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FEMA Awards $1.95 Million to Guam Community College Building 200 Hardening Project

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Guam - The Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] has awarded a $1.95 million dollar grant to Guam Community College to "harden" Building 200.

The money will help pay for the structural retrofit of the building to help it better withstand weather-related events like tropical storms and typhoons.

In making the announcement Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo is quoted in a release as saying “ it is critical that infrastructure on our island be well-equipped ahead of time to prevent and minimize damage to our valuable property, especially our schools.”

And the Congresswoman's release also quotes GCC President Mary Okada as saying that the grant will allow "GCC to expand and fortify Building 200 in order to make the building that houses our growing Education Department as strong and sustainable as the programs in it."

Okada also said that the single-story Butler building will be transformed into a two-story concrete structure able to withstand typhoon winds and impact from storm debris. It will also provide an additional 1500 square feet for classrooms and labs.

READ the release from Congresswoman Bordallo below:

FEMA Awards $1.95 Million to Guam Community College Building 200 Hardening Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 10, 2013 – Washington, D.C. –

Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded a $1.95 million grant for the Guam Community College (GCC) Building 200 Hardening Project.

This funding supports the structural retrofit of the Guam Community College Building 200 to better withstand weather-related events such as tropical storms and typhoons.

“These funds will help the Guam Community College improve its infrastructure to better withstand typhoons and other wind-related events,” said Congresswoman Bordallo. “Typhoons can cause millions of dollars in damage, depending on the severity of the storm, so it is critical that infrastructure on our island be well-equipped ahead of time to prevent and minimize damage to our valuable property, especially our schools.”

Dr. Mary Okada, President of Guam Community College, said: “This grant is allowing GCC to expand and fortify Building 200 in order to make the building that houses our growing Education Department as strong and sustainable as the programs in it. The project will transform a single-story Butler building into a two-story concrete structure that is able to withstand typhoon winds and impact from storm debris, and provide an additional 1500 square feet for classrooms and labs. We sincerely thank Congresswoman Bordallo's office and FEMA for this grant award. It is a great investment in education on our island.”

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