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Danish Emergency Management Agency personnel work on a generator at the St. Croix Educational Complex after the school was damaged from Hurricane Maria. Photo by Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA Download Original

FEMA’s partnerships are critical to executing our mission before, during, and after a disaster. During the response to hurricanes Irma and Maria, the contributions of the Danish Emergency Management Agency in the U.S. Virgin Islands highlighted the potential of international partnerships in disaster response and recovery.

From early October through mid-December, Danish Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) staff supported the official hurricane response in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Danish team performed reconstruction work on more than 30 healthcare and educational facilities across the territory. At one high school, DEMA personnel contributed 600 man-hours to install nearly 1,000 meters of blue roofing material.

Administrator Brock Long exchanged letters with DEMA Director General Henning Thiesen, expressing FEMA’s gratitude for Denmark’s contributions to relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Their efforts allowed disaster survivors to return to their homes and schools, assisting them along the road to recovery.

FEMA is grateful to DEMA and the Government of Denmark for their valued support to recovery and recovery operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands.