Give the US Virgin Islands equal media coverage during hurricanes as any state would have
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On Sept 6, Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane headed towards the United States Virgin Islands as a direct hit and there was minimal media coverage. With winds upwards of 195mph, the small islands of St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix were bracing themselves to what everyone knew was going to be a catastrophic event. The major broadcasting stations, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, MSNBC only spoke of the impact Hurricane Irma might have on “Florida”. Hurricane Irma was days away from impacting that state. Thankfully Residents of the USVI could rely on their own local radio station, WSTA 1340 and Governor Mapp’s press conferences which were immensely helpful to try to prepare themselves. Friends and family here in the states were left anxiously trying to scramble through the internet to get real time updates about the impending category 5 hurricane and the possible impacts it would have to their friends/family living/visiting on the islands. St. Thomas, St. John & St. Croix are territories of the United States however they are continuously left out of major media reporting when it matters the most. These 3 islands are usually lumped into the same sentence as their British Or Dutch neighboring islands. It seems like it has become a frequently forgotten fact that St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix are territories of the United States. It is now Sept 19 and here we are again with a Hurricane, Maria, another category 5 hurricane about to further devastate our small islands, our "United States" Virgin Islands and the major broadcasting stations barely give mention to what is about to happen. The USVI should not be an afterthought, they deserve the same media exposure, attention, aid and assistance that any other state in the US would get in the coming and in the wake of an event this significant.
The USVI residents are Americans as well. It’s about time, the media starts treating them as such. #VIStrong
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