Mark Walters, State Director and Al Javois, Chair,

Mark Walters, State Director and Al Javois, Chair,

Mark Walters, State Director and Al Javois, Chair, VI Territorial Tsunami Preparedness Working Group NTHMP Annual Workshop Pasadena, CA January ___, 2010 The accomplishment that has allowed the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) to successfully petition the NTHMP: The signing of Legislative Act 7074, by Governor John deJongh into law on July 20, 2009

VITEMA is now provided with a more efficient organizational structure for emergency response Governor deJongh nominated Mark A. Walters as the VITEMA State Director and the VI Legislature approved his nomination The new State Director returned tsunami readiness to top VITEMA priority Previous efforts towards tsunami readiness had not developed at the same pace on the different islands St Croixs progress was not matched by other islands. Previous funding support had not be activated. A tsunami ad hoc committee had been formed on

the island of St. Croix as a pilot project with the following sub-committees: Communications Warning Committee Education and Outreach Committee Field reconnaissance at potential tsunamiready sites When the TTPWG was formed, the ad hoc committees achievements were assimilated in to the TTPWG The TTPWG assimilated the activities and members from the pre-existing ad hoc committee The formation of the TTPWG included non-VI government membership that had not been engaged

before: HOVENSA Oil Refinery Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) Magens Bay Authority US VIRGIN ISLANDS OVERSIGHT GROUP GOVERMENT PVT SECTOR NGO QUASI AGENCY (UTILITY CO.) CaRA TSUNAMU WORKING GROUP

ST. CROIX GOVT AGENCIES/ DEPARTMENTS PRIVATE SECTOR NGO TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS WORKING GROUP ~$42.1K FINAL DATE 7/31/2010 TSUNAMU WORKING GROUP ST. THOMAS

GOVT AGENCIES/ DEPARTMENTS PRIVATE SECTOR NGO TSUNAMI WORKING GROUP ST. JOHN GOVT AGENCIES/ DEPARTMENTS PRIVATE SECTOR NGO Site Selection Decision Matrix deployed Criteria included:

population density location and elevation of site proximity to safe areas feasibility of achieving tsunami readiness Five sites chosen: Cruz Bay, Frederiksted, Frenchtown, Gallows Bay, Magens Bay

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