Update as of June 22, 2023: Teams on Guam continue to provide sheltering, feeding, disaster health services, disaster mental health, spiritual care, shelter resident transition, distribution of emergency supplies, and immediate assistance.
About two weeks ago, Red Cross opened two shelters at Astumbo Middle School Gym and at a warehouse which we are calling Guam Pak. The Governor of Guam and her team helped locate a third shelter site, where conditions are ideal (air conditioning, on-site showers and restrooms).
Meals and snacks in shelters and in the community through mobile feeding routes continue as a priority in areas where power or well water has not been restored.
Red Cross teams on the ground are also working on training local Government partners in sheltering, with the goal of increasing the island’s capacity for any future needs.
Every day we are making sure that every shelter is offering the best services to individuals and families displaced by the storm and still in our care until they can transition out of the shelters.
Successful shelter resident transition is highly dependent on partnerships and cooperation.
The Army Corps of Engineers is installing roofs, there is rental assistance available from FEMA, the Guam Department of Housing and Homeless Services is working to provide low-income housing options, and the Red Cross is working to provide some emergency supplies and financial assistance.
The engagement and cooperation of all agencies is vital when looking for housing solutions on Guam – and the Red Cross’ data and information from our transition casework conversations is providing valuable and critical details to build customized recovery plans.
Damage assessment efforts are still underway. Some residents indicate they have major damage or a destroyed home in areas not previously accessible and teams are working around the clock to verify damage and aid, where possible.
Financial assistance always includes Disaster Health Services, Disaster Mental Health, and Disaster Spiritual Care opportunities; however, we are also distributing Shelter Resident Transition financial assistance and opening cases at pop-up sites throughout Guam to ensure all needs are being met.