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By Keni Ramese

APIA, Samoa (October 28, 1999 – Samoa Observer)---Some American Samoan residents continue to rely on the neighboring Samoa government-owned radio station, 2AP, to warn them of possible natural disasters, such as hurricanes.

For that reason, 2AP personnel have been invited to a weeklong workshop in the U.S. territory marking Disaster Awareness Week.

Fili Sagapolutele reports from American Samoa that the Prime Minister's secretary, Vaasatia Poloma Komiti, and four other government officials are also attending the Workshop, which has the theme, "Mitigate the Millennium."

Radio 2AP’s broadcast signal is picked up in the Manu'a Island group and outer villages of Tutuila, where KSBS-FM, the primary radio station for the Territory, is not received.

During the last couple of near hurricanes, Manu'a residents and outlying villages on Tutuila depended on 2AP's broadcasts for weather information.

The Territorial Emergency Management Coordinating Office (TEMCO) is working with 2AP to get the information out about 2AP’s services during Disaster Awareness Week.

TEMCO's Executive Director Faamausili Pola said yesterday that because Manu'a residents receive Radio 2AP's signal, the Samoa government run radio station has been contracted this week to air awareness promotion announcements.

"Governor Tauese is concerned that Manu'a residents are not receiving disaster information and we are working on resolving this issue through Radio 2AP," said Faamausili, acknowledging the support from the Samoa government.

A little additional help now is provided for the Manu'a Islands through the provision of information via TV. KVZK-TV's Channel 2 signal was finally made available to residents of the island group two months ago, after installation of the necessary receiving antennas.

"During this week of rain, everyone here tunes to Radio 2AP to find out the status of the weather," said Faleasao resident Leafa Ah Soon in a telephone interview. "Manu'a has depended on Radio 2AP ever since WVUV went off the air."

AM station WVUV went off the air last year.

For additional reports from the Samoa Observer, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Samoa Observer.

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