hospital Association.

 

Scenarios that were simulated throughout the exercise included a suspicious package response at the Merizo Mayor’s Office, patient treatment at the Guam Memorial Hospital Association, mock explosion at the South Finegayan old housing areas, active shooter event at the U.S. District Court, vehicle explosion at the Port Authority of Guam vicinity, and a response to a clandestine manufacturing lab of chemical, biological, and radiological processes. All of these high intensity incidents were closely monitored by safety personnel to ensure the protection of all those involved as well as the public.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 

Community News: Full-scale, island wide emergency management systems exercise to begin next week

A release from the Governor’s Office w Contact Amanda Francel Blas: (671) 475-9304 Email:amanda.blas@guam.gov

“The exercise will test and evaluate the response of our Civil Support Teams and multi-agency coordination during a crisis. I want to thank the men and women who are participating in this exercise and would ultimately be entrusted with our community’s safety.”
 

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo

Kontra I Piligru 2016 to start next week

The Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team (CST) along with local and federal first responders will hold a two-day exercise beginning July 12. The event consists of various emergencies, including chemical and biological training scenarios throughout the island. The exercise will also test inter-agency response capabilities.

As part of the exercise, there will be heightened emergency response activity across the island, including helicopter flight, sirens, horns, and loud explosions. Residents and visitors can expect a slight increase in traffic on Route 3 due to response vehicles utilizing that route. There will be sirens, horns and other sounds indicative of an emergency situation. All of these activities will be closely monitored to ensure the public’s safety.

 

In addition to OHS/OCD and the National Guard’s CST, local and federal agencies participating in the exercise include Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, Port Authority of Guam, Guam International Airport Authority, Guam Customs and Quarantine, Department of Education, Guam Power Authority, Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, Department of Public Health, Department of Administration, U.S. District Court of Guam, Naval Base Guam, FBI, TSA, Naval Hospital, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 5 Detachment Marianas, and other local and federal agencies.

 

More information will be posted on the Guam Homeland Security:

If you have any questions regarding this exercise, please call OHS/OCD at (671) 475-9600.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 4, 2016, 7:20 a.m. (ChST)


Tropical Storm Conditions Not Expected for Guam at this Time
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam released a Special Weather Statement for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.

 

Nepartak is now a Tropical Storm about 265 miles south of Guam. It is expected to pass about 185 miles southwest of Guam through this late morning/early afternoon.

 

Although Tropical Storm Nepartak is forecast to remain south of Guam, it is expected to bring showers and some thunderstorms along with winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph to the Mariana Islands today. No tropical storm conditions are expected for Guam at this time.

 

NWS issued a small craft advisory in effect until 6 a.m. Tuesday, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 7 and 11 feet today will decrease to 5 to 8 feet tonight creating hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditons.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents and visitors to be cautious during these conditions.

 

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:

 

OHS/OCD, in coordination with the NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 3, 2016, 4 p.m. (ChST)


Tropical Depression Nepartak Forecast to Remain South of Guam


Marianas expects winds and showers

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam released a Special Weather Statement for Tropical Depression Napartak, which has formed east of Yap .

 

TD Nepartak is moving across eastern Yap state today and is expected to keep south of Guam tonight and then move northwest Monday morning as a tropical storm.

 

Although TD Nepartak is forecast to remain south of Guam, it is expected to bring showers and some thunderstorms along with winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph to the Mariana Islands tonight and during the day on Monday.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents to be cautious while driving in these conditions. Stay up to to date with the latest information.

 

Visit the following NWS links for the latest advisory information:

 

OHS/OCD, in coordination with the NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 1, 2016


OHS/OCD Host ICS-300 & ICS-400 Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will host two courses of Incident Command System (ICS) training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses follow:

  • July 5 – 6, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents
  • July 7 – 8, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – ICS-400: Advanced ICS Command and General Staff
 

ICS-300 and ICS-400 provide training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System. These comprehensive courses expand upon information covered in the ICS-100 and ICS-200 courses. Topics include describing how the National Incident Management System Command and Management component supports the management of expanding incidents, the incident/event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by ICS, the incident management process on a simulated expanding incident, and developing an Incident Action Plan for a simulated incident.

 

Attendees for these courses include emergency managers who may assume a supervisory role in expanding emergency incidents.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 23, 2016


OHS/OCD Host ‘EOC’s Role in Community Cyber Security’ Training

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a two-day training, ‘Emergency Operations Center’s Role in Community Cyber Security’ (AWR-136 & MGT-384), on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 28 - 29, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

This comprehensive training is a non-technical introduction to cyber security. It will explore cyber security in a community context and demonstrate how cyber-attacks can impact, prevent, and/or stop business operations and emergency responses. This discussion-based course builds terminology, identifies fundamental cyber threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures that can impact an individual, organization, community and an Emergency Operations Center.

 

Attendees for this course include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations that work within OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 21, 2016


NWS Issues Flood Advisory for Guam

 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued the following:

An urban and small stream flood advisory is now in effect until 10 pm this evening. Heavy rain due to thunderstorms may cause urban and small stream flooding. One to three inches of rainfall are possible. This may cause flooding in low-lying areas and along roads with poor drainage.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by motorists. Avoid driving into areas where the water covers the roadway and practice extreme caution on the roads.

 

Visit the following NWS links for the latest advisory information:



 



For Immediate Release
 

June 16, 2016


U.S. DHS Issues National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin
 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) follow the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) addition to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).

 

DHS has updated the NTAS in December of 2015 to add a new form of advisory, the NTAS Bulletin, which provides information to the public. It describes broader, more general trends and current developments regarding threats of terrorism.

 

For more details on the inclusion of the NTAS Bulletin, a DHS fact sheet is attached. You can also visit www.dhs.gov/advisories to review any alerts or bulletins issued by DHS. Attached is the most recent NTAS bulletin, issued June 15, 2016. OHS/OCD will continue to share any bulletins or alerts issued by DHS.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 13, 2016


OHS and MRFC Closely Monitor Attack in Orlando, Florida
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are closely monitoring a reported tragic attack on a Florida nightclub that occurred last night.

 

There are no threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.

 

Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If you see something, say something.”

 

“Falling in line with President Obama's statement regarding the incident, ‘We will not give in to fear or turn against each other. Instead, we will stand united, as Americans, to protect our people, and defend our nation, and to take action against those who threaten us.’ Despite the attack taking place thousands of miles from our island, we must remain vigilant. We continue to keep those affected by the Florida attacks in our thoughts and prayers.” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brigadier General Johnny Lizama.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




News Release
 

Western Pacific Islands Typhoon Readiness and Planning Workshop
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will host a joint two-day climate change and Catastrophic Planning Workshop on June 13 and 14 designed to better prepare Guam for natural disasters and changing climatic conditions.

 

The comprehensive workshop will be held on June 13, 2016 between 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. and June 14, 2016 between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Laguna Beach hotel, Guam. The objectives of the workshop are: to improve Guam’s readiness to respond to and recover from natural disasters through deliberate catastrophic planning efforts; to better understand climate change; to put systems and processes in place to create resiliency and mitigate against the impacts of catastrophic disasters.

 

“Guam and the surrounding areas are prone to severe weather,” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brigadier General Johnny Lizama in announcing the planning workshop. “It is important for us to build on plans already in place, exercise those plans and, to incorporate the impacts of climate change. This planning effort will prepare Guam for conditions 10, 25, even 50 years from now,”

 

The workshop will re-examine the Catastrophic Plan created in 2010 by OHS/OCD and FEMA with the goal of revising it by July 2017. The workshop will examine current knowledge regarding climate change and current plans and policies in place. Topics for the planning discussion include: planning for catastrophic typhoons; understanding systems of critical infrastructure, mass care and transportation; and understanding capabilities and resources available during a catastrophic typhoon event.

 

“Climate change poses current challenges for emergency managers which need to be considered when creating catastrophic plans,” said FEMA Region IX Regional Administrator Robert Fenton in explaining the high priority FEMA ascribes to for joint local/federal Pacific preparedness planning. “The revision of Guam’s most recent catastrophic plan represents a cooperative effort by a team of experts from all sectors working together to prepare Guam for a category five typhoon.”

 

Attendees for this workshop will include several Government of Guam agencies that work in OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during typhoons, emergency management stakeholders, military partners and private & non-profit organizations.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov or Veronica Verde at (626) 646-6813 or via email at veronica.verde@fema.dhs.gov.

 

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

 

OHS/OCD’s mission is to coordinate and facilitate all Government of Guam, Military, and Federal Liaison Response Agencies and their resources in mitigating, preparing, responding, and recovering from any and all types of emergencies in order to protect the lives, environment, and property of the island of Guam.


 




For Immediate Release
 

June 3, 2016


OHS/OCD Host Public Assistance Workshop
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in collaboration with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will conduct the FEMA Public Assistance (PA) Workshop on Monday, June 6 – Tuesday, June 7, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

This comprehensive workshop will describe the Preliminary Damage Assessment (PDA) process and requirements, and the responsibilities of territorial and local agencies during times of recovery from natural disasters. Other topics include what goes into the PDA, what the documentation requirements are and the declaration process.

 

This workshop will highlight the intent of the FEMA PA program and discuss the eligibility structures as it relates to Subgrantee, Facility, Work, Cost and categories of work. Additionally, this workshop will examine PA-funded hazard mitigation, the types of mitigation measures FEMA may fund under the PA program and the requirements and process for submitting a Hazard Mitigation proposal. Finally, this workshop will briefly describe the new PA delivery model, changes to the structure and process in which FEMA provides PA funding.

 

Attendees for this workshop include Government of Guam agencies, certain Private and Non-Profit Organizations, and their PA & fiscal points of contacts.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 4, 2016


OHS/OCD Host FestPac Table Top Exercise
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense in conjunction with the 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts (FestPac) Executive Committee, are hosting a Table Top Exercise (TTX) tomorrow, May 5, 2016 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Sheraton Laguna Resort.

 

This will be a discussion-based exercise in preparation of the 2016 FestPac, to provide participants an opportunity to evaluate current concepts and validate plans and capabilities for a response to a natural or man-made incident during FestPac. The TTX discussion will include how partners can identify and address gaps in a unified response and coordinate their planning. The TTX participants will discuss, but not perform physical or actual tasks.

 

Attendees for this TTX include local and federal law enforcement, fire emergency medical services, various FestPac committee chairs and emergency management stakeholders.

 

This exercise is open for media coverage. For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

May 2, 2016


Annual Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, is hosting a two-day Tropical Cyclone, Disaster Preparedness and Climate Workshop.

This annual, comprehensive workshop will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., May 3-4, 2016 at the Westin Resort Guam. The objective of the workshop is to familiarize decision makers with the numerous natural hazards that threaten Guam, the behavior of those hazards, the emergency information and instructions issued by the NWS and its associates, and how to make critical decisions based on the emergency information provided.

 

The workshop examines current knowledge, tropical cyclone characteristics, behavior and hazards. Participants will learn about what causes the weather around Guam, the island’s risk and vulnerability to typhoons, earthquakes and tsunamis, climate change issues, La Nina and implications for rainfall and sea level predictions, and other topics concerning disaster preparedness.

 

Attendees for this workshop include various Government of Guam agencies that work in OHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center during typhoons, our military partners and private & non-profit organizations.

 

“Guam and the surrounding areas are prone to severe weather. It is imperative to familiarize our residents with methods to prepare and protect themselves from natural hazards,” stated Office of Civil Defense Administrator, Charles Esteves.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 28, 2016


OHS/OCD Host Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure Training


Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a Physical and Cybersecurity for Critical Infrastructure (MGT 452) training on Monday, May 2, 2016 from 8 – 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

The purpose of this course is to increase collaborative efforts among and between individuals and organizations responsible for both physical and cybersecurity toward development of integrated risk management strategies for the protection of critical infrastructures. Topics for discussion include physical and cybersecurity challenges impacting infrastructure security posture, evolving risks and impacts, strategies, solutions and structures that can be applied to improve security.

 

Attendees for this course include critical infrastructure owners, operators and managers, Government of Guam agencies and industry partners, community stakeholders, and individuals responsible for safety and security within their organization.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 18, 2016


OHS/OCD Host Critical Infrastructure Training

 

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service conducts training on Guam

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in conjunction with the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), will host a series of Critical Infrastructure & Protection training opportunities at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The courses will be held as a four-part series:

  • April 19, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Awareness (AWR-213)
  • April 21-22, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Jurisdictional Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (MGT-310)
  • April 25-26, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Critical Asset Risk Management (MGT-315)
  • April 28, 2016 (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) – Advanced Critical Infrastructure Protection (MGT-414)
 

Many topics will be discussed during these courses to include, but not limited to, threat and hazard identification, establishing capability targets, overview of the risk management process, asset valuation, vulnerabilities and risk assessment, mitigation mission areas, national and community resilience, critical infrastructure applications, local jurisdiction steps, federal and policy guidance, information sharing programs, and roles and responsibilities of critical infrastructure partners.

 

Attendees for these courses include critical infrastructure owners, operators and managers, senior officials, DHS personnel, law enforcement, fire service, public safety communications, hazardous material personnel, emergency medical services, emergency management agency, healthcare agencies, public works, governmental administrative, private sector, and military partners.

 

Upon successful completion of all four courses, participants will receive an Infrastructure Protection Certificate.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 15, 2016, 5:45 a.m. (ChST)


No Tsunami Threat From Japan Earthquake
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense are monitoring a Magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck 1km (0.6 miles) WSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan with a depth of 6.2 miles at 2:25 a.m. (ChST).

 

As advised by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake for Guam and the Northern Marianas.

 

This will be the only statement issued for this event unless additional data is received.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 14, 2016


OHS/OCD and MRFC Monitoring Events Surrounding North Korea
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), are closely monitoring reports of North Korea preparing for a launch of a mobile ballistic missile.

In a recent article, CNN reported U.S. intelligence satellites have spotted signs that North Korea may be preparing for a launch of a “Musudan missile,” a mobile intermediate-range ballistic missile, which the U.S. believes could potentially hit Guam and the Shemya Island.

 

No definitive reports of an immediate threat to Guam or the Northern Marianas has surfaced at this time. OHS/OCD and the MRFC are closely monitoring any further information. Residents are advised to stay up to date with the situation.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 11, 2016


OHS/OCD host FestPac Safety & Security Table Top Exercise
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) in conjunction with the Office of the Governor are hosting a Safety & Security Table Top Exercise (TTX) in preparation of the 2016 Festival of the Pacific Arts (FestPac) tomorrow, April 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

The purpose of the TTX is to validate the Safety & Security plans and policies. This will be a discussion-based exercise to provide participants an opportunity to evaluate current concepts, plans and capabilities for a response to a natural or man-made incident during FestPac. The TTX discussion will include how partners can identify and address gaps in a unified response, improve and coordinate their planning. The TTX target capabilities include communications and intelligence/information sharing and dissemination to all stakeholders involved with Safety & Security. The TTX participants will discuss, but not perform physical or actual tasks.

 

Attendees for this TTX include local and federal law enforcement, fire emergency medical services, various FestPac committee chairs and emergency management and public safety stakeholders. This exercise is open for media coverage after 11 a.m.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 8, 2016


NWS Issues Advisories for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan Coastal Waters
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam issued the following:

 

A small craft advisory is now in effect until 6 a.m., Saturday. A trade-wind surge will cause east winds of 19 to 24 mph with gusts to 29 mph. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet, especially on the east side of the islands, will continue through Saturday morning. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Saturday. Residents and visitors can expect hazardous surf of 10 to 12 feet along east facing reefs through tonight. All are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing east, as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

A fire weather watch is in effect through this afternoon for Guam. Dry conditions and gusty winds will maintain fire danger. East winds of 10 to 20 mph and humidity near 60 percent is expected for Guam. The most dangerous times will be from the late morning until near sunset. Any fires that start may spread rapidly, especially along east-facing slopes of southern Guam. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged as flying embers and ash may start fires downwind.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean and the fire weather watch should be taken into serious consideration.

 

Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest information:

 

For more information, contact GHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

April 1, 2016


NWS Issues Fire Weather Watch
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a fire weather watch from this morning through late Tuesday night for Guam. A fire weather watch means critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur.

 

Dry conditions with marginal winds will increase the fire danger through the weekend. Winds are expected east, 10 to 20 mph with humidity as low as 45 percent. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly, especially along north and east-facing slopes. Outdoor burning is not recommended as flying embers and ash may start spot fires downwind. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised during this time. Listen for later forecasts and possible red flag warnings.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

March 8, 2016


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.

 

East winds of 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts of 29 mph and combined seas of 8 to 11 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 31, 2016, 5:30 p.m. ChST


Community's safety is priority
 

Safety agencies responded to multiple bomb threats today, coordinating efforts with businesses and their security teams to ensure their establishments were safe.

 

Local officials are continuing to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Department of Homeland Security, both of whom have been tracking the threats. One source of the threats has been tracked to a Twitter account, which may be the same group making threats at various jurisdictions across the U.S. and Europe.

 

“Our local first responders have been diligent in responding and following up on these terroristic threats,” stated Governor Eddie Baza Calvo. “Terrorism is focused on causing terror and panic. We will not allow them to win. After each buildings was cleared by first responders business continued as usual. I am encouraging the community, however, to remain calm but vigilant. If you hear of something that could help our first responders find the culprits that are trying to wreak havoc in our community, call police or CrimeStoppers.”

 

The Governor noted three things people should know about what’s going on:

1. First responders are working tirelessly to keep our community safe.

2. We continue to take these threats seriously because the safety of our community is a priority, and anyone caught will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

3. Bomb threats recently have been hoaxes but we are asking the community to remain calm and to report any information that might lead to an arrest. Call police at 911, call or text CrimeStoppers 477-4357 (HELP) or go online to guam.crimestoppersweb.com.

 

Guam Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense in coordination with multiple response agencies including the Guam Police Department (GPD), the Guam Fire Department (GFD), the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), the Guam International Airport Authority Police K-9 Unit, and Joint Region Marianas responded to the multiple threats. The all-clear was given in short order.

 

Following leads

For the safety of all involved, each threat has been taken seriously and is being fully investigated. The bomb threats were made through automated voice recordings or “robo-calls” to 911 dispatch and the businesses, one was hand-written on a bathroom stall, other threats were made using social media.

 
 

Timeline as of 4:30 p.m.:

11:00 a.m.– OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at Home Depot. GPD, GFD and Airport K-9 units responded. Home Depot was evacuated.

11:40 a.m. – OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Micronesia Mall. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. Micronesia Mall was evacuated.

12:00 p.m.– OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at K-Mart. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. K-Mart was evacuated.

12:30 p.m.– All Clear at Home Depot.

12:37 p.m.– All Clear at K-Mart.

12:45 p.m.– OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Agana Shopping Center. GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. Agana Shopping Center was evacuated.

1:00 p.m.– All Clear at Micronesia Mall.

1:45 p.m.- OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of a reported bomb threat at the Guam Premier Outlets (GPO). GPD, GFD and K-9 units responded. GPO was evacuated to include theaters and Chuck E. Cheese’s.

2:15 p.m.– All Cleat at Agana Shopping Center.

2:15 p.m.- OHS/OCD receive a call from 911 dispatch of two separate reported bomb threats to Outrigger Beach Resort and Westin Resort. GPD and GFD responded.

3:15 p.m.– All Clear at Guam Premier Outlets.

3:15 p.m.– All Clear at Outrigger Beach Resort and Westin Resort.

 

For more information, contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 29, 2016


NWS Issues Advisories for the Marianas

 

The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories:

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m., Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Fresh to strong trade winds of 24 to 29 mph with occasional gusts to 39 mph will persist through Saturday before decreasing Saturday night. Combined seas of 10 to 13 feet will begin to subside tonight and may fall below ten feet Saturday night. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Surf has become hazardous at 10 to 12 feet along east facing shores and should remain near these levels through Saturday afternoon. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west, north and east, as rip currents are life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

A fire weather watch remains in effect through Monday morning for Guam, meaning critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur. Very dry weather will continue through the weekend. Affected areas include primarily mountains and grassy areas of southern and central Guam. Any fires that develop could spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended as flying embers and ash may start spot fires downwind.

 

Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest weather and drought information:

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 27, 2016


MRFC Closely Monitor Social Media Leads to Bomb Threats
 

The Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), in coordination with local law enforcement is closely monitoring social media for leads on the string of bomb threats to local schools.

 

A Twitter account connected to the string of bomb threats has been identified and is currently being looked into. There is no factual evidence provided at this time, whether the bomb threats stem from an off-island source. The MRFC and local law enforcement officials are working to identify people connected with the Twitter account.

 

Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity or social media posts relating to these bomb threats to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”

 

For more information, please contact the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 26, 2016


NWS Issues High Surf Advisory
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a high surf advisory until 6 p.m. Wednesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan.

 

A long-period northwest to north swell will cause hazardous surf on west and north facing shores. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet on west and north facing shores could build to a range of 8 to 11 feet by early Wednesday. The hazardous surf will gradually subside by the weekend.

 

Residents and visitors are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west and north, as rip currents will be life threatening. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 26, 2016


OHS/OCD host Residential Coastal Construction Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) are hosting a Residential Coastal Construction (FEMA P-55) training today and tomorrow, January 26-27, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

OHS/OCD, in collaboration with the Building Science Branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will be conducting a series of training courses and workshops throughout Fiscal Year 2016. The purpose is to provide information to our island community and homeowners on how to build stronger building structures and minimize damage from natural disasters. The Residential Coastal Construction (FEMA P-55) training is the first in the series.

 

This course trains participants on using the Coastal Construction Manual (FEMA P-55), which is the leading reference for planning, designing, and constructing residential structures in various coastal environments. Attendees for this two-day training include engineers, architects, building code officials, floodplain managers, hazard mitigation professionals, planners, building officials, emergency managers and community partners with building science knowledge.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 21, 2016


NWS Issues Drought Information Statement for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a drought information statement to include the Mariana Islands and Chuuk State.

 

One of the strongest El Niño’s in history remains across the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean. This El Niño pattern will likely persist through the first few months of 2016, and then weaken to neutral by the summer months and possibly trend toward La Niña conditions late in the year. Increasingly dry conditions usually develop across Micronesia after the mature phase of a strong El Niño.

 

Lower than normal rainfall during the coming months will cause drought to develop for the Mariana Islands and parts of Chuuk State. Drought is already affecting islands of the Republic of Palau, along with the islands of Yap State.

 

For the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, rainfall has been below normal the past couple of months and below normal rainfall will continue the next several months.

 

Water supplies need to be monitored very closely and water conservation is highly encouraged. Drying and yellowing of food crops and vegetation will become much worse. Grass fires have already been observed on Guam and the risk of grass fires will increase in the coming weeks. Homeowners should keep grass and brush trimmed far away from houses and other structures. Some damage to food crops could also develop.

 

Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest weather and drought information:|

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 12, 2016


NWS Issues Public Information Statement for Dry Weather
 

The National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a public information statement for very dry weather developing across the Mariana Islands.

 

As advised by NWS, rainfall across the Marianas is expected to be below normal for the next several months. NWS computer models indicate rainfall of only a quarter inch to half inch for the Mariana Islands for the next 10 days and very low rainfall will likely persist through the next several months.

 

Water supplies will need to be monitored and water conservation is encouraged, especially for Saipan, Tinian and Rota.

 

Grass fires have already been observed on Guam and the risk of grass fires will increase in the coming weeks. Homeowners should keep grass and brush trimmed far away from houses and other structures. Some damage to food crops could also develop.

 

A drought statement remains in effect for Yap state, the Republic of Palau and the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The drought statement will likely be expanded to include the Mariana Islands in the coming weeks.

 

Contact the National Weather Service at (671) 472-0900 or visit the following links for the latest weather and drought information:

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 8, 2016, 7:50 p.m. (ChST)


The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) received a report of the All Hazards Alert Warning System from Nikko Hotel Guam sounding of the siren around 7:20 p.m. and continuing until around 7:50 p.m.

 

The siren sound at Nikko Hotel is not connected with any emergency situation.

 

OHS/OCD immediately contacted the vendor, RadioCom who are now working to assess the system to find and resolve the issue.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 488-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 7, 2016


OHS/OCD host Community Emergency Response Team Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will host a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training today and tomorrow, January 7-8, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Each year, communities across the nation fall victim to some disaster. Emergency events may be in the form of severe storms, typhoons, earthquakes, floods or "man made" disasters. The damage caused by disasters affects all elements of society and government. Catastrophic events severely restrict and often overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities. In addition, they leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support.

 

OHS/OCD host CERT and Teen CERT training opportunities for various groups and high school students. CERT trainings provide lessons on how to help communities mitigate disasters during the first minutes and up to 72 hours following a disaster when damaged roads, disrupted communications, high call volume, etc., may restrict access by local police, fire and emergency medical services. The purpose of CERT training is to provide citizens with the basic skills that they will need to handle their own needs and then to respond to their communities’ needs in the aftermath of a disaster.

 

The CERT training is provided today and tomorrow for AmeriCorps members from OHS/OCD, Pa’a, Amot Farm, and Justice Corps.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 6, 2015


OHS and MRFC closely monitor North Korea Hydrogen Bomb Test
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) are closely monitoring North Korea’s broadcast, stating they successfully tested a hydrogen bomb.

 

In a public broadcast through the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the North Korean regime in Pyongyang detonated the hydrogen bomb for the first time at 10 a.m., January 6, 2016. The U.S. Geological Survey reported that a magnitude 5.1 earthquake was detected at that time.

 

There is no factual evidence provided at this time, whether the test was successful. OHS and MRFC will continue to monitor the situation. There are no known threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.

 

Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If You See Something, Say Something.”

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

January 4, 2016


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. Tuesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.

 

East winds of 19 to 29 mph and combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Tuesday afternoon. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 30, 2015


OHS/OCD hosts Community Emergency Response Team Rodeo
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) hosted a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Rodeo today, December 30, 2015 in support of National Preparedness Month in September earlier this year.

 

Each year, communities across the nation fall victim to some disaster. Emergency events may be in the form of severe storms, typhoons, earthquakes, floods or "man made" disasters. The damage caused by disasters affects all elements of society and government. Catastrophic events severely restrict and often overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities. In addition, they leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support.

 

OHS/OCD host annual CERT and Teen CERT training opportunities for various groups and high school students. CERT trainings provide lessons on how to help communities mitigate disasters during the first minutes and up to 72 hours following a disaster when damaged roads, disrupted communications, high call volume, etc., may restrict access by local police, fire and emergency medical services. The purpose of CERT training is to provide citizens with the basic skills that they will need to handle their own needs and then to respond to their communities’ needs in the aftermath of a disaster.

 

Seven CERT groups from AmeriCorps OHS/OCD, AmeriCorps Sanctuary (two teams), Justice Corps, AmeriCorps Amot Farm, and Harvest Christian Academy (two teams), competed in the CERT Rodeo, which included light fire suppression, light victim extraction and disaster medical operations with obstacles in between for a chance to win a travelling trophy.

 

This year, AmeriCorps OHS/OCD took home first place for the second year in a row, with the travelling trophy. AmeriCorps Sanctuary Team Two was first runner up and AmeriCorps Sanctuary Team One was third runner up.

 

“We are proud of all the teams who came out today and showcased their emergency management capabilities,” stated Patrick Leon Guerrero, OHS/OCD CERT Program Manager. “By educating the community with these trainings, it prepares more young adults with the tools necessary to prepare before, during and after a disaster.”

 

Attached are photos for your consideration. You can view the full album on OHS/OCD's Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Guam-Homeland-Security-178975602144519/?ref=hl.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 29, 2015


Over $2M in federal funds expected to be awarded for damages incurred from Typhoon Dolphin
 

Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on June 5, 2015, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony G. Lukeala, are making progress as over an estimated $2 million in federal funds will be awarded from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Typhoon Dolphin on May 13-16, 2015.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Public Assistance program, administered by OHS/OCD, helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities that were damaged or destroyed by a disaster. FEMA reimburses 75 percent of the total costs PA program. The Government of Guam will cover the remaining 25 percent of the total cost.

 

All Government of Guam agencies and eligible private and Non-Profit organizations on Guam that sustained costs or damages from Typhoon Dolphin were able to apply for federal-state financial assistance. Twenty-seven (27) agencies applied for Public Assistance, some with multiple project worksheets. Out of forty-four (44) project worksheets, thirty-four (34) have been approved thus far. Of the 34 approved, none of those projects have been completed and are still pending completion of documentation and coordination before federal funds can be received.

 

The largest amount granted, over $1.18M will be awarded to the Guam Power Authority for Category F – Public Utility System. All other projects were near $300,000 or less.

 

An update will be provided upon completion of these projects and allocation of funds.

 

For more information, please contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 28, 2015


NWS Issues Small Craft Advisory
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a small craft advisory until 6 p.m. Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters.

 

East winds of 19 to 24 mph with frequent gusts to 34 mph will continue through Thursday. These winds are already occurring in the Northern Marianas and will spread into Guam waters by tonight.

 

Winds will begin to create waves of 7 to 9 feet and will likely build to between 8 and 10 feet during the day or tonight. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 24, 2015


UPDATE: Six agencies received over $300K for damages incurred from Tropical Storm Halong
 

Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on September 11, 2014, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony G. Lukeala, are making progress as six (6) Government of Guam agencies received federal funds from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Halong on July 28-31, 2014.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Public Assistance (PA) program, administered by OHS/OCD, helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities that were damaged or destroyed by a disaster. FEMA reimburses 75 percent of the total costs PA program. The Government of Guam will cover the remaining 25 percent of the total cost.

 

All Government of Guam agencies and eligible Private and Non-Profit organizations on Guam that sustained costs or damages from Halong were able to apply for federal-state financial assistance. Out of seventeen (17) agencies that originally applied for Public Assistance, fifteen (15) were approved and two (2) withdrew their application. Of the 15 approved, 6 projects have been completed and were awarded money for their applications. The agencies awarded this initial batch of funds were the University of Guam, the Guam Waterworks Authority, the Guam Visitor’s Bureau, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, the Port Authority of Guam, and the Guam Power Authority. The total amount allocated for these agencies is $374,016.95. The total amount allocated for these agencies is $374,016.95, received in September 2015.

 

Approved agencies pending completion of projects and allocation of money include: Department of Education, OHS/OCD, Department of Administration, Department of Public Works, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Mayors’ Council of Guam, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, and Department of Youth Affairs. In total, Guam will receive close to $600K in federal funds from the Public Assistance program.

 

For more information, please contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 23, 2015


OHS/OCD awarded through the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Competitive Grant
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) have been awarded over $1.7 million under the FY2014 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Competitive Grant, PDMC-09-GU-2014.

 

The purpose of the PDM Program is to provide funds on an annual basis for hazard mitigation planning and the implementation of mitigation projects. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides funding for measures to reduce or eliminate overall risk from natural hazards.

 

State, territorial, federally recognized tribal, and local governments are able to apply for this competitive grant as well as eligible private nonprofit organizations. Various Government of Guam organizations and eligible private nonprofit organizations applied for the grant through OHS/OCD. Over $1.6M will be awarded to the Guam Community College and the University of Guam. OHS/OCD will be awarded a technical assistance grant totaling $160,934.73.

 

The grant will support mitigation projects and hazard mitigation planning for the three organizations. “The success can be contributed to the excellent partnership we have established with GCC and UOG,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator. “Also to Leo Espia, the Deputy Administrator and State Hazard Mitigation Officer for OHS/OCD who worked with the various competing agencies and on the application for this grant.”

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 22, 2015


Advisories for the Marianas
 

The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, has issued the following advisories:


A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Fresh to strong winds and combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will create hazardous conditions for operators of small craft through Wednesday. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid sailing in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect along north facing reefs until 6 p.m. this evening, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 7 to 10 feet will continue along north facing shores today, diminishing in the late afternoon. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north, as rip currents are life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 21, 2015


NWS Issues High Surf Advisory
 

The National Weather Service Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued a high surf advisory until 6 p.m. this evening for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. A large north swell generated by fresh to strong winds associated with a shear line will maintain hazardous surf of 8 to 10 feet across the Marianas through this afternoon and should gradually fall tonight.

 

Residents are advised to avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

December 17, 2015


U.S. DHS Updates ‘National Terrorism Advisory System’
 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) follow the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) addition to the National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS).

 

DHS has recently updated the NTAS to add a new form of advisory, the NTAS Bulletin, which provides information to the public. It describes broader, more general trends and current developments regarding threats of terrorism.

 

For more details on the inclusion of the NTAS Bulletin, a DHS fact sheet is attached. You can also visit www.dhs.gov/advisories to review any alerts or bulletins issued by DHS. Attached is the most recent NTAS bulletin, issued December 16, 2015. OHS/OCD will continue to share any bulletins or alerts issued by DHS.

   

"We encourage all to follow the DHS campaign: If You See Something, Say Something," stated Charles Esteves, Director of the Mariana Regional Fusion Center. "Report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and to the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/."

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 30, 2015


OHS/OCD will hold ribbon cutting ceremony for the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the completion of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 11 a.m. (ChST) at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. The AHAWS siren at OHS/OCD will sound off for a brief time during this ceremony between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Residents surrounding Agana Heights can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging and loud wailing sounds and sirens.

 

The bid award on the AHAWS was awarded on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, allowing OHS/OCD to complete the project as well as appropriate the Sirens to 15 locations around the island.

 

OHS/OCD has applied for the funding for the Sirens under the Emergency Management Performance Grant program to install the 15 warning Sirens. The total amount for procurement and installation is over $1 million. There is a need on island for a hazard warning system that could be quickly activated and would have continuous coverage over areas potentially affected by hazards to low lying areas. The Sirens, as part of the emergency alert warning and notification would also be used to notify residents and other occupants of Guam of the pending occurrence of other hazards.

 

The AHAWS consist of a communication and control system comprised of a high power voice and siren speaker assembly mounted on a concrete pole. It is a two-way radio communications system capable of activating each remote AHAWS individually or at the same time, to sound a siren tone, stored digital voice message or a combination to include activation of blue blinking lights. The main trigger control for the AHAWS is stationed at OHS/OCD.

 

The priorities and locations for the 15 warning Sirens were determined by a Government of Guam Multi-Agency Assessment Team comprised of the Mayor’s Council of Guam, Department of Land Management, Department of Public Works, Guam Waterworks Authority, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education, Department of Parks and Recreation, and Port Authority of Guam led by OHS/OCD based on requirements to ensure coverage of the AHAWS for residents and other occupants in low-lying, potential hazard areas.

 

Although the AHAWS process was lengthy, with the full support of the OHS/OCD Administration and the leadership of Governor Calvo and Lt. Governor Tenorio, OHS/OCD is proud to announce the completion of the AHAWS.

 

“The AHAWS brings a great advantage to our island; it allows us to reach out to multiple areas at the same time with the same message,” stated Brig. Gen. Johnny Lizama, Homeland Security Advisor. “This project is another form of communication and a tool we are fortunate to add to our emergency management capabilities, for the safety of our island.”

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 17, 2015, 3 p.m. (ChST)


Tropical Depression 27W heads toward the Marianas; Residents advised to monitor closely
 

As advised by the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, Tropical Depression 27W will produce inclement weather for the Mariana Islands by Thursday.

 

According to an NWS Special Weather Statement, at 1 p.m., Tropical Depression 27W is 65 miles southwest of Kosrae and centered about 1340 miles east-southeast of Guam and 1335 miles east-southeast of Saipan, moving west with maximum sustained winds of 30 mph. This tropical depression is expected to turn toward the west-northwest and gradually intensify over the next few days, possibly bringing it to the Mariana Islands by Saturday evening.

 

Tropical Depression 27W will bring scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms along with gusty winds of 15 to 35 mph with gusts to 35 mph to the southern Mariana Islands as early as Thursday.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m. (ChST), Thursday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas building 8 to 10 feet will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels, should avoid boating in these conditions, especially near reef lines and when entering or leaving harbors and inlets. The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

Although there are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time, residents should monitor this tropical depression closely as it makes its way toward the Marianas. OHS/OCD, in coordination with the NWS, will continue to monitor all systems in our area closely and provide updates. Attached is the latest NWS forecast track and wind distribution graphic.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 17, 2015


New website offers information on Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network for Guam
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense is pleased to announce the launching of a new website: www.GuamPSBN.org. The website was designed and developed to serve as an educational outreach tool that will provide information for both public and private entities regarding the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN) and how it will help Guam’s public safety community.

 

“The website will act as an important tool for us to inform and connect with our island’s public safety community during the life of the program,” states Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brigadier General Johnny S. Lizama. “It provides information on the program, the process, and gives updates on the progress of the design, build and deployment of the network.”

 

Those who visit the site can find information on the FirstNet initiative, development of the network, the progress timeline, current news and events as well as other resources and links to relative websites.

 

The website development was made possible through a grant from the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunication and Information Administration (NTIA), State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP), which provides federal funding for the outreach, data collection and other activities revolved around the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. The network was recommended by the 9/11 Commission Report to resolve the communication challenges faced by emergency responders. The network’s goal is to provide a secure, reliable and dedicated interoperable network for emergency responders to send text, data, images and other needs during an emergency.

 

For more information on the program, please contact Ms. Leigh G. Pereda, Program Coordinator at Guam Homeland Security at (671) 478-0282 or email, leigh.pereda@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 14, 2015


OHS and MRFC closely monitor attacks in Paris, France
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), are closely monitoring the series of attacks in Paris, France.

 

There are no threats assessed for Guam and the Marianas at this time.

 

Residents are advised to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement and the MRFC online at https://mlrin.org/, following the Department of Homeland Security’s campaign, “If you see something, say something.”

 

“Falling in line with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s statement regarding the incident, ‘We must stand together with the French people in the fight against terrorism and extremism.’ Despite the attack taking place thousands of miles from our island, we must remain vigilant.” stated Charles Esteves, MRFC Director.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

November 3, 2015


Over $300,000 awarded to six agencies for damages incurred from Tropical Storm Halong
 

Following President Obama’s declaration of a major disaster in Guam on September 11, 2014, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), Public Assistance Disaster Recovery Team, led by Anthony Lukeala, are making progress as six (6) Government of Guam agencies are allotted money from the Presidential Declaration under the Public Assistance program. This Presidential disaster declaration was granted due to damages caused by Tropical Storm Halong on July 28-31, 2014.

 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Public Assistance program, administered by OHS/OCD, helps fund the repair, restoration, reconstruction or replacement of public facilities that were damaged or destroyed by a disaster.

 

All Government of Guam agencies and eligible Private and Non-Profit organizations on Guam that sustained costs or damages from Halong were able to apply for federal-state financial assistance. Out of seventeen (17) agencies that originally applied for Public Assistance, fifteen (15) were approved and two (2) withdrew their application. Out of the 15 that were approved, 6 of those projects have been completed and are now being awarded money for their applications. The agencies awarded this initial batch of funds are the University of Guam, the Guam Waterworks Authority, the Guam Visitor’s Bureau, the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority, the Port Authority of Guam, and the Guam Power Authority. The total amount allocated for these agencies is $374,016.95.

 

Approved agencies pending completion of projects and allocation of money include: Department of Education, OHS/OCD, Department of Administration, Department of Public Works, Guam Environmental Protection Agency, Mayors’ Council of Guam, Guam Police Department, Guam Fire Department, and Department of Youth Affairs. In total, Guam will receive over $600,000.00 in federal funds from the Public Assistance program.

 

For more information, please contact OHS/OCD Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov, or FEMA External Affairs Officer, Kelly Hudson at (510) 207-4011.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 27, 2015


OHS/OCD to conduct testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fifteen (15) locations on Thursday, October 29, 2015 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.

 

The following are a list of siren sites to be tested:

1. OHS/OCD facility

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Asan Mayor's Office

6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

7. Inarajan Elementary School

8. Yona Mayor's Office

9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

12. Port Authority of Guam

13. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

14. Hotel Nikko Guam

15. Tamuning Mayor’s Officer

 

Residents surrounding these sites can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 23, 2015


Initial consultation meeting with FirstNet completed
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), under the State Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) coordinated the Guam Initial Consultation Meeting with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). On October 22, 2015, over 60 public safety stakeholders from 30 Government of Guam and Federal agencies attended the initial consultation meeting to have a direct dialogue with the FirstNet to discuss wireless broadband communication needs, ask questions and learn more about FirstNet’s plans to implement a dedicated nationwide public safety broadband network for Guam.

 

To start the meeting, Lt. Governor Ray Tenorio remarked that this is a milestone for Guam’s public safety community and that the contributions of today’s meeting will help design and build a network that is based on our public safety needs. He encouraged the participants to ask questions, share concerns and possible issues.

 

Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the 9/11 Commission recommended the establishment of a nationwide, interoperable public safety communications network to resolve the communications challenges faced by emergency responders nationwide. The Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network will provide a secure, reliable and dedicated interoperable network for emergency responders to communicate during an emergency.

 

FirstNet was established in February 2012 as part of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act. FirstNet will develop the first high-speed wireless broadband data network dedicated to public safety that will provide a single, nationwide network to facilitate communication for public safety users during emergencies and on the job every day. The planned network will be public safety grade, providing access to applications and coverage where public safety needs it most.

 

Two years ago, Guam joined the initiative through a federal grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The State and Local Implementation Grant Program (SLIGP) supports all 56 States and Territories in planning, education, outreach, and consultation activities to work with FirstNet toward the initiation and deployment of the first nationwide public safety broadband network.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 20, 2015


OHS/OCD to conduct testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) from fourteen (14) locations on Thursday, October 22, 2015 between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m (ChST).

 

Each site will be tested twice: once with all 14 sequentially and the second with 14 in unison.

 

The following are a list of siren sites to be tested, with the exception of the Tamuning Mayor’s Office, which is currently being worked on:

1. OHS/OCD facility

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Asan Mayor's Office

6. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

7. Inarajan Elementary School

8. Yona Mayor's Office

9. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

10. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

11. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

12. Port Authority of Guam

13. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

14. Hotel Nikko Guam

 

Residents surrounding these sites can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 19, 2015


Southwest monsoon winds spread haze across the Marianas
 

As advised by the National Weather Service (NWS), Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, multiple wildfires across Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and southwest winds across western Micronesia have pushed diffuse haze into the Marianas.

 

A 7:55 a.m., the NWS public information statement advised the haze is expected to continue through at least midweek, can reduce visibility at times and that as a precaution, those with respiratory issues should limit their time outdoors.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 16, 2015, 1:20 p.m. (ChST)


Tropical Storm Champi tracks closer to the Mariana Islands

 

Guam advised to take precautions in the heavy winds and rains

The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam, latest advisory stated, now through 3 p.m., fast moving showers will bring periods of heavy rain and strong wind gusts to Guam. Rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches and wind gusts of 45 to 55 mph are now possible, especially over northern Guam.

 

There are no tropical storm watches or warnings for Guam at this time. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan meaning tropical storm conditions, including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected through late this evening. As of 1 p.m., Tropical Storm (TS) Champi is located 65 miles northeast of Saipan and 200 miles north-northeast of Guam moving west with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Currently, the center of TS Champi is forecasted to track through the northern Marianas, near Anatahan this afternoon.

 

Residents are advised that tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 195 miles south of the center and up to 155 miles north of the center, bringing heavy winds and rains to Guam.

 

If you have to drive, be alert for low visibility and ponding of water on roads and in low-lying areas. Drivers of high-profile trucks and vans should exercise caution in these gusty winds.

 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents to practice extreme caution while this storm passes through the Northern Mariana Islands. The wind gusts and heavy rains will make driving in these conditions dangerous.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to closely monitor any changes to this system and provide updates.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 16, 2015, 8 a.m. (ChST)


Heavy winds and rains from Tropical Storm Champi; NWS issues advisories

 

No watches or warnings for Guam as of now

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm (TS) Champi and the effects it has on the Marianas.

 

There are no watches or warnings for Guam at this time. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota, Tinian, Saipan, Alamagan, Pagan, and Agrihan, meaning tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are expected through late this evening.

 

NWS stated, as of 7 a.m., TS Champi is located 160 miles east-northeast of Saipan and 280 miles northeast of Guam and moving west at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds at 65 mph. Currently, this track would take TS Champi through the northern Marianas, north of Anatahan this afternoon.

 

The NWS has issued the following advisories:

 

A Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Tinian and Saipan from 12:55 a.m. to 9 a.m. this morning. TS Champi produced heavy rain across these islands and up to two inches of rain had fallen. Satellite rainfall estimated and additional 8 to 10 inches of rain is possible beforenoon today.

 

A Small Craft Advisory is in effect for Guam coastal waters until 3 p.m., Sunday. NWS advises that west winds and combined seas will quickly rise in the Guam waters today. Seas will build from 9 feet this morning, 13 feet this afternoon, to between 15-17 feet tonight. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. If travel by boat is necessary, avoid sailing near reef lines and shoaling areas. Exercise caution when entering or leaving harbors and inlets as breaking waves can easily capsize the boat.

 

A High Surf Warning remains in effect for Guam until 6 p.m., Wednesday. Surf will build between 10 and 12 feet in north and west facing reefs and beaches today. Swell from distant TS Koppu and TS Champi passing by just to the north will combine with a fresh monsoon fetch, to create hazardous surf for several days. Avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing west as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

A Wind Advisory is in effect for Guam until 6 p.m. this evening. Winds 30 to 35 mph with gusts up to 45 mph will continue today as TS Champi approaches the Northern Marianas. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Drivers are advised to use extreme caution while on the roads.

 

Residents are advised to practice extreme caution while out on the roads and to avoid travel by sea. Stay up to date with the latest information from the National Weather Service.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with the National Weather Service will continue to closely monitor all systems in our area and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 15, 2015, 12:30 p.m. ChST


Tropical Storm Champi (25W) slowly strengthens

 

No watches or warnings for Guam as of now

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam (NWS), are closely monitoring Tropical Storm Champi as it approaches the Marianas.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time from Tropical Storm Champi. A tropical storm watch remains in effect for Saipan, Tinian and Rota meaning tropical storm conditions including damaging winds of 39 mph or more are possible within 48 hours.

 

NWS advisory as of 10 a.m. stated, Tropical Storm Champi is about 540 miles east-northeast of Guam and will track generally west-northwest towards the Mariana Islands today through Saturday. Currently, this track takes Tropical Storm Champi through the Marianas, north of Saipan, near Anatahan by Friday afternoon. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 60 mph and Tropical Storm Champi is forecasted to intensify over the next several days, possibly becoming a typhoon on Friday.

 

Although there are no watches or warnings for Guam time, residents should stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially if there are changes to the system. Saipan, Tinian and Rota remain in a tropical storm watch and its residents should also stay up to date with the latest forecast as the storm heads towards the Mariana Islands.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to closely monitor all conditions in our area and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 15, 2015, 12:15 p.m. (ChST)


Great Guam ShakeOut successful; All Hazards Alert Warning System tested
 

The Great Guam ShakeOut comes to a close. This year, registrants participated in their earthquake procedure today at 10:15 a.m. (ChST). 2015 was Guam’s sixth year to participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut, with the highest amount of participants reported at 78,888. Over 50,000 of those registrants were from Guam’s K-12 school districts.

 

While the Great ShakeOut was a success, with participants from schools, local government, military, businesses, hotels, hospitals, clinics, faith-based organizations, non-profit organizations, youth organizations, and so much more, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) were also testing 15 of the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) sirens.

 

Three (3) of the fifteen (15) sirens did not activate during the test: OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights, Nikko Hotel and John F. Kennedy High School. This was the first time all 15 sirens were tested at once and it provided OHS/OCD with an excellent opportunity to identify deficiencies. OHS/OCD in conjunction with the siren vendor, RadioCom Inc., will continue to address all issues regarding the sirens. OHS/OCD will continue to regularly test the equipment until all 15 are working proficiently.

 

The initial 15 were placed in low-lying areas throughout the island. The test of all 15 sirens will assist in finding any gaps with the system and areas where the sirens cannot be heard or are faint. Phase II of the All Hazards Alert Warning System will address these factors.

 

“We appreciate the public’s patience as we test this initial phase of the All Hazards Alert Warning System. This project is a large one; we are making progress and have confidence in the system’s abilities. We will continue to work on making this another successful tool in emergency management,” stated Guam Homeland Security Advisor, Brig. Gen. Johnny Lizama.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 14, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens tested throughout the island
 

In preparation of the Great Guam ShakeOut and the activation of all 15 All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) tomorrow, at 10:15 a.m., the AHAWS will be tested for a short time at potential sites throughout the rest of the day.

 

The following are a list of siren sites:

1. OHS/OCD facility

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Tamuning Mayor's Office

6. Asan Mayor's Office

7. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

8. Inarajan Elementary School

9. Yona Mayor's Office

10. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

11. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

12. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

13. Port Authority of Guam

14. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

15. Hotel Nikko Guam

 

Residents should not be alarmed if they hear the siren in their area. This is in preparation of the annual, island-wide earthquake drill and the use of the sirens during the drill.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 14, 2015, 9 a.m. ChST


Tropical Storm Koppu (24W) moves away from the Marianas; another Tropical Depression east of the Mariana Islands; another Tropical Depression east of the Mariana Islands

 

No watches or warnings for Guam as of now

While Tropical Storm Koppu (24W) is moving west and well away from the Marianas the Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam (NWS), are closely monitoring another tropical depression moving towards the Marianas.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time from another tropical depression east of the Marianas. NWS advisory as of 8 a.m. stated, Tropical Depression 25W is about 855 miles east of Guam and will track generally west-northwest towards the Mariana Islands over the next few days. Currently, this track takes Tropical Depression 25W north of Saipan, near Anatahan Friday evening as a tropical storm.

 

Although this tropical depression poses no immediate threat to Guam at this time, residents should keep informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially if there are changes to this system.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 13, 2015


15 All Hazards Alert Warning System sirens to sound off during the Great Guam ShakeOut Earthquake Drill
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in support of the Great Guam ShakeOut, island-wide earthquake drill, will be sounding off fifteen (15) of the All Hazards Alert Warning Systems throughout low-lying areas across the island.

 

All 15 sirens will be activated on Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m. (ChST) for approximately one minute. The Great ShakeOut earthquake drill should be conducted during this one minute. This will be the first time all 15 sirens will be activated at once. The following are a list of siren sites:

1. OHS/OCD facility

2. Agat Marina

3. JFK High School

4. Talofofo Elementary School

5. Tamuning Mayor's Office

6. Asan Mayor's Office

7. Pago Bay A-Frame South End

8. Inarajan Elementary School

9. Yona Mayor's Office

10. Ft. Soledad, Umatac

11. GWA Pump Station, Merizo

12. Ija Agricultural Station, Inarajan

13. Port Authority of Guam

14. Agat Senior Citizen's Center

15. Hotel Nikko Guam

 

Residents island-wide can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the ShakeOut earthquake drill, wailing sirens and warning sounds.

 

For information on the Great Guam ShakeOut, visit http://shakeout.org/guam/.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 12, 2015, 6:45 p.m. (ChST)


Advisories for the Marianas
 

As advised by the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam (NWS), Tropical Disturbance 91W will bring excessive rainfall to the Marianas through Tuesday leading to localized flooding and hazardous water conditions. NWS has issued the following advisories:

 

A flash flood watch is in effect through Tuesday afternoon for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Tropical Disturbance 91W may bring 3 to 6 inches of rain to the Marianas through Tuesday afternoon. Roads in poor drainage areas could become temporarily flooded and locations in low-lying areas and close to streams will be at risk of flooding.

 

Flash flooding is very dangerous. Residents are advised to monitor the latest forecasts and be prepared for an upgrade to a flash flood warning. Clear any storm drains of debris to minimize the impacts of flooding. Pay close attention to water levels near streams and rivers.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 p.m., Tuesday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Tropical Disturbance 91W will cause winds and seas to become hazardous to small craft late this evening across Saipan and Tinian waters and early Tuesday across Rota and Guam waters. Residents can expect winds of 20 to 25 knots with higher gusts in heavier showers while seas rise between 11 and 14 feet Tuesday.

 

Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid boating in these conditions. Exercise caution when entering or leaving harbors and inlets as breaking waves can easily capsize your boat.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 p.m., Wednesday, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Increasing swell and waves from Tropical Disturbance 91W will cause surf to rise to hazardous levels on east and north facing reefs of Saipan and Tinian tonight and Guam and Rota early Tuesday morning. Guam and Rota can expect hazardous surf of up to 12 feet by Tuesday afternoon.

 

Residents are advised to avoid venturing into the water along exposed reefs and beaches, especially those facing north as rip currents will be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone driving during these conditions and to avoid rough waters while this disturbance passes through the Marianas.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 12, 2015, 11:15 a.m. ChST


Tropical Disturbance 91W east of the Mariana Islands

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam (NWS), are closely monitoring a tropical disturbance moving towards the Marianas. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to increase today and tonight as the system approaches.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. NWS advisory as of 9:40 a.m. stated, Tropical Disturbance 91W was centered about 360 miles east of Guam and is expected to pass through the Marianas Tuesday afternoon. Guam can expect periods of locally heavy rain, dangerous lightning, and winds of 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph are possible during the passage of the disturbance. Rainfall, of four or more inches is possible, which may cause flash flooding during the heaviest showers. Seas will increase to levels that are hazardous for operators of small craft beginning this evening across northern Saipan waters and by late tonight across Guam waters.

 

Residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially if the disturbance develops faster than expected.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 5, 2015


OHS/OCD to host Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery Training
 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in accordance with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii, are hosting the Social Media for Natural Disaster Response and Recovery (PER-304) Training on November 5, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

This comprehensive course focuses on the use of social media in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This course provides the information and hands-on experience necessary to help participants begin developing social media disaster plans and strategies.

 

This course is targeted for a broad cross section of individuals and professionals interested and involved in emergency management, planners, as well as communication and public information personnel. Attendees include Government of Guam agencies, military partners, private, and non-profit organizations.

 

Instructors from the NDPTC will conduct this training. Interested participants can register with the State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov and will be included upon seat availability.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 5, 2015


OHS/OCD to host Coastal Community Resistance Training
 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in accordance with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at the University of Hawaii, are hosting the Coastal Community Resilience – Custom (AWR-228-C) Training on November 3, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

This comprehensive four hour awareness course will emphasize target capabilities to enhance preparedness and response to natural disaster, including chronic, as well as extreme events affecting coastal communities. It will demonstrate how to integrate risk-based, community based, and collaborative strategies into plans and programs.

 

This course is targeted for a broad cross section of professionals involved in emergency management, fire services, coastal managers, planners, developers, and municipal services. Attendees include government of Guam agencies, military partners, and private, non-profit organizations.

 

Instructors from the NDPTC will conduct this training. Interested participants can register with State Training and Exercise Manager, Patrick Leon Guerrero via email at pat.leonguerrero@ghs.guam.gov and will be included upon seat availability.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 5, 2015


Advisories for the Marianas
 

As advised by the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, large swells and frequent gusts associated with Tropical Storm Choi-Wan northeast of the Marianas will produce high surf and hazardous conditions to small craft over the next few days. These conditions are already occurring in Tinian and Saipan waters and could spread to Guam and Rota waters tonight or Tuesday.

 

A small craft advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Thursday for Tinian and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 10 feet or more are expected to produce hazardous conditions to small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is in effect until 6 a.m., Thursday, for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 10 to 14 feet is expected along east facing reefs today. Surf along north facing reefs will build between 7 and 10 feet by Tuesday. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft. Rip tides that accompany them may be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

October 5, 2015


Guam to participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut
 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) encourage all residents to participate in the Great Guam ShakeOut, an annual island-wide earthquake drill. This effort to gain Guam participation is organized by OHS/OCD in collaboration with the Southern California Earthquake Center to conduct the world’s largest earthquake drill.

 

On October 15, 2015 at 10:15 a.m., residents are encouraged to practice the earthquake safety procedure; Drop, Cover and Hold On for 1 minute.

 

Those interested can register online at www.shakeout.org/guam.

 

Attached with this email are flyers for widest distribution. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 29, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from the Merizo GWA Pump Station and Hotel Nikko, Guam
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Wednesday – September 30, 2015; the Merizo GWA Pump Station and Hotel Nikko, Guam.

 

Both siren tests will be conducted Wednesday in the morning.  


Residents surrounding both Tumon and Merizo can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 28, 2015


OHS/OCD distributes NOAA radios to Government of Guam Agencies
 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) will distribute two-hundred and fourteen (214) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Alert Radios to various Government of Guam agencies, in accordance with the National Weather Service (NWS) Forecast Office, Tiyan Guam.

 

The radios will be distributed on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 1 p.m. at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights. Training will be provided by NWS, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Chip Guard, upon distribution.

 

These weather alert radios provide the agencies the capability to receive immediate alerts for specific natural hazard events, including but not limited to typhoons, flash floods and tsunamis, directly from the NWS, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam.

 

Funding for this project came from the Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP).

 

This event is open to the media. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 24, 2015


Haze across the Marianas
 

As advised by the National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam, multiple wildfires across Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and northern Australia are the cause for the haze across the Marianas.

 

Southwest winds are bringing this haze toward the southern hemisphere from Australia and Papua New Guinea and heading towards the Marianas.

 

NWS expects the haze to clear tonight into tomorrow due to the winds from a tropical disturbance moving through Chuuk.

 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense advise those residents with respiratory issues and allergies to be alert for the haze outdoors as it may have an effect on those.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 23, 2015, 1 p.m.(ChST)


UPDATE: Found ordnance at GIAA
 

The render safe procedure was conducted successfully on site. The all clear was given at 12:54 p.m. Rt. 10 has been reopened.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 23, 2015, 12:30 p.m.(ChST)


Found ordnance at GIAA
 

At 10:52 a.m. (ChST), the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) received a report from E-911 dispatch of a found ordnance at the Guam International Airport Authority, outside Gate 20, at a construction site.

 

OHS/OCD, Airport Police, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department, Naval Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) are on scene.

 

Ordnance is described as a large cylinder shell casing measuring 2 ft. long, 4-5 inches in diameter.

 

Airport Road from Circle K 76 gas station to the “Y” overpass was closed earlier and is now reopened. Residents are advised that this road will be closed in the next hour to an hour and a half for a render safe procedure.

 

EOD is scheduled to conduct a render safe procedure (RSP) in the next hour to an hour and a half at the site.

 

Because the projectile has a sensitive fuse, it will require an EOD RSP be performed before removal is possible. The UXO will remain in place until the RSP time.

 

As a safety precaution, the surrounding area including the Airport Road from Circle K 76 gas station to the “Y” overpass will be closed off to all residents. Residents are advised to seek alternate routes and will be blocked off so they are NOT in danger and outside the maximum fragmentation arch.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 23, 2015


National Preparedness Month Grand Finale to be held at the Agana Shopping Center
 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) wrap up National Preparedness Month (NPM) with its grand finale on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Agana Shopping Center from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (ChST).

 

The NPM grand finale is hosted by OHS/OCD. This year’s theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today” and urges all residents to prepare for disasters and emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.

 

Emergency first responders will showcase specialized equipment, vehicles and provide educational information for emergencies. Live demonstrations will be held in the parking lot with multiple displays inside the shopping center. For a chance to win a travelling trophy, Community Emergency Response (CERT) teams will compete in a CERT Rodeo which includes: fire safety, light search & rescue, and disaster medical operations.

 

Participants of this year’s NPM grand finale are the OHS/OCD, Mariana Regional Fusion Center, Citizen Corps, Youth Preparedness Council, Guam Memorial Hospital, Department of Public Health and Social Services, Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center, Naval Hospital, Guam, National Weather Service, Guam, Andersen Air Force Base Emergency Management, Imagine Guam, HAM Radio Club, Joint Region Marianas Emergency Management, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department’s Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), AmeriCorps and ServeGuam Commission, Guam National Guard’s 94th Civil Support Team (CST), Guam Customs & Quarantine Agency, Department of Agriculture, Salvation Army, U.S. Coast Guard, iFit Guam, and several private and non-profit organizations.

 

There will also be special appearances by Forestry mascots Smokey the Bear, Kiko the Koko Bird, and Piti Pete.

 

Attached is a flyer for widest distribution. For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

 

>Click here to view the flyer


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 22, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from Inarajan and Pago Bay
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System (AHAWS) siren at the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station tomorrow – September 23, 2015 between 2 and 3:30 p.m.

 

Testing of the AHAWS siren at the Pago Bay, A-Frame, south end will be conducted after the Inarajan tests.

 

Residents surrounding Inarajan and Pago Bay can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 22, 2015


UPDATE: All Hazards Alert Warning System, Inarajan test rescheduled
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) have rescheduled the test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station. Instead of today, the siren will now be tested tomorrow afternoon September 23, 2015 between 2 and 3:30 p.m.

 

Residents surrounding Inarajan can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 22, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System, Inarajan test rescheduled
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) have rescheduled the test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station. Instead of today, the sirens will now be tested tomorrow – September 23, 2015 between 9 and 10 a.m.

 

Residents surrounding Inarajan can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 22, 2015


Advisories for the Marianas


The National Weather Service, Forecast Office, Tiyan, Guam has issued the following advisories:

A small craft advisory remains in effect until 6 p.m., Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet today will prevail through Wednesday night. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.

 

A high surf advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Friday for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan. Hazardous surf of 7 to 9 feet is expected along west facing reefs. Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches especially those along west facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft. Rip tides that accompany them may be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 21, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from Inarajan
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Tuesday – September 22, 2015; the Inarajan Elementary School and the Inarajan, Ija UOG field station.

 

Both siren tests will be conducted Tuesday in the afternoon.

 

Residents surrounding Inarajan can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 21, 2015


NWS issues small craft advisory for Guam, Rota, Tinian and Saipan coastal waters

 

Winds and seas hazardous to small craft this week

The National Weather Service has issued a small craft advisory in effect until 6 p.m., Saturday (ChST) for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters. Combined seas of 5 to 7 feet today will build to between 9 to 10 feet by Thursday. This will produce hazardous wave conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.

 

Monsoon winds blowing across the Philippine Sea will create conditions hazardous to small craft for the next several days.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 20, 2015


NWS issues urban and small stream flood advisory for Guam
 

An urban and small stream flood advisory is now in effect until 5:30 p.m. Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water in urban and low-lying areas, and areas with poor drainage. This will also cause flooding of small creeks and streams. Pay attention to water levels and take action to protect properties if you live near these areas.

 

During these heavy rains, the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD) remind residents to avoid traveling across flooded roads as flood water can cause vehicles to stall and leave drivers stranded. Practice extreme caution, avoid hiking in flooded conditions, and remain cautious if near the water.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 18, 2015


Tropical Disturbance east-southeast of Guam

 

Expect heavy rains through Monday

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), are closely monitoring a tropical disturbance that will bring rains and gusty winds to Guam through the weekend.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 9:20 a.m., this tropical disturbance is centered about 880 miles east-southeast of Guam and will continue to move slowly west-northwest toward the Marianas over the next few days. During the passage of this disturbance, Guam can expect periods of locally heavy showers, dangerous lightning and wind gusts of 29 mph to 34 mph are possible. Rainfall amounts of two to four inches are possible, causing flooding in low-lying areas. Rough seas are expected during these heavy showers.

 

Residents of Guam and the CNMI should monitor this situation and pay attention to the latest statements and forecasts issued by the National Weather Service:

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 16, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from the Agat Marina and Fort Soledad, Umatac
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Friday – September 18, 2015; the Agat Marina and Fort Soledad, Umatac.

 

Both siren tests will be conducted Friday in the afternoon.

 

Residents surrounding both Agat and Umatac can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. With these tests, progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 14, 2015


Tropical Disturbance 96W east of the Mariana Islands

 

No watches or warnings for Guam as of now

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (OHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), are closely monitoring a tropical disturbance that has potential to affect the Northern Mariana Islands, including Pagan, Alamagan and Agrihan by midweek.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 9:20 a.m., Tropical Disturbance 96W was located about 405 miles east-southeast of Saipan. The tropical disturbance will move to the north or northwest over the next few days. Conditions are expected to deteriorate across the far Northern Mariana Islands Wednesday, with increasing showers and thunderstorms along with gusty winds and building seas.

 

Although this tropical disturbance is no threat to Guam at this time, residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service.

 

OHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 14, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from the Asan Mayor’s Office and the Agat Community Center
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at two different sites on Tuesday – September 15, 2015; the Asan Mayor’s Office and the Agat Community Center.

 

Both siren tests will be conducted Tuesday in the afternoon.

 

Residents in surrounding both Asan and Agat can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds. Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 10, 2015


OHS/OCD, AmeriCorps and Serve Guam! celebrate “National Day of Service and Remembrance”
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) and the AmeriCorps OHS/OCD Program, in collaboration with the Serve Guam! Commission, host a “National Day of Service and Remembrance” and AmeriCorps Induction Ceremony on September 11, 2015 at the front lawn of the Governor Bordallo Complex, Adelup from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (ChST).

 

As September 11, 2015 marks the 14th anniversary of the most tragic terrorist attacks, it also marks the National Day of Service and Remembrance; a day to honor the lives of those who were lost and commemorate the spirit of compassion and generosity that followed.

 

Veterans are highly anticipated to attend and this event is open to the public.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 9, 2015


NWS issues advisories for Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan coastal waters
 

 

The National Weather Service issued the following:

A small craft advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will continue through Thursday. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Mariners should avoid shoaling areas. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.

 

A northeast swell generated by distant typhoon Kilo will produce hazardous surf along north and east facing reefs into Thursday. A high surf advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Residents can expect hazardous surf at 8 to 12 feet along north and east facing reefs.

 

Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches, especially those along north and east facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft.

 

The Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 8, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested from JFK
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the John F. Kennedy High School this Wednesday – September 9, 2015 around 2:30 p.m.

 

Residents in the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, announcing the start of the test, wailing sirens and warning sounds.

 

Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. To date, there are 10 out of 15 sirens established: OHS/OCD, Yona Mayor’s Office, Talofofo Elementary School, Inarajan Elementary School, Inarajan Ija UOG Agriculture Station, Fort Soledad Umatac, Agat Senior Citizen’s Center, Asan Mayor’s Office, Tamuning Mayor’s Office, and JFK High School. Testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System will continue throughout this month.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 8, 2015


Drill to be conducted at Port Authority of Guam
 

A small-scale, simulated chemical/biological drill will be conducted in the Cabras area, on Wednesday – September 9, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ChST). The agencies participating in this small-scale drill include Port Authority of Guam; Port Police; Cabras Marine; 94th Civil Support Team, Guam National Guard; Guam Fire Department; and Special Weapons and Tactics, Guam Police Department.

 

Those in the vicinity of Cabras during that time are advised not to interfere if they see heightened activity on land and sea so as not to affect this small-scale drill. All biological/chemical activity will be simulated so as not to threaten the safety of the community.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 8, 2015


OHS/OCD hosts ICS 300 and ICS 400 Training
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) are hosting the Incident Command System (ICS) – 300, Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents and the ICS – 400, Advanced ICS Command and General Staff training courses. The ICS – 300 course is held from September 8 – 9, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ICS – 400 course is held from September 10 – 11, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

This four day training course is being held at the OHS/OCD facility in Agana Heights.

 

These courses are offered to all mid-level management to include command staff, section chiefs, strike team/task force leaders, division/group supervisors, branch directors, and multi-agency coordinators. This course is also open to federal, state, local, and nongovernmental personnel.

 

These courses cover staffing and organization, transfer of command, unified command functions in a multi-jurisdictional or multi-agency incident, resource management, interagency mission planning and procurement, and more.

 

Patrick Lujan and Trisha Shimizu of the Department of Public Health and Social Services, along with Joseph Leon Guerrero and Frank Lujan of the Port Authority of Guam are the instructors for this four day course.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 4, 2015


Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense hold Contests for National Preparedness Month
 

Throughout the month of September, Guam joins the nation in celebrating National Preparedness Month (NPM) by promoting the importance of planning and preparing for natural and man-made disasters such as typhoons, earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods. This year’s NPM theme is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”

 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) are hosting contests for all Guam based schools throughout the month of September.

 

Elementary School Poster Contest

WHO MAY JOIN- Any elementary student enrolled in any Guam based school.


Categories:

1) Kindergarten through 2nd Grade

2) 3rd Grade through 5th Grade


POSTER SPECIFICATIONS

  • Overall dimensions shall be no larger than approximately 15”x 20” on a poster or illustration board.
  • Stenciled, traced, computer generated or commercially manufactured stick-on lettering or graphics are prohibited.
  • Posters must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”
    • Posters should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
    • Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the poster board for the children, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Posters will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and the creativity of the poster.
 

IDENTIFICATION– All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and Art Instructor/Teacher Name (Required information must be placed at the back of poster).

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN - Any middle school student enrolled in any Guam based school.

 

ESSAY GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

  • In a two page essay, explain in detail your emergency plan in the event of natural disaster.
  • Formatting:
    • 1 inch margins
    • 12 point Times New Roman font
    • Double Spaced
    • Include in the top right hand corner:
      • Individual’s name
      • School name
      • Grade
  • Title of essay
  • Essays must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”
  • Essays should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
  • Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
  • Parents/guardians should not complete the essay for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • If information is pulled from a specific source, the source must be cited. Plagiarism of any kind will ensue in disqualification.
  • Essays will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
 

IDENTIFICATION– All entries must include the following information: Name, Age, Grade, School, and title of essay (all information should be at the top right corner of the essay).

 

HIGH SCHOOL VIDEO CONTEST

WHO MAY JOIN - Any high school student enrolled in any Guam based school.

 

VIDEO GUIDELINES AND SPECIFICATIONS

  • An individual or a group of no more than 5 may submit a digital video.
  • Digital video submissions should not exceed 3 minutes (180 seconds).
  • All entries must begin or end with a full-screen slide that includes the following information:
    • Individual names and grades of those involved in the video.
    • School name
    • Title of video
  • Digital videos must incorporate the theme of “What does your emergency plan look like?”
    • Videos should have special emphasis on how you and your family can prepare for a disaster (i.e. What do you do before a disaster, how do you communicate before and during a disaster, etc.).
    • Students, Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit ready.gov (http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan) for some contributing ideas.
    • Parents/guardians should not complete the video for the student, rather, help them formulate ideas.
  • Videos will be judged on originality, the focus on the emergency preparedness theme, and creativity.
  • All video entries must be submitted with a YouTube link to jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov no later than 5pm, September 20, 2015. Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.
 

DEADLINE– All poster and essay entries must be submitted to the Offices of Homeland Security and Civil Defense in Agana Heights, no later than 5pm, September 20, 2015. Any entry submitted after this day will not be considered eligible.

 

WINNERS– Winners for each category will be recognized and presented Preparedness Kits at the 2015 National Preparedness Month Grand Finale at the Agana Shopping Center scheduled for September 26, 2015.

 

All entries will become property of Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense and may appear in future public outreach publications.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 3, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System test rescheduled
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) have rescheduled the test of the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Tamuning Mayor’s Office. The siren will now be tested this Friday – September 4, 2015 at 1 p.m.

 

Residents in Tamuning and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

September 2, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested in Tamuning
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Tamuning Mayor’s Office this Thursday – September 3, 2015.

 

Residents in Tamuning and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.

 

Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. To date, there are 10 out of 15 sirens established: OHS/OCD, Yona Mayor’s Office, Talofofo Elementary School, Inarajan Elementary School, Inarajan Ija UOG Agriculture Station, Fort Soledad Umatac, Agat Senior Citizen’s Center, Asan Mayor’s Office, Tamuning Mayor’s Office, and JFK High School. The siren in Yona is the second to be tested; the siren at the GHS/OCD facility was first tested on June 12, 2015. Testing of the All Hazards Alert Warning System will continue throughout this month.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 31, 2015


Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren on Tuesday, September 1st around 1 p.m. (ChST).

 

Residents in Agana Heights near OHS and OCD can expect to hear a wailing siren, voiced pre-script messaging and warning sounds.

 

By the end of this month, all 15 sirens in low-lying areas will be positioned around the island. The All Hazards Alert Warning System will serve as a precautionary tool during times of disaster. Testing of these systems will become more frequent once they are all installed and tested to be working properly.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 28, 2015


Governor Calvo declares September as “National Preparedness Month”
 

The island of Guam will soon celebrate September as National Preparedness Month (NPM). Governor Eddie Baza Calvo will sign the NPM Proclamation on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. (ChST) at Adelup, in the Cabinet Conference Room.

 

This year’s theme for National Preparedness Month is, “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan today.” NPM is held each September. During the month, the community is encouraged to conduct preparedness actions, develop emergency plans with your community and family, know how to stay safe, and how you plan on communicating during an emergency situation. Governor Calvo’s declaration of National Preparedness Month provides an excellent opportunity to highlight Guam’s emergency management capabilities.

 

“This is a great opportunity for the island to follow the four building blocks of emergency preparedness: be informed, make a plan, build a kit, and get involved,” stated Charles Esteves, Office of Civil Defense Administrator.

 

This year’s National Preparedness Month will end with a Grand Finale on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at the Agana Shopping Center from 10:00am – 2:00pm (ChST). During the grand finale, there will be activities, booths, short skits, demonstrations and much more for disaster awareness.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email, jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 24, 2015


OHS/OCD and MRFC closely monitoring events between North and South Korea
 

The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD), in close coordination with the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC), are closely monitoring the increased tension between North and South Korea regarding cross-border propaganda loudspeakers that South Korea used last week.

 

Although there is no significant threat to Guam and the Marianas at this time, OHS/OCD and MRFC are following the events closely.

 

Residents are advised to stay up to date with the situation.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 12, 2015 (4 p.m. ChST)


Showers and thunderstorms over eastern Micronesia


The Offices of Homeland Security (OHS) and Civil Defense (OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring thunderstorms in a large area over Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, and Majuro.

 

Computer models indicate slow development of the circulation near Pohnpei as it heads toward the northwest. The circulation near Majuro could also develop in the coming days as it lifts toward the north-northwest.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time.

 

This monsoon trough with this system of thunderstorms is no threat to Guam at this time.

 

OHS and OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates. As advised by NWS, this is still a developing situation.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 2, 2015 (6 p.m. ChST)


Soudelor now a Typhoon


No watches or warnings for Guam as of now

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring Typhoon Soudelor.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 5 p.m., Typhoon Soudelor was located about 155 miles northeast of Guam, near 14.8 degrees north latitude and 146.6 degrees east longitude. It has maximum sustained winds of 75 mph and is moving west at 14 mph. Soudelor is still expected to move in a general west-northwest direction on a track that would take it very close to Saipan and Tinian this evening.

 

A typhoon warning remains in effect for Saipan and Tinian. A tropical storm warning remains in effect for Rota.

 

As a reminder, NWS has the following advisories still in effect for Guam:


Small craft advisory

The NWS has issued a small craft advisory for hazardous seas, in effect until 4 pm Wednesday, meaning waves are hazardous to small craft. Seas will build to 10 feet by tonight then remain near 10-12 feet through Wednesday. Combined seas of 12-14 feet are expected through tonight. Seas will be hazardous for operators of small craft.
 

Mariners should avoid shoaling areas. Inexperienced mariners, especially those operating smaller vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions. Breaking waves can easily capsize even larger vessels.

 

Wind advisory

The NWS has issued a wind advisory, in effect until noon on Monday. Northwest winds of 20 to 35 mph are expected.

 

As a precaution, residents are advised to bring small, loose, objects indoors. Take down canopies and other lightweight structures that are not securely anchored. Use extreme caution when driving in these conditions.

 

Although there are no watches or warnings for Guam at this time, Rota is still in a tropical storm warning, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph are expected tonight at 7pm. Due to the close proximity of Rota to Guam, residents are advised to stay informed of the progress of this Typhoon should there be any changes to this system.

 

Stay current by listening to local news stations, or by visiting the following sites online:

 

GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

August 2, 2015 (10 a.m. ChST)


Tropical Storm Soudelor intensifies as it approaches the Marianas

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Soudelor.

 

As of 7 a.m., Tropical Storm Soudelor was located about 300 miles east of Guam, near 14.4 degrees north latitude and 149.1 degrees east longitude with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph, moving west at 12 mph.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. A tropical storm warning is now in effect for Rota, meaning tropical storm conditions are expected within 12 to 24 hours. A typhoon warning remains in effect for Saipan and Tinian, meaning typhoon conditions are likely within 24 hours. Tropical Storm Soudelor is still expected to move in a general west-northwest direction that would take it very close to Saipan this evening.

 

Although there are no watches or warnings for Guam at this time, Rota has been placed in a tropical storm warning, meaning damaging winds of 39 mph are expected tonight at 7pm. Due to the close proximity of Rota to Guam, residents are advised to stay informed of the progress of this Tropical Storm should there be any changes to this system.

 

Stay current by listening to local news stations, or by visiting the following sites online:

 

GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates. Attached with this email is the NWS wind distribution graphic as of 7 a.m.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 489-2540 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 31, 2015 (4:15 p.m. ChST)


Tropical Storm Soudelor slowly moves toward the Marianas


No watches or warnings for Guam as of now
The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring Tropical Storm Soudelor.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 1 p.m., this tropical storm was located about 465 miles north of Pohnpei and about 885 miles east of Guam, near 13.6 degrees north latitude and 157.9 degrees east longitude. Tropical Storm Soudelor is expected to turn to the west tonight and to the west-northwest on Saturday. This track will take it through the Northern Mariana Islands near Alamagan late Sunday or early Monday.

 

NWS advises that a monsoon trough has become active in Micronesia and is expected to lift northward starting next week. Rainfall amounts of 3 to 6 inches are likely for the Marianas during next week and flooding in urban and poor drainage areas will develop.

 

It is always a good idea to be prepared for any weather changes in our area. Although this tropical storm is no threat to Guam at this time, it will continue to develop and intensify over the next few days with the potential to change. Residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service, especially regarding information on heavy rainfall which could result in flooding of certain areas. Attached with this email is the NWS advisory #4 graphic.

 

GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 30, 2015 (1:30 p.m. ChST)


Tropical Disturbance has potential to affect the Mariana Islands
 

No watches or warnings for Guam as of now

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in coordination with the National Weather Service (NWS), is closely monitoring a tropical disturbance that has potential to affect the Mariana Islands by this weekend.

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of12:30 p.m., this tropical disturbance was located about 440 miles north-northeast of Pohnpei and about 1080 miles east of Guam, near 13 degrees north latitude and 161 degrees east longitude. The tropical disturbance will slowly develop as it moves toward the west today throughFriday, then turn toward the northwest possibly as a tropical storm bySaturdayorSunday.

“It will likely be warned on as a Tropical Depression by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center by this evening. Its current forecast looks to be tracking toward the west and then northwest bySaturday, passing just north of Saipan bySundayevening,” stated Clint Simpson, Lead Forecaster with the National Weather Service, Tiyan Guam.

NWS advises that a monsoon trough has become active in Micronesia and is expected to lift northward starting next week. This could bring 3 to 6 inches of rain over the week especially during periods of heavy rainfall, leading to minor flooding in urban and poor drainage areas.

Although this tropical disturbanceis no threat to Guam at this time, it will continue to develop and intensify over the next few days with the potential to change. Residents and visitors are advised to stay informed of its progress from the National Weather Service.

GHS/OCD in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates.

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 28, 2015 


Residents advised to avoid beach near Agat Spanish Bridge
 

Currently the Department of Agriculture, Department of Public Works and the Agat and Santa Rita Mayors’ Offices are removing the beaked whale carcass that was washed ashore near the Agat Spanish Bridge.

 

Residents and the public are advised to stay out of that beach area while this is being monitored by agencies such as Guam Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture.

 

For more information please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 27, 2015


Guam's appeal to FEMA for Individual Assistance denied
 

The second request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for Individual Assistance to help people whose homes were damaged by Typhoon Dolphin has been denied.

 

“After a thorough review of all of the information contained in your initial request and appeal, we reaffirm our original finding that the impact to individuals and households from this event is not of the severity and magnitude to warrant the designation of Individual Assistance under FEMA-4224-DR,” FEMA Administrator, W. Craig Fugate, stated in a letter addressed to Governor Eddie Baza Calvo.

 

Typhoon Dolphin slammed the island on May 15. As the island was going through recovery, Governor Calvo requested federal emergency help. Guam was granted Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation from President Obama but denied individual assistance. The territory was given 30 days to submit an appeal. Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense worked with FEMA officials to revalidate the original assessments and assess other homes that were destroyed or damaged, especially in the villages of Yigo and Dededo. There were some changes to the number homes on the island, but not enough to warrant IA.

 

The Office of the Governor, through the Guam Housing Corp. and its President, Martin Benavente, will continue working with families who need help with their homes.

 

Part of that assistance includes help getting emergency homes. For those whose employment was interrupted because of Typhoon Dolphin, Guam Department of Labor has a $2.7 million grant to help about 220 temporary jobs for eligible job seekers to assist with clean up and recovery efforts after Typhoon Dolphin.

 

For more information please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 24, 2015


Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Support Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD), in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are hosting a four-day Emergency Management Institute L0411 – Mass Care/Emergency Assistance Support for Field Operations training.

 

This comprehensive course will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., July 27 – 30, 2015 at the GHS/OCD facility. The objective of the training is to develop mass care/emergency assistance support capacity using consistent, replicable processes that are flexible and scalable. This training prepares FEMA staff and partner organizations to perform mass care/emergency assistance tasks in support of States and Territories during disaster operations.

 

Attendees for this workshop include various Government of Guam agencies that work in GHS/OCD’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), our military partners and private & non-profit organizations.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 23, 2015 (2:30 p.m. ChST)


Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory issued for Guam
 

The National Weather Service has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for Guam until 6:15 this evening. Heavy rain is expected due to thunderstorms causing urban and small stream flooding. Overflowing, poor drainage areas will result in minor flooding. Flooding will affect areas near Agat, Agana, Agana Heights, Sinajana, and the Sigua River.

 

Showers and thunderstorms will produce locally heavy rainfall across western, central and southern parts of Guam. Dangerous cloud to ground lightning is likely and rainfall amounts of two inches have already fallen.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense advise residents to stay off the roads as much as possible. If travel is necessary, be alert for ponding of water on roads and exercise extreme caution while driving.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 20, 2015


All Hazards Alert Warning System to be tested in Talofofo
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Talofofo Elementary School this Wednesday - July 22, 2015. The vendor is expecting to test the system sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. (ChST), subject to any changes with the test.

 

Residents in Talofofo and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.

 

Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. By September 2015, there will be 15 sirens in low-lying areas around the island.
 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 16, 2015

Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) will be testing the All Hazards Alert Warning System siren at the Yona Mayor’s Office this Friday - July 17, 2015. The vendor is expecting to test the system sometime between 9 and 11 a.m. (ChST), subject to any changes with the test.

 

Residents in Yona and the surrounding areas can expect to hear voiced pre-script messaging, wailing sirens and warning sounds as part of the test.

 

By September 2015, there will be 15 sirens in low-lying areas around the island. Progress continues for the All Hazards Alert Warning System. To date, there are 6 sirens established. The siren in Yona is the second to be tested; the siren at the GHS/OCD facility was first tested on June 12, 2015.

 

For more information, please contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 13, 2015


IED Search, Counterterrorism and Bomb Threat Management Training
 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, in close coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Bombing Prevention (OBP), are hosting Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) Search/IED Counterterrorism/Bomb Threat Management training.

 

This two and a half day comprehensive training will be held from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., July 15 – 17, 2015 at the GHS/OCD facility located in Agana Heights.

 

The OBP conduct training to enhance bombing prevention capabilities among Federal, State, local, tribal, territorial, and private sector stakeholders. This training will increase awareness of threat organizations’ use of IEDs and strategies for mitigating the risk of explosive attacks. The training will cover the following topics:

  • IED Search Procedures
  • IED Counterterrorism
  • IED Awareness/Bomb Threat Management
 

This training is extended to emergency management and law enforcement personnel from agencies such as, but not limited to: Guam Police Department, Port Authority Police, Customs & Quarantine, Department of Corrections, Department of Youth Affairs, Department of Public Health & Social Services, and Guam Memorial Hospital.

 

This training is open to the media. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 10, 2015


FEMA Disaster Case Management/Disaster Survivor Assistance Workshop

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense, in close coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), is hosting a two-day Disaster Case Management (DCM)/Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) workshop.

 

This two day comprehensive workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., July 13 – 14, 2015 at the Pacific Star Resort and Spa, Guam.

 

The workshop will primarily focus on the following topics: Federal assets, FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) Programs, DCM, Individuals and Households Program (IHP), Crisis Counseling, DSA and DSA Deployment/Employment, DSA Technology and Products, Disability Integration/Access and Functional Needs (AFN), Data Sharing and Voluntary agencies.

 

This workshop is by invite only. Attendees for this workshop include emergency management staff and operational decision makers from the following departments/organizations: American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Guam Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD), UOG’s Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education Research and Service (CEDDARS), faith-based and private non-profit organizations, Government of Guam departments/agencies and those who coordinate Community Emergency Response Team activities.

 

“In emergency management, it is imperative that we take advantage of all training opportunities. The people of Guam are resilient. Workshops like this work to strengthen and harden that resiliency as well as increase preparedness.” stated the Administrator for the Office of Civil Defense, Charles V. Esteves.

 

This workshop is open to the media. For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 7, 2015


NWS issues advisories for Guam
The National Weather Service issued the following advisories for Guam:

 

A small craft advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Combined seas of 8 to 10 feet will build to 9 to 11 feet on Wednesday and 10 to 12 feet Wednesday night. This will produce hazardous conditions for operators of small craft. Inexperienced mariners should avoid boating in these conditions.

 

Swell generated by distant typhoon Chan-Hom and Nangka will produce hazardous surf along west and south facing reefs today and tonight. A high surf advisory is now in effect until 6 p.m., Thursday. Residents can expect hazardous surf at 9 to 10 feet along west facing reefs and 7 to 9 feet along south facing reefs through Wednesday. Hazardous surf may spread to north and east facing reefs by Wednesday night or Thursday.

 

Residents are advised to avoid venturing near exposed reefs and beaches especially those along south and west facing reefs as rip currents are life threatening. Strong waves can knock down and overwhelm strong swimmers and even small watercraft. Rip tides that accompany them may be life threatening.

 

The Offices of Guam Homeland Security and Civil Defense remind that all care and caution must be exercised by anyone who will be near the ocean.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer, Jenna Gaminde at (671) 478-0208 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.


 




For Immediate Release
 

July 1, 2015 (2 p.m. ChST)


Tropical Storm Chan-hom moves toward Mariana Islands
Residents should take advantage of weather to prepare

 

As advised by the National Weather Service (NWS), Tropical Storm Chan-hom (TS 09W) is located 305 miles north-northeast of Pohnpei and moving northwest toward the Mariana Islands.

 

There are no watches or warnings in effect for Guam at this time. As of 2 p.m. (ChST), Tropical Storm Chan-hom was located 810 miles east of Guam, latitude 11.0 north, longitude 156.5 east and moving toward the northwest at 22mph.

 

Although, this weather system is no threat to Guam at this time, this can certainly become a threat over the next few days. We will know more the closer Tropical Storm Chan-hom gets to the Mariana Islands.

 

NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist, Chip Guard states “Conditions could change during the night. National Weather Service anticipates the storm slowing down during the night and we should know more about the exact track tomorrow morning.”

 

GHS/OCD advises residents and visitors to make necessary preparations at home and at work. As a precaution, residents should take the following steps to prepare for the tropical storm:

 
  • Prepare your emergency preparedness kits for your household.
  • Take care of the yard and store objects that can fly with heavy wind.
  • Gas your car and get fuel for your generators.
  • Stock up on non-perishable foods (like canned goods) and drinking water.
  • Get batteries for flashlights and battery-operated radios.
  • Get your shutters ready.
  • Prepare and secure your office area.

Guam Homeland Security/Office of Civil Defense (GHS/OCD) in conjunction with NWS will continue to monitor all conditions in our area closely and provide updates in a timely manner. Residents and visitors are advised to stay tuned to local media for any changes to this system.

 

For more information, contact Public Affairs Officer Jenna Gaminde at 475-9600 or via email at jenna.gaminde@ghs.guam.gov.

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