OCTOBER 1, 2017 - DOMESTIC TERRORIST MURDERS OVER 57 PEOPLE AND OVER 500 MORE ARE INJURED DURING ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENT IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA. (Photo courtesy ABC News)
The domestic terrorist attack by an Active Shooter on October 1st, 2017 is now the largest mass shooting incident in United States history. Over 55 people were murdered and over 500 have been hospitalized with injuries. Unfortunately, this will not be the last time this kind of threat happens to communities across the US and around the world.
Do you know what to do if you find yourself confronted by an Active Shooter or in a Domestic Terrorist attack? Have you discussed this with your family and friends?
Get more information on the DAPP Community Posts including a video by the FBI on what to do when confronted by an Active Shooter.
ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES TO HELP
TRANSPORT RESIDENTS IN NEED TO THE MAINLAND
U.S. Virgin Islands recovery efforts continue across the Territory
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Royal Caribbean’s Adventure of the Seas will evacuate residents with medical needs from the Territory this weekend.
In his daily address to members of the media and the public, U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth E. Mapp reported on several important developments in the joint efforts of the Government and its partners to restore essential services throughout the Territory, evacuate residents with special needs and gradually progress toward normalcy.
He confirmed that the cruise ship will travel from Puerto Rico and arrive on St. Croix on Friday before departing for Fort Lauderdale via St. Thomas on Saturday. The ship will accommodate up to 750 passengers from St. Croix, up to 200 passengers from St. John, and 50 from St. Thomas.
Priority for passage will be given to high risk pregnant women, the elderly and those with urgent medical needs. Through the Emergency Operations Command, the Department of Tourism has pre-registered the St. Thomas passengers and approximately 400 individuals from St. Croix for evacuation. Passengers are responsible for their onward travel arrangements from Fort Lauderdale.
Registration for the remaining passenger allotment will take place on Wednesday from12:30 to 3:30 p.m. in person at information centers set up at the following locations: Ann E. Abramson Pier, Cotton Valley Fire Station and VI Cardiac Center (St. Croix) and Visitor Center in Powell Park (St. John). Online registration will not be available. To date, the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands has assisted with the evacuation of more than 2,000 passengers from St. Thomas since Hurricane Irma.
One hundred individuals with similar needs have been identified for travel on a mercy flight operated by JetBlue Airways, leaving St. Croix on Wednesday and destined for Orlando. The Governor cautioned Virgin Islanders against taking advantage of the mercy missions without having access to adequate resources or in the absence of appropriate arrangements for accommodations once they arrive on the mainland United States. The Virgin Islands Government cannot assume responsibility for feeding or housing individuals once they leave the Territory.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, Governor Mapp met with members of the St. Thomas business community along with Commissioner of Tourism Beverly Nicholson-Doty to discuss opportunities to welcome cruise ship passengers as early as next month. He called the meeting very productive and said the group is hopeful that Charlotte Amalie and several key visitor attractions can be readied to receive visitors in the near future.
To further assist businesses in the recovery, the Governor said Disaster Survivor Assistance officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will have representatives from the Small Business Administration in the Territory shortly to meet with business owners, assess damages and help them negotiate the process for receiving aid.
Lieutenant Governor Osbert E. Potter is likely to head a group including members of the cabinet from the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs, the Bureau of Internal Revenue and members of the Lieutenant Governor’s staff, to get corporate activities moving so that residents and businesses can complete important business transactions such as closing loans and mortgage transactions.
The Governor expressed his optimism that the Territory’s telecommunications challenges will be addressed with the appropriate level of priority needed to restore normal business and personal activities. Governor Mapp spoke with President of AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Joe York, who indicated the telecommunications company is prepared to provide the supplies needed to assist in the restoration of service. In addition, AT&T will be issuing credits on customer bills for the period during which service was interrupted. Incidentally, the Governor noted that the generator previously stolen from an AT&T site has been returned and put back into service.
Governor Mapp reported that the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA), the Waste Management Authority, Viya and the Department of Public Works are meeting daily to coordinate debris removal, road clearance, restoration of power lines and poles, and other issues to help restore the Territory’s infrastructure. He reminded the public that the purpose of the Territory-wide curfew is to maintain public safety and cautioned residents to be extremely careful when driving, as the integrity of telecommunications and power supply lines may be compromised, despite appearances to the contrary.
The 319 members of the Puerto Rico National Guard who had been critical members of the recovery effort have returned to Puerto Rico. On behalf of Governor Mapp and the people of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Adjutant General Deborah Howell expressed the Territory’s gratitude for the extraordinary work they contributed to the recovery of the Virgin Islands.
Getting people back to work on a regular - even if limited - basis, is an important aspect of restoring normalcy to daily life in the Territory. To that end, Governor Mapp exhorted government employees to check in and report for duty by Friday. Government officials acknowledged that many public sector employees have demonstrated commitment and dedication by working long days without rest in an effort to contribute to the recovery of the U.S. Virgin Islands.
While several hundred residents remain in shelters in the Territory and thousands were served at Points of Distribution (POD) on Tuesday, grocery stores, gas stations and pharmacies are opening for business. There will be no distribution of supplies at PODs on Wednesday.
The curfew will be relaxed to allow for the potential resumption of some classes at private schools, as well as the management of normal activities. On Wednesday, September 27, the curfew on St. Croix will be reduced by three hours, with residents permitted to be outside of their homes between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. On St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island the curfew will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m., giving residents an additional hour outside their homes.
“Now is the time for us to come together and find some commonality and good purpose for the recovery,” the Governor remarked.
The official website to donate to the U.S. Virgin Islands recovery effort is usvirecovery.org.
Other resources for information include:
VITEMA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vitema
Government House Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GovernmentHouseUSVI/
The Department of Tourism: www.usviupdate.com
Emergency Operation Centers:
(340) 773-2244 (St. Croix)
(340) 776-2244 (St. John)
(340) 774-2244 (St. Thomas)
WASHINGTON – In the wake of Hurricane Maria, life, personal safety, and access to safe shelters for disaster survivors remain a priority of local responders, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the entire federal family.
To aid in life sustaining missions, six FEMA Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) task forces are deployed to the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and are working in tandem with numerous federal partners to rescue and render aid to distressed survivors in the region. Additional FEMA US&R task forces are arriving today to expand operations, as areas become accessible. FEMA US&R task forces currently conducting operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands include Virginia Task Forces 1 and 2, Florida Task Forces 1 and 2, and California Task Forces 6 and 7. Components of New York Task Force 1 and Massachusetts Task Force 1 are on the ground providing logistics support.
Federal partners assisting with Search and Rescue (SAR) missions include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the U.S. Department of the Interior / National Park Service.
Collectively, these federal agencies have rescued 180 individuals and searched more than 45 structures in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
MIAMI DADE COUNTY STATE OF EMERGENCY
Hurricane Irma Response
Residents Call 311 or 305-468-5900
ADVISORY #4 – After the Storm
Miami-Dade County has set up a Damage Assessment website
(MIAMI, September 9, 2017 – 10:30 a.m.) – Miami-Dade County has set up a webpage where residents can submit a property damage report after tropical storm force winds subside and when it is safe to do so. Residents can take photos and submit a flood or damage assessment report at the Neighborhood Damage Assessment page: http://gisweb.miamidade.gov/damage/damageform.aspx.
The 3-1-1 Contact Center hours of operation are 24 hours. To reach the 3-1-1 Contact Center, residents can dial 3-1-1 in Miami-Dade or (305) 468-5900outside or via Florida Relay 7-1-1. Specialists are taking calls in English, Spanish, and Creole. Residents can access disaster-related information 24 hours a day on the OEM website located at www.miamidade.gov/emergency.
FEMA RESPONSE AND RECOVERY INFORMATION
· To seek assistance from FEMA you can register online, at www.DisasterAssistance.gov, is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be evident until the storm has passed. If you are unable to access the internet, you can also call at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).
· Disaster Unemployment Assistance benefits are available to those whose jobs were affected by Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas, specifically those who live or work in the counties included in the major disaster declaration. This may include people not normally eligible for unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm-workers.
· The compassion of the American people is already evident in their response to the destruction the storm has caused. People can help by visiting the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) website atnvoad.org to donate or volunteer with the voluntary or charitable organization of their choice, many of which are already in south Texas and Louisiana supporting survivors, even as the rain and wind continue.
· Critical Needs Assistance (CNA) has been approved for eligible survivors in the state of Texas. CNA is intended for individuals and households who, as a result of the disaster, have immediate or critical needs because they are displaced from their primary home. Immediate or critical needs include, but aren’t limited to, water, food, first aid, prescriptions, infant formula, diapers, consumable medical supplies, durable medical equipment, personal hygiene items, and fuel for transportation. CNA is a one-time, limited payment per household for eligible applicants who register for FEMA assistance.
· Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) has been approved in Texas for eligible disaster survivors who have a continuing need for shelter because they are unable to return to their homes for an extended period of time. To be eligible for TSA, you must be registered for FEMA disaster assistance. As of this morning, more than 7,900 survivors have checked in to hotels and motels through he TSA program. Hotels interested in participating in the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program may visit Corporate Lodging Consultants (CLC) website at https://ela.corplodging.com/. The website provides details on the activation of TSA for Hurricane Harvey, as well as a mechanism to enroll in the program for a lodging provider interested in participating.
Registering online is the quickest way to register for FEMA assistance since the event will last several days and the full scope of damages may not be evident until the storm has passed. If you do not have access to the internet you may register by calling 1-800-462-7585 (TTY). If you use 711 relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 800-621-3362 directly. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. (local time) seven days a week until further notice.
To file a flood insurance claim under the National Flood Insurance Program, contact your insurance agent immediately. You can also call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) – select option 2 – to learn more about your policy, and be directed to the appropriate claims resource.
o Resources for People with Access & Functional Needs
o Spanish: https://www.fema.gov/es/disaster/4332
o Arabic: https://www.fema.gov/ar/disaster/4332
o Urdu: https://www.fema.gov/ur/disaster/4332
o Vietnamese: https://www.fema.gov/vi/disaster/4332
o Korean: https://www.fema.gov/ko/disaster/4332
o Chinese: https://www.fema.gov/zh-hans/disaster/4332
o Tagalog: https://www.fema.gov/tl/disaster/4332