ASPA gets FEMA grant to replace facilities

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has awarded over $1.2 million to the American Samoa Power Authority to replace facilities that were damaged in the 2009 earthquake and tsunami.

This award provides $1,200,749.98 in federal funding for the replacement project resulting from the destruction of the Satala Operations Building from the 2009 tsunami damages.

DHS/FEMA directs funding for this project through the American Samoa Government, which is obligated to ensure that the eligible sub-recipient receives this award.

The $1.2 million is a 90 percent federal cost share.

Following American Samoa’s review process and upon receipt of documentation, they provide funds to the sub-recipient on a reimbursable basis.

Congresswoman Aumua Amata said, “The historic 2009 tsunami is always in our memories. “This powerful natural disaster caused lasting personal loss to many families in our islands.”

She acknowledged those who helped make the award possible.

“Thank you to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor for supporting this project.

“Congratulations to Governor Lolo Moliga, the directors, Chairman Fonoti Perelini and Acting Executive Director Wallon Young.”

This funding is being provided under authority of Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, through which Congress set out the general process for federal disaster assistance to states and territories.