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Virgin Islands Territorial 
Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release

March 3, 2015

VITEMA to Hold Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grant Program Seminar This Month

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), this month, will hold a Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grant Program seminar for government departments and agencies and non-profit organizations interested in applying for federal dollars to offset the costs of eligible mitigation activities.

The seminar is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon, on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, and will be held via video-conference at VITEMA’s Emergency Operations Centers on St. Croix and St. Thomas.

The HMA grant program is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is designed to reduce a community's vulnerability to disasters and their effects and to promote resilience. Currently, there are three HMA programs:

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation measures following a major disaster.
  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) provides funds for hazard mitigation planning and projects on an annual basis.
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) provides funds for projects to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) on an annual basis.

"Given the financial austerity of the Virgin Islands government, all federal grant funding opportunities are critical," VITEMA Director Elton Lewis said. "I encourage every entity that is eligible for this type of grant to take full advantage of the HMA program offers. Sustained mitigation projects protect life and property, reduce the amount of emergency management resources required to respond to and recover from a disaster and, in the long term, may eliminate the identified risk altogether."

For more information or to reserve a space, contact Haldor Farquhar, VITEMA State Hazard Mitigation Officer, at 340-774-2244 or via email at