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Historic Disasters - Hurricane Irma/Maria U.S. Virgin Islands

Looking down on an open field at the base of a mountain with a small amount of debris compared to the size of the field, mostly corrugated steel roofing material.

Debris Removal Progresses On St. Thomas

Almost a year after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the territory, the Nazareth debris collection site, near Red Hook, has compacted, bundled and trucked out close to 80 percent of the sheet metal brought here after the storm. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

An inside view showing a yellow wall with newly installed windows.

Coral Bay A Year After Irma

The Coral Bay Fire Station is being restored after Hurricane Irma damaged it last September. New doors, windows and cabinets have already been installed. Firefighters have been based at the Calabash Boom housing community while the building undergoes repairs. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

 Two men stand in front of a section of chain link fence, a container truck is behind the fence. The man on the right points to a sign with a phone number on it. The man on the right is looking and writing the number down.

Vegetative Debris Is Stored At Cancryn Field

More than 194,000 cubic yards of vegetative and construction debris from St. Thomas and St. John is temporarily staged at the Cancryn site on St. Thomas. It was collected, sorted and reduced to a relatively uniform size. FEMA Public Information Officer Eric Adams points out the phone number residents can call to find the location where they can pick up mulch for their own use. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

 A lineman in the foreground with his back to the camera, pulls a device along the newly installed power lines to secure them. Anther lineman is helping further down the road.

Power And Communications Improve On St. John

VIYA linemen secure lines to newly installed composite poles along Centerline Road. These poles can better withstand higher wind speeds compared to the traditional wooden poles and will be installed along critical feeder paths and key transmission circuits. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

Two men leaning on a balcony railing.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long Meets With USVI Governor

FEMA Administrator Brock Long (right) and U. S. Virgin Islands FCO William Vogel before their meeting with USVI Gov. Kenneth Mapp at Government House to discuss the progress of recovery after hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the territory within two weeks of each other in September 2017. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

 A St. Thomas survivor discussing with Ben Clark (FEMA ASL Interrupter) his experience during and after Hurricane Maria.

Survivor & FEMA ASL interview

A St. Thomas survivor discussing with Ben Clark (FEMA ASL Interrupter) his experience during and after Hurricane Maria

A women is holding the door open while 2 men bring in a hospital bed into a hurricane damaged home.

DIA member delivering Durable Medical Equipment

DIA members with the help of logistics are delivering a hospital bed to replace the one damaged by the storm; on USVI St. Croix.

man gives supplies to residents

Volunteers and US Virgin Island National Guard Help to Distribute Supplies at a Point of Distribution in St. Thomas

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, US--Volunteers, as well as U.S. Virgin Island National Guardsmen, help to distribute supplies to local residents at the Omar Brown Sr. fire station on October 10, 2017.Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

a field of busted solar panels

A Field of Damaged Solar Panels Remain in St. Thomas

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, US-- A field of destroyed solar panels is pictured on a hillside on October 10, 2017.Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 A man reclines on a portable hospital bed as the man at his feet tightens the straps holding his legs. A woman stands on his right side holding an IV bag.

Military Medics Transport Local Residents With Special Needs out of St. Croix

Frederiksted, St. Croix--US Military medics prepares a solider with a medical need for a flight on a military plane out of the US Virgin Islands on September 29, 2017.Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Guardsman looks through Meals Ready to Eat for two women

Points of Distribution (POD's) Open for Local Residents Impacted by Hurricane Maria

Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands--A US National Guardsmen looks for vegetarian meals at a Point of Distribution where emergency supplies are being given to residents impacted by Hurricane Maria at the Alexander Henderson School. on September 29, 2017.Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 A blue tarp covers a house

Aerial Views of Hurricane Maria Damage in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands--Aerial views of the island show destruction caused by Hurricane Maria which touched down on the island on September 19, 2017. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 aerial view of damaged houses

Aerial Views of Hurricane Maria Damage in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands--Aerial views of the island show destruction caused by Hurricane Maria which touched down on the island on September 19, 2017.Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 aerial view of damaged houses

Aerial Views of Hurricane Maria Damage in St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

St. Croix, US Virgin Islands--Aerial views of the island show destruction caused by Hurricane Maria which touched down on the island on September 19, 2017.Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 Man nails plastic sheet to roof

Operation Blue Roof is Being Installed in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI--Contractors work to put fiber-reinforced blue plastic sheeting to cover a roof damaged by Hurricane Maria. Operation Blue Roof, carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Virgin Islands Government provides homeowners with a temporary solution until permanent repairs can be made. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Men work on a roof

Operation Blue Roof is Being Installed in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI--Contractors work to put fiber-reinforced blue plastic sheeting to cover a roof damaged by Hurricane Maria. Operation Blue Roof carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Virgin Islands Government provides homeowners with a temporary solution until permanent repairs can be made. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

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FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Meets With US Surgeon General Adams in St. Croix

Christiansted, St Croix, US Virgin Islands--October 6, 2017--US Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, MPH, right, speaks with FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Bill Vogel at the base of operations for flight missions prior to a visit from Vice President Mike Pence. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

 A barge with tarpaulin that is covering debris sits in the water with an island in the background.

Barge Set To Sail From St. Thomas

The barge Amelie is loaded with more than 11,000 cubic yards of construction and demolition and marine debris behind the Cancryn debris site at the island's shipping port. It will set sail for Freeport, Texas, where it will be unloaded around Thanksgiving, and then return to the Virgin Islands by mid-December, according to Ceres Environmental and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The marine debris was collected from displaced vessels off St. Thomas and St. John after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. FEMA / Eric Adams

The sun peeks out from behind low clouds on a beautiful morning as it rises over St. John as seen from St. Thomas.

The US Virgin Islands: A Year After Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Sunrise over St. John as seen from the Ritz Great Bay on St. Thomas. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

A woman with her back to the camera in the foreground gestures toward the playground under construction. to the left is a new permanent generator.

Gifft Hill School Gets Ready For New School Year

Gifft Hill School sustained damage during hurricanes Irma and Maria, however, it hopes to reopen in time for the fall semester with help from FEMA’s Public Assistance (PA) program. As St. John’s only preschool through high school program, Gifft Hill plays a crucial role in its community. Board of Trustees member Terri Bertolino, who is overseeing the rebuilding process, describes how mitigation is used to build a more storm-resistant playground. FEMA’s PA program provides grants to state, tribal, territorial, and local governments -- and certain types of private nonprofit organizations -- so that communities can quickly respond to and recover from major disasters or emergencies. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

A wide angle view of senior staff briefing the Administrator and FCO, whose backs are to the camera.

FEMA Administrator Gets Progress Update For US Virgin Islands

FEMA Administrator Brock Long met with command staff at the Joint Field Office for a briefing on the post-hurricane recovery progress and to explore improving resiliency along with strengthening preparedness for the 2018 hurricane season in several areas, including sheltering, distributing commodities and medical evacuations. Also on the agenda: possible methods to streamline the process of helping the territory receive FEMA aid in programs such as Public Assistance, Mitigation, and Individual Assistance. Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the U.S. Virgin Islands within two weeks of each other in September 2017. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

 The chute of a cement truck pours cement into a hopper where it is then pumped up to the second story of a damaged house. The roof is framed but not finished. Workers direct the cement to reinforce the walls being rebuilt.

Damage In Frederiksted

Homes and businesses in and around Frederiksted show signs of the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria, which hit the island in September 2017. This homeowner is reinforcing her home with concrete as she rebuilds. FEMA/K.C. Wilsey

Household hazardous items in the middle of a room

Household Hazardous Debris St. Thomas

Household hazardous items of a St.Thomas couple.

Disaster Survivor Assistance USVI revisit

Disaster Survivor Assistance USVI revisit

This week, a Disaster Survivor Assistance Team revisited a neighborhood in Christiansted with one of our new local hires, Carmen Acevedo Adam. This time, they met with sisters Elsa Boyce and Joyce Boyce and connected them to medical assistance resources. Joyce lost the roof off of her home and is now living next door with her sister, Elsa. Joyce said that moving back into her home would be the best Christmas gift ever. They both have already applied for disaster assistance and continue to be in good spirits as they see recovery efforts in the area. As the team was leaving, utility trucks were pulling up to work on power restoration. #VISTRONG #USVI #MARIA #IRMA

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Aerial Views of Hurricane Damage in St. Thomas

Aerial views of damage to a local school caused by the recent hurricanes.Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA

Last updated July 17, 2020