ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – In the aftermath of the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, FEMA is hiring local employees to help with the territory’s ongoing disaster recovery effort. It is FEMA’s practice to hire some of its workforce from the local community; these local hires bring cultural and geographic knowledge of the region and often have a sense of mission while working with the agency.
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ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – One year after two back-to-back Category 5 hurricanes devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), progress is being made in the territory’s recovery. Homes are being repaired, schools are back in session, roads are free of debris, ports are open and composite utility poles are standing tall.
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – FEMA wants eligible survivors to receive all their assistance. Virgin Islanders may receive a phone call as a reminder that survivors affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria have up to 12 months from the date of registration to submit insurance settlement documents, exclusion, or a denial letter, especially if there has been a 30 day or more delay.
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – As the Virgin Islands makes strides recovering from hurricanes Irma and Maria, the united effort of government, private sector, nongovernmental agencies and humanitarian groups to meet survivors’ needs remains strong. Recovery after a disaster requires all levels of government, nonprofit organizations, private-sector businesses, and even survivors — each drawing upon their skills and capabilities to meet the needs of disaster survivors.
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.
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.