By Barbara Brown
(Tumon, Guam) Saipan Mayor David Apatang is leading an effort to help residents living in tents to break down their tents and move to safer shelter.
Mr. Apatang is joined by his office, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and the Department of Corrections to undertake islandwide assistance for Saipan residents living in tents. A significant number of residents remain displaced by previous storms that have ravaged Saipan, forcing them to live in tents. It is not safe for these residents to continue living in these tents as Typhoon Bualoi approaches north of the island and brings destructive winds and rains to Saipan.
CNMI Acting Governor Arnold Palacios has since opened five emergency shelters throughout the NMI for residents who live in substandard housing or otherwise have nowhere to go through the brunt of the typhoon. He also has ordered the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority to provide transportation to residents seeking refuge in the shelters. The five shelters that are designated and now are open are:
🔸 Koblerville Elementary School 🔸 Marianas High School 🔸 Kagman High School 🔸 Tinian Elementary School 🔸 Aging Center (for medical needs only)