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Tropical Storm Update: Governor Declares Guam in COR 3; Residents Urged to Continue to Prepare

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Joint Information Center – JIC Release No. 9

September 8, 2018 7 p.m.


Tropical Storm Update: Governor Declares Guam in COR3; Residents Urged to Continue to Prepare

Governor Eddie Baza Calvo and Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, commander, Joint Region Marianas, placed Guam and the military bases, respectively, in Condition of Readiness (COR) 3 at 7 p.m. (ChST) this evening. COR 3 means damaging winds of 39-57 mph are expected within 48 hours.

The tropical storm will continue its westward track and is expected to intensify, possibly becoming a Category 4 typhoon by the time it reaches Guam, with Tuesday 11 a.m. being its anticipated closest point of approach (CPA). It is important to still prepare for the worst-case-scenario of a Category 5 typhoon.

· Category 4 Typhoon is referred to as a “Very Strong Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 130-156 and peak gusts of 165-198 mph.
· Category 5 Typhoon is referred to as a “Devastating Typhoon” with maximum sustained winds of 157-194 mph and peak gusts of 199-264 mph. A Category 5 typhoon has the ability to be life-threatening to those that do not prepare in advance.

Weather conditions can change or even worsen.

The community is highly encouraged listen to radio and news partners, and check on the Facebook pages for Governor Calvo, Guam Homeland Security, and Joint Region Marianas for updated weather information.

Governor Calvo and Rear Adm. Chatfield are urging the community to continue preparedness actions through tomorrow.

INDOOR PREPARATIONS
· Roll up carpets away from doors and windows
· Make lighting supplies easily accessible
· Unplug all appliances and ensure energy breakers are switched off once damaging winds approach (forecast to be by late Monday)
· Make sure family members know where the emergency preparedness kits are at; stock up on non-perishable food items and water for your household, flashlights, first-aid kits, batteries, matches or lighters, portable stove, toiletries, etc. Visit https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit for more information on what to include in your supplies list
· Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents and keep copies in a water-proof bag
· Cover beds and furniture with plastic to prevent water damage
· Stay up to date in the event there are changes in weather conditions
· Remember to collect water for the toilets as well, keeping buckets with water in the bathroom in advance
· Do your laundry now

OUTDOOR PREPARATIONS
· Secure your home – put shutters on windows, completely board up your home
· Make sure the gas valve is shut off once the storm approaches (forecast to be by late Tuesday)
· Clear loose debris around your yard and store any items that may become airborne with heavy winds, before inclement weather arrives
· Clear vegetation
· Take down any temporary signs, including those for political campaigns, advertisements, and any other wooden or loosely placed items as these have the ability to lift in heavy winds and cause damage to life and property
· Gas your vehicles and get fuel for your generators now while the weather is clear
· Collect water in a 55-gallon drum, empty coolers or plastic containers now

More information regarding shelter rules and regulations and medical information, including information for pregnant mothers will be provided by tomorrow.

Stay Up To Date with the Joint Information Center

The Joint Information Center is the government of Guam, military and federal government’s clearinghouse for accurate information during emergencies. It is critical for all residents and visitors to stay tuned to the radio and local news for updates for the Joint Information Center.

When communities are in a state of heightened readiness, often times information that turns out being false can confuse or scare peoples, or cause dangerous situations. The community is reminded to rely on information from the JIC and partners listed below. News media have agreed to post and relay information from the JIC.

The following is a list of radio partners, where you can get updated information about Tropical Storm Mangkhut:

o KSTO 95.5 FM
o 102.9 KISH FM
o Isla 630 AM
o K57 AM
o I94 FM
o Power 98 FM
o Hit Radio 100
o Cool FM
o The BOSS 104.3
o Star 101.1
o 101.9 KTKB
o 105.1KAT FM
o 99.5 The Shark
o KHMG 88.1 FM

TV and Newspaper partners include:

• KUAM: kuam.com
• Pacific News Center: pacificnewscenter.com
• Guam Daily Post: postguam.com
• Pacific Daily News: guampdn.com

Visit the following links for the latest advisory information:
· NWS Website: http://www.prh.noaa.gov/guam/
· NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
· GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
· GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
· Joint Region Marianas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam/
· Governor Calvo Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eddiebazacalvo/

For more information, contact the Joint Information Center at (671) 478-0208.

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