Amata Welcomes Over $650,000 for American Samoa Department of Homeland Security

August 29, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed $657,646 in federal funds through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security for a variety of tsunami preparations.

“This grant will provide funding for the American Samoa Tsunami Ready Sustainment Initiative,” said Aumua Amata. “NOAA recognized the importance for American Samoa’s systems and personnel to be ready for action in the event of a tsunami.”


Congresswoman Amata and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross
Congresswoman Amata and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.


NOAA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This specific NOAA grant provides resources for activities including travel, training and maintenance regarding tsunami warnings and preparedness. These include Pacific Tsunami Warning Center tsunami operations training, outreach, and education; attendance at National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program Coordinating Committee meetings; travel to Pacific Risk Management 'Ohana Conference; tsunami exercises; University of Hawai’i tsunami modeling; siren maintenance, and related travel for siren maintenance training.

“I want to thank Director Samana Semo Ve’ave’a for his dedication to safety of the people of American Samoa, and for his department’s work on these activities,” stated the Congresswoman. “I would also like to thank Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere Timothy Gallaudet for their public service, and for directing this funding to American Samoa.”