ROTA, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Jan. 3) - Some $140,383 in U.S.federal assistance has been released to individuals and families on Rota by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of the Individual and Household Assistance of the federal government.

Ed Conley of FEMA’s Public Information Office on Guam said that of this amount, $64,052 was granted for housing assistance which includes emergency repairs and rental assistance.

Conley said $82,331 was released for the loss of personal property, transportation and medical and dental assistance.

As of Jan. 1, FEMA’s helpline received a total of 212 calls from Rota residents who wanted to register for federal assistance.

The newly opened Rota Recovery Assistance Center has so far processed the applications of 126 individuals, Conley said.

Doug Welty, also of FEMA, said there are three federal inspectors on Rota.

"The inspection will help us determine what sort of assistance a family may be eligible for," Welty said.

These three inspectors arrived on Rota after President Bush approved the granting of individual and household financial assistance.

January 3, 2003

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