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Press Releases & Statements

Virgin Islands Territorial 
Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release

October 28, 2015

VITEMA Director Barnes: Thank You for Making the 2015 Preparedness Expo a Success

On behalf of Team VITEMA, I want to thank everyone who stopped by our Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo to learn more about what it means to be prepared for disasters. Our 2015 theme — “Building Resiliency” — was a call to action to be ready before a disaster strikes and you heeded the call. The better prepared we are, the more resilient we are in the face of a disaster. 

A heartfelt ‘thank you’ goes out to the local and federal government agencies, non-government organizations and private sector businesses that provided preparedness handouts, giveaways and raffled prizes; and to our first responders who performed demonstrations and prticipated in our motorcade and parade on St. Croix and St. Thomas. 

A special ‘thank you’ to our Expo partner the National Park Service, and to our major sponsors – Innovative, Choice Wireless, VI Lottery, VI Water and Power Authority, Department of Health, Department of Tourism and the Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.

Local Government

  • VI Police Department 
  • VI Fire Service
  • VI Water & Power Authority
  • Dept. of Tourism
  • Dept. of Health
  • Dept. of Licensing & Consumer Affairs
  • Dept. of Human Services
  • Dept. of Planning & Natural Resources
  • St. Croix Rescue
  • St. Thomas Rescue
  • Dept. of Labor- OSHA 
  • VI Waste Management Authority
  • VI Lottery
  • Department of Labor-OSHA
  • FirstNetVI

Federal Government

  • National Park Service
  • VI National Guard
  • US Coast Guard
  • FEMA

Non-government Organizations

  • American Red Cross
  • St. Croix Animal Welfare Center
  • Puerto Rico Seismic Network
  • CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) & Teen CERT 
  • Civil Air Patrol

Private Sector

  • Innovative
  • Choice Wireless
  • Home Depot
  • Cost-U-Less
  • Sea Chest
  • MASA
  • Gallows Bay Hardware
  • SkyMed 

Mona L. Barnes
Director, VITEMA

PS: Check out our photo slideshows from expo events on St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas

2015 All Hazards Expo - St. Croix

2015 All Hazards Expo - St. John

2015 All Hazards Expo - St. Thomas