In 2018, Love City Strong has several community wellness projects that we are actively seeking funding for. We are dedicated to sourcing labor for our projects from St. John residents, which directs money into the local economy and develops assets for future disaster response situations.
In conversations about what it means to be prepared and resilient, LCS decided to focus on what worked best for St. John in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Irma; recreating these systems in a more structured and manageable fashion. Areas that the project focuses on include supply storage, establishing public meal centers with local restaurants, a stand-by road clearing team, and the expansion and deployment our Go Team as a door-to-door wellness check and supply distribution group. Our Go Team has received extensive training from St. John Rescue, the USVI Department of Health, FEMA, and VITEMA to be effective in a variety of response situations when deployed by these agencies.
Goals: To ensure that resources are pre-staged and easily deployed across St. John in the event of a natural disaster.
Many homes on St. John do not have safe, potable water, and renters and homeowners have no way to determine water quality in their cisterns. LCS has tested the cistern water quality of 200 homes on St. John for the presence of E.Coli bacteria to ensure that seniors, low-income families, single-parent families, pregnant women, and residents with non-emergency medical needs or a compromised immune system are aware of their water quality, and are given the proper tools and information to treat their cisterns. In partnership with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), LCS is developing a long-term, controlled chlorination treatment study for residents identified as high-risk, with the goal of developing new, safe methods of long-term cistern treatment that can be used by Virgin Islanders to regain access to potable water.
To provide as many residents as we can with safer cistern water, and to present our findings in the form of a case study to the territorial and federal government to demonstrate the need for safe, potable water in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster.
Water Quality Project
Mold Sanitation Project
Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the majority of homes on St. John still have some degree of mold, ranging from minor to extensive. With help from the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors (NORMI), LCS has hired and trained a cleaning crew of St. John residents who are hard at work sanitizing homes belonging to full-time residents who are seniors, low-income families, single-parent families, pregnant women, or residents with non-emergency medical needs or a compromised immune system.
To provide as many residents as we can with a healthier home environment, and to present our findings in the form of a case study to the territorial and federal government to demonstrate the need for mold sanitation in the immediate aftermath of a natural disaster.