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Virgin Islands Territorial 
Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release

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.

The deadline to submit comments is June 11, 2014.

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

“The completion of this plan, which will include the public’s input, will ensure that the Virgin Islands government maintains its eligibility for future FEMA funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program and through competitive grants awarded under the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program,” said Elton Lewis, VITEMA Director. “These grants are critical in addressing areas that prone to damage from hazards.”

This territorywide planning effort is being directed by VITEMA and is funded by a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  Earlier this month, VITEMA held a second round of public workshops territorywide to gather feedback from the public. The planning activities have been coordinated through a Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee.

“The public and territorial government agencies have been instrumental in providing input for the development of this plan,” said Haldor Farquhar, VITEMA State Hazard Mitigation Officer. “VITEMA is embracing a planning approach that includes a community participation and input at all stages of the planning process by posting the plan on its website.”

Please submit comments to Haldor Farquhar, Territorial Hazard Mitigation Officer via email at or fax to 340-715-6847 by June 11, 2014.

View or download the Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan