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2017-12-14 21:10 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Free advice is available to Virgin Islands survivors who are cleaning up and rebuilding after hurricanes Irma and Maria, including techniques to lessen damage to homes, businesses and property in the event of future storms.

2017-12-13 18:51 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – As the January 8 registration deadline to apply for disaster assistance approaches, survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria are encouraged to check in to ensure the information they provided to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is accurate and up-to-date.

2017-12-09 17:50 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until January 8, 2018 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).The registration deadline has been extended for individuals and families affected by the hurricanes to apply for grants for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. FEMA encourages every one affected by the hurricanes to register for assistance.

2017-12-09 14:42 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands — Hurricanes Irma and Maria left more than 850,000 cubic yards of debris across the U.S. Virgin Islands, about 60 percent of it vegetative such as downed trees and tree limbs, palm fronds, brush and grass.As the territory cleans up from the hurricanes, the piles of debris pose a risk to human health and safety. Not only does dried-out debris become a fire hazard, the piles can attract insects, rats and other rodents.

2017-12-08 18:48 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Due to a decline in activity at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Fire Station in Cotton Valley in St. Croix, the last day to visit this location will be on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

2017-12-07 20:43 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – If you own a move-in ready home, apartment or condominium that is available for rent, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) may be interested in leasing it for eligible survivors of hurricanes Irma or Maria.

2017-12-07 12:31 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – After Hurricane Irma devastated much of St. Thomas and St. John three months ago, St. Croix became a base of operations for first responders, who began life-saving and life-sustaining missions to support survivors. But within two weeks, fierce winds and torrential rains from Hurricane Maria struck St. Croix, devastating even more infrastructure and services. Hurricane Maria caused further complications to the response for emergency workers and residents across the territory.

2017-12-01 12:39 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Virgin Island survivors who are cleaning up and rebuilding after hurricanes Irma and Maria can receive free advice at a local festival in St. Croix this Sunday, Dec. 3 on making their homes more resilient against future disasters.Hazard Mitigation Specialists from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have a table at the Crucian Coconut Festival from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Bethlehem Sugar Factory, across from the Army National Guard, in Estate Bethlehem, in St. Croix.

2017-11-29 17:38 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – With millions of dollars in recovery funds flowing to Virgin Islanders whose homes were damaged or destroyed during the hurricanes, territorial and federal emergency management officials are offering some sound advice: hire legitimate contractors for your repair or reconstruction jobs.

2017-11-28 19:55 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Hundreds of homeless dogs, cats and other four-footed hurricane survivors are finding new homes and comfort thanks to a joint initiative among territorial, federal and nongovernmental partners.Teams from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) are working with the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture at an emergency animal shelter established shortly after Hurricane Maria at the agriculture department’s facility on St. Croix.