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SAN JUAN — Integrating disaster risk management into development policies will minimize damage and loss incurred from natural disasters. This is according to a timely publication released by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), following on the heels of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which devastated

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STANDING AROUND DOING NOTHING: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (CoE) do what they do best — absolutely nothing! (Except repair Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s generator at Coakley Bay Condominiums.) CHRISTIANSTED — Some 28 years after Hurricane Hugo struck St. Croix, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is being called a

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“I DON’T NEED NO STINKIN’ FOOD STAMPS:” “And either should you, Gov. Kenneth Mapp told the people of the territory … but ultimately relented when $23 million in D-SNAP became available.   CHRISTIANSTED — An estimated $23 million has been approved for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP). Gov. Kenneth

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CONQUERING HERO: U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue instituted the disaster food stamps program (D-SNAP) over Gov. Kenneth Mapp’s strident objections. CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The Agriculture Department implemented USDA’s Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) in the Virgin Islands, making a range of households recovering from Hurricanes Irma and

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CRUZ BAY — Friends and family of longtime St. John charter captain Richard Benson are mourning his death after his body was found in the British Virgin Islands. Linda Worthington, Benson’s ex-wife, said in an email from her home in Belize that “there has been an outpouring of compassion and

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CHRISTIANSTED – Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands have until December 18 to register for assistance with FEMA. FEMA has granted the territorial government’s request to extend the deadlines and make the deadline the same for both disasters. “We understand that the ongoing communications challenges

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) activated its Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) for the territory to help uninsured residents recovering from Hurricane Maria obtain the critical prescription drugs they need. A total of 13 pharmacies in the U.S. Virgin Islands currently

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Dustin Kuster is still waiting for a large cooler he purchased online to arrive at his home so he can keep meat, cheese, and fresh foods on hand. Like about 80 percent of residents here, the 41-year-old, his girlfriend, and her four children have been living without

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — It’s time to wait in line for your free food stamps! That’s because … President Donald Trump’s declarations for Hurricanes Irma and Maria apply to the territory as a disaster area. Additionally, Trump must also declare “Individual Assistance” for the disaster area. This gives authority to the

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CHRISTIANSTED — When an emergency strikes, medications can get lost or damaged, putting one’s health and well-being at risk. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has activated the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) to help residents of the

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