Senate President Myron D. Jackson has announced that legislative meetings scheduled for the week of Sept. 4-8 are postponed due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Irma. The public will be informed of new dates. A final determination regarding the Legislative Session scheduled for Sept. 8 will be made once the storm passes and its impacts are determined, he said.
Regarding the operations of the Legislature on all three islands, legislative employees are expected to report to work at 8 a.m. on Tuesday to secure their offices and, upon completion, will be allowed to leave at noon to continue their hurricane preparations at home. Casual wear is encouraged.
Based on reports from the National Hurricane Center and VITEMA, Jackson said the Virgin Islands will likely be impacted by wind, rain and ocean surge, particularly in the northern areas.
“As those reports are received I shall inform the public, all senators and our staff as to the operations of the Legislature,” the senate president said. “All persons should, therefore, carefully monitor the media, including LEGIT TV – which can be accessed on Channel 5 throughout the territory — for announcements which may inform as to the operational status of the Legislature during the affected period.”
Jackson said that the Legislature shall operate during this period only as weather conditions permit.
“Should the weather dictate the cessation of our operation for safety and health concerns, those decisions shall be made promptly and specific announcements shall be made,” he said.