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Virgin Islands Hurricane Irma 2017

US Virgin Islands Hurricane Irma Recovery Information

Hurricane Irma struck the US Virgin Islands beginning on September 5, 2017 and many regions were impacted by severe wind, storms and flooding. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced on September 6, 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 4335, as of September 6 direct federal financial assistance is available for impacted St. John and St. Thomas individuals and families. 

Note:  THERE IS A 60 DAY WINDOW TO APPLY FOR FEMA.   THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO HAS A 60 DAY WINDOW.

Disaster Legal Hotline 800 310-7029

Key resources for those impacted by the hurricane and flooding

Government Disaster Relief Benefits

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

  • Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
  • 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:  THERE IS A 60 DAY WINDOW TO APPLY FOR FEMA.   THE SBA APPLICATION DEADLINE IS ALSO HAS A 60 DAY WINDOW.

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: 1-800-310-7029. 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

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