On October 24, 2018, Super Typhoon Yutu tore through the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, leaving behind collapsed buildings, downed trees and power lines. The Category 5 storm, with winds around 180 mph, was the strongest on record to ever hit U.S. soil and tied for the most powerful storm on earth in 2018, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. According to NPR, the islands of Saipan, Tinian and Rota remain under typhoon warnings from the National Weather Service. Guam and other islands in the region have been placed under tropical storm warnings. On October 23, President Donald J. Trump declared that an emergency existed in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and ordered Federal assistance to supplement Commonwealth and local response efforts due to the emergency conditions resulting from Typhoon Yutu, beginning on October 24 and continuing as necessary. Subsequently, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar declared a public health emergency in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands (CNMI) on October 25.
With assistance from NLM’s Disaster Information Management Research Center (DIMRC), we have compiled information resources for the Northern Mariana Islands, including information guides with curated, reliable information from vetted federal, state, and local governments and organizations.
Guidance documents, fact sheets, toolkits and more:
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Resources
Federal Agency Resources
Agencies and Organizations
Social Media – Twitter
Update: October 26, 2018
A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck east of the Northern Mariana Islands. For earthquake resources, please refer to NLM DIMRC’s Earthquake Health Information Guide. The content can be embedded to your website.
Update: November 7, 2018
HHS activates aid for uninsured citizens of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands needing medicine after Super Typhoon Yutu. See press release.
We will continue to provide updates to this list as additional news and information about Typhoon Yutu is received.