Aumua Announces $2.4 Million Grant for ASPA

December 5, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Monday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata, announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a Public Assistance (PA), Category F grant in the amount of $2,483,254.80 to the American Samoa Power Authority for Earthquake, Tsunami, and Flooding assistance stemming from the 2009 Earthquake / Tsunami.  This grant is authorized under Section 406 of the Robert T. Stafford Act.

“I want to thank those officials at FEMA for their assistance in helping our community recover from one of its darkest days,” said Amata.  “These dollars will reimburse the ASPA for damage done to their facilities during the earthquake,” continued Amata.

The Public Assistance (PA): Disaster grant assistance program’s purpose is to enable communities to quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies declared by the President.  Category F grants are awarded to public utility entities who have suffered damage following a disaster.

“I want to once again thank FEMA who continues to assist American Samoa in recovering from the earthquake and tsunami of 2009.  I also want to thank our local officials and ASPA Executive Director Utu Abe Malae for their efforts in obtaining this needed funding for our island,” concluded Amata.

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