ST. CROIX, Virgin Islands – Have a question about disaster assistance? Want to know the locations of Disaster Recovery Centers?
Survivors of hurricanes Irma and Maria are getting information and asking questions on FEMA’s Facebook page in the Virgin Islands. The agency is posting Facebook updates about disaster recovery every week. Click on www.facebook.com/FEMAUSVirginIslands. Virgin Islanders can find information about schedules for Disaster Recovery Centers, rebuilding tips, Long-Term Recovery Groups and other topics. They can also ask questions and get responses.
In addition to Facebook, FEMA is posting information on the recovery operation on its disaster web page. Click on www.fema.gov/disaster/4340. Survivors can also follow FEMA at twitter.com/femaregion2.
During disaster recovery, communication is essential. There are several ways survivors can get information that will help them as they rebuild their lives.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-3362 (voice, 711/VRS - Video Relay Service)
(TTY: 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available (press 2 for Spanish).
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.
Following major disasters, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the primary source of Federal funds for long-term recovery assistance. This assistance is in the form of low-interest loans and is available to non-farm businesses of all sizes, private nonprofit organizations, as well as homeowners and renters with property damaged by the disaster.
To donate or volunteer, contact the voluntary or charitable organization of your choice through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org. For those who wish to help, cash donations offer voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands also has the “Fund for the Virgin Islands” at www.USVIrecovery.org.