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Dr. Esther Ellis talks about the Coronavirus, flanked by Francine Lang and Daryl Jaschen. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Agencies Getting Ready In Case Coronavirus Visits the V.I.

There are more than 40,000 confirmed cases worldwide of 2019-nCoV – better known as the coronavirus – but there is no sign of it in the Virgin Islands and local agencies have formed a team to respond if it does show up.
VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen points out local danger and evacuation zones. (Source photo by James Gardner)

Education is Best Way to Prepare for a Threat, VITEMA Director...

Education is the best way to fight “anything that comes to us unknown,” like earthquakes and tsunamis, according to V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency Director Daryl Jaschen.
Vitema director Daryl Jaschen hosts a town hall meeting at Canegata Recreation Complex. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Tsunami Warning Sirens Will Be Back by September, VITEMA Director Says

The territory’s tsunami warning sirens, destroyed by the 2017 hurricanes, should be up and running stronger than before, by September, according to Daryl Jaschen, director of the V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency.

Emergency Planners Outline Strategies for Survival

Officials charged with preparing for the worst-case scenario – fire, police and other emergency services – on Monday said public education is critical for people to survive a tsunami.
Government House spokesman Richard Motta gives updates at Monday’s Government House press briefing. (Source photo by James Gardner)

VITEMA Pushing Preparedness; Street Addressing Project Moving

Government House spokesman Richard Motta Jr. gave an update Monday on ongoing V.I. Territorial Emergency Management Agency town halls and shared progress being made on a Street Addressing Initiative being driven by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office.
U.S. Geological Survey image shows the location of Tuesday's magnitude 6.5 earthquake.

Magnitude 6.5 Quake Kills One in Puerto Rico *USVI Update*

A severe earthquake registering a 6.5 on the Richter scale, struck Puerto Rico at 3:24 a.m. Tuesday, damaging homes, blocking roads, causing landslides and causing at least one fatality. VITEMA reported there was no tsunami threat.
UVI Researcher Kim Waddell speaks to the need for a territorial Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency Plan.

Researchers Say Resiliency Plan Will Save Future Disaster Dollars

Every dollar spent on mitigation pre-storm saves about $6 in post-recovery, University of the Virgin Islands’ researchers Greg Guannel and Kim Waddell said Tuesday, as they encouraged residents to give input on a draft Hazard Mitigation and Resiliency Plan.
From left, VITEMA Director Dary Jaschen, Senate President Novelle Francis, and Sen. Kurt Vialet discuss Limetree Refinery at Tuesday's town hall. (Source photo Susan Ellis)

Limetree Officials Are a No-Show at Community Meeting on Refinery

More than 100 concerned citizens gathered at the University of the Virgin Islands Tuesday evening to learn about plans to reopen the Limetree Bay Terminals and Refinery and to press the company about health issues – but no one from the refinery came to answer questions.

Open Forum: Researchers Need Input for Updated Hazard Mitigation Plan

The need for the territory to successfully create and implement pre- and post-disaster mitigation strategies is urgent.
George Hendricks stands outside his Whim home. Two years after Hurricane Maria took off his roof, blue tarp still covers the house. (Source photo by Wyndi Ambrose)

Remnants of Irma and Maria: Two Years Later, Blue Roofs Still...

Blue tarps are meant to last anywhere between 30 days and six months and yet, two years after Hurricane Maria, they still cover the homes of many of the territory’s residents in dire need of permanent roof repairs.

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