CNMI agrees to disaster pact with US states and territories

1:07 pm on 11 September 2019

The Northern Marianas has signed on to participate in the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

FEMA rebuild on Saipan

Damage from Typhoon Yutu in Saipan Photo: Mark Rabago

The agreement opens up resources from the 50 participating states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands if needed in response to a disaster, whether it be natural, technological, man-made, or even an enemy attack.

The compact allows for quicker mobilisation of resources in the event that another disaster hits the CNMI and obligates the Commonwealth to assist co-signatories if they too are hit by a disaster.

The CNMI has been struck by a number of disasters over the past few years with Super Typhoon Yutu, Typhoon Mangkhut, and Typhoon Soudelor decimating the islands.

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