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HURRICANE RECOVERY: Health Department To Go Door-To-Door To See If You’re OK

CHRISTIANSTED — The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health will be conducting door-to-door interviews for a hurricane recovery survey on November 13th, 14th, 15th, and 16th.

Staff members from the Department of Health will be interviewing residents using a rapid assessment tool called CASPER which stands for “Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response.”

This CASPER will assess recovery and health measures associated with hurricane recovery. Residents will be asked questions regarding hurricane recovery, mosquito control, and household emergency plans.


Teams will be visibly out working in the community, will be in teams of two, and have official identification. Residents in randomly selected neighborhoods may be visited at the following times:

* St. Croix:

* November 13th between 1 pm and 6 pm

* November 14th between 1 pm and 6 pm

* St. Thomas:

* November 15th between 1 pm and 6 pm

* November 16th between 1 pm and 6 pm

The Department of Health appreciates your help with this survey to improve recovery efforts and strengthen the territory’s emergency response system.

To learn more about public health efforts in the USVI visit or

For more information regarding the CASPER in the USVI, call (340) 718-1311, extension 3841.


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. HittheroadMapp
    November 11, 2018 at 2:51 PM — Reply

    The most incompetent Health Dept in the history of the VI wants to go door to door 14 months after the hurricane . Sounds like a desperate action of an administration that knows their done. Stick a fork in it. The fat lady is singing.
    Na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, goodbye.

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