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2018-06-15 15:05 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands –FEMA seeks landlords on St. John to join its direct lease program before the July 1 deadline. FEMA uses direct lease as a way to secure temporary lodging for residents whose homes were destroyed or severely damaged by last year’s hurricanes.This program authorizes FEMA to pay rent directly to the landlord.

2018-06-11 14:20 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for survivors who have no prescription insurance coverage has been extended through Aug. 15, 2018. 

2018-06-08 14:00 - News Release

U.S. Virgin Islands - Virgin Islanders can learn how to preserve family heirlooms and salvage keepsakes damaged by the hurricanes by attending a free workshop. Specialists from the Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative will be on hand to discuss preservation options and demonstrate how to handle, dry, and clean damaged objects.  

2018-06-05 15:13 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for disaster survivors who have no prescription insurance coverage has been extended through June 15.

2018-05-29 19:30 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands –Memorial Day weekend is a busy one at most home improvement stores as people have an extra day to work on home maintenance and improvement projects. The Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) urge property owners to take advantage of the long weekend to assure their property is prepared for hurricane season. 

2018-05-25 14:05 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The U.S. Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invite the public to the 2018 Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Expo on Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the TuTu Park Mall on St. Thomas. The expo is an educational event designed to promote disaster resiliency, weather awareness, safety, and hurricane preparedness to residents and visitors of the territory. An earlier one was held in St.

2018-05-23 20:30 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today that additional disaster assistance is available to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The assistance allows for additional federal funding for debris removal, emergency protective measures, hazard mitigation and permanent infrastructure restoration as a result of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

2018-05-16 20:23 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and FEMA are working together to better prepare for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season.VITEMA Director Mona Barnes said, “We learned a lot from last fall’s unprecedented experience of facing two major hurricanes, Irma and Maria, back to back, in such a short period of time. Using “lessons learned” VITEMA is working with FEMA to better prepare for the upcoming 2018 hurricane season.” 

2018-05-16 20:16 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands– Disaster preparedness takes on added dimensions for people with disabilities and access and functional needs. The keys to effective disaster preparedness of building a kit, making a plan and staying informed, applies to all of us. But people with special needs and their families should approach preparedness planning with additional considerations.Additional considerations should include the following:

2018-05-16 13:37 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is appealing to landlords to help hurricane survivors who lost their housing in the storms and need a temporary home. Move-in-ready apartments or condos are needed for survivors who have been approved for FEMA’s Direct Lease Program, which authorizes FEMA to pay rent directly to landlords, assuring they receive timely rent at a fair price.