July 29, 2020
U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – President Trump has approved Governor Albert Bryan Jr.’s request for an emergency disaster declaration for the weather system that moved through the Territory on Wednesday, July 29.
Governor Bryan submitted his request on Monday, in advance of the storm’s impact. On Wednesday, the Governor also issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency that establishes a curfew from 12 a.m. Thursday, July 30 through 12 p.m. Thursday, July 30 and authorizes the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs to declare a price freeze.
DLCA Commissioner Richard Evangelista executed the price freeze on Wednesday, July 29.
Regarding the federal declaration, FEMA announced federal disaster assistance has been made available to the Territory to supplement its response efforts in the areas affected by Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine from Monday, July 27 and continuing.
Federal funding is available to the territory, eligible local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency protective measures at 75 percent federal funding. This assistance is available for St. Croix, St. John, St. Thomas and Water Island.
William L. Vogel has been named as the Federal Coordinating Officer for federal response operations in the affected area. Additional designations may be made at a later date if warranted by the results of the damage assessments.
Governor Bryan has scheduled a press conference for 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 30 to report on the storm’s impact. He also plans to make a determination about reopening government offices – which he closed from 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 29 through Thursday, July 30 – and the status of the curfew that is in place until noon Thursday.
The press conference will be carried by local radio stations and streamed live on the Government’s page at facebook.com/governmenthouseusvi.