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2018 Typhoon Yutu

Super Typhoon Yutu is the worst storm to hit this region since 1968. As it moves away from the Marianas region, extensive damage to critical infrastructure on Saipan and Tinian has left the Commonwealth devastated with many families displaced. Relief and recovery efforts are now well underway as the CNMI Government is taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of all residents in the Marianas.

You can download Situation Report #1 here

Situation Overview

Super Typhoon Yutu landed as a Category 5 Super Typhoon. It is the worst storm to hit this region since 1968. As it moves away from the Marianas region, extensive damage to critical infrastructure on Saipan and Tinian has left the Commonwealth devastated with many families displaced. Relief and recovery efforts are now well underway as the CNMI Government is taking appropriate measures to ensure the safety and security of all residents in the Marianas.

Significant Updates

25 Oct

  • Tinian has been devastated, a request has been made to the CNMI governor for help to restore their down power poles and lines. source

  • Tinian officials have put out requests for water and meals ready to eat. source and the Tinian Operations Center is running on generator power. source

  • Gov. Torres authorized an expedited request to FEMA for immediate humanitarian relief for displaced residents. Food, water, cots, toilet kits, tarps and temporary shelter resources are a part of that request. source

  • Communications: via IT&E: Oct 25 Power is still out, but communications are almost back to full strength. Jim Oehlerking is CEO of IT&E, the CNMI's local phone service provider, and said, "We've been able to keep the network up pretty well. Our landline network is entirely buried and we get power from the central office so it survives typhoons well." They're also setting up charging stations at IT&E locations while the power remains out. source

  • Typhoon Warnings for #Saipan &#Tinian are no longer in effect via BULLETIN #14A . source

  • Tinian Health Center is inactive due to major flooding and damage. Minor damage present at the CHCC emergency room. CHCC will be conducting mobile outreach soon. source

  • Parts of the Saipan airport were heavily damaged by the Typhoon. Commonwealth ports deputy director Bill Camacho says flight activity has been suspended until further notice, and there is no timeline yet for reopening as they are still making assessments. source

  • The Port of Saipan remains under Zulu status by the US Coast Guard. There will be no movement in or out of the port.

  • Team Rubicon USA a veteran-led global disaster response organization, is sending a reconnaissance team to Guam to meet with local officials, identify unmet needs across the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) – including in Saipan and Tinian source

  • Local drives to help Saipan source

24 Oct

  • Water: Gov Torres and first responders are working with private sector partners on use of reverse osmosis (RO) systems for distributing drinking water for residents #hmrd source

  • Shelter: All Shelters on #Saipan and #Tinian are at full capacity. There are 840 Shelters via Office of the Governor #hmrd source

Transportation: The roads are not closed. However citizens are advised to stay off them until an ALL CLEAR is given. Saipan, Tinian, and Rota are under Typhoon Condition 1. source

State and County Links

CNMI Links

Governor CNMI

Emergency Management Agency Situation Updates

American Red Cross Northern Mariana Islands Chapter

P.O. Box 500814 Saipan, MP 96950 Phone: (670) 234-3459

CMNI Waters Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality

Gualo Rai, P.O. Box 501304 CK Saipan, MP 96950

Emergency Numbers, Embassy Information, Reunification

Emergency Numbers

For emergencies call 911

Emergency Medical Transportation call 670-234-8950

Downed Power Lines 670-664-4282

Embassy Information

  • Japanese Consulate in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands P.O. Box 500407 Saipan 96950, Northern Mariana Island (+1 670) 323-7201 / 2 FAX(+1 670) 323-8764 source
  • Philippine Honorary Consulate in Saipan, Northern Mariana Island JP Centre, 2/F, Beach Road Garapan, Saipan, MP 9695 Northern Mariana Islands TELEPHONE(+1 670) 670-235-0560 ext. 115 / 155 source

Reunification Hotlines and Websites

Maps and Situational Information

Shelters and Evacuation Centers

25 Oct

  • Saipan 15 shelters available, 6 at capacity 533 occupants FEMA to provide additional food, water equipment and supplies source

  • Shelters are open on each island: - source

    • Saipan 15 shelters available, 6 at capacity total of 533 occupants

    • Tinian 3 shelters available, only 1 opened due to damage, occupants relocated to the opened shelter. 45 occupants

    • Rota - 2 shelters available 79 occupants

24 Oct

  • Gov Torres "We are opening public areas for drive-by food distribution soon and will have a full announcement if you are living in a damaged home and require emergency assistance, CNMI local fire stations can help transport you for health emergency" purposes. http://bit.ly/2qc1riy

  • CNMI Shelters: source

    • Tanapag Middle School, which can accommodate 40;

    • Kagman High School, which can accommodate 80;

    • Koblerville Elementary School, which can accommodate 46;

    • Marianas High School, which can accommodate 100;

    • Dandan Middle School, which can accommodate 60.

Hospital and Health

Status of Hospitals

25 Oct

  • Tinian Health Center is inactive due to major flooding and damage. Minor damage present at the CHCC emergency room. CHCC will be conducting mobile outreach soon. source

  • Kagman Community Health Center is scheduled to reopen Oct 26 at 8:00 am source

  • All CHC dialysis patients will receive calls upon resumption of clinic hours regarding the resumption of their treatment schedule. source

  • Commonwealth Healthcare Corp.’s Women, Infants, and Children Office Both the WIC and the CHCC Dialysis Center are closed today source

  • Saipan Veterans Outpatient Clinic will remain closed until Monday, October 29, 2018 (Guam Time) source

Hospital List

  • Commonwealth Health Center (CHC): Hinemlu Rd., Garapan, Saipan 670-234-8950 http://chcc.gov.mp/

  • Tinian Health Center: San Jose, Tinian 670-433-9263 source

  • Kagman Community Health Center: 1 Lemmai Way, Kagman 670-256-5242 http://kagmanchc.org/

  • Veterans Admin Pacific Islands Healthcare System source

Special Needs

Useful Links

  • Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services - Dept. of Public Health source

    Gloria Drive & Navy Hill Road 670-323-6560

  • Directory of Oxygen/Medical Supplies & Equipment Suppliers source

  • Dialysis Centers: source

    • Commonwealth Health Center: Hinem Rd., Garapan 670- 234-8950

    • St Jude Renal Care Facility: Chalan Kiya 670-234-2901

Schools

Status of Schools

25 Oct

  • All CNMI Schools closed until further notice source

23 Oct

School Updates source

  • Guam Department of Education schools closed Wednesday.
  • Catholic schools closed Wednesday.
  • St. John's School closed Wednesday.
  • Charter schools (iLearn Academy, Guahan Academy, Science is Fun and Awesome Learning Academy) closed Wednesday.
  • The University of Guam closes at noon Wednesday.
  • Guam Community College closes at noon Wednesday.
  • Harvest Christian Academy closes at 11 a.m. Wednesday

Airports

Status

25 Oct

  • Parts of the Saipan airport were heavily damaged by the Typhoon. Commonwealth ports deputy director Bill Camacho says flight activity has been suspended until further notice, and there is no timeline yet for reopening as they are still making assessments. source

  • Saipan: Airport sustained significant damage; most flights cancelled;

    -Tinian: Airport runway now usable; some roads opening as debris is removed

    -Rota: Airport assessment underway; initial report damage appears limited to debris on the runway source

Lists of Airports / Links

Rota International Airport http://www.cpa.gov.mp/rotarpt.asp

Maritime

Status

25 Oct

  • Ports of Guam and CNMI remain closed due to post-storm weather conditions. source

  • The Port of Saipan remains under Zulu status by the US Coast Guard. There will be no movement in or out of the port. source

Useful Links

Roads and Bridges

25 Oct

  • Blocked roads hampering relief sources

  • On Saipan, Power poles are down in the streets source

Useful Links

There is no website for the Office of the Secretary of Public Works Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, 2nd Floor, Joeten Commercial Building, Gualo Rai Saipan, MP 96950, 670-235-5827 https://fhwaapps.fhwa.dot.gov/foisp/staffnetStateDOT.do

Communications

Status

25 Oct

  • As of 6PM (Oct 24), all mobile services in Chalan Laulau and Chalan Kanoa have been restored. To report affected services in your area, please send us a direct message. Via Twitter: source

  • IT&E: Power is still out, but communications are almost back to full strength. Jim Oehlerking is CEO of IT&E, the CNMI's local phone service provider, and said, "We've been able to keep the network up pretty well. Our landline network is entirely buried and we get power from the central office so it survives typhoons well." They're also setting up charging stations at IT&E locations while the power remains out. Via Kuam News: source

  • DOCOMO Pacific: also says its mobile network remained operational through the storm. And the company is also working toward full restoration.Via Kuam News: source

  • Our call center and all retail locations except for our AAFES store will be fully functional from 12 noon today (Oct 24). Feel free to DM here on Facebook or call 688-CARE for any concerns. Please continue to take necessary safety precautions when driving on the roadways.Via Facebook: source

Useful Links

Docomo Pacific

IT&E

Power and Fuel

CNMI's electric system is operated by the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC), a government corporation that provides electric power, water, and wastewater services on the populated islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota source

Status

25 Oct

  • "Commonwealth Utilities Corporation reported 200 to 300 downed power poles, 400 to 500 leaning power poles, and significantly large number of downed transformers and conductors on Saipan and Tinian. A request has been made through FEMA for 700 to 800 power poles, transformers, and additional materials to begin power restoration. Assessments are ongoing regarding time frame for water and power restoration. Water restoration is a power issue, and that will be prioritized first." Via Facebook Congressman Sablan: source

  • Widespread power outage; generators requested. No power on Tinian. Commonwealth Utility Corporation (CUC) estimates 21 days of fuel available. U.S. Army Corp of Engineers continues to work with CUC on power restoration Via Facebook Congressman Sablan: source

  • Power poles were toppled throughout the island. No estimates yet for restoration. But vital communication service remains. source

  • Via Gizmodo: Video on Saipan, Power poles are down in the streets source

Water Systems

CNMI's electric system is operated by the Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC), a government corporation that provides electric power, water, and wastewater services on the populated islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. source

25 Oct

  • Via Facebook Congressman Sablan: Saipan water service restoration timeline unknown; system was shut down for the storm source

Commonwealth Utilities Corporation

Pictures and Videos

Media - Social and Traditional

Social Media

Hashtags - #TyphoonYutu, #Yutu, #Saipan, #Tinian #Rota

Traditional Media (TV, Radio, Newspapers)

Animals in Disaster

Overview of animals on CNMI - a 2017 survey conducted showed the following number of animals on Saipan: 377 heads of cattle, 999 swine, 170 goats, 4,840 chickens, 196 ducks, 212 pigeons, four turkeys, two rabbits, [and] 16 deer source

Saipan Cares for animals facebook

Guam Animals in need https://www.facebook.com/guamanimals

Current Needs

  • Guam Animals in Need are currently assessing storm damage and can begin taking back fosters on 10/26 source

Volunteers: Chris, Cat, Crystal, Alice, Nafisa, Michael, Robert In Twitter: Cindy, Joe, Ann