ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – As we approach peak hurricane season, federal and territorial emergency response leaders continue to emphasize families prepare to sustain themselves in the immediate aftermath of a devastating storm. At the same time, government agencies have been closely collaborating and training to improve their readiness to meet residents’ emergency needs.
Updates and Articles, Blogs, and News Releases
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time, often without much warning. This is also true in the U.S. Virgin Islands where residents, including children, were impacted with two category five hurricanes last year. Disaster planning, response and recovery efforts must take into account the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population.
U.S. Virgin Islands – As recovery from hurricanes Irma and Maria continues, territorial and federal officials emphasize the critical importance of preparing for the 2018 hurricane season. Virgin Islanders need to take immediate steps to prepare themselves and their loved ones. Build a kit, make a plan and stay informed.
U.S. Virgin Islands – Hurricanes Irma and Maria left behind 580,000 cubic yards of debris in the U.S.Virgin Islands, enough to fill 177 Olympic size swimming pools. All eligible debris has been collected and significant progress is being made toward the goal of shipping it away from the territory.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.