COMMITTEE MEMBERS UPDATED ON A HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS PLAN FOR ST. JOHN RESIDENTS

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St. John – Members of the Committee on Homeland Security, Justice, Public Safety, and Veterans Affairs, chaired by Sen. Steven Payne convened in a meeting at the Cleone Henrietta Creque Legislative Conference Room on Monday, and held a St. John Hurricane Preparedness Briefing.

The purpose of this meeting is to inform the residents on St. John about the being prepared for the potential Tropical Storm Dorian that is expected to become a Category 1 Hurricane by 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Collectively, officials such as the Virgin Islands Police Departments, the Virgin Islands Fire Service, the St. John Rescue, VITEMA, the Department of Human Services, and other agencies shared safety updates for the upcoming storm.

Residents are advised to listen to various media outlets for official announcements only. Police officers will remain on the road until it is deemed unsafe. “We will not risk our lives during the storm. If you chose not to evacuate to a safe place, the officers will not come out until the storm is over,” said VIPD Lt. Brown.

Thus far, the ports on St. Croix are closed. However, the ports remain open on St. Thomas and St. John. If there are inclement weather services all ports Territory-wide will close. Vessels will be secured on Cruz Bay, St. John. Residents are urged to stock up on foods, water, medicine and necessary items needed to survive a hurricane. The Department of Human Services will provide meals for the seniors and will disseminate additional meals to cover the next two days.

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