Health to Conduct Recovery Surveys in Neighborhoods

Health Commissioner Justa Encarnacion (Government House photo)

The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health (DOH) will be conducting door-to door interviews for a hurricane recovery survey on Oct. 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. Staff members from DOH will be interviewing residents using a rapid assessment tool called CASPER, which stands for “Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response.”

The CASPER will assess recovery and health measures associated with hurricane recovery. Residents will be asked questions regarding hurricane recovery, mosquito control and household emergency plans. No personal information will be collected.

Teams will be visibly out working in the community; they will be in teams of two and will have official identification.

Residents in randomly selected neighborhoods may be visited at the following times:
● St. Croix:
○ October 21 between noon and 7 p.m.
○ October 22 between noon and 7 p.m.
● St. Thomas-St. John:
○ October 23 between noon and 7 p.m.
○ October 24 between noon and 7 p.m.
○ October 25 between noon and 7 p.m.

The Department of Health appreciates residents’ helping with this survey which will be used to improve recovery efforts and strengthen the territory’s emergency response system.

To learn more about public health efforts in the USVI, visit or For more information regarding the CASPER in the USVI, call 718-1311, ext. 3841.