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Disaster Recovery


Deadline Looms for USVI to Secure Reduced Matching Funds for Recovery

  • Nelcia Charlemagne
  • February 10, 2024

The news that President Joe Biden has authorized a $1.1 billion increase in the level of federal funding for disaster assistance in the territory “could not come at a better time,” according to Adrienne Williams-Octalien, director of the Office of Disaster Recovery.  She joined an elated Governor Albert Bryan at a press conference on Friday morning to discuss the aforementioned announcement by FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. For Governor Bryan, it presented a “tremendous opportunity.”  Finding the money to underwrite the customary 10% match of federal dollars allocated for disaster recovery has proven to be a mammoth challenge for the Government of the Virgin Islands, which would have had to come up with approximately $1.5 billion to receive all the disaster recovery grant funding available.  Successive attempts at lobbying for additional support from FEMA were all denied until this week’s announcement. Mr. Bryan credited the development to a series of discussions in September, ...