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VITEMA, FEMA to Hold 2018 Disaster Preparedness Mitigation Expo

FEMA's Bill Vogel
FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel

The U.S. Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) invite the public to the 2018 Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation Expo scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, May 19, at the Sunny Isle Amphitheater on St. Croix. The expo is an educational event designed to promote disaster resiliency, weather awareness, safety and hurricane preparedness to residents and visitors of the territory.

The expo will give the community an opportunity to interact with emergency management officials, disaster response agencies, restoration service providers and other relevant stakeholders. It will also allow people to learn about mitigating damage, preventing loss of life, comprehensive disaster preparations and recovery.

“We are excited to host this event with FEMA as we continue to provide as much information to the public as we can on mitigating against future disasters,” VITEMA Director Mona Barnes said. “Good mitigation can be key to your resiliency later. Come to the expo! It’s free, informative and fun!”

Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel said, “FEMA is proud to partner with VITEMA in this important public outreach event. Taking good mitigation steps is crucial for the ability of families and communities to withstand and recover from a disaster.”

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In addition to educational events, the expo will feature music, live performances, raffles, children’s activities and over a dozen exhibitors.

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