USVI Recovery Update
- FEMA and its federal partners have provided $1 billion to households, businesses, territorial agencies and flood insurance policyholders in the U.S. Virgin Islands after hurricanes Irma and Maria.
- FEMA has extended by 60 days the period in which it will cover 100 percent of eligible costs for debris removal and emergency protective measures, including power restoration. The new deadline is May 5 for Hurricane Irma and May 14 for Hurricane Maria.
- As Virgin Islanders continue recovering from Irma and Maria, the next Atlantic hurricane season is less than three months away. The Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency and FEMA urge residents and communities to begin preparing now.
- There are several websites where you can get information, including: Ready.gov, the VITEMA Facebook page and Inform USVI.com.
- You can sign up for emergency alerts on cell phones at the VI-Alert website.The federal program that provides emergency prescription assistance for uninsured disaster survivors has been extended through April 15.
By the Numbers (March 19, 2018)
Total federal funding DR 4335/DR 4340: $1 billion
- FEMA Individuals and Households: $74.7 million
- Housing Assistance: $52.4 million
- Other Needs Assistance: $22.3 million
- FEMA Public Assistance: $447.9 million
- U.S. Small Business Administration: $477.3 million
- National Flood Insurance Program: $9.7 million
Emergency Prescription Assistance Program Deadline Extended to April 15
Virgin Islanders who have no prescription insurance coverage and lost medicine or medical supplies due to the hurricanes may be eligible for a free 30-day replacement of certain drugs and medical supplies. To be eligible, the survivor must have a current prescription. Many pharmacies in the USVI are participating in the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP). Check with your pharmacy to see if it is part of the program. If you have questions regarding access to care under EPAP call 855-793-7470.
Free Rebuilding and Repair Advice for the USVI
FEMA is offering free consultations and literature to help Virgin Islanders rebuild their homes stronger and safer. Advisors will be on hand at various locations to answer questions and offer
home-improvement guidance. Most of the information and the free publications are tailored for do-it-yourself work and general contractors.
This week advisors will be available at the following locations, dates and times:
Gallows Bay Hardware
March 19 – March 24
Mon. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
1-2 Donoe Road 4000
March 20 – March 24
Tues. – Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m..
Emergency Home Repairs VI (FEMA’s STEP program)
This home repair program is a administered by the Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA), funded by FEMA Public Assistance Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. It makes basic repairs 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, go online to www.ehrvi.com or visit one of the three Emergency Home Repairs VI Walk-In Centers at these locations:
- St. John: Cruz Bay at the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D
- St. Croix: Rotary Club West, 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange
- St. Thomas: Tutu Park Mall, 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA has opened two Disaster Loan Outreach Centers. SBA representatives can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist in completing the SBA application.
- VIYA Building, 7G & 7H Estate Diamond, Pepper Tree Rd. (lobby), Christiansted, St. Croix; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
- Nisky Shopping Center, 8000 Nisky Center, Suite 720, St. Thomas; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, closed Saturday and Sunday
SBA Loan Activity (March 18, 2018)
- Total amount of disaster loans: $477.3 million
- Homes: $374 million
- Businesses: $103.3 million
- The SBA customer service number is 800-659-2955.
Public Assistance (March 19, 2018)
- $447.9 million obligated
- 535 requests for Public Assistance
- 115 projects obligated