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Human Services Identifies Emergency Hurricane Shelters For Territory

CHRISTIANSTED — V.I. Department of Human Service Commissioner nominee Kimberly Causey-Gomez has identified the emergency shelters in the territory for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season.

“After careful deliberation, I am pleased to announce that shelters will be available territory-wide,” Causey-Gomez said.

The shelters are as follows:

  • ST. THOMAS — Department of Human Services Head Start Center in Sugar Estate and Lockhart Elementary School at 41 Estate Thomas.
  • ST. CROIX — Department of Human Services Head Start Center in Mars Hill, Frederiksted and the St. Croix Educational Complex at 5A&C V.I. Corps Land (across from the University of the Virgin Islands)
  • ST. JOHN — Calabash Boom Community Center
  • WATER ISLAND — Water Island Fire Station

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30. The Department of Human Services is the lead agency under Emergency Services Function (ESF) No. 6 involving mass care.

The goal is “to provide safe, temporary accommodations for a significant number of residents and visitors who are threatened by an impending storm, or are displaced or homeless after a disastrous event,” Human Services said.

“Sheltering is a key component of mass care and we have been very deliberate in our selections of qualified facilities,” Causey-Gomez said. “To that end, the assurances paramount to the selection of these primary shelters are that they meet all necessary standards for shelters during a disaster.”

Residents are advised to use shelters that are closest to their homes, the department said.

The Department of Human Services said it will issue shelter-related updates and provide about 48 hours notice to the public when a shelters are scheduled to open in advance of a severe weather event.

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