Sunset of the Pacific in Guam
At a Glance
  • Population: 159,358
  • Local Health Departments: N/A
  • Frequent Public Health Emergencies: Tropical Storms/Typhoons, Fire, Flooding
  • Key Emergency Operations Center Activations: 2020: COVID-19 Pandemic; 2016: Festival of the Pacific Arts; 2015: Typhoon Dolphin
  • CDC PHEP Funding:
    FY 2021: $550,942
    FY 2020: $534,657
  • CDC Crisis Response Funding: COVID-19
    FY 2021: $1,137,100
    FY 2020: $1,438,296
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. Emergency Operations Coordination
  2. Community Preparedness
  3. Community Recovery
  4. Medical Countermeasure Dispensing and Distribution
  5. Medical Materiel Management and Distribution
Stories from the Field
Guam Nuclear
Preparing for a Potential Nuclear Strike

Due to public health and safety threats in Guam because of its proximity to North Korea, Guam has consulted with CDC and is using PHEP funds to develop a specific community preparedness and response plan for radiation/nuclear threats. The Department of Public Health & Social Services on Guam (DPHSS) currently follows Guam Homeland Security’s (GHS) Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) if there is a catastrophic event. DPHSS is also working with GHS, the Guam Army National Guard, and other partners, to assess the island’s public health emergency response capabilities and coordinate existing resources and protocols.

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Page last reviewed: January 14, 2022, 01:50 PM