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JIC #2: Condition 2 Declared; COR1 Possible by 8am TOMORROW

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Guam in COR2: Get ready: storm intensifying, slows; Shelters open tomorrow, pregnant women to GMH tomorrow, COR1 possible about 8 a.m.

 JIC Release No. 2
Storm update, July 29, 2014


The storm is intensifying and has slowed down. It is now expected to come closest to Guam at 11 p.m. tomorrow. The wind speed expected for Guam has increased to 60 mph with gusts to 75 mph. The governor and the admiral have placed Guam and its military installations in Condition of Readiness 2.

GovGuam non-essential agencies are now closed. The Governor has activated the Emergency Operations Center to make sure GovGuam and the military are prepared to keep residents safe.

What should you do…


1.    Put up your shutters. Please be careful; it’s dark and it’s wet.

2.    Pick up objects that heavy winds can move around your yard, and store them.

3.    Make sure you have your emergency storm kit in a place that’s easy to get to.

4.    Pay attention for updates on the storm from:
a.    Governor Calvo’s Facebook page, Eddie Baza Calvo
b.    Guam Homeland Security’s Facebook page
c.    All AM & FM radio stations partnered with the Joint Information Center (listing provided in previous email)
d.    Local news websites

5.    Keep a battery-operated radio and batteries on hand. This is the only way you’ll be able to get information on the storm if the power goes off.

Help family and friends
When you’re done securing your homes and you know someone elderly, living with a disability, or who will otherwise need help, please see how you can help them. And if you know a neighbor who has no way of getting information about the storm, please let your neighbor know what the updates are.


Emergency shelters opening TOMORROW morning
It will be safer for residents seeking emergency shelter to travel there in the morning. It is not as safe for so many residents to be driving or walking at night while it’s raining. The onset of heavy winds and rains aren’t expected until later in the morning. Therefore, we will not open the emergency shelters until 5 a.m. tomorrow. We’ll release the list of shelter sites and guidelines for the shelters later tonight.

Pregnant women can check in TOMORROW morning
Likewise, women who are 38 weeks (or more) pregnant, or high-risk pregnant women, can start checking in to GMH tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. We’ll put out further guidelines in a release later tonight.

The possibility of Condition of Readiness 1
The governor and the admiral may declare COR1 around 8 a.m. tomorrow if the storm continues on its path. At that time, residents should stay indoors.

Please call the Joint Information Center, which is now fully activated, at 478-0208.

Condition of Readiness Levels:
Condition 4 (normal, 72 hours)
Damaging winds (39 mph sustained winds or higher) impacting the island are possible within 72 hours. Due to the risk of tropical cyclones developing and impacting the island with destructive winds within 72 hours any part of the year, the normal Condition of Guam is COR 4.

Condition 3 (within 48 hours)
Damaging winds impacting the island are possible within 48 hours. COR 3 government-wide preparedness checklists are initiated usually prior to the setting of COR 3 in order to complete all COR 3 checklists before COR 2 is set.

Condition 2 (within 24 hours)
Damaging winds impacting the island are possible within 24 hours. COR 2 includes government-wide preparedness checklists are initiated usually prior to the setting of COR 2 in order to complete all COR 2 checklists before COR 1 is set. COR 1 checklists, especially outdoor requirements, are competed simultaneously with COR 2 requirements.

Condition 1 (within 12 hours)
Damaging winds are expected within 12 hours or are occurring. No outdoor activities allowed, except for extreme emergencies.

Guam in COR2: Get ready: storm intensifying, slows 

Shelters open tomorrow, pregnant women to GMH tomorrow, COR1 possible about 8 a.m. 

 

JIC Release No. 2 

Storm update, July 29, 2014 


The storm is intensifying and has slowed down. It is now expected to come closest to Guam at 11 p.m. tomorrow. The wind speed expected for Guam has increased to 60 mph with gusts to 75 mph. The governor and the admiral have placed Guam and its military installations in Condition of Readiness 2.


GovGuam non-essential agencies are now closed. The Governor has activated the Emergency Operations Center to make sure GovGuam and the military are prepared to keep residents safe.


What should you do…


1.    Put up your shutters. Please be careful; it’s dark and it’s wet.

2.    Pick up objects that heavy winds can move around your yard, and store them.

3.    Make sure you have your emergency storm kit in a place that’s easy to get to.

4.    Pay attention for updates on the storm from:

a.    Governor Calvo’s Facebook page, Eddie Baza Calvo

b.    Guam Homeland Security’s Facebook page

c.    All AM & FM radio stations partnered with the Joint Information Center (listing provided in previous email)

d.    Local news websites

5.    Keep a battery-operated radio and batteries on hand. This is the only way you’ll be able to get information on the storm if the power goes off.

 


Help family and friends

When you’re done securing your homes and you know someone elderly, living with a disability, or who will otherwise need help, please see how you can help them. And if you know a neighbor who has no way of getting information about the storm, please let your neighbor know what the updates are.

 


Emergency shelters opening TOMORROW morning

It will be safer for residents seeking emergency shelter to travel there in the morning. It is not as safe for so many residents to be driving or walking at night while it’s raining. The onset of heavy winds and rains aren’t expected until later in the morning. Therefore, we will not open the emergency shelters until 5 a.m. tomorrow. We’ll release the list of shelter sites and guidelines for the shelters later tonight.

 


Pregnant women can check in TOMORROW morning

Likewise, women who are 38 weeks (or more) pregnant, or high-risk pregnant women, can start checking in to GMH tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. We’ll put out further guidelines in a release later tonight.

 


The possibility of Condition of Readiness 1

The governor and the admiral may declare COR1 around 8 a.m. tomorrow if the storm continues on its path. At that time, residents should stay indoors.



Please call the Joint Information Center, which is now fully activated, at 478-0208.

 

VIDEO: Key Players in GovGuam and Private Sector Train to Prevent Cyber Attacks

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Guam - More than 50 emergency responders from throughout GovGuam joined employees from the private sector today at Civil Defense headquarters for cyber-security training.

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VIDEO: JIC #1: Guam Is in COR 3; Closest Point of Approach for Tropical Storm "Halong" Expected at 10pm Wednesday

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Guam in COR3: Listen to the radio, get info from JIC; Possibility: COR2 tonight, COR1 early tomorrow morning

JIC Release No. 1
Storm update, July 29, 2014


As of now, storm is heading our way
The government of Guam, Joint Region Marianas (the military), and the National Weather Service are preparing for a storm that, as of now, is heading our way. It is expected to come closest to Guam at 10 p.m. tomorrow night. As of the latest forecast, it will bring up to 50 mph winds, rain, and flooding. Winds at that speed are destructive. Mother Nature is unpredictable, so this forecast can change as time goes by. 

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Guam, military in COR3: Don’t hustle yet; listen closely to the radio
Governor Eddie Calvo and Rear Admiral Tilghman Payne both are declaring Guam and its military installations in Condition of Readiness 3. For the civilian population, that means we should standby to start securing things, and listen all the time to the radio for updates from the Joint Information Center. COR3 has additional meaning for the military, as commanders have to begin securing assets.

Our level of readiness is up because of last storm, so COR3 preparations are mild
Preparation for this storm is different from the last time. First, we were tested and assured of our readiness when the last storm that threatened us passed by us. Many residents already have prepared an emergency storm kit that they placed in their homes. Parents talked to their children about what to do, and relatives and friends made plans to help each other through certain circumstances. Our level of readiness is up.

COR2 possible tonight; COR1 possible early morning
However, this time it is quite possible for our condition of readiness to be upgraded during the evening hours. In fact, the governor and the admiral may declare Condition of Readiness 2 sometime around 8 p.m. tonight. That decision will depend on the trajectory and strength of the storm, as the National Weather Service tracks it. If they declare COR2, it’s important that families and neighbors have plans ready now to put up shutters in the evening hours. You probably want to keep flashlights and batteries ready in case that happens, and in the event you need to pick up loose items from your yard. If the storm continues along that same path, the governor and the admiral could upgrade the readiness level to COR 1 by early morning hours.

Shelters open tomorrow morning IF COR2 declared tonight

The onset of heavy winds and rains, if the storm continues on this path, is not expected until mid-morning tomorrow. Therefore, if COR2 is declared tonight, it will be far safer to open emergency shelters in the morning, while there is daylight.

For GovGuam workers & public school students
Government of Guam workers and summer school students and their parents should listen to the radio in case there’s a COR upgrade. GovGuam non-essential operations and schools shut down at COR2.

IMPORTANT: Listen to the radio
All of our preparations depend on the movement of the storm over the next few hours. It is unnecessary to do much of anything in the way of preparation except to listen to the radio for updates. We recommend you have a battery-operated radio ready. If the power goes out, it will be the only way for you to receive storm updates.

JIC partially activated; get information from JIC via news partners

All information from any government of Guam agency, the military, and any federal or non-profit partner involved with this storm activation now is consolidated under the Joint Information Center, which the Governor has partially activated. The JIC has an established relationship with all Guam’s major radio and media stations (and all media stations listed in one of the attachments). These stations have agreed previously to report the information we send out, and we appreciate their partnership. You can also get information as we send it out, by liking and visiting the Governor’s Facebook page, Eddie Baza Calvo, and the Guam Homeland Security Facebook page.




   

VIDEO: GPD and All Other Peace Officers Will Soon Have to Pass New Fitness Test

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Guam - GPD, DOC, Customs, DYA and all other peace officers on Guam will soon have to maintain a certain level of physical fitness in order to obtain and maintain their certificates from the Peace Officer Standards and Training or POST commission.

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VIDEO: Senator Respicio Says Agriculture Failed to Inspect Animal Quarantine Facilities

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Guam - Senator Rory Respicio is holding an oversight hearing on the Department of Agriculture beginning at 5:30pm this evening (Tues) to find out why they haven't inspected the proposed animal quarantine facility that Dr. Joel Joseph is trying to open.

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VIDEO: Deep Potholes & Puddles Cover Road to Cabras Docks, Port & DPW Say GPA Owns Road

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Guam - The inclement weather has caused problems on Cabras Island where Marina Drive is covered in water. Boat operators say it's an ongoing problem and no one wants to take ownership for the poorly maintained road.

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VIDEO: Hundreds Attend Prayer Service for Monsignor James

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Guam - The controversy continues to boil at the Archdiocese of Agana as dozens of supporters, including island dignitaries, gathered in prayer for the latest crisis to hit the Catholic church, the termination of Monsignor James Benavente as rector of the Cathedral.

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Residents Urged to Beware of Price Gouging as Tropical Storm Halong Approaches

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July 29, 2014- Tamuning, Guam - Island residents are advised to take note that under chapter 5 of the Guam Code Annotated, it is unfair trade practice for merchants or landlords to increase the price of any goods, services or dwelling rentals on the basis of shortage anticipated or caused by any disaster.

Read more: Residents Urged to Beware of Price Gouging as Tropical Storm Halong Approaches

   

Guam Wildlife Refuge CLOSED WEDNESDAY Due to Tropical Storm Halong

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Guam -  Due to the National Weather Service advisory on Tropical Storm Halong, the Refuge will be closed tomorrow, July 30th.  

Read more: Guam Wildlife Refuge CLOSED WEDNESDAY Due to Tropical Storm Halong

   

VIDEO: Getting Ready for the Storm; Island Prepares for Arrival of Tropical Storm Halong

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Guam - Various GovGuam agencies and private businesses are getting ready for the arrival of Tropical Storm Halong. 

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Joint Region: Public Encouraged to Submit Comments by August 14th on Plan to Allow Access to Historic Sites on Base

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Asan, Guam (July 29, 2014) – The public is encouraged to submit comments on the Department of Defense (DOD) public access plan through Aug. 14.

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