On September 29, 2009, President Obama declared a major disaster declaration for the Territory of American Samoa, triggering the release of Federal funds to help individuals and communities respond to the Earthquake, Tsunami and Flooding that occurred beginning September 29th and continuing. Details of the disaster declaration and assistance programs are as follows ( http://www.fema.gov/news/event.fema?id=11988 ):
TERRITORY: American Samoa
INCIDENT: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Flooding
INCIDENT PERIOD: September 29, 2009, and continuing
DESIGNATIONS AND TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE (Assistance to individuals and households):
The Territory of American Samoa.
PUBLIC ASSISTANCE (Assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities):
Debris removal and emergency protective measures (Categories A and B), for the Territory of American Samoa. Direct Federal assistance is authorized.
HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT PROGRAM (Assistance to State and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for actions taken to prevent or reduce long term risk to life and property from natural hazards):
All islands in the Territory of American Samoa are eligible to apply for assistance under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.
OTHER: Additional designations may be made at a later date after further evaluation.