Love City Strong (LCS) serves the community of St. John, USVI, in the areas of disaster preparedness and disaster response through mitigation and supporting community resilience. Planning for future challenges presented by disasters is their primary goal and purpose. Their Disaster Preparedness program has three components which seek to ensure that St. John is more prepared than ever for all hazards.
The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) leads the helm when it comes to making sure Virgin Islanders and Visitors alike are informed and kept safe during a hurricane emergency. One of the best suggestions is to buy travel insurance if you are planning your trip during hurricane season, June 1st through November 30th. This is your only protection for reimbursement if a hurricane happens during your trip. Talk to the place where you are staying about their hurricane emergency plan. Bringing durable footwear and outerwear is always a good idea.
BUILD A KIT– This online tool from VITEMA is a great way to get started to prepare for a hurricane. After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for 7 – 10 days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Build a Kit!
Below is the contact information if you need further assistance regarding shelters or other emergencies.
8221 Estate Nisky
Saint Thomas, VI 00803
Tel: (340) 774-2244
Saint John Office
St. John, VI 00830
Tel: (340) 776-2244
If you are traveling during hurricane season to the U.S. Virgin Islands, June 1st through November 30th, consider enrolling in STEP.
What is STEP?
The State Departments offers the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). This free service allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
Benefits of Enrolling in STEP?
If a hurricane or other disaster does effect the U.S. Virgin Islands, FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program (IHP) provides financial and direct services to eligible individuals and households affected by a disaster, who have uninsured or under-insured necessary expenses and serious needs. IHP assistance is not a substitute for insurance and cannot compensate for all losses caused by a disaster. The assistance is intended to meet your basic needs and supplement disaster recovery efforts.