ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) has appointed Pastor Gary Moore to serve as Voluntary Agency Liaison.
Pastor Moore will work with the Long-Term Recovery Groups (LTRGs) that have formed on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas. Members of the groups include faith- and community-based organizations and nongovernmental partners. Their mission is to aid survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria who have unmet needs after receiving all other assistance for which they are eligible.
Pastor Moore brings a wealth of experience to his new role, having led the LTRG on St. Croix.
“Pastor Moore’s leadership and ability to effectively plan and deploy voluntary efforts for preparedness, response and recovery will greatly enhance our territory’s work with faith-based organizations and long-term recovery groups,” said VITEMA Director Mona L. Barnes.
The recovery groups are not yet operating at full strength, but they are beginning to help Virgin Islanders remove debris, feed their families, access health care, remove mold, make repairs to their homes and fulfill other unmet needs. FEMA’s Voluntary Agency Liaison specialists are providing the groups technical support.
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.