Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands

Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands

HURRICANE MARIA:

Please be advised a new curfew is in effect beginning at 10 am tomorrow, Tuesday, September 19 in anticipation of the high winds and rains associated with the approach of Hurricane Maria. Residents are advised to shelter in place beginning at 10 am tomorrow until further notice.

SHELTER LOCATIONS ON ST. THOMAS, ST. JOHN AND ST CROIX

ST. THOMAS
Knud Hansen Medical Complex
Lockhart Elementary School
Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School
Ivanna Eudora Kean High School
Roy Lester Schneider Medical Center (Special Needs)

ST. JOHN
Bethany Moravian Church
Guy Benjamin Elementary School
Myrah Keating Smith (Special Needs)

ST. CROIX
Canegata Recreation Park
St. Croix Educational Complex
Herbert Grigg Home
Charles Harwood Hospital (Special Needs)

Governor urges residents to apply for Individual Assistance (IA) using website www.DisasterAssistance.gov. The process has been tested and is efficient, he said. The telephone number to apply for IA is 1-800-621-3362.

IA online application process is aided by creation of Wi-Fi hotspots at Tutu Park Mall, Havensight Shopping Center and the Emile Griffith Ballpark on St. Thomas. On St. John, the Wi-Fi hotspot is the Port Authority parking lot, Cruz Bay, thanks to Viya.

 

AIRPORT REMAINS CLOSED TO COMMERCIAL TRAFFIC
Commercial flights will resume at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas once the Transportation Security Administration is fully functional, V.I. Port Authority Executive Director David Mapp saidFriday. Damage to the roof is preventing TSA from operating its equipment and repairs were hampered further by today’s heavy rains. Local officials will meet with TSA and the airlines Sunday in order to determine when normal operations will resume, he said. Humanitarian and military flights are scheduled for this weekend. Scheduled charter flights from major airlines are expected to beginMonday. Those with travel reservations are advised to contact their airline for updates on schedule changes.
Governor Mapp interview on NPR

Emergency Operations Command Update on Tropical Storm Jose

A Tropical Storm watch has been in effect since 11:00 today for the islands of St. Thomas and St. John as Hurricane Jose was located 415 miles east-southeast of the Northern Leeward Islands with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph and a minimum central pressure of 942 mb.

Jose is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph. On the forecast track, the center of Jose will pass near or east of the northeastern Leeward Islands on Saturday. Some fluctuations in intensity are possible for the next day or so, and gradual weakening is expected after that.

Tropical storm conditions are possible in the tropical storm watch area in the northeastern Leeward Islands by Saturday morning and in the watch area in the Virgin Islands by Saturday night.

Jose is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 1 to 3 inches over the Virgin Islands and Dominica.

Governor Kenneth E. Mapp urges everyone to take all steps possible despite our current difficult conditions to prepare for the anticipated rainfall.

Airport Update – developing

Cyril E. King airport in St. Thomas is being prepared to accept military shipments of relief supplies and personnel later today. It is among the top priorities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the local government to open the air bridge that would support the needs of hurricane victims on St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island. The Water and Power Authority continues working to restore electricity at the airport.

STX runway has been cleared but not sure if flights are going out as of yet. This update is developing as we are getting bits and pieces of info sent to us so please stay tuned as we find out more.

Curfew Lifted on St. Croix 8:00am – 6:00pm

Per Governor Kenneth Mapp, “St. Croix curfew is lifted today at 8:00am through 6:00pm. An update will be provided at 3:00pm. If WAPA can light up more areas on St. Croix, suspension of curfew may occur. Safety and security is priority.”

IRMA WIND SPEED UPDATE LINK

“It is important for users to realize that wind speed probabilities that might seem relatively small at their location might still be quite significant, since they indicate that there is a chance that a damaging or even extreme event could occur that warrants preparations to protect lives and property.”

Shelters on St. John
Bethany Methodist Church
Julius Sprauve School

Shelters on St. Thomas
E. Benjamin Oliver School
Knud Hansen Complex

Shelters on St. Croix
St. Croix Educational Complex
Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged

Animal Safety During Hurricane Irma

The Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands is advising residents to secure their animals during the passage of Hurricane Irma. Government officials have advised residents who own horses to keep them in their stables if the stables are secure. If stables are not secure or if residents do not have stables, owners should take their horses to the nearest fenced-in pasture and untie them. The horses will be safer and less fearful if they are free to move about and find their own shelter within the pasture. Smaller animals, such as dogs, should by no means be left chained outside during the passage of a hurricane. Governor Kenneth Mapp encourages pet owners to secure their animals inside in a small room such as the bathroom or in a cage indoors. Shelters in the U.S. Virgin Islands are pet-friendly to small animals, provided they are kept in a cage. Larger animals cannot be brought to shelters.

The Virgin Islands Department of Human Services announces the closure of all senior centers and Head Start Centers on September 5. 2017.  Commissioner Felecia L. Blyden stated, ” The department, like the entire central government, is currently in disaster preparedness mode in light of updated information pertaining to Hurricane Irma. This closure is specific to the Richmond Senior Center on St. Croix, Strive Senior Center on St. Thomas, and the Adrian Senior Center on St. John. Equally important to this notice, please be advised that all DHS operated Head Start Centers will be closed.”

Sand bag distribution locations will be opened throughout the territory  beginning on Monday, September 4, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:

St. Croix:
Department of Public Works, Anna’s Hope
Department of Public Works, Frederiksted
Grove Fire Station
Cotton Valley Fire Station

St. Thomas:
Department of Public Works
Bordeaux Fire Station
Tutu Fire Station

St. John:
Department of Public Works

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