Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded American Samoa two grants worth over $1.7million.
American Samoa will receive $857,600 from the State Homeland Security Program. This program provides funding to implement planning, organization, equipment, training, and exercise needs to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from catastrophic events.
The second grant is from the Emergency Management Performance Grant. This grant will provide $909,813 to the American Samoa Government for preparation of all hazards that might arise.
“I want to thank those FEMA officials, who saw the need and importance for this funding. Disaster preparedness is very important for American Samoa.
“FEMA recognizes that our remote location adds additional hurdles for preparing for possible disasters,” concluded Amata.