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Hurricane Preparedness

VITEMA encourages residents to start preparing their families and property now for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Get an emergency supply kit, make a disaster plan, and stay informed about hazards that may impact our area.

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July 23, 2014
National Hurricane Center: Depression Degenerates into a Tropical Wave

Tropical Depression Two has degenerated into a tropical wave and should move through the Lesser Antilles this evening. The system is not expected to impact the US Virgin Islands. At 11 a.m. the center of the remnants of Tropical Depression Two was located near latitude 14.0 degrees north, Longitude 56.0 degrees west. The remnants are moving quickly westward at 25 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.

July 21, 2014
National Hurricane Center : Tropical Depression Two Forms in the Atlantic TD 2 Expected to Weaken to a Remnant Low by Thursday

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Two has formed approximately 1,205 miles from the Lesser Antilles. However, the system is forecasted to weaken by Thursday. At 5 p.m. the center of Tropical Depression Two was located near latitude 11.6 degrees north and longitude 43.8 degrees west and moving west near 16 miles per hour. This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

July 21, 2014
National Hurricane Center Designates Area of Low Pressure as Invest 92L

The National Weather Service (NWS) – National Hurricane Center at Miami, Fla., earlier today, designated an area of low pressure slowly organizing in the Atlantic as Invest 92 L. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. Special Outlook report, shower activity associated with a small area of low pressure located about midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles has increased a little during the past few hours.

June 6, 2014
Deadline to Comment on Draft Territorial Hazard Mitigation Plan is June 11

VITEMA is reminding the general public that the deadline to submit comments on the draft update of the Territorial Hazard Mitigation Plan is Wednesday, June 11.  The draft plan has been posted at here.

June 2, 2014
VITEMA Thanks the Community for Making the 2014 Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo a Success

VITEMA thanks the community for making the 2014 annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo a success. The Expo was held Thursday, Friday and Saturday on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, respectively. Photos can be viewed here

May 27, 2014
Draft of the Updated Territorial Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Comment
The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) has posted the draft of the territory’s Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan and is asking for a final round of feedback from the general public.
May 23, 2014
VITEMA Observes NOAA’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25-31
Every year residents and visitors to the Virgin Islands face the potential hazards associated with the Atlantic Hurricane Season, from flooding to damage caused by storm-force winds. During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25 – 31, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) joins NOAA in encouraging residents to start preparing, today, for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
May 19, 2014
VITEMA Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo Set for May 29-31
In a continuing effort to heighten awareness about being ready for disasters, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will hold the 2014 Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo on May 29, 30 and 31, on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix respectively.
May 09, 2014
VITEMA to Hold Public Workshops Territorywide on the USVI Hazard Mitigation Plan
Next week, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will hold a second round of public workshops to gather public input on updates to the territory’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.
May 07, 2014
UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordinating Group on Tsunami to Hold its First Conference on US Soil in St. Thomas; NOAA to Recognize USVI as TsunamiReady During Opening Ceremony
On May 13 – 15, 2014, the Virgin Islands will host the Ninth Session of the UNESCO IOC ICG/CARIBE EWS, an intergovernmental coordinating group of international scientists and emergency managers working collaboratively to establish a Caribbean Tsunami Warning System.
April 16, 2014
First Responders Invited to Research-to-Practice Symposium
First responders are invited to attend the Third Research-to-Practice Symposium: Implementation of Every Day Counts 2 (EDC) Initiatives in US Virgin Islands, scheduled for June 17 – June 19, 2014, at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus.
April 15, 2014
A 9-1-1 Message from Director Elton Lewis
“9-1-1 what’s the nature of your emergency?” Those are the words in a variety of accents that will echo from the microphones of a 9-1-1 operator when calling in to an emergency call center (ECC) to report or request emergency assistance.
April 9, 2014
Department of Health, St. Croix Rescue, VITEMA Partner to Offer Community Emergency Response Team Training to St. Croix Residents
The VI Department of Health and St. Croix Rescue, in partnership with the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), is offering disaster response training for residents on the island of St. Croix. During the months of April and May, Health, Rescue and VITEMA will conduct three Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes.
March 29, 2014
VITEMA Recognizes April as National 9-1-1 Education Month
Throughout April, VITEMA’s Emergency Communications Centers (ECC) staff will visit classrooms to teach elementary school-age children the basics of using 9-1-1 and about first responders who may arrive at the scene to help. Last year, the “9-1-1 for Kids” program reached more than 200 students between St. Croix and St. Thomas.
March 19, 2014
VITEMA to Hold Town Meetings Territorywide on VI Hazard Mitigation Plan
VITEMA is updating the USVI State Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify activities that can be undertaken by both the public and private sectors to reduce property damage caused by hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.
March 14, 2014
VITEMA Director Named Vice Chair of the National Emergency Management Agency’s Pacific and Territorial Caucus
VITEMA Director Elton Lewis has been named Vice Chair of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Pacific and Territorial Caucus at the NEMA 2014 Mid-Year Policy and Leadership Forum which was held this week in Alexandria, Va.
 
March 13, 2014
Tsunami Awareness Course Available through March 21
The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) in conjunction with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at University of Hawaii is offering a Tsunami Awareness Course to the general public.
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