January 8 Is Deadline for Survivors to Register for FEMA and SBA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) encourages survivors affected by hurricanes Irma and Maria to register before the Jan. 8 deadline for disaster assistance. FEMA assistance may include grants to help homeowners pay for temporary housing, essential home repairs and serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

Survivors may also be eligible for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which offers assistance to homeowners, renters and businesses after a disaster. Jan. 8 is also the physical damage deadline to submit the SBA disaster loan application.


FEMA also encourages those who are not sure they are eligible to register.

Now that connectivity is returning to the territory, survivors can 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.

For information on SBA loans call 800-659-2955 or disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Survivors who are deaf or hard of hearing may call TTY 800-877-8339.

St. John Disaster Recovery Centers

  • 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

St. Croix Disaster Recovery Centers

  • 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

St. Thomas Disaster Recovery Centers

  • Charlotte Amalie at the former Scotiabank, 81 CC&DD Kronsprindsens Gade
  • Charlotte Amalie at Tutu Park Mall, 4605 Tutu Park Mall, Suite 233