VITEMA Begins Using WhatsApp to Spread Verified Storm Updates

Ads St. Thomas — The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) seems to be hard at work solving one of the most challenging parts of its disaster response strategy — disseminating accurate information to the public. The agency began testing out WhatsApp as a medium for delivering timely updates to residents. Many Virgin Islanders … Read more

Congress Moves to Investigate Hurricane Response in USVI, Puerto Rico

Ads Senate Democrats may be laying the groundwork for future investigations into the Trump administration in response to mounting reports that the federal government failed to respond adequately to two category 5 storms that battered the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico one year ago. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of hurricane Maria … Read more

Read: Military Report Warned of ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ in USVI, Puerto Rico

Ads St. Thomas — “The potential for government failure and the resulting humanitarian crisis on Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands is high,” reads the recently unclassified J-2 assessment obtained by the House Oversight Committee. The previously classified military assessment written five days after hurricane Maria struck the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico … Read more

This Week: FEMA Sends World’s Largest Plane with Hurricane Aide to Guam

Ads St. Thomas — Two Ukrainian cargo planes charterned by FEMA landed in Guam earlier this week to bring disaster supplies. The crafts that rarely take flight, brought supplies for Guamanians — who are U.S. citizens — right before a powerful typhoon made landfall this week. The arrival of the world’s largest plane — the … Read more

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