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VITEMA Continues Required Monthly Tests of Emergency Alert System

Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency Director Daryl Jaschen.

On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will continue its Required Monthly Tests (RMTs) of the territory’s Emergency Alert System (EAS). In accordance with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules, EAS participants must retransmit RMTs within 60 minutes of receipt.

The Emergency Alert System is a component of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). It is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, wireline video providers, satellite digital audio radio service providers and direct broadcast satellite service providers to make their communications facilities available to the president during a national emergency.

The system is also used by VITEMA to deliver important emergency information such as AMBER alerts and severe weather warnings for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“In emergencies, the EAS platform allows VITEMA to provide citizens with real-time information to save lives and protect property,” said VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen. “We want to ensure all U.S. Virgin Islands residents become familiar with the alerts and develop confidence that they will work when needed most.”

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VITEMA will conduct Required Monthly Tests on the 15th of each month. On even-numbered months, they will be conducted between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. On odd-numbered months, Required Monthly Tests will be conducted between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. See schedule below:

MONTH—————TIME

January – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

February – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

March – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

April – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

May – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

June – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

July – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

August – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

September – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

October – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

November – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m.

December – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.

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Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency Director Daryl Jaschen.
On Wednesday, Jan. 15, the Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency (VITEMA) will continue its Required Monthly Tests (RMTs) of the territory’s Emergency Alert System (EAS). In accordance with the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) rules, EAS participants must retransmit RMTs within 60 minutes of receipt. The Emergency Alert System is a component of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). It is a national public warning system that requires broadcasters, cable television systems, wireless cable systems, wireline video providers, satellite digital audio radio service providers and direct broadcast satellite service providers to make their communications facilities available to the president during a national emergency. The system is also used by VITEMA to deliver important emergency information such as AMBER alerts and severe weather warnings for the U.S. Virgin Islands. “In emergencies, the EAS platform allows VITEMA to provide citizens with real-time information to save lives and protect property,” said VITEMA Director Daryl Jaschen. “We want to ensure all U.S. Virgin Islands residents become familiar with the alerts and develop confidence that they will work when needed most.” VITEMA will conduct Required Monthly Tests on the 15th of each month. On even-numbered months, they will be conducted between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. On odd-numbered months, Required Monthly Tests will be conducted between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. See schedule below: MONTH---------------TIME January – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. February – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. March – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. April – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. May – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. June – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. July – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. August – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. September – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. October – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m. November – Between 11:20 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. December – Between 6:20 a.m. and 8:20 a.m.