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The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

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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.
March 12, 2014
VITEMA to Test Tsunami Sirens Territorywide on March 26
The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will conduct a territorywide test of the Tsunami Early Warning System March 26...
January 17, 2014
Phase Two of VITEMA’s Tsunami Siren Installation Project Near Completion
VITEMA is near completion of Phase Two of the Tsunami Siren Installation Project, adding fourteen new sirens to the Territory all-hazards warning system.
January 14, 2014
Start the Year Ready- Develop an Emergency Plan
Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advise USVI residents to prepare a Family Emergency Plan, to further their readiness during emergencies, including fire, floods, and hurricanes, but especially for no-notice events, such as earthquakes and tsunamis.
January 13, 2014
6.4 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Island of Puerto Rico at 12 AM; Monday National Tsunami Warning Center – “No Danger of Tsunami”
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred at approximately 12:01 a.m. on Monday, with the epicenter near 19 degrees North latitude and 66.8 degrees West longitude, at a depth of 17.4 miles — approximately 85 miles of northeast of Mayaguez and 80 miles northwest of San Juan, Puerto Rico. 
December 27, 2013
VITEMA Office on St. Thomas Temporarily Closed for Emergency Repairs; 911 Emergency Communications Center Unaffected, Remains in Operation
VITEMA Director Elton Lewis is announcing that Agency’s St. Thomas office is temporarily closed for emergency repairs to the air conditioning system. 
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VITEMA Offers Tsunami Awareness Course to St. Croix Hotels
The National Disaster Preparedness Training Center at the University of Hawaii, in partnership with the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA), is pleased to offer a FEMA-certified Tsunami Awareness Course (AWR 217) to the hotel managers, planners and employees.
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UNESCO IOC ICG/CARIBES EWS Annual Conference
UNESCO IOC ICG/CARIBE EWS will hold its 9th Session conference on the island of St. Thomas, May 13-15, 2014. This is the first time the annual conference will be held on US soil.
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ANNUAL ALL HAZARDS PREPAREDNESS EXPO
The Annual All Hazards Preparedness Expo will be held May 29-31, 2014, on St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix respectively. This year’s theme is “Train. Prepare. Respond.”
Research-to-Practice Symposium: Implementation of Every Day Counts 2 (EDC)
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.
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