Key Messages

  • The USVI is recovering. Roads are cleared of debris. Power is back on for almost every customer who can receive power. Cell phone service is restored in most of the territory. Temporary medical facilities will soon be operating. Many stores are open. Students are going to schools, although on short days.
  • To date, federal agencies have delivered more than $772 million to the territory and to households in FEMA grants, disaster loans by the U.S. Small Business Administration and claims payments by the National Flood Insurance Program.
  • FEMA has deployed a Hospital Assessment Task Force to conduct a detailed assessment of medical facilities, including the Juan Luis Hospital, the Schneider Hospital and the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center.

    By the Numbers (Feb. 20, 2018)
    Total federal funding DR 4335/DR 4340: $772.6 million

    • FEMA Individuals and Households:$68.8 million o Housing Assistance: $47.9 million
      o Other Needs Assistance: $20.9 million
    • FEMA Public Assistance: $260 million
    • U.S. Small Business Administration: $439.2 million
    • National Flood Insurance Program: $4.6 million

      Emergency Home Repairs V.I. (FEMA’s STEP program)

      This program is administered by the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), funded by FEMA Public Assistance Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. It is intended to protect public health and safety, to protect property and to enable hurricane-displaced residents to shelter at home. STEP is for disaster-damaged single-family, owner-occupied residential properties. Duplexes and townhomes are considered single-family residential property. To sign up for the program call 844-813-9191 or visit Survivors can also go to a Disaster Recovery Center to apply.

      Medical Facilities

      Restoring the capability of hospitals and medical clinics to provide essential services is a priority for

FEMA and its partners.

 FEMA has deployed a Hospital Assessment Task Force to conduct a detailed assessment of medical facilities, including the Juan Luis Hospital, the Schneider Hospital and the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center. This is an important step in determining the cost to repair or replace these facilities.

  • FEMA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are working to provide temporary medical facilities so that people don’t have to travel to the mainland for medical treatment.
  • On St. Croix, a temporary dialysis treatment center and a three-suite operating room will be installed in parking lots at Juan Luis Hospital. A Request for Proposal for a 12-treatment-station dialysis unit was issued Feb. 15. The operating room will be a three-unit, interconnected modular structure that will have pre-operative and post-operative patient areas. It will be adjacent to the VI Cardiac Cath building, which is providing ICU care. The three units are estimated to arrive March 4; installation will take approximately seven days.
  • On St. Croix, the Army Corps estimates completion of a seven-building temporary medical and administrative facility for the Virgin Islands Department of Health clinic at the Charles Harwood Medical Complex site by late June, 2018.
  • On St. Thomas, the Army Corps estimates completion of a seven-building temporary Department of Health medical and administrative facility at the Schneider Hospital site by late June 2018.
  • On St. John, the Army Corps estimates completion of the temporary patient care clinic at Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center by late May, 2018.

    SBA Loan Activity (Feb. 19, 2018)

  • Total amount of disaster loans: $439.2 million
  • Homes: $353.3 million
  • Businesses: $85.9 million
  • Business Recovery Center locations:

o The Small Business Development Center, 8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas

o The Small Business Development Center, 4100 Sion Farm Shopping Center, Suite 16, Christiansted, St. Croix

o Hours for both centers: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

Housing Programs

  • Rental assistance
  • Lodging Expense Reimbursement
  • Repair
  • Replacement
  • Direct Lease
  • Multi-family Lease and Repair
  • Permanent Housing Construction (PHC), Direct Repairs


  • $260 million obligated
  • 530 requests for public assistance
  • 70 requests obligated

Assistance (Feb. 20, 2018)

Power (Feb. 18, 2018)
 Total eligible customers restored: 99 percent (St. Croix: 99 percent; St. Thomas: 98 percent;

St. John: 99 percent)

Debris Removal (Feb. 19, 2018)

  • Total debris removed: 810,765 cubic yards (St. Croix: 605,112; St. Thomas: 150,262;

    St. John: 55,391)

  • FEMA has extended the deadline for debris pickup on roadside rights-of-way to March 7, for

    all three islands.

  • In St. John and St. Thomas, the debris mission is assigned to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • In St. Croix, the VI Department of Public Works is managing debris pickup and the VI Waste

    Management Authority is responsible for the temporary debris sites.

    Emergency Prescription Assistance Program

    Virgin Islanders who have no prescription coverage and lost medicine due to the disaster may apply to the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) until March 1 for a free 30-day supply of eligible drugs and medical supplies. The program is run by the HHS and funded by FEMA. To apply, call 1-855-793-7470.

    Hazardous Household Waste

    The EPA is collecting household hazardous waste at two locations on St. John. Operations have ceased at other locations. Current sites are:

  • Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Last day Feb. 24.
  • Coral Bay Fire Station, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday only; Last day Feb. 24.

    Disaster Recovery Centers

  • DRCs are open Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
    • St. John DRC is located in:
       Cruz Bay at the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D
    • St. Croix DRC is located in:
       Frederiksted at the Rotary Club West, 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange
    • St. Thomas DRC is located in:
       Charlotte Amalie at Tutu Park Mall, 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233
  • As of Feb. 17, DRCs have logged a total of 63,731 visits.