In light of Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 15 to 21, residents of the Virgin Islands are advised to be prepared for the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which is June 1 to Nov. 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts a very active 2016 hurricane season, with 17 storms, including five major hurricanes.
Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) will hold public hearings to discuss the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) for the authority by Black & Veatch. The IRP will detail the direction WAPA should take moving forward in the area of new generation.
Here’s what’s on tap at the V.I. Legislature this week.
Michelle Davis, regional health administrator for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region 2, was approved by the V.I. Senate Rules and Judiciary committee as Health commissioner Friday.
The week opens with church service on St. John at the Nazareth Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until noon, Sunday, May 15, There will be other events on each island during May.
The V.I. Department of Human Services (DHS) recently received notice from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDOA) – Food and Nutrition Service that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as Food Stamps, is the recipient of an additional grant award in the amount of $425,000.
The Legislature should legalize locally grown marijuana and should license growers and sellers, restricting it to traditional family farms, defined like local fishing, in the USVI.
Licensing and Consumer Affairs has been closely observing the service and conditions of several supermarkets licensed to do business in the Virgin Islands.
In an effort to best accommodate the territory’s special needs children, the Office of the Governor is offering free training to summer camp providers. Jamila Russell, territorial coordinator for the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), said the one-day workshops will assist those running progr+ams to help ensure that all children have a good experience this summer
The V.I. Legislature voted to force the Government Employee Retirement System to restart its personal loan program on a limited basis, for one year, lending as much as $20 million.