Office of Disaster Recovery to Launch New TV Show March 12

From left to right: Sherry-Ann Francis, ODR Director Adrienne L. Williams-Octalien, Emmanuella Perez-Cassius, VIHFA Executive Director Daryl Griffith, and Erainee Acosta

The Office of Disaster Recovery (ODR), in collaboration with the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) and WTJX-TV Channel 12 (WTJX), has announced the launch of new television programming to provide the public with the most up to date information on the territory’s progress towards recovery.

The new program, “Recovery in Focus,” will premiere at 8 p.m., Thursday, March 12, on WTJX Channel 12. This 30-minute television production, hosted by Emmanuella Perez-Cassius, was created to provide viewers with the most recent developments in the Office of Disaster Recovery’s five priority areas: hospitals, schools, roads, housing and power as well as other critical projects that impact the daily lives of residents.  Starting on April 30, a new episode of “Recovery in Focus” will air on the last Thursday of every month.

“Transparency builds trust, and we want our fellow Virgin Islanders to know the status and progress of critical recovery projects,” said Office of Disaster Recovery Director Adrienne L. Williams-Octalien. “These updates should be practical and consistent. ‘Recovery in Focus’ embarks on fulfilling that need.”

The inaugural show will take an in-depth look at the EnVIsion Tomorrow Program with featured guests VIHFA Executive Director Daryl Griffith, rental reconstruction; Erainee Acosta, rehabilitation manager; and Sherry-Ann Francis, manager of the homeowner rehabilitation and reconstruction program.

“We’re happy to have the first show on Recovery in Focus feature the EnVIsion Tomorrow Homeowner and Rental Rehabilitation and Reconstruction program,” said Griffith.

“EnVIsion Tomorrow is one of several major disaster recovery projects that is being financed by Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery.  CDBG-DR funds are being used for projects throughout the territory in housing, infrastructure and economic revitalization,” he said.

WTJX will also share the broadcast online on its social media accounts and on the PBS app, which can be viewed via TV streaming devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Firestick, etc., as well as on smart devices.

“WTJX stands with our viewers who need accurate and dependable news and status updates about the details of our recovery,” said WTJX’s CEO Tanya-Marie Singh.

“Our residents are exhausted by the pace and bureaucracy of our recovery, and it is our hope that this show helps people manage their expectations as well as get information that is useful in their efforts to achieve some type of normalcy.”

Log on to www.usviodr.com and follow the Office of Disaster Recovery on social media, Facebook @ODRUSVI, Twitter @USVIODR, and Instagram @USVIOFFICEOFDISASTERRECOVERY for regular funding reports, procurement notifications, recovery-related employment opportunities and other news.

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