VITEMA to Replace Emergency Notification System

The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will be replacing VI-Alert, its current emergency notification system, and transitioning to a new emergency notification system for the U.S. Virgin Islands to be called instead Alert VI. It will be launched on Friday, May 11, and VI-Alert will no longer be used after May 31.

VITEMA encourages all residents to begin signing up for Alert VI, the new mass notification system. Registration is free. Alert VI will provide VITEMA and partnering agencies the ability to keep residents and visitors safe and informed with quick and reliable emergency notifications and public service announcements, according to a press release issued Thursday by VITEMA.

By signing up, the public can receive information on weather alerts, public safety, service disruption alerts and more. People will be able to add up to five location addresses for which they would like to receive alerts, such as home, work, school and extended family addresses. Sign up to receive messages via text, email, cellphone, landline, Voice Over Internet Provider (VoIP) and hearing-impaired devices.

Download the free Everbridge Public Safety app from Apple or Android stores and receive alerts on the app as well as other public messages around the U.S. if traveling.

Virgin Island residents can begin signing up by pasting the following link in their browser

“As the sole governmental agency responsible for All-Hazards response, we have a commitment to ensure public safety, community awareness and emergency response. To uphold this commitment, when critical information and public service announcements arise, we need to reach our residents and visitors as quickly and reliably as possible,” said Barnes.