2017

The storms and the response

 

09/06

Hurricane Irma, the strongest Category 5 on record in the Atlantic Basin, makes landfall on St. John.
 

09/08

The first St. John community meeting takes place in Cruz Bay. A group of volunteers begins organizing triaged evacuations and supply line logistics. This group will become known as Love City Strong (LCS).
 

09/08 to 09/19

Love City Strong collaborates with the National Park Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and public and private marine resources to facilitate evacuation of 1,200 residents and visitors.
 

09/09

Bloomberg Response Team arrives on St. John.
 

09/20

Category 5 Hurricane Maria further impacts St. John.
 

10/22

A sense of hope takes hold as the island curfew is lifted. Bloomberg and Love for Love City provide generator-powered lights and loudspeakers to support a series of community concerts in Franklin Powell Park.
 

Committed to St. John

 

11/27

The Internal Revenue Service officially recognizes Love City Strong, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
 

11/30

The 2017 hurricane season officially ends.
 

12/25

Governor Kenneth Mapp announces that St. John has achieved 90% power restoration.
 
2018

01/05

The founders of LCS meet for the first time as an interim Executive Board to write and adopt the organization’s bylaws.
 

01/22

The LCS Go Team begins canvassing the island to identify clients for its Mold Sanitation and Water Quality Projects.
 

02/06

President Bill Clinton visits St. John and participates in a community meeting, saying:

“Whenever you get discouraged, think of this: This is a time of the most rapid economic, social, cultural, and environmental change. It’s a privilege you get to carry the responsibility into the next generation.”

 

05/16

The LCS Water Quality Project hits the “150 homes tested” milestone.
 

The future together

 

07/01

The founding members of LCS step down from their roles as the interim Executive Board and transfer control to the new Executive Board: Tom Secunda (Chair), John McInnis (Co-Chair), Jarrod Bernstein (Secretary-Treasurer), Ian Samuel, and Tenesha Keyes.
 

07/25

LCS Mold Sanitation Project hits milestone of 100 homes sanitized and remediated.
 

08/31

USA Today publishes “Rebuilding St. John after Irma,” a look at the recovery efforts made by LCS, Bloomberg, and Love for Love City.
 

09/05

The Resilient Housing Initiative is announced.
 
2019

01/05

Recovery efforts continue, as a new year begins.
 

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