The Virgin Islands
Territorial Emergency Operations Plan (TEOP) is a guide
to how the Virgin Islands conducts all-hazards response.
It is built upon scalable, flexible, and adaptable
coordinating structures to align key roles and
responsibilities across the Territory and our Federal
partners, linking all levels of government,
nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.
It is intended to capture specific authorities and best
practices for managing incidents that range from the
serious but purely local, to large-scale natural or
man-made disasters. This TEOP is comprised of a base
plan, along with the Emergency Support Function Annexes
and Support Annexes, and can be viewed/downloaded by
clicking on the image to the right.
The last time the TEOP
was updated was around 1997 and has been obsolete for
several years. VITEMA re-did the whole plan and modeled
it off of the National Response Framework, the national
plan that governs the federal government's response to
any natural or man-made disaster and the National
Incident Management System. Our response structure in
our emergency operations centers was also updated to be
in compliance with the National Incident Management
All of the agencies with
a major role in our response and recovery operations
have signed off on the TEOP as well as Governor John P.
de Jongh, Jr.
With the adoption of this
updated TEOP, the Virgin Islands will have a current
operational plan that is in compliance with NIMS. We are
continuing to update the TEOP's annexes and are also
preparing to start exercising the TEOP as early as