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Virgin Islands Territorial
Emergency Management Agency

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For Immediate Release

April 7, 2011

Updated Territorial Hazard Mitigation Plan Available for Comment at VITEMA.gov

The final draft of the Territory’s Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan is available at http://vitema.gov/mitigation and the Virgin Islands Territory Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) is encouraging concerned citizens to review the document and provide their feedback.

The purpose of the Territory’s Hazard Mitigation Plan is to identify activities that can be undertaken by both the government and the private sector to reduce property damage caused by a series of hazards that include floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes. While these hazards are acts of nature, the impacts on residents, public facilities, businesses, and private property can be diminished through hazard mitigation planning. 

VITEMA is directing this territory-wide planning effort which is being funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The planning activities have been coordinated through a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee created by VITEMA. A consultant team headed by the Council for Information and Planning Alternatives (CIPA) has been providing Technical Support to VITEMA.

The public and local government agencies were instrumental in providing input for the development of this Plan during months of committee meetings and town hall meetings held territorywide over the past few months. The completion of this Plan, along with the solicited public input, will ensure that the Virgin Islands government maintains its eligibility for future FEMA funding, including the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) and competitive grants awarded under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) program. 

“VITEMA is embracing a planning approach that involves community participation and input at all stages of the planning process,” by posting the Plan on its website, said Jonetta Darden, Deputy Director for Grants Management who is also the State Hazard Mitigation Officer. 

Please submit comments to Jonetta Darden via e-mail to jonetta.darden@vitema.vi.gov or fax to 340- 715-6847 by April 15, 2011. 

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