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2019-04-05 19:11 - News Release

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. 

2019-04-02 16:02 - News Release

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.  

2019-03-29 20:10 - News Release

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.

2019-03-29 10:50 - News Release

St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands – On Wednesday, March 27, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) awarded nearly $1 million to the territory for the Spring Gut Watershed. This watershed, when working properly, drains and directs the hillside water in the Gallows Bay area to the Caribbean Sea. 

2019-03-26 21:17 - News Release

ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands – Temporary medical modular facilities are now open at the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center, St. John’s primary healthcare resource. The center sustained significant damage following Hurricane Irma when severe winds and rain breached the facility’s roof. The infusion of water from the damage resulted in the saturation of ceiling tiles, walls and partitions, destroying furniture, medical equipment and flooring.

2019-03-22 13:16 - News Release

U.S. Virgin Islands – On Thursday, March 21, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) obligated $1.6 million to the territory for the Tsunami Early Warning System. During hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) Tsunami Early Warning System was heavily damaged, leaving the critical alert system inoperable.

2019-02-26 14:53 - News Release

U.S. Virgin Islands – Debris removal is underway for those enrolled in the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. FEMA and the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands have extended the STEP program until March 31, 2019; an extension for debris pickup/removal has been requested and is currently under review. The Department of Public Works (DPW), which manages the STEP debris removal process, has removed approximately 50 percent of debris from St.

2019-02-05 13:08 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – A seminar will be presented on Tuesday, February 26, 2019, from8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. to educate local business owners about acquiring contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).Topics include:

2019-02-04 15:40 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – FEMA, in conjunction with the territory of the U.S. Virgin Islands, has extended the Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power program (STEP). The previous deadline for this program was January 31, 2019.  The newly approved extension continues this program through March 31, 2019. Those who are currently enrolled in the program are eligible for this extension.

2019-01-07 17:33 - News Release

ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Through continued collaboration between community partners and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Center for Disaster Philanthropy recently awarded two grants for ongoing recovery efforts following the two major hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2017. The grants were awarded to Love City Strong on St. John and the St. Croix Foundation for Community Development on St.