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If it Gets Them, DOH May Distribute Generators to People with Medical Need

The V.I. Department of Health has made a request for small generators from the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency and FEMA and, if approved, will provide them to people who have a verified medical need.

Public Health Commissioner Dr. Michelle Davis said Tuesday that individuals will have to provide medical documentation of their need. Examples of individuals who may qualify for a small generator – if they are received by the Department of Health – include people who do not have electricity in their home and who require a CPAP machine, oxygen machine or motorized medical equipment.

Others who might qualify include people who do not have access to ice and are homebound, cannot get ice and have nobody to get ice for them and who have medications that must be chilled.

Davis stressed that even if individuals have a verified need, there is no assurance that they would receive generators. In any case, the department has not yet received generators from the emergency management agencies.

In order to inquire about the generators for a verified medical need, people can call the Health Department at either the VITEMA emergency operation command at 340-774-2244 on STT/STJ and at 340-773-2244 on STX, or the Department of Health emergency operation command. at 340-774-7477 ext. 5614 on STT/STJ and at 340-712-6205 on STX.




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