I was dumbfounded and infuriated when I read the Sept. 12 editorial "It was best to prepare for the worst," which noted that the governments of Britain, France and the Netherlands had taken criticism for their poor response to the devastation Hurricane Irma inflicted on their territories in the Caribbean. News flash: The United States also has territories there. The U.S. Virgin Islands of St. Thomas and St. John got smashed when the eyewall of then- Category 5 Irma passed over them. The aerial footage finally coming out shows near-total destruction — buildings gutted, debris everywhere, no water, no power, nothing.
The Post isn't the only entity to have forgotten about the U.S. citizens in the Virgin Islands. I was stunned to see a press release from the Interior Department — the agency responsible for U.S. territories — issued in the hours after Irma passed over the Virgin Islands. Secretary Ryan Zinke felt the need at that moment to tout President Trump's tax-reform plans.
I still haven’t heard from several friends in the Virgin Islands. Others have posted that they are hunkered down in their damaged homes, running out of food and water. Looting is a problem in some areas.
Many people in the Virgin Islands are terrified and feel forgotten and abandoned.
Jim Day, Vienna