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US Virgin Islands Mutual Aid Guidelines
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BOAF is working with the Florida Department of Emergency Management to coordinate assistance for the US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR).  Personnel will be split between St. Croix (STX) district, St. Thomas (STT) district and St. John (STJ) district.

The request is to provide permit processing, plan review and inspection services to assist with Hurricane Irma and Maria’s recovery efforts.  The requested permit technicians, plan review and inspection services will ensure compliance with the 2015/2018 International Codes, USVI Codes and Stronger Home Guide, and ASCE 24 Flood Standard.  Each individual will be provided the link to download the USVI Codes and Stronger Home Guide and the ASCE 24 Flood Standard for reference but must be familiar with interpreting the 2015/2018 International Codes.  The most immediate need is for Plans Examiners. 

HIGH PRIORITY IS PLANS EXAMINER, ELECTRICAL AND BUILDING INSPECTORS. 

Please read the entire request to ensure you meet the minimum requirements of the requested services prior to submitting your information for deployment. 

All personnel must have a copy of certificate in their specialty proof of credentials to perform request duties.

1.     Personnel MUST be authorized by their respective Emergency Management Office to qualify for FEMA reimbursement prior to deployment.  Reimbursement will be through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) process Resource Request #1306-RR-7432. 

2.     All personnel must have a copy of certificate in their specialty proof of credentials to perform request duties and must be physically able to perform the required duties for each position. 

3.     Plan Examiners must have a current International Code Council Certification (ICC) in Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical trades. Multi- licensed preferred.

4.     Inspectors must have a current International Code Council Certification (ICC) in Building, Plumbing, Mechanical or Electrical trades. Multi- licensed preferred.

5.     Permit Technicians/Coordinators must have a current International Code Council Certification (ICC).

6.     It is recommended to bring a paper or electronic ICC code references (for each trade) be brought in case code books are unavailable or delayed from DPNR. 

7.     The USVI code is available online and the stronger Home is available electronically to download prior to deployment for your reference.  DPNR staff will orient you on local ordinances and processes.

8.     Personnel MUST be able to interpret and enforce the 2015/2018 International Codes.

9.     Must be employed by a municipal or county government agency. 

10. Must be able to deploy for a minimum of a 2 week period within the next 3 to 4 months. 

11. Each individual will be responsible to coordinate their own air travel, rental car, accommodations and food.  DPNR USVI will have fleet vehicles for use or instructions for renting vehicles for use during the deployment.  All personnel including plans examiners and permit technicians will need a vehicle to get from hotel accommodations to each permitting facility.

12. Each individual MUST be authorized by their own Emergency Management Office to qualify for FEMA reimbursement and travel PRIOR to deployment.  Reimbursement will be through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) process Resource Request #1306-RR-7432. 

13. Each jurisdiction will be responsible to keep the required documentation to submit for reimbursement directly to the USVI Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR).  The BOAF is providing coordination of the mutual aid resource request ONLY.

14. Each individual must bring their own cell phone in the event 2-way radio equipment is not available. 

15. Each individual must bring their own personal protection equipment including rain and safety gear, hard hat, boots, flash light , sunscreen, etc.

16. Safety Concerns and Advisories-Immunizations or vaccinations advised.  Light Hazards (mold) may exist. 

17. Personnel will need to bring any equipment used in regular performance of their job (e.g. tape measures, laser measuring devices, digital cameras, tablets and laptops)

18.  Personnel will report to 1 of 3 temporary buildings or other alternate facilities fully equipped to serve as satellite permit offices for staff. Includes standard desks, furnishings, and desktop computers with networking.

19. A passport is not required for travel but encouraged.

We ask that you please consider sending resources for a period of 2-4 weeks to help these communities recover quickly. 

DO NOT SEND RESOURCES WITHOUT COORDINATING THROUGH THE BOAF. 

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