U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – When a hurricane is approaching, senior citizens may need the assistance of family members or friends to be fully prepared. Barriers to preparation may be physical, emotional or financial. Having somewhere to take shelter with people they know would be best to ensure their safety.
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U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Houses of worship play a major role in disaster preparedness, response and recovery. The faith-based community across the Virgin Islands is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and the Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRG) to build a more resilient territory.
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time, often without much warning. Disaster planning and emergency preparation efforts must involve children; educating them and making them more resilient while enhancing their ability to recover faster from any type of disaster.
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – Pets and service animals cannot plan ahead for themselves, but when included in their families’ disaster preparedness plan, everyone is more likely to survive together. Here are some tips on disaster preparedness for pets:
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands - The 2019 hurricane season begins June 1st through November 30th, with the peak occurring mid-August through late October. The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency urge Virgin Islanders to prepare themselves and their loved ones.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded $4.1 million to the territory for the Clinton Phipps Racetrack on St. Thomas.
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded nearly $5 million in funding to the territory to retrofit the Charles A. “Tappy” Seales (Grove Place) Fire Station.
ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded more than $162,000 to the territory to retrofit the Emile C. Berry Fire Station to withstand hurricane force winds.
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – To date, FEMA has provided more than $370,000 for invitational travel to bring more than 400 volunteers to the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI). Volunteers utilized more than $125,000 in building materials from Lutheran Disaster Response and the St. Croix Long Term Recovery Group, contributing 25,000 hours to repairing survivor homes.
ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded $2.8 million to the territory to repair and harden the Lagoon Street Pump Station force main sewer line.Strong winds and torrential rain from hurricanes Irma and Maria damaged Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority (VIWMA) facilities throughout the territory. Rainwater and surface runoff surcharged the collection system causing excessive flows of wastewater through the Lagoon Street Pump Station force main sewer line.