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VIPA Conducting Triennial Airport Drills and Evaluations

The Virgin Islands Port Authority conducted a full-scale exercise at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport on St. Croix yesterday to test the Port Authority and supporting agencies’ response time to emergencies at the airport. The Federal Aviation Administration requires the drills to be held every 36 consecutive months, per its 14 CFR Part 139 requirement for airports to conduct a mock Mass Casualty Incident (MCI)/Full Scale Exercise (FSE) to test emergency responses.

A similar exercise will be held at the Cyril E. King Airport on St. Thomas on Saturday, December 18, 2021. Airport operations will not be affected by the exercises. The public is invited to follow the progress and evaluation of the exercises using the hashtag #VIPALIWILION.

VIPA Executive Director Carlton Dowe thanks the staff, public, and participants in the exercises for their continued commitment to safety and dedication in making the U.S. Virgin Islands’ airports world class facilities.


About the Virgin Islands Port Authority

The Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) is an autonomous, self-sustaining government agency established in 1969 as the owner and manager of the United States Virgin Island’s airports and seaports. VIPA operates 14 seaports, two airports, and surrounding properties. It is a critical arm of the USVI’s economy that facilitates travel and commerce and fosters tourism and economic growth via its port activities. VIPA’s mandate is to develop and maintain the ports of the USVI to accommodate the current and future demands of our users and to provide safe port facilities. Learn more about VIPA at, and follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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