The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is updating its State Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify activities that can be undertaken by both the government and the private sector to reduce property damage caused by hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.
As part of the process, VITEMA is holding town hall meetings territorywide to engage the community and provide residents with an opportunity to express their concerns and become actively involved the development of mitigation strategies focused on reducing or eliminating long-term risks to people and property. The meetings are scheduled for the month of February at the following locations:
- Feb. 2, St. John, 5 p.m.
to 8 p.m., Julius Sprauve School Auditorium
- Feb. 3, St. Croix, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Curriculum Center,
- Feb. 4, St. Thomas, 5 p.m.
to 8 p.m., Charlotte Amalie High School Auditorium
“We’re seeking public input, ideas, and recommendations for potential hazard mitigation projects ,” said Jonetta Darden, Deputy Director for Grants Management. “A fundamental component of VITEMA’s planning approach is community participation.”
Experiences in the Virgin Islands have shown that increasing costs associated with disasters are related to the intersection of the built environment (location of residences, businesses, and, infrastructure) with hazard prone or susceptible areas, Darden stated.
For more information please contact VITEMA’s Grants Management Division at 340-774-2244.