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December 3rd, 2022
2022 Hurricane Season closes with no major impacts to VI – DDM’s Jasen Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially ended on November 30, 2022, with minimal impacts to the Virgin Islands (VI) according to the local Department of Disaster Management (DDM) Director, Mr Jasen Penn who thanked all in the VI for staying diligent and prepared throughout the season.

September 16th, 2022
Jasen H. Penn confirmed as Director of DDM

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Mr Jason H. Penn, the brother of Minister for Health and Social Development, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) has been confirmed as Director for the Department of Disaster Management (DDM), having acted in the position since January 1, 2021.

August 20th, 2022
Sahara dust has ‘weakened’ hurricane storm development- Jasen Penn

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Acting Director of the Virgin Islands (VI) Department of Disaster Management (DDM), Mr Jasen Penn has revealed that the lingering Sahara dust across the region has weakened the development of storms in the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane season, however, he reminded that persons in the VI must still remain prepared.

March 15th, 2022
VI practises earthquake & tsunami response

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- Students, first responders and other residents of the Virgin Islands joined the rest of the Caribbean and Latin America to practise the safest way to respond in case of an earthquake and tsunami as part of Caribe Wave.

August 8th, 2021
VI urged to prepare as hurricane season heats up

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Department of Disaster Management (DDM)’s Acting Director Mr Jasen Penn is urging all Virgin Islands residents to complete their seasonal preparedness activities as the region moves into the peak of the Atlantic Hurricane Season with two potential systems brewing in the Atlantic basin.

April 11th, 2021
Above average hurricane season predicted for 2021

COLORADO, USA- After the most ferocious hurricane season on record in 2020, top hurricane forecasters on Thursday, April 8, 2021, said we should expect another active, above-normal season again this year.

March 14th, 2021
Premier & Governor led VI in regional earthquake & tsunami exercise

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands joined nearly 400,000 residents of the Caribbean and Latin America on March 11, 2021, to participate in Caribe Wave, the annual tsunami preparedness exercise.

January 8th, 2021
Jasen Penn! Brother of Opposition Leader appointed Acting DDM Director

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A man who was once a volunteer in what was then called the Disaster Auxiliary Corps has now been appointed as the Director of the Department of Disaster Management (DDM) in the Virgin Islands.

July 30th, 2019
Disaster Preparedness Network now fully operational

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The Virgin Islands VHF Emergency Network is being strengthened with improved transmission capabilities and 75 new VHF handsets ahead of the height of the Atlantic Hurricane Season.

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