Governor Palacios, Lt. Governor Apatang, HSEM Special Assistant Babauta, and CNMI MAC Team Meet For Heavy Weather Brief and Mawar Planning

Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lt. Governor David M. Apatang alongside Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) Special Assistant Franklin R. Babauta and the CNMI Multi-Agency Coordination (MAC) Team, composed of government agencies and other organizations including the American Red Cross, met this morning for a heavy weather briefing provided by the National Weather Service (NWS) Guam. The discussion also focused on planning and coordination activities in anticipation of Mawar, which is currently categorized as a tropical storm but is intensifying.

In preparation for anticipated typhoon-strength winds, Governor Palacios, Lt. Governor Apatang, and HSEM advise CNMI residents to take the following preparatory measures:

  • Gas vehicles and obtain fuel for your generators.
  • Secure loose debris and belongings around your household or yard.
  • Those living in flood-prone areas should take action; clear drainage areas and unblock storm drains to minimize flooding.
  • Secure important documents such as birth certificates, tax papers, and insurance documents, and keep copies in a weather-proof bag.
  • Prepare to board up windows or close shutters.
  • Have a prepared emergency preparedness kit with first-aid kits, batteries, flashlights, toiletries, and a portable stove in your household.
  • Stock up on food and water, as appropriate, for your household.
  • Stay up to date with the latest information from the National Weather Service and the CNMI Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and other official sources.

The storm’s movement, strength, and projected path are evolving; the Office of the Governor and HSEM will be monitoring the movement of Mawar and continue to consult with the National Weather Service and other agencies. Updates will be announced when available and when appropriate.

For additional information, visit the following:

Office of CNMI Governor and Lt. Governor
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