Early this week, Governor Arnold I. Palacios and Lieutenant Governor David M. Apatang met with the Administrator for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Ms. Deanne Criswell and her team, Region 9 Administrator Mr. Robert Fenton, Jr., Region 9 Integration Team Lead Mr. Brian Beck, and other government officials to discuss the status of infrastructure projects and emergency preparedness in the CNMI.
Ms. Criswell commended the CNMI for its projects that aim to strengthen infrastructure resilience, such as the replacement of old power poles and the improvement of Beach Road. She also updated the Governor and Lt. Governor about the types of assistance available through FEMA: displacement assistance and serious need assistance – to help members of the community that lose their homes, those most impacted by natural disasters.
Governor Palacios and Lt. Governor Apatang expressed appreciation for FEMA’s consistent presence in the CNMI.