January 8 Deadline for Survivors to Register for FEMA and SBA Assistance Approaching
ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Survivors affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria are encouraged to register before the January 8, 2018 deadline with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for disaster assistance.
“We want survivors to receive all the assistance they are eligible for,” said Federal Coordinating Officer William Vogel. “Assistance is not available unless you register.”
Now that connectivity is returning to the territory, survivors can register at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362. Individuals who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY should call 800-462-7585 directly. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS) may call 800-621-3362.
For information on SBA loans call 800-659-2955 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing may call TTY 800-877-8339.
Those without connectivity can visit one of the Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) located throughout the islands. DRC specialists can provide face-to-face information about disaster assistance and help with registration. SBA staff are also available to assist with completing and submitting SBA disaster loan applications. DRC’s are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
FEMA assistance may include grants to help homeowners pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.
Survivors may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) which offers assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses after a disaster. January 8, 2018 is also the physical damage deadline to submit the SBA disaster loan application.
St. John Locations
o Cruz Bay at the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay o Coral Bay at the Town & Country Building, 8-1 Estate Emmaus
St. Croix Locations
o Christiansted at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 38-44 Castle Coakley
o Frederiksted at the Rotary Club West, 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange
o Christiansted at the Old Post Office Building at Church and Company streets
St. Thomas Locations
o Charlotte Amalie at the former Scotiabank, 81 CC&DD Kronsprindsens
o Charlotte Amalie at Tutu Park Mall, 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233