FEMA / Contracting & PS-Prep Certification

FEMA's website hosts a wealth of information on disaster preparedness. The Emergency Response Plan worksheet is exceptionally helpful for businesses when developing their own plans.

In the event of a disaster, FEMA often looks to local businesses to provide supplies and other resources- for which that business is reimbursed. The process to obtain a contract with FEMA is multi-stepped and should be handled in advance of any event, but may very well be worth it if your company provides tools or services that would be of use following a disaster. Learn more about doing business with FEMA here.

PS-Prep enables organizations to identify and implement the necessary steps for instituting and maintaining a comprehensive management system that addresses business continuity, organizational resilience, emergency and disaster management. 

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) is a structured way to organize the many individuals and groups on St. John who are willing and able to provide help before, during and  following a disaster. St. John VOAD provides training and other tools to efficiently and effectively serve the community in a way that also facilitates streamlined coordination with the many governmental and other organizations (Red Cross, Salvation Army, etc) that provide relief in the event of a disaster.

For more information, visit the St. John VOAD page.


St. John Rescue

St John Rescue, Inc. is an all volunteer organization dedicated to saving lives and building a better community through participation, education, and community spirit. St John Rescue is chartered to provide: emergency rescue and medical support services to EMS, VI Police, and VI Fire, National Park Service, United States Coast Guard, VITEMA, FEMA, and health clinic personnel. Safety and medical support and services for community events and activities, along with equipment and supplies as shared resources within the St John community.

For more information, visit the St. John Rescue page.




VITEMA is the territorial agency with primary responsibility for ensuring the territory's resilience to disasters. VITEMA’s staff of professional planners, communications specialists, logicians, operations managers and support personnel is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management.

For more information, visit the VITEMA page.


American Red Cross of the Virgin Islands

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers. We provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

For more information, visit the Red Cross page.


Freshwater Church (Southern Baptist Convention)

Through the Southern Baptist Convention, Freshwater church provides training opportunities for individuals looking to volunteer (in many different capacities) in the event of a disaster, as well as provides other resources and aid. The Southern Baptist Convention is a member of National VOAD.

For more information, visit the North American Mission Board page.


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