From the Joint Information Center – Oct. 9 at 10 p.m.
Governor Lou Leon Guerrero has placed Guam in Condition of Readiness (COR) 1 at 10 p.m. this evening, October 9, 2023. At COR1, destructive winds are possible within the next 12 hours.
The community is advised to remain indoors until COR 4 is announced.
Simultaneously, Joint Region Marianas (JRM), Naval Base Guam (NBG), Andersen Air Force Base (AAFB), and Marine Corps Base Camp Blaz (MCBCB) are in Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness (TCCOR) 1 at 10 p.m., Monday, October 9, 2023. The Department of Defense (DoD) will delay implementing some of the TCCOR1 actions to minimize impact to installation services. For installation-specific operations or questions, please consult the respective installation Facebook page or reach out to the Public Affairs Officer.
As of 7 p.m., Tropical Storm Bolaven was located near 11.5 degrees north latitude and 149.0 degrees east longitude, about 315 miles east-southeast of Guam, moving west-northwest at 12 mph, with maximum sustained winds of 70 mph. Bolaven is forecast to intensify through Tuesday, possibly becoming a typhoon late tonight or early Tuesday morning.
Tropical storm force winds of 39 mph or more are expected for Guam by Tuesday midday and lasting through Wednesday morning. At this time, the closest point of approach to Guam is 8 p.m. Tuesday. This could change.
Bolaven continues to strengthen and approach the Marianas, and the track has shifted slightly south with a passage through the islands but still tracking in-between Rota and Tinian Tuesday evening. Any deviation of the storm track is possible and can make a difference for the islands. Tropical Storm Bolaven should not be underestimated. All islands will feel the passage of Bolaven, but any one, or two, islands could face a direct hit (maximum intensity).
Emergency Shelters Available:
If you need to evacuate to an emergency shelter, before you leave home, shut off your incoming electricity at the main breaker or switch, usually located by the electric meter or in the circuit breaker panel. If you are dependent on an electrically-powered life support system, consider having a backup generator. Otherwise, make plans ahead of time to go to an alternate location where electricity will be available.
The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) opened six (6) emergency shelters at 6 p.m. this evening. GDOE is able to accommodate O2 dependent residents who need a power source at certain emergency shelters. See below for more information:
- AsTumbo Elementary School
- Maria A. Ulloa Elementary School – Able to accommodate O2 dependent residents
- Machananao Elementary School
- Upi Elementary School
- George Washington High School – Able to accommodate O2 dependent residents
- Talo’fo’fo Elementary School – Able to accommodate O2 dependent residents
WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE TO THE SHELTER?
- 7-day supply of food and water for all members of your family
- Personal hygiene products
- 7-day of supply for infants and toddlers, including diapers and formula
- Valid Photo ID
- Important documents including birth certificates, passports and medical immunization cards
- Be respectful to fellow residents and staff. No foul language, abusive behavior, stealing or destruction of property will be accepted or tolerated.
- Busing to/from shelters is available at the Mayors’ Offices.
- Bring a 7-day supply of food, water & prescriptions; infants & toddlers should have a 7- day supply of disposable diapers, baby formula & baby food.
- Bring bedding, toiletries, toilet tissue, and personal hygiene products.
- Must complete registration. Bring a form of valid I.D.
- Must report Tuberculosis or flu-like symptoms.
- Alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and weapons are not allowed in the shelter or on the shelter grounds. Persons caught in possession will be asked to leave the shelter and in some cases turned over to law enforcement personnel. Persons determined to be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be admitted, or readmitted to the shelter.
- Public Law 21-139 dictates that there is no smoking on school premises. Smoking is not allowed in the shelter. Smoking is permitted outside the campus in designated smoking areas only. Please dispose of cigarette butts properly.
- Quiet hours will be announced and enforced in the sleeping areas. However, sleeping areas should be kept quiet at all times.
- If you bring vital documents (i.e. Birth records, passports, etc.), secure them or keep them on you at all times. The Shelter is not responsible for these items if stolen.
- Parents must maintain responsibility and supervision for their children. Children must never be left unattended.
- No cooking or gas stoves.
- For your safety DO NOT LEAVE THE SHELTER before COR 4 has been declared.
- Only service animals are allowed at this time.
- Pets cannot be sheltered at this time. For those seeking shelter for their pets, make plans for them now to stay with a loved one, friend or family member as pets will not be allowed in the emergency shelters.
Guam Memorial Hospital Authority (GMHA) are accepting pregnant mothers who are thirty-six (36) weeks or more and all high-risk pregnant mothers who are twenty-four (24) weeks or more into their pregnancy as of 6 p.m. this evening. Pregnant mothers who arrive later will still be accepted. Expectant mothers are asked to please check with their healthcare provider for guidance if they are unsure if they have a high-risk pregnancy.
Upon arrival, pregnant mothers should check in at the Patient Registration Dept. on the 1st floor. Expectant mothers will remain at the hospital for the duration of the storm until it is determined to be safe for them to return to their homes at COR 4.
All pregnant mothers are asked to have a complete meal before they check into the hospital this evening. Pregnant mothers are asked to please bring their own clean pillows, blankets, and linens.
All pregnant mothers who need to come to GMH are asked to bring the following for their comfort and convenience:
- ID and insurance cards
- Meals will be provided but mothers are encouraged to bring additional drinking water and snacks that do not require refrigeration or heating
- Any necessary medications
- Mothers asked to bring in their own clean pillows, blankets, and linens so they are comfortable
- Personal toiletries (soap, toothbrush, lotions, etc.)
- Change of clothing
- Entertainment (i.e. games, cards, movies, headphones, books, etc.) to help pass the time
For hospital safety, the following RESTRICTIONS will be in place for all pregnant mothers:
- No escorts, support persons, children, or pets (with the exception of service animals) will be allowed to accompany pregnant mothers
- No smoking/vaping, alcohol, illegal drugs, or weapons will be permitted
For the community’s safety, visiting hours and family viewings will be suspended upon announcement of COR 1 with the exception of approved watchers. All Elective Outpatient Surgeries for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, October 9-11, 2023 will be rescheduled. GMHA will announce resuming regular services after the declaration of COR 4.
The Guam Regional Medical City will continue to see scheduled patients for chemotherapy and radiation treatments on Tuesday, October 10. Clinic operations will begin as early as 6 a.m., Tuesday. Patients will be notified if there are any changes in their scheduled appointments.
The Guam International Airport Authority (GIAA) reminds the community that the airport is open 24/7 and will service any and all airline flights. Passengers are advised to contact their respective airlines for the latest updates. Visit https://www.guamairport.com/ to view live flight data. GIAA provides the following flight updates from the respective airlines:
The following Korean Air flights have been canceled:
Tuesday, Oct. 10
KE 421 ETA at 1515 from Incheon
KE 422 ETD at 1700 to Incheon
Wednesday, Oct. 11
KE 423 ETA at 0105 from Incheon
KE 424 ETD at 0225 to Incheon
The following Korean Air flights have been added:
Thursday, Oct. 12
Korean Air KE 8425 ETA at 2307
Friday, Oct. 13
Korean Air KE 8526 ETD at 0025
The following Jin Air flights have been canceled:
Tuesday, Oct. 10
LJ 647 ETA at 1315 from Pusan
LJ 648 ETD at 1415 to Pusan
LJ 643 ETA at 1400 from Incheon
LJ 644 ETD at 1500 to Incheon
LJ 641 ETA at 1445 from Incheon
LJ 642 ETD at 1615 to Incheon
The following JeJu Air flights have been canceled:
Tuesday, Oct. 10
7C 1182 ETA at 1530 from Narita
7C 1181 ETD at 1640 to Narita
7C 3106 ETA at 1605 from Incheon
7C 3106 ETD at 1710 to Incheon
Wednesday, Oct. 11
7C 3106 ETA at 0200 from Incheon
7C 3105 ETD at 0310 to Incheon
The following T-Way flights have been canceled:
Tuesday, Oct. 10
TW 9301 ETA at 0210 from Incheon
TW 9302 ETD at 0310 to Incheon
TW 303 ETA at 1400 from Incheon
TW 304 ETD ar 1500 to Incheon
Visit the following links for the latest information:
- NWS Website: https://www.weather.gov/gum/
- NWS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NWSGuam/
- GHS/OCD Website: https://ghs.guam.gov/
- GHS/OCD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GHSOCD/
- JRM Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jrmguam
- AAFB Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Andersen36WG
- NBG Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USNavalBaseGuam
- MCBCB Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MCBcampblaz
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- National Hurricane Preparedness | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (noaa.gov)
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