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Aug. 22, 2002 – VITEMA and the University of the Virgin Islands Small Business Development Center will present a forum on natural hazards management from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 23, at the Marriott Frenchmen's Reef Beach Resort.
Panelists will discuss disaster preparedness planning, the insurance industry, mitigation, earthquake and hurricane preparedness, stress management, and emergency management. The community is invited to attend. Admission is free.
The forum is brought in conjunction with the Virgin Islands Insurance Association, WSTA, TV2, St. Thomas/St. John Chamber of Commerce, St. Thomas/St. John Hotel Association, Price Smart, Knight Quality Stations and the Frenchtown Civic Association.
For more information contact SBDC at 776-3206 or VITEMA at 774-2244.
Natural Hazards Management Forum Agenda
8:30 a.m. Reception, Networking
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction. Derek M. Hodge, moderator.
9:05 a.m. Opening Remarks. Adj. Gen. Cleave McBean, executive director of VITEMA.
9:10 a.m. Presentation: Hurricane/Earthquake Preparedness. Roy A. Watlington, UVI.
9:25 a.m. Banking and Insurance. Glendina Matthew, Assistant Director, Office of the Lt. Gov.
9:40 a.m. V.I. Insurance Association: private sector perspective. David C. Ridgway, president.
9:55 a.m. Planning and Natural Resources Department. Brant E. Blyden, territorial director of permits.
10:10 a.m. Federal Emergency Management Agency. Marie E. Gonzalez, deputy federal coordinating officer.
10:25 a.m. U.S. Small Business Administration. Calford Martin, center manager, SBA's disaster office.
10:35 a.m. UVI-Small Business Development Center. Warren T. Bush, state director.
10:45 a.m. Exemplary Practices in Emergency Management Planning. Col. Cyrille W. Singleton, island manager, Tropical Shipping.
11:05 a.m. Presentation: Hurricane Related Stress Management. Dr. Gloria B. Callwood, RN.
11:20-11:50 a.m. Question and Answer Period, led by moderator
11:50 a.m. Acknowledgements, Warren T. Bush.
11:55 a.m. Closing Words, moderator.

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