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National Disaster Legal Aid

Hurricane María Help for the USVI

The Disaster Legal Hotline is:

USVI (St. Croix): (340) 718-2626

USVI (St. Thomas/St. John): (340) 774-6720

Hurricane María struck the US Virgin Islands beginning on September 16, 2017 and St. Croix was devastated by severe wind, storms and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on September 21, 2017 that federal disaster assistance has been made available to US Virgin Islands residents to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the areas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to individuals and businesses owners who sustain damage as a result of Hurricane Irma.

For DR 4340, as of September 17, direct federal financial assistance is available for impacted St. Croix individuals and families. 

Note:  APPLY TO FEMA BY JANUARY 8, 2018.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.

Important Deadlines

Appeal Your FEMA Decision
Within 60 days of the date on the determination letter
Tax filing Deadline Postponed to June 29, 2018
Foreclosure Moratorium Extended to May 18, 2018

Disaster Loans

SBA Opens Disaster Loan Outreach Center In St. Thomas

Key resources for those impacted by the hurricane and flooding

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

Residents and businesses affected by Hurricane Maria can apply for government disaster relief benefits in several ways:

  • Online at
  • Through the FEMA Mobile App
  • By calling 800-621-3362 (FEMA). Applicants who use 711 or Video Relay Service may also call 800-621-3362. People who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY may call 800-462-7585. The toll-free numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week. Multilingual operators are available. Press 2 for Spanish and press 3 for other languages.
  • Please watch for updates on FEMA's website

Note:  APPLY TO FEMA BY JANUARY 8, 2018.  Apply to FEMA to trigger the SBA Disaster loan process.

Legal Assistance and Other Resources 

  • Legal Services of the Virgin Islands

  • A disaster legal aid hotline is now available for Hurricane survivors in the U.S. Virgin Islands who cannot pay for an attorney: USVI (St. Croix): (340) 718-2626, USVI (St. Thomas/St. John): (340) 774-6720

  • The hotline operates through a partnership between The Virgin Islands Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, the American Bar Association (ABA) Young Lawyers Division, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Louisiana Civil Justice Center (LCJC). For more info, see the press release.

Other resources to help address legal needs resulting from this disaster

Other Resources