ST CROIX, V.I. -- The Federal/Territory Disaster Field Office (DFO) at Sion Farm Commercial Center, St. Croix will open on Monday, November 29, 1999. The hours of operation will be from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The DFO is an administrative office set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the coordination of federal and territorial disaster relief efforts.
"This is not the place to apply for all of the assistance that is available to help Virgin Islanders recover from Hurricane Lenny," said Federal Coordinating Officer Michael Byrne. "Disaster victims must register for assistance by calling the toll free teleregistration line at 1-800-462-9029. That is the one-stop shopping point for all of the assistance made available by President Clinton under this disaster declaration," Byrne added. The toll-free teleregistration line is open to Virgin Islanders to register from Monday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. until further notice.
"The Territory is pleased to hear from FEMA that more than 600 Virgin Islanders have already called the teleregistration line to register for assistance," said Col. Gene J. P. Walker (Ret.), Territory Coordinating Officer. "The entire registration process takes only 20 minutes or less. It is free, convenient, easy and efficient," Walker said.
Disaster assistance programs include housing assistance, grants for serious needs and necessary expenses not covered by insurance or other programs and low-interest loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration for Hurricane Lenny-damaged residential, business and agricultural property.