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ALERT: WAPA Restores Major Electrical Service Interruption in District

A district-wide electrical service interruption affected the islands of St. Thomas, St. John, Hassel Island and Water Island on Wednesday night after one generating unit tripped followed by the subsequent failure of two other units.
Elizabeth Armstrong at an April WAPA board meeting.

WAPA Board Approves Community Disaster Loan to Offset Continued Revenue Loss

In an emergency meeting Wednesday, the governing board of the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) authorized borrowing of up to $20 million dollars in an additional FEMA Community Disaster Loan (CDL).
Satellite view of Hurricane Irma taken at 10:15 a.m. AST.

Government Agencies, Others Collaborate to Improve Hurricane Preparedness

As hurricane season approaches, federal and territorial emergency response leaders continue to emphasize families prepare to sustain themselves in the immediate aftermath of a devastating storm.

General II Scheduled for Dry Dock Starting Aug. 16

While the General II is out of service, there will only be one car ferry servicing the Cruz Bay/Red Hook route.

This Week’s Senate Calendar

Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.

BER Staff Takes Oath of Confidentiality to Conduct 2017 Economic Census

Director Melendez underscored the importance of economic census data for guiding the territory’s economic growth and policymaking, and informing the business decisions of local entrepreneurs.

VIPD Firearms Bureau to Close for One Month for System Update

Exceptions: all firearm transactions such as new and unregistered firearms entering the islands or for safekeeping firearms departing the territory.
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Office of Highway Safety Initiative: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Initiative

The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving.
Finance Commissioner Valdamier Collens testifies before the Finance Committee. (Photo by Barry Leerdam, provided by the V.I. Legislature)

Department of Finance Launches User-Friendly Redesigned Website

After the web server that hosts the department’s website experienced technical difficulties in the wake of the last year’s hurricanes, it was necessary to reconstruct the site to ensure the department maintains its commitment to providing transparent interaction with the community.

FEMA Urges Families to Prepare Children for Disasters

Emergencies and disasters can happen at any time, often without much warning. Disaster planning, response and recovery efforts must address the unique needs of children, who make up roughly a quarter of the U.S. population.

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