In promoting disaster awareness and preparedness in the Territory, the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) has produced a new and improved Community Disaster Preparedness Guide.

The new Guide contains practical information on preparing and recovery from the effects of disaster events which may affect the Territory. It includes hazard-specific safety tips and information on personal, family, business and community preparedness and protection.
Upon receiving the first copy, Governor Boyd McCleary said “I am impressed by the quality and content of this book. It contains topics that are extremely relevant to all of us in the Virgin Islands.”

Today the Virgin Islands joined other localities in the Northwest Atlantic as a participant in LANTEX '12, an earthquake and tsunami response exercise, that has been held annually since 2009.

This year’s exercise focused on testing the national alert and broadcasting system as well as the preparedness level. The exercise provided a simulated tsunami warning, watch and advisory messages from the West Coast Alaska Tsunami Warning Centre (WCATWC) and the Puerto Rico Seismic Network (PRSN) based on a magnitude 7.7 earthquake that caused a large underwater landslide located SE of Myrtle Beach, North Carolina.  As a result of this hazard impact a Tsunami warning was issued at 10:36 am.

Tuesday 27th September 2011 - An earthquake measuring a magnitude of 4.6MI on the Richter scale was felt throughout Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands at approximately 3:27pm on afternoon.  The report indicated that the epicenter was located near 18.76 north latitude and 64.34 west longitude, or 5km or about 3 miles northwest from The Settlement Anegada at a depth of 41.9km. According to the Puerto Rico Seismic Network there have been no reports or cases of damage.

CDEMA Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency. Resilience Way, Lower Estate, St. Michael Tel: (246) 434-4880, Fax: (246) 271-3660
Back To Top