Tag: Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA)

FEMA and USVI Run Disaster Simulations To Prepare For Hurricane Season

CHRISTIANSTED — The majority of the people living in the territory — regretfully — know what happens when a major hurricane strikes. As the June 1 start date of the Atlantic hurricane season approached … governmental agencies rehearsed in detail — the steps to take — should history repeat itself … and the USVI become […]

Iraq War Vet Banned From St. John Beach Bar Denies Making Bomb Threats

CRUZ BAY — An Iraq war veteran who allegedly phoned in repeated bomb threats to a St. John beach bar was arrested on Tuesday, federal authorities said. Gilbert “Gil” Brady, 54, of New York, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on federal criminal charges related to making bomb threats after he was […]

Australian Government Goes Extra Mile To Help Its Citizens In ‘Times Of Need’ When In USVI

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Police Commissioner Ray Martinez participated in a meeting led by the VITEMA Director Daryl Joschen at VITEMA headquarters in St. Thomas on Friday. The meeting was with representatives of the Australian Consulate-General’s Office based out of New York. The purpose of the meeting was to establish government support for Australian nationals in […]

Gittens Riled At 911 Operators ‘From Outside’ Doing A Better Job Here Temporarily

KINGSHILL — A St. Croix senator says he has “concerns” now that 911 operators from Ohio have been brought in to help temporarily due to worker shortages locally. “Last week I communicated with the governor’s office about reports of improper disciplinary actions within VITEMA and 911 dispatch in particular,” Senator Kenneth Gittens said. “Just a […]

VITEMA Monitors Passing Of Hurricane Sam To North Of St. Thomas, St. John

CHRISTIANSTED — Hurricane Sam continued to feed on warm water as a powerful Category 3 storm with some partners likely to join it in the Atlantic basin in the form of three other disturbances. The seventh hurricane of the year has maximum sustained winds of 120 mph and is stumbling northwest at 9 mph, according […]

Coast Guard Reopens Maritime Ports In The U.S. Virgin Islands And Puerto Rico

Tropical Storm Grace left minimal damage SAN JUAN — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port San Juan has set Port Condition FOUR in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands reopening the area’s maritime ports, following the passing of Tropical Storm Grace near the islands. Now a tropical depression, Grace continues its path just […]

U.S. Virgin Islands Braces For Impact Of Tropical Storm Grace Tomorrow

SAN JUAN — Tropical Storm Grace formed to the east of the Leeward Islands this morning and continues to move west towards the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Grace has maximum sustained winds of 45 mph and is moving west. Impacts to the Leeward Islands will begin as early as tonight and into Sunday […]

Police Ask Motorists To Stay Off The Roads Tomorrow Due To Tropical Storm Grace

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Police Department is advising the community to be prepared for the passing of Tropical Storm Grace, expected to impact the territory on Sunday. You are asked to stay off the road except for medical emergencies. If you must be on the roadways, drive with caution. Notify 911 of downed trees, […]

Merlinda Philomene Named VITEMA’s Deputy Director Of Human Resources

KINGSHILL — Merlinda Philomene has been named Deputy Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations for the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) effective Monday – August 16, 2021. Philomene started her career in government at the Office of Collective Bargaining, then served at the Department of Education; prior to this appointment; she was […]

FEMA, Coast Guard Meet With USVI Officials About Emergency Preparedness

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Top territorial and federal officials gathered recently on St. Thomas to see how the federal government could better help the territory in a disaster. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region II Acting Administrator Thomas Fargione met with Gov. Albert Bryan and other leaders during the monthly Emergency Management Council meeting at the […]