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FEMA amends disaster declaration paying 100% for American Samoa

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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has amended the Apr. 17, 2020 US President’s Major Disaster Declaration on the coronavirus for American Samoa pertaining to cost-sharing, according to the amended document issued Feb. 2nd this year, but made public via federal portal ( on Apr. 18th.

FEMA is amending this declaration as follows — federal funds for emergency protective measures (Category B), including direct Federal assistance, under the Public Assistance program are authorized at 100% of total eligible costs for work performed from Jan. 20, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021. (Specific details of the amendment on

American Samoa has received millions in federal dollars for prevention and protection against the deadly pandemic and the federal government paying 100% in cost-share greatly helps ASG save locally collected revenues for other uses.

FEMA gave notice pursuant to the President's Memorandum to Extend Federal Support to Governors' Use of the National Guard to Respond to COVID-19 and to Increase Reimbursement and Other Assistance Provided to States, dated Jan. 21, 2021 and the President's Memorandum on Maximizing Assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, dated Feb. 2, 2021.

It amends the cost-sharing arrangements regarding federal funds provided under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, for all of the COVID-19 emergency and major disaster declarations.