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Construction Consideration ? Any thoughts.
Smart!! You weld those shipping containers together and down and they're bullet proof 2 (1 hour ago)Mike Weiss:
This is showing up around the country with different applications: homeless housing, veteran housing, business “complex”, et al. 2 (1 hour ago)James Mcgrew:
When Hugo totally destroyed Isle Of Palms SC, the rich bought the lots and rebuild Mansions,, Do not let this Happen to St Thomas. Help the local rebuild better. 13 (1 hour ago)Jeff J Magras:
Looks top heavy. The top section's integrity is only as good as its base. Post some engineering on here. Let's look at it 2 (1 hour ago)John Hammett:
There is already a little village between red Hook and Smith Bay.
It is across from the entrance to Smith Bay Park (Linduist Beach).
Take a look at them.
More creative than that pic. (1 hour ago)Gary Rote:
Do you think that with that kind of high profile it can withstand 150mph winds? 4 (1 hour ago)James Mcgrew:
Not sure the height is as crucial on the hills, these are built in High flood prone coast of the US. 7 (1 hour ago)Alan Light:
Don't forget to put some anodes on those piles, and check them annually. 1 (1 hour ago)John Toler:
Those are great. Maybe extend the roof from the top one down to the tops of the left and right container without overhangs. This gives you more usable space and more aerodynamics for high winds. Just a thought. 2 (1 hour ago)Jeff J Magras:
Keep the roofing overhang to an absolute minimum stay away from wind shear uplift 3 (1 hour ago)Ellie Rose:
Google container homes just to get an outside view esthetic wise. I have a few plans as Im partially a survivalist, though I did decide to just get a modular home and go 80% off grid in the near future. Only because my welding skills aren't as good as my general labor, setting (anything) skills. (1 hour ago)James Mcgrew:
What do used containers cost in ST T. Here in SC 1500 buys a clean 40 footer (1 hour ago)Maroline Martin:
Container living sucks. I think it amplifies noise. And it's almost always the exact temperature as the outdoors. (1 hour ago)Dennis Frulla:
I've built out of them. It's not easy. But they are tough and can be funky cool. They are difficult to tie down unless you have the twist lock plates to bolt down. Every time you drill cut or weld you have to prime and paint. If you stack them you can make two 6 inch welds to hold them together. Not good enough. You have to make brackets and bolt them together. Not much area at contact anyone points to do so. Large holes cut in them must have header essential especially in the sides. Roof becomes very flimsy with wall section missing. Can header from above, in treated paralam if a roof is to be added in wood. Insulation is best installed using 1 -5/8 inch metal firring studs and closed cell foam. Metal studs need be placed so they are thermally broken. Dented cheaper units are a booger to use because your marks move after tension is relieved. Plan for cutting twice or doing some trimming. Etc etc. it's not easy. And labor and intense. Did I mention constant primer and paint through the process ? 2 (1 hour ago)James Mcgrew:
I would not rule it out,, Whats the alternatives ? My best hope is the structure protecting human life and sustainability in and after a Hurricaine, www.growingempowered.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Build-a-Container-Home.pdf (1 hour ago)Kishawn Creque:
Too high off the ground for a Category 5. Don't forget about flying debris hitting supports. 3 (1 hour ago)Valli Scott:
Who want to walk up two stories every day? Also, doesn't that put the structure more at risk from wind? 1 (1 hour ago)Michelle R Dungan-Jones:
Yeh put them at the bottom of the house and have a storm shelter. 2 (1 hour ago)Brandon Williamson:
All good till they fly off the pedestal?? 1 (1 hour ago)James Mcgrew:
I would not get stuck on the pedistal just yet,, lot to read here, Glad this conversation is catching on. (1 hour ago)Noemi Mimi Soto Diaz:
Are those containers? Is it legal there? (1 hour ago)Michelle R Dungan-Jones:
Yes (1 hour ago)James Mcgrew:
I am sure there are going to be some Insurance results after these hurricaines. Code is negotiable (1 hour ago)Leigh Goldman:
There are great prefabs out now which are hurricane rated. We don't have to use the old ways anymore. 5 (1 hour ago)
I am so sick of seeing these folks coming on here with their 3K charters to Florida. Yes we are in crisis and some have lost a lot. Please do not encourage these opportunistic folks here to further devastate us.
I've stayed clear these past few days just trying to manage each day and helping those around me. I'm not too worried about my friends as I know for a fact we cannot afford this! I'm just sick to my core knowing of these sharks out there playing on our misfortune!
Private jets are very expensive
I can't afford first class either 2 (21 hours ago)Anthony Crognale:
Those private flights are not making profit on those flights. The economics are private vs commercial flights doesn't allow or private to price their seats at $300pp like commercial 6 (20 hours ago)Elizabeth Shulterbrandt:
we shouldn't pass judgement as to who are on those private chartered planes.. BUT from the posts ive seen, most of the ppl flying out are rich, entitled and (probably white). It would be great to be proven wrong and see the seats being taken by Elders and children and medical evacs. Not some fragile person who has never been thru a hurricane before and is freaking out and has the privilege to leave but still "love the VI my second home bs" (Im not even talking about the supplies being brought in fyi. that part isn't on the table for discussion) (12 hours ago)Bob Marton:
The rates air charters are charging is standard. These are average prices in 2014:
You can expect to pay, on average, from $1,100 to $1,950 per flying hour for executive turboprops, $1,950- to $2,500 per hour for small cabin jets, $2,500 to $4,600 for mid cabin jets and $4,600 to $7,600 per flying hour for a large cabin jet charter (3 hours ago)Bob Marton:
It should be added that several kind persons have provided their private jets for free to fly medical evacuees out of St Thomas in recent days to the Mainland USA 3 (3 hours ago)Ronnie Lockhart:
And I don't see them(private jet companies) advertising on here. Move on. 6 (3 hours ago)Sebastiano Paiewonsky Cassinelli:
Private sector folks with businesses in the VI are bringing in planes filled with relief supplies and taking at risk folks out at NO CHARGE. And doing it over and over. 4 (2 hours ago)Trevor Hartz:
What does rich or white have to do with anything!!! Fucking stop now! This whole thread is just wrong! Condolences and Stay positive! I bet you won't tell Kenny chesney he's privileged and you don't need his efforts. Are you saying cause Tim Duncan isn't rich and privileged... you ARE the problem if you're arguing for the original post .... colors nationalities and historic labels have nothing to do with who a person is. All racists have shit heads. For the heavenly Lords sake no more prejudice!!! It's ignorance!!! Ok rant over. 2 (9 minutes ago)
Why aren't school aged children a priority to get them off island so they can go to school? 🤔
because schools are starting on monday? (1 minute ago)Laura Anderson:
Keep children with their families. They have had enough trauma without separating them from their parents. Until schools can be reopened ... try to establish local learning groups, meeting in any available larger space. (1 minute ago)
I found an adorable six week old kitten today at the PG gas station in Waterfront. I am not able to keep this cute little one. If you are interested please pm me or text me at 340 227 5555. The kitty is a bad ass because it survived Irma and Maria!
Omgoodness! If we were closer I'd take her! (23 minutes ago)Tina Eglin:
Gigi Quetel what to do with found animals? (20 minutes ago)Cheryl Dayball:
Call her MIMI..maria irma (18 minutes ago)Lauria Lindesay:
You should keep this kitten and call it storm. 1 (9 minutes ago)Lisa Wise:
Please...SOME ONE... (1 minute ago)
Hello everyone. Our Islands have never been in the news as much as we are right now. It is important for people to see our current state around the world, however it's important that we share our islands in their natural states. Many of you are Internationals who either visit the Virgin Islands or people who moved to the islands permanently. Many of you are ambassadors traveling abroad, proudly representing your Islands wherever you go.
My entire life was dependent on tourism in the Virgin Islands. We need to continue posting about our progress on rebuilding and the natural process of our Greenery growing back so tourism can continue to support and appreciate our territory. You all are doing an amazing job. #VIStrong
If you have amazing photos of the Virgin Islands please post it below so we can make a viral album to display to the world.
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We are getting married in STT in Feb. I stalk the FB feeds of as many pages as I can to see the progress. We HAVE considered changing plans, however we decided to stick to the original plans as STT will need the tourism and the vendors will likely want to get back to work! Praying for some regrowth of the vegetation. I am still very excited for my first visit to the USVI 6 (6 days ago)Melisa Kirby:
Beautifully said! I can tell you that people mainland are talking about nothing but destruction, crime and violence. They have the opinion that the islands are destroyed for the foreseeable future. The NYT reported Barbuda is empty. We have come back and we will again. Fast! ❤️ 2 (6 days ago)Amy Dukes:
My livelihood is also fully dependent on tourists. I've been trying to convince them not to cancel their trips and that we need their support now more than ever! Of course after these next 2-3 months. The landscaping will green up in no time and many businesses have already reopened! I will be constantly sending photo updates so they can see we are recovering faster than anticipated! 4 (6 days ago)Steve Cantrell:
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VIA VI Consortium
ST. CROIX — At Governor Kenneth Mapp’s third press conference following Hurricane Maria to update the territory on his administration’s recovery and relief efforts, the following details were divulged.
Residents and visitors looking to leave the territory on a mercy cruise (a cruise line will arrive in the territory late next week with the capacity to carry about 2,000 passengers, according to Mr. Mapp), or a mercy flight, should call 340-772-0357, as the Dept. of Tourism is ready to start taking inventory.
The governor again temporarily lifted the 24-hour curfew on St. Croix on Sunday, which he said would allow those in the faith-based community to worship their god. He asked that religious persons pray for the recovery of the territory. The temporary curfew lift begins at 12 noon and ends at 4:00 p.m.
St. Thomas’s airport should reopen between Thursday and Friday next week for limited commercial flights. The governor will give an update on the status of the St. Croix airport — which remains closed — next week.
The Blue Roof Project started in earnest today, with the first roof being installed in Anna’s Retreat (Old Tutu), in St. Thomas.
8,245 people were furnished with meals ready to eat (MREs), as well as water, at the five St. Croix distribution centers today. According to Adjutant General of the V.I. National Guard, Deborah Howell, 1,576 persons were furnished at Alexander Henderson School, 2,533 at the Juanita Gardine School, 2,029 at the Eulalie Rivera School, 600 at the Cotton Valley Fire Station, and 2,097 at the St. Croix Educational Complex.
Dept. of Health is offering baby bed nets. Call 340-712-6245 to request one.
Dept. of Health, accompanied by V.I. National Guardsmen, will visit USVI patients currently in Puerto Rico, and link them with their loved ones in the territory.
V.I.P.D. Commissioner Delroy Richards said the curfew will continue to be enforced, and announced the following arrests for violation of the regulation: Shaun Miller, 37; Juvanni Roach, 30, and Kester Clersont, 26. Mr. Richards said a number of criminal incidents were reported today, and that the department would continue to respond to them. He said incidents in St. Thomas and St. John had subsided significantly, and acknowledged the help of additional law enforcement from the U.S. mainland, the presence of the V.I. National Guard, as well as soldiers from the U.S. who are here as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mission, for their support.
Working with FEMA, the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority was able to turn on potable water for residents living on the west side of the island.
FEMA warned against persons who may show up at the homes of residents affected by the storms claiming to be representatives of the federal agency. William Vogel, federal coordinating officer of FEMA Region II, said FEMA representatives wear an official FEMA badge, they never ask for money, and FEMA does not work with contractors so there’s no such thing as a FEMA-approved contractor. If you detect fraud, call the FEMA fraud hotline at 866-720-5721.
More meals and water are arriving in the territory, Mr. Vogel said, revealing today that a C17 aircraft with 200,000 meals and 150,000 liters of water, along with a civilian 767 Boeing aircraft loaded with tarps had arrived in the USVI. On its way here was another C17 aircraft carrying hygienic items, as well baby food and other baby items.
So far 5,455 people have registered for federal assistance for Hurricane Irma, and 901 for Hurricane Maria. You may signup here, or call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.
Two vessels, one of them the Celebration cruise ship, will arrive in the territory in the coming days, with the Celebration serving as a home for FEMA first responders.
Dept. of Property and Procurement (DPP), currently seeking contractors for debris cleanup, signed contracts on Saturday night at Government House with a number of the local waste haulers, among them Bates Trucking and Just Right Trucking. DPP Commissioner Lloyd Bough Jr. said between 6 and 7 contracts with local contractors were signed tonight. Mr. Mapp reminded that the government can only sign contracts with licensed companies.
The BCB Middle School shelter in St. Thomas was permanently closed, and the shelter’s 7 remaining occupants were transferred to the Lockhart Elementary School shelter, which now has a total of 266 occupants, according to Dept. of Human Services Commissioner Felecia Blyden. The Knud Hansen facility, as of Saturday, housed 47 occupants. On St. Croix, the Educational Complex shelter as of today had 257 occupants, Herbert Grigg had 37, and 42 at the Canegata Ballpark center. D.H.S. said it’s working with shelter occupants to assess their needs to aid with the transition back to normalcy.
The Bureau of Information Technology, along with the Virgin Islands Next Generation Network, will erect WiFi hot spots in various locations on St. Croix, as the government entities did in the St. Thomas-St. John District during the early aftermath of Hurricane Irma.
As an aside, the governor began his press conference today by apologizing to marshals of the Superior Court of the Virgin Islands, who he had assailed for using their government authority and “flashing their blue lights” to take family and friends around during the curfew, while failing to perform any constructive work to help with the recovery. Mr. Mapp said he spoke with Supreme Court Chief Justice Rhys S. Hodge, who explained to the governor the role of the court during times of emergency.
Cherea Dennery (13 hours ago)Brittany Lynn:
Kara Hieatt phone number here for potentially getting on the cruise ship (13 hours ago)Brittany Lee:
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Haley Ashlynn Johnson I will drive and pick you up!! (1 hour ago)Michael Maxeiner:
Thanks for sharing! (25 minutes ago)Levicia NoRegrets Chestnut:
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If any FEMA or any guards in St. Thomas looking for somewhere to stay Victoria Frahm has rooms available at her rental.. We have heard there are staying in shelters because there's no where for them to go..
AT&T just sent me a text. Being charged over $100 in roaming charges. So pissed!
I can't stand att!! We are having similar problems and I purchased an international plan. (1 hour ago)Brandon Williamson:
If it was due to towers being down they should refund you. 5 (1 hour ago)Chip Needham:
call att (1 hour ago)Chip Needham:
they are waiving overage and roaming charges during the times of maria and irma 11 (1 hour ago)Chip Needham:
there is a website as well that you can request the refund from but Ill have to find it again, best to just call (1 hour ago)Shari Guilliams:
That is not right we are on Verizon and I talked to them about family being down there and they are monitoring that phone and if anything goes over then they're writing those charges off this is the time of disaster and everybody needs a little help and roaming charges good grief (1 hour ago)Karen Peterson Kyle:
We purposely switched to AT&T because it's a free call back to the mainland. We haven't had any extra fees in years while we are on island. 1 (1 hour ago)Bro Ray:
Just call ATNT, they will waive the charges. They did for me. 1 (1 hour ago)Ashley Baxley:
Check because of towers are down and they ping off international towers they should remove those charges! 2 (1 hour ago)Sydney Villarreal:
Julius Villa (1 hour ago)Kathie Jankowski:
Call them. I saw it posted by Att somewhere else that they wouldn't be charging overages or roaming for hurricane impacted customers. 3 (1 hour ago)Sara Gennusa:
They are going to be refunding all of those charges. It automatically accrues them. They are sweeping the affected areas and applying to all phones that are operating in the disaster area, regardless of area code on number 1 (1 hour ago)Lawrence A. Creque:
be no roaming charges. STT
is not "international ", my ATT plan considers calls to & from the VI as domestic calls. 1 (1 hour ago)Rashel Trombero:
They made an announcement that they would not be charging customers for overages who have been effected or are in disaster areas...Im sure its a general alert just call them and let them know you are in those ares 1 (54 minutes ago)Kimberly Hare:
Don't be pissed, just call them and they will take care of it. 4 (53 minutes ago)Jacqueline Brierley:
They'll remove the charges, just call and tell them. 1 (48 minutes ago)Rashel Trombero:
No Worries!!!! 2 (41 minutes ago)Cynthia Weagly Frye:
Call them. They are waiving roaming charges. (36 minutes ago)Wati Hanley:
AT&T is this how you treat customers experiencing hardship due to natural disaster? (34 minutes ago)Heather Couture:
Omg that’s crazy (33 minutes ago)Kristi Burns-Autrey:
Call them. Sprint sent us a message not charging us anything for roaming or overages during this time. (32 minutes ago)Michelle Storie:
My husband used Straighttalk phone service down there and never got charged a fee, and never had an issue. They work on almost all cell towers. (23 minutes ago)Connie Campbell Rosenthal:
Brian Wolf ?? (18 minutes ago)Lynn Padgett:
Verizon reversed all of my roaming charges, over $250.00. The first call I made, they did 1/2, then I messaged them via Twitter. The remaining balance was reversed. I suggest sending a message via their twitter page. You should not have to pay any roaming charges. (2 minutes ago)
Six of Marriott's Caribbean Resorts Closed Because of Hurricane Maria Damage | Caribbean360
Six of Marriott’s Caribbean Resorts Closed Because of Hurricane Maria Damage Caribbean360September 23, 2017 More share buttonsShare with your friendsYour NameYour EmailRecipient EmailEnter a MessageCaptchaSubmitShare on PinterestThe Ritz-Carlton St Thomas is one of the Marriott properties closed unt...
Pete Dunn (14 hours ago)Terry Eldridge McLaughlin:
We just stayed a wk here at this one:( (13 hours ago)Johanna Legge:
What does that mean for all the staff?? 10 (13 hours ago)Sarah Dunn:
A company of that size should have insurance that would benefit the employees or hopefully they can offer employment at other properties and relocate the employees at the company’s expense 1 (13 hours ago)Doreen Homan:
We were at the Ritz in December and it was a great relaxing vacation. Everyone at the hotel was so pleasant and we're praying for them. Stay strong!!! 2 (13 hours ago)Michael Moore:
We were at Morningstar and move to the Reef during Irma. Marriott was amazing in how they handled everything and getting their guests to safety in Peurto Rico as soon as possible after Irma.
There ws s extensive damage to Morningstar and The Reef, they seem to think it will be 18 months to repair and rebuild. (12 hours ago)Amy Faulkner Stover:
So sad, we were at morning star for our honeymoon in July 😔 (12 hours ago)Jay Watson:
It's more than 6. Carambola is a Marriott flagged property as well (10 hours ago)Beth Culberson Noble:
storms.ngs.noaa.gov/storms/maria/index.html# (10 hours ago)Laurie Burgess:
Mark Niesman (9 hours ago)Kim Draskovics:
Frank Draskovics (9 hours ago)Mabel O'Reilly-Scott:
So the Cove is the only Marriott hotel which survived in St Thomas? My husband worked there for 4 years and he used to tell me it's build up to hurricane standard am not surprised it survived that. (9 hours ago)Ohana T Doggo:
That's the Ritz in the picture lol 1 (1 hour ago)