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Hurricane Preparedness

VITEMA encourages residents to start preparing their families and property now for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Get an emergency supply kit, make a disaster plan, and stay informed about hazards that may impact our area.

For storm-related information visit the Virgin Islands Joint Information Center
THE LATEST FROM VITEMA
August 21, 2014
Flash Flood Watch in Effect through Saturday Morning for the US Virgin Islands

The National Weather Service in San Juan has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the US Virgin Islands and all of Puerto Rico from late tonight through Saturday morning. A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions are favorable for heavy rain across the watch area, which may lead to flooding.

August 1, 2014
4.9 Magnitude Earthquake Occurs Northwest of St. Thomas

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake occurred about 30 miles north northwest of St. Thomas, at approximately 11:05 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was located at Latitude 18.7 degrees north and Longitude 65.1 degrees west, at a depth of about 24 miles. Residents on St. Thomas reported that the earthquake shook their homes including in areas such as Point Pleasant, downtown Charlotte Amalie and Nisky. However, no injuries have been reported, according to VITEMA's 911 Emergency Communications Center.

No tsunami warning has been issued for the Virgin Islands.

August 1, 2014
GOVERNOR DE JONGH RECEIVES BRIEFING ON TROPICAL STORM BERTHA AND ITS POTENTIAL THREAT TO THE VIRGIN ISLANDS THIS WEEKEND

On Friday, Governor John P. de Jongh, Jr. received a full briefing from the department and agency heads of the Executive Branch on preparations that have been underway this week in anticipation of the possible threat of Tropical Storm Bertha. Also participating on the midday conference call were federal partners including FEMA, Coast Guard, the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center.

August 1, 2014
Tropical Storm Warning in Effect for the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico Tropical Storm Conditions Expected in the USVI on Saturday

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. A tropical storm warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected somewhere within the warning area in this case within the next 24 hours.

July 31, 2014
NHC 2pm Update: Invest 93L Does Not Currently Meet Criteria for Tropical Cyclone VITEMA Continues to Monitor System, Places Operations Centers on Alert

A Hurricane Hunter aircraft has recently begun investigating the low pressure system located about 550 miles east of the southern Windward Islands. According to the National Hurricane Center, preliminary reports from the aircraft indicate that this system is producing winds to near gale force. However, satellite images indicate that the associated showers and thunderstorms have diminished significantly since this morning.

July 31, 2014
National Hurricane Center: Tropical Wave Showers, Thunderstorms Decreasing

Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave located about 1,000 miles east of the southern Windward Islands have been gradually decreasing since yesterday. However, environmental conditions are marginally conducive for the development of this system into a tropical depression during the next couple of days, according to the NHC.

July 29, 2014
VITEMA Monitoring Tropical Wave Slowly Organizing in the Atlantic Residents Advised to Monitor System, Assess Preparedness

A tropical wave located about 1,450 miles east of the southern Windward Islands is becoming more organized. VITEMA is monitoring its development. According to the National Hurricane Center, satellite images indicate that showers and thunderstorms associated with the area of low pressure are limited.

July 23, 2014
National Hurricane Center: Depression Degenerates into a Tropical Wave

Tropical Depression Two has degenerated into a tropical wave and should move through the Lesser Antilles this evening. The system is not expected to impact the US Virgin Islands. At 11 a.m. the center of the remnants of Tropical Depression Two was located near latitude 14.0 degrees north, Longitude 56.0 degrees west. The remnants are moving quickly westward at 25 miles per hour. Maximum sustained winds are near 35 miles per hour with higher gusts.

July 21, 2014
National Hurricane Center : Tropical Depression Two Forms in the Atlantic TD 2 Expected to Weaken to a Remnant Low by Thursday

According to the National Hurricane Center, Tropical Depression Two has formed approximately 1,205 miles from the Lesser Antilles. However, the system is forecasted to weaken by Thursday. At 5 p.m. the center of Tropical Depression Two was located near latitude 11.6 degrees north and longitude 43.8 degrees west and moving west near 16 miles per hour. This general motion is expected to continue for the next couple of days.

July 21, 2014
National Hurricane Center Designates Area of Low Pressure as Invest 92L

The National Weather Service (NWS) – National Hurricane Center at Miami, Fla., earlier today, designated an area of low pressure slowly organizing in the Atlantic as Invest 92 L. According to the National Hurricane Center’s 11 a.m. Special Outlook report, shower activity associated with a small area of low pressure located about midway between the Cape Verde Islands and the Lesser Antilles has increased a little during the past few hours.

June 6, 2014
Deadline to Comment on Draft Territorial Hazard Mitigation Plan is June 11

VITEMA is reminding the general public that the deadline to submit comments on the draft update of the Territorial Hazard Mitigation Plan is Wednesday, June 11.  The draft plan has been posted at here.

June 2, 2014
VITEMA Thanks the Community for Making the 2014 Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo a Success

VITEMA thanks the community for making the 2014 annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo a success. The Expo was held Thursday, Friday and Saturday on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix, respectively. Photos can be viewed here

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.
May 23, 2014
VITEMA Observes NOAA’s National Hurricane Preparedness Week May 25-31
Every year residents and visitors to the Virgin Islands face the potential hazards associated with the Atlantic Hurricane Season, from flooding to damage caused by storm-force winds. During National Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 25 – 31, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) joins NOAA in encouraging residents to start preparing, today, for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season.
May 19, 2014
VITEMA Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo Set for May 29-31
In a continuing effort to heighten awareness about being ready for disasters, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will hold the 2014 Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo on May 29, 30 and 31, on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix respectively.
May 09, 2014
VITEMA to Hold Public Workshops Territorywide on the USVI Hazard Mitigation Plan
Next week, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will hold a second round of public workshops to gather public input on updates to the territory’s Hazard Mitigation Plan.
May 07, 2014
UNESCO Intergovernmental Coordinating Group on Tsunami to Hold its First Conference on US Soil in St. Thomas; NOAA to Recognize USVI as TsunamiReady During Opening Ceremony
On May 13 – 15, 2014, the Virgin Islands will host the Ninth Session of the UNESCO IOC ICG/CARIBE EWS, an intergovernmental coordinating group of international scientists and emergency managers working collaboratively to establish a Caribbean Tsunami Warning System.
April 16, 2014
First Responders Invited to Research-to-Practice Symposium
First responders are invited to attend the Third Research-to-Practice Symposium: Implementation of Every Day Counts 2 (EDC) Initiatives in US Virgin Islands, scheduled for June 17 – June 19, 2014, at the University of the Virgin Islands, St. Thomas campus.
April 15, 2014
A 9-1-1 Message from Director Elton Lewis
“9-1-1 what’s the nature of your emergency?” Those are the words in a variety of accents that will echo from the microphones of a 9-1-1 operator when calling in to an emergency call center (ECC) to report or request emergency assistance.
April 9, 2014
Department of Health, St. Croix Rescue, VITEMA Partner to Offer Community Emergency Response Team Training to St. Croix Residents
The VI Department of Health and St. Croix Rescue, in partnership with the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), is offering disaster response training for residents on the island of St. Croix. During the months of April and May, Health, Rescue and VITEMA will conduct three Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes.
March 29, 2014
VITEMA Recognizes April as National 9-1-1 Education Month
Throughout April, VITEMA’s Emergency Communications Centers (ECC) staff will visit classrooms to teach elementary school-age children the basics of using 9-1-1 and about first responders who may arrive at the scene to help. Last year, the “9-1-1 for Kids” program reached more than 200 students between St. Croix and St. Thomas.
March 19, 2014
VITEMA to Hold Town Meetings Territorywide on VI Hazard Mitigation Plan
VITEMA is updating the USVI State Hazard Mitigation Plan to identify activities that can be undertaken by both the public and private sectors to reduce property damage caused by hurricanes, floods and earthquakes.
March 14, 2014
VITEMA Director Named Vice Chair of the National Emergency Management Agency’s Pacific and Territorial Caucus
VITEMA Director Elton Lewis has been named Vice Chair of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Pacific and Territorial Caucus at the NEMA 2014 Mid-Year Policy and Leadership Forum which was held this week in Alexandria, Va.
 
March 13, 2014
Tsunami Awareness Course Available through March 21
The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) in conjunction with the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center (NDPTC) at University of Hawaii is offering a Tsunami Awareness Course to the general public.
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