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FEMA Extends Deadline To Apply For Disaster Aid Until January 8 … ‘Encourages Everyone Affected By The Hurricanes To Register’

TIGHT FIT: A car carefully navigates around and under obstacles on a road one week after Hurricane Maria raked St. Croix. REUTERS/Jonathan Drake

CHRISTIANSTED — U.S. Virgin Islanders affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria now have until Jan. 8, 2018, to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The registration deadline has been extended for individuals and families affected by the hurricanes to apply for grants for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. FEMA encourages everyone affected by the hurricanes to register for assistance.

Survivors with connectivity may register at www.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. These toll-free telephone numbers operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. (local time) seven days a week. Operators are standing by to assist survivors in multiple languages.

o   Each situation is unique, and FEMA wants to find solutions that match the need. In some cases, that may mean getting help from the state, from insurance, from FEMA, from a non-profit organization or a combination of many types of assistance.

o   FEMA is working case-by-case, family-by-family and community-by-community to help weigh options and make informed decisions.

  • With millions of dollars in recovery funds flowing to Virgin Islanders whose homes were damaged or destroyed during the hurricanes, homeowners are advised to hire legitimate contractors for repair or reconstruction work.
  • Some Virgin Islanders who sustained damages because of hurricanes Irma or Maria may receive a letter from FEMA stating they are ineligible for disaster assistance. Survivors who receive an ineligibility letter should know it may not be the last word from FEMA. It may mean they need to provide additional information.

Disaster Recovery Centers

  • Nine Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) are open across the territory to provide information and help for survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria. DRCs are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The DRCs have logged a total of 32,135 visits to date.

o   The DRCs will remain open to help survivors as the need remains.

o   St. John DRCs are located at: Cruz Bay at the U.S. Virgin Islands Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay; Coral Bay at the Town & Country Building, 8-1 Estate Emmaus.

o   St. Croix DRCs are located at: Christiansted at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 38-44 Castle Coakley; Frederiksted at the Rotary Club West, 40 KA-KD Estate LaGrange; Christiansted at the Old Post Office Building at Church and Company streets; Christiansted at Fire Captain Rencelliar I. Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel No. 1, Estate Cotton Valley, East End.

o   St. Thomas DRCs are located at: Charlotte Amalie at the former Scotiabank, 81 CC&DD Kronsprindsens Gade; Charlotte Amalie at Tutu Park Mall, 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233; Estate Bordeaux at the Bordeaux Farmers Market, 109 East Bordeaux.

 

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

1 Comment

  1. Ras Blessed
    December 12, 2017 at 10:44 PM — Reply

    FEMA is running a good scam on the Virgin Islands, people can’t you see they are only pushing you to get SBA loans? Is this how you assist people in need of disaster relief? By forcing them to take loans, this is nothing but a way for them to make money on helpless people. Guess what will happen when you can’t pay the loan back….they will take your collateral (your property). Be aware of this.

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