Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 2017. U.S. Virgin Islands. Least talked about Afro-Caribbean community and Part of the Diaspora.

To our new community members on the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Thank you for your membership in BEMA International, and invitation to your community.  Now on our radar, and full assistance available to your community.

CDS CEO BEMA International

Situational Awareness:
            Disaster\Emergency Management Agency\Office:
Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency  (VITEMA)

VITEMA Headquarters
8221 Estate Nisky
St. Thomas, VI 00803
phone: (340) 774-2244
fax: (304) 715-6847

St. Croix Office
102 Hermon Hill
St. Croix, VI 00820
phone: (340) 773-2244
fax: (304) 778-8980

St. John Office
6 Susannaberg
St. John, VI 00830
phone: (340) 776-6444
fax: (304) 714-4470

Population:  (2015)  103,574    (comparison:  District of Columbia Pop: 672,228)
                        Breakdown:       74   % Black (African Descent)
                                                                                15.6% White
                                                                                2.1 %  Mixed
1.4 %  Asian
4.9 %  Other (Hispanic, etc.)
            Capital City:   Charlotte Amalia

The USVI consist of 4 larger islands: St. Croix, St. Thomas, St. John and Water Island, and some 50 smaller islets and cays. The total area of the USVI is 133 square miles.

Who owns St Croix Island?
St. Croix was home to HOVENSA, one of the world's largest oil refineries. HOVENSA is a limited liability company owned and operated by Hess Oil Virgin Islands Corp. (HOVIC), a division of U.S.-based Hess Corporation, and Petroleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA), the national oil company of Venezuela.

What islands are part of the United States?
The United States currently administers 16 territories as insular areas:
·        American Samoa.
·        Guam.
·        Northern Mariana Islands.
·        Puerto Rico.
·        U.S. Virgin Islands.

Additional information to follow on CERT, community organization involvement, and other disaster risk management issues planning before, and after a disaster.

Black Emergency Managers Association
1231  Good Hope Road  S.E.
Washington, D.C.  20020
Office:   202-618-9097 
bEMA International 

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