ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The U.S. Virgin Islands has reached a quiet milestone in hurricane recovery. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has finished its mission to provide temporary power for critical facilities following hurricanes Irma and Maria.
The storms devastated St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John, impacting more than 100,000 residents across the territory. In the aftermath, 100 percent of St. John customers, 85 percent of St. Thomas customers and 92 percent of St. Croix customers lacked power. Essential public facilities were inoperable, depriving residents of vital services.
FEMA supplied generators of various capacities to power these critical facilities and commissioned USACE Task Force Virgin Islands to install them. When the situation was most severe, 180 generators were powering schools, police stations, fire stations, waste water treatment plants, water pump stations and hospitals, among other facilities.
Electricity has been restored to 98 percent of USVI customers able to receive power.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service)
(TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org. For those who wish to help, cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands also has the “Fund for the Virgin Islands” at www.USVIrecovery.org.