The Government of the Virgin Islands' compulsory retirement age is 60.
The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is the designated administrative hub of national disaster management mechanism in the Virgin Islands. It provides the centralized coordination and control of emergency or disaster response and relief mechanisms on a 24 hour basis.
DDM serves as the overall coodinating agency to ensure implementation of the policied and plans that have been set by National Disaster Management Council. DDM maintains the office in a state of rediness for the activatiion on the NEOC at short notice. The activation of the NEOC requires a significant change in roles and responsibilites among DDM staff. Guidelines have been developed and tested which allows for a smooth transition.
The national Disaster Management Council is an inter-instituional umbrella organization that has the mandate for the work done by the Department of Disaster Management. Policies or new projects proposed by the NDMC must be presented by the chairman to the Cabinet for approval.
The National Disaster Management Cocuncil (NDMC) is organizated into Committees. Each Committee is expected to have its ownsub-plan, which becomes part of the Natinal Disaster Management Plan. The NDMC meets annully in June to review reports and work programmes and make recommendations to government regarding disaster management.