To celebrate the end of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Love City Strong hosted a community appreciation day in Cruz Bay. On November 18th, participants enjoyed food from local vendors, activities for all ages, and music from various St. John artists.
Hurricane season is a stressful time for everyone, even if there are no storms on the horizon. At Love City Strong we try our best to be physically prepared, and to make sure that we support those that need additional assistance to be safe in their homes in case of impact. We also think it is critical that island residents are trained in response skills, and feel prepared to take an active role in the recovery process. We hoped that this event would allow us to to breath a collective sigh of relief as we move in to the holiday season.
The core of everything we do is community participation and reslience. Coming together to share experiences helps us learn about the ways we have been successful as an orgranization, and challenges us to develop goals for future programming. This event was a great way to connect with friends and community partners, and we hope to make it a yearly tradition!
Thank you so much for your support throughout 2023, and we wish you a happy and healthy holiday season!
The core mission of Love City Strong is to serve the island of St. John in areas of disaster preparedness and disaster response, with an emphasis on mitigation and supporting community resilience. Whenever possible we rely on local skills, labor, and resources in order to keep recovery dollars within the territory, and so that we are capable of responding internally to any future impacts.
Continuous training and development is paramount to maintaining a prepared team, and community. In order to ensure that St. John residents are ready and able to take an active role in both preparedness and response, we work with partnering agencies to offer online and in person courses for our core staff, relevant on-island organizations, and the general public.
Team Rubicon is a veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during, and after disasters and crises. Professionals from this organization visit with Love City Strong several times throughout the Atlantic Hurricane Season, conducting mock disaster tabletop exercises, basic medical response, hands on chainsaw safety training, emergency roof tarping, and much more. Access to these critical skills can help alleviate some stress during this often frightening time of year, and helps our community maintain the necessary knowledge and ability to deal with all hazards.
These partnerships are incredibly valuable to our community as we continue to navigate recovery, and build a more sustainable future. The support of our donors makes it possible for us to keep serving the community, and strengthening our internal capacity. We are so grateful for your generosity.
Developing and improving community preparedness initiatives is a cornerstone of Love City Strong programming, and engaging with the residents of St. John is critical. This year, we have had the pleasure of combining our regularly scheduled community outreach events with food sales that highlight the skills of our local cooks and bakers.
Once a month, our team coordinates with vendors throughout the island to secure donations of local delicacies like soup, pastries, and homemade drinks. These treats not only help us raise funds, but also entice residents to learn more about how they can benefit from Love City Strong Programming, and get information about upcoming initiatives and events.
Funds generated from these pop-up sales, as well as generous donations from local businesses support our annual Hurricane Preparedness Fair, which will be held this year on May 6th. The “Prep Fair” boasts a DJ and live musical performances, disaster preparedness activities, and the opportunity to interact with representatives from non-profits, government departments, and businesses involved in various aspects of preparedness and response.
These pop-up events, and the annual Hurricane Preparedness Fair are both fun and informative. Love City Strong is committed to supporting our community before, during and after any impact, and it is so important that the faces of the response are familiar and trustworthy. If you are on island May 6th, please stop by Franklin Powell Park to enjoy the entertainment and learn about LCS programming. We hope you consider a donation to our year round preparedness initiatives, which enable us to further our mission for the community of St. John.
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