Insular and International Affairs has approved $1,345,256 in fiscal year 2018 grant funding under the Coral Reef and Natural Resources initiative to the U.S. territories and the freely associated states.
The program provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
“Infrastructure and maintenance needs at schools in the U.S. territories outweigh the resources available,” said Domenech. “While Secretary Zinke and I are happy to provide this assistance, we acknowledge that the need is greater and will advocate for more assistance.”
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).
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.
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.
The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving.
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.
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.
Through the new Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program (WHIP), eligible crops, trees, bushes or vines located in a county declared in a Presidential Emergency Disaster Declaration as a ‘primary county’ are eligible for assistance if the producer suffered a loss as a result of a 2017 hurricane or wildfire.