Hurricanes Irma and Maria USVI Federal Response Timeline, Part 1
This timeline illustrates key federal actions and events in response to hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands between August 31 and September 16.
AUG. 31, Irma reaches hurricane strength 400 miles west of the Cabo Verde Islands. The USS Oak Hill and the USS Kearsarge, ships originally deployed to respond to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, are redirected to the Caribbean. SEPT. 4, FEMA + federal personnel co-located with the Governor and Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Manangment Agency on St. Croix and St. Thomas. SEPT. 5, Emergency Declaration for the US Virgin Islands. All air and seaports in the US Virgin Islands are closed. FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center fully activated. US Virgin Islands Governor declares State of Emergency. SEPT. 6, Hurricane Irma passes the US Virgin Islands as a Category 5 storm. St. Thomas & St. John are fully de-energized to protect critical power infrastructure, 37,017 customers without power. SEPT. 7, Emergency Declaration for the US Virgin Islands. All air and seaports in the US Virgin Islands are closed. FEMA Regional Response Coordination Center fully activated. US Virgin Islands Governor declares State of Emergency. SEPT. 11, FEMA Urban Search & Rescue begin operations. For the first time, FEMA utilizes the Dept. of Defense Civil Authorities Information Support Element to broadcast dozens of messages via loudspeaker and mass text messages. SEPT. 12, A tropical wave forms off the African coast. SEPT. 13, FEMA supplies more than 582,000 meals and 380,000 liters of water to survivors. US Army Corps of Engineers Power Planning and Response Team assist with assessments and generator installations in critical facilities. US Coast Guard cutter fleet provides maritime security, port assessments, transporting supplies & equipment. For the first time, US Dept. of Health and Human Services medical personnel embed with Dept. of Defense search & rescue teams to evacuate dialysis patients requiring treatment. SEPT. 16, US Northern Command installs a mobile communications tower providing air traffic control radar capability at the Cyril E. King International Airport on St. Thomas.
Photo by FEMA Graphic - Sep 04, 2018