Saipan Residents Take Lead On Recovery

August 7, 2015

Video by Sveta Hunter Saipan residents need water and help!

Anyone following the news on the devastation of Typhoon Soudelor is astounded by the snail-like pace and lack of leadership of government officials.

Residents Glen Hunter, his wife Sveta and other residents have organized relief efforts in absence of government assistance and leadership. Those include getting water for the people who have been without running water for 6 days.

Sveta Hunter's video footage of the typhoon (embedded on a post below) has been broadcast by AP and U.S. news outlets. This is sure to get the U.S. citizens involved in donating money and supplies. These residents are heroes!

Please donate to the Red Cross and earmark your donation for Typhoon Soudelor victims.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

The MVariety had some interesting articles today about how the residents of Saipan are frustrated with the lack of available water and fuel. I'm speculating (not being there) but I know the Hyatt runs their entire hotel on a diesel generator plant and also has their own water wells and water treatment plant (reverse osmosis)- ditto the Hyatt Housing for the employees. They had a tap outside the hotel near security and by the ramp leading down to the generator plant where anyone could pull up (they looked the other way in the past) and fill up their 5 gallon jugs with potable water. I would think in a situation like this, FEMA or Homeland Security could be working with those hotels that are self sufficient (i.e., generator plants, water treatment plants) and seeing if they have any spare capacity? A lesson to be learned and hopefully some good will come out of this disaster if they study it after the fact. In the future, maybe the natural disaster planners will develop a plan to coordinate with the hotels to act as emergency relief centers. Any incurred costs for the hotels could be reimbursed by FEMA. Personally, if I was hotel owner, I would apply for a federal grant to help pay for an increased storage capacity of diesel fuel for my generator plant under the auspices of "disaster preparedness". Having a reserve capacity of fuel would insure that the hotel could operate for a few weeks beyond some type of disaster such as this and provide water (if they have a water treatment plant) and other relief (refrigerated storage & food supplies). Just saying.............

Anonymous said...

Just a side bar to my comment above. The Hyatt has a federal contract to supply water to that American War Memorial Park that resides next door to the hotel. They have a valve in the water plant upstairs (where the reverse osmosis plant is located) above the power plant that they can open or close depending on the how much water they metered under the contract agreement. In a situation like this (a disaster), I would think they (FEMA) could designate the War Memorial Park as a "central point" for residents to obtain water via the Hyatt Hotel's water treatment plant and ask the Hyatt to keep the water flowing. Just saying.......

Anonymous said...

Just plug in the following name:
SAIPAN PORTOPIA HOTEL CORPORATION
WATER SUPPLY AND IRRIGATION SYSTEMS ( 221310 )
at this website:

https://www.fpds.gov/fpdsng_cms/index.php/en/
(This is the Hyatt's contract with the Federal Government).

Water?? No problem. The government is paying the Hyatt to supply water to the American War Memorial Park. If you need water, ask FEMA if you can get it from the Hyatt..........