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U.S. Virgin Islands “Tsunami Ready”. Jacqueline J. Heyliger Deputy Director Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program Waikiki Beach Marriott Honolulu, Hawaii October 31, 2007. USVI Primary Hazards. Hurricanes Earthquakes

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u s virgin islands tsunami ready

U.S. Virgin Islands “Tsunami Ready”

Jacqueline J. Heyliger

Deputy Director

Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency

(VITEMA)

National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation Program

Waikiki Beach Marriott

Honolulu, Hawaii

October 31, 2007

usvi primary hazards
USVI Primary Hazards
  • Hurricanes
  • Earthquakes
  • Tsunamis
tsunamis impacting the usvi
Tsunamis impacting the USVI

1867

1868

1918

1946

charlotte amalie st thomas 1867
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas 1867

The tsunami followed a devastating hurricane by two weeks.

The La Plata takes the wave.

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Risk
  • HOVENSA Oil Refinery
  • Ports
  • Hotels
  • Businesses
  • Residents
transportation between islands
Transportation Between Islands
  • Air
    • Sea Plane
    • Shuttle Flights
  • Boat
    • Ferry Services
sea plane
Sea Plane

Primary transportation between St. Croix / St.Thomas

ferry service
Ferry Service

Transportation between St. John and St. Thomas

usvi tsunami ready pilot communities
USVI “Tsunami Ready” Pilot Communities
  • St. Croix
    • Frederiksted – Waterfront
  • St. Thomas
    • Brewers Bay
  • St. John
    • Coral Bay
st croix
St. Croix
  • Two (2) towns
    • Christiansted
    • Frederiksted
magens bay st thomas
Magens Bay, St. Thomas

Magens Bay Authority

Where should beach-goers run? How would you inform them?

vitema partners
VITEMA Partners
  • University of the Virgin Islands
    • Roy Watlington
  • Puerto Rico Seismic Network
    • Christa von Hillebrandt
budget 2008
BUDGET 2008
  • Task I
    • MITIGATION/PREPAREDNESS: $60,000
  • Task II
    • INUNDATION MODELING & MAPPING: $20,000
  • Task III
    • Tsunami Notification $200,000
  • Task IV
    • TSUNAMI READY:$20,000

Total $300,000

usvi actions proposals towards tsunami readiness
USVI Actions/Proposals towards “Tsunami Readiness”
  • Educate EMC, etc. on tsunami warning and response
  • Develop team on each Island to organize development of “tsunami ready” communities while educating public
  • Identify 24/7 tsunami alert system
  • Utilize expertise available for inundation mapping and modeling
  • Identify locations and place tsunami warning systems