This report summarizes the findings of the pre-assessment team, standard by standard. The US
Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency will use the results of the Phase 1
assessment to correct deficiencies in the identified standard areas, and review the remaining
standard areas in order to apply what they learned during the pre-assessment to improve those
areas as well.
The Phase 1 assessment was conducted using the Emergency Management Standard by EMAP
(2013 edition). The standard is intended to increase the Program’s knowledge of the EMAP
standards and assist them in understanding how to apply their Program documents to the
EMAP Pilot Assessment Report standard, and provide a comprehensive report to assist in identifying areas of focus as they plan for the on-site assessment.
In a time where our Nation’s emergency management is strengthening from the local
level to a national scale, accreditation represents a significant achievement. As the
eminent emergency management agency in the region, part of VITEMA’s overall
strategic goal and vision is to obtain accreditation status.
The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) is a standards-based
voluntary assessment and accreditation process for government programs responsible for
coordinating prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery activities for
natural and human-caused disasters. Accreditation is based on compliance with
collaboratively developed national standards, the Emergency Management Standard by