The Virgin Islands National Guard (VING) hosted its annual All-Hazards Workshop, Feb. 18-20, at the Estate Bethlehem compound, St. Croix.
The workshop was comprised of members from the VING, other military branches, local government and organizations essential to providing local support to the territory. The goal was to develop mission analysts and a product to integrate into an action plan and refine the hurricane response and recovery plan.
“Hurricanes aren’t the only threats to the Virgin Islands,” said Col. Ivan Udell, the director of operations for the VING. “The most dangerous event that can happen to the Virgin Islands is a tsunami.”
Developing an earthquake and tsunami response plan, conducting intelligence preparation, and identifying capabilities and vulnerabilities that enable an action plan were addressed among representatives from each agency. The scale disaster preparedness is imperative for emergency response.
“Civilians are the lead in response, but anytime they are overwhelmed by the circumstances, that’s where we will step in,” said Udell.
Today, the U.S. military faces a dynamically changing security environment characterized by great power competition, rapid technology advances, and new challenges in all warfighting domains. VING remains committed to continuous guardsmen and civilian leader development.
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