American Samoa

American Samoa
At a Glance
  • Population: 55,519
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tsunami, Flooding, Tropical Storms/Hurricanes
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2014: Severe Storms, Flooding and Landslides; 2015: Tropical Cyclone Tuni
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $422,440
    FY 2020: $412,042
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $472,791
    FY 2020: $1,110,740
PHEP-funded staff (rounded)
  • CDC Preparedness Field Staff: 1
  • Other*: 4

*Includes IT specialists, administrative staff, statisticians, and other positions

Top 5 Preparedness Investments
  1. Mass Care
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Emergency Operations Coordination
  4. Public Health Laboratory Testing
  5. Responder Safety and Health
Stories from the Field
American Samoa Zika
Reducing Zika Transmission

The Zika virus outbreak began in American Samoa in January 2016. The territory has used PHEP funds to conduct mosquito control activities and staff a response team to help stop the spread of the virus. PHEP funds also supported distributing Zika Prevention Kits, outreach to pregnant women, and clearing of standing water from communities to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs.

American Samoa Zika Prevention
Corporations Partner with Local Health Departments to Help Fight Zika

CDC has linked corporate partners with local health departments to help fight Zika. During popular community events known as Zika Action Days, community members receive valuable Zika prevention information and products. Events have been held in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and Florida.

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Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022, 12:08 pm