Part 1 of Conversations with SBA at WUVIPart 2 with SBA & FEMA will be on Tuesday, Dec 5th at 11amVisit: www.sba.gov/disaster Call: 1-800-659-2955 (TTY: 1-800-877-8339)See topics discussed below:USVI Disaster Recovery CentersSt. Thomas:1) Tutu Park Mall (near Food Court & Post Office entrance)2) Old Scotiabank at the waterfront, 81 CC&DD Kronprindsens Gade3) Bordeaux Farmers Market, 109 Estate Bordeaux4) SBDC at Nisky Center (this is a Business Recovery Center so FEMA is not there)St. John:1) Cruz Bay: VI Legislature building near the ferry dock2) Coral Bay: Town & Country Building, 8-1 Estate EmmausSt. Croix:1) St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 38-44 Castle Coakley2) Rotary Club West, 40KA-KD Estate Lagrange3) Old post office building at Church & Company Street, Christiansted4) Fire Captain Rencelliar I.Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1 Estate Cotton Valley, East EndTOPICS DISCUSSED:· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me? · Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;· How will SBA contact me?· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors· What if my rental property was damaged?· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?· What is the deadline to apply?
Since September, our beautiful Virgin Islands has been literally flooded with people who have come to help us recover after the multi-layered devastation caused by Hurricanes #IrMaria. From linemen putting back up electricity poles and relief volunteers clearing debris or rebuilding homes to agencies like FEMA and the SBA. With support application deadlines looming, those who need the services sometimes have a hard time easily accessing the necessary information. This article is an attempt to assist with that for those wanting to learn about and apply for an SBA loan or those who need to understand how the SBA and FEMA work together.
When most people hear the word loan, they cringe, mainly because of the interest rate and the fear that you won’t be able to pay it back. In a disaster response situation, that fear is heightened even more. Sometimes seeing the people you’re speaking about who are explaining how to do things is helpful, so watch the video and listen to clear explanations from SBA Public Affairs Specialists Jeanette Williams, Sandra Lawson and Elizabeth Dwyer.
TOPICS DISCUSSED in the Part 1 Video:
· The SBA Disaster Assistance Program is not just for Businesses.
· What’s the difference between FEMA and SBA disaster assistance?
· If FEMA refers me to SBA what should I do? I don’t want a loan.
· If someone has already registered with FEMA do they need to register with SBA?
· How many damage inspectors can I expect to contact me?
· Have a good idea what your losses are. what rooms damaged; % loss;
· How will SBA contact me?
· I got a letter from SBA, but I’m not sure what it means?
· I’ve already been to the Disaster Recovery Center and I’ve been on the phone on hold and I’m still not sure of the status of my application?
· I received a notification indicating that my application has been withdrawn. What does that mean?
· I received a letter indicating that my application was denied?
· I haven’t filed my 2016 Tax return. Is that a problem?
· I’m not sure how to answer the inspectors questions regarding the damage. Be clear about how the damage occurred. Be specific about the cause/nature of the damage—flooding–under/ wind driven rain—window doors
· What if my rental property was damaged?
· I have a second home that was damaged. It’s where my children live. Can I apply for SBA disaster loan to repair my property?
· I haven’t heard back from my insurance company yet.
· What are the eligibility criteria for SBA Disaster loans?
· I live on my boat and it was damaged. Can I apply for SBA Disaster Loan?
· I lost my crops in the hurricanes. My farm was destroyed. Can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What should I do if I suspect fraudulent activity?
· How can I apply for the SBA disaster loan?
· What is the deadline to apply?
Hurricane survivors have till Dec. 18 to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance.
FEMA applicants have 60 days from the date of their ineligibility letter to appeal their cases in writing.
Make sure FEMA inspectors know your registration number when they visit your property.
FEMA’s phone lines are open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Lines are open seven days a week.
Disaster recovery centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Monday through Saturday. Survivors could also register by telephone at 1-800-621-3362, apply for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or download the FEMA application on iOS or Android.
Recovery centers are open on St. Thomas at Tutu Park Mall, the former Scotiabank building in Charlotte Amalie on the waterfront and at the Bordeaux Farmers Market.
St. John disaster recovery centers are open at the Legislature Annex in Cruz Bay and Town and Country building in Coral Bay.
St. Croix disaster recovery centers are at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Christiansted, Old Post Office building in Christiansted, Fire Captain Rencelliar I in Christiansted and Rotary Club West in Frederiksted.
Disaster unemployment assistance has been extended to Dec. 29. Unemployment is funded by FEMA but is administered by the Virgin Islands Labor Department.
An emergency assistance program is available for uninsured survivors. The program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies. Call the assistance program at 1-855-793-7470. Enrollment runs through Jan. 31.
Survivors who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have difficulty speaking and use a TTY, should call 800-462-7585directly. The same number can be used for 711, VRS and other relay services.
FEMA Registration Deadline for Irma and Maria extended to December 18thFEMA Multi Family Repair and Lease Program email address: FEMA-USVI-MLR@FEMA.DHS.GOV
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been extended to December 29th both Hurricanes Irma an Maria
DUA is funded by FEMA but administered by the Territory
Survivors that lost their jobs as a result of the hurricanes should register with the Virgin Island Department of Labor (not with FEMA) at the following locations:
St. Croix: USVI Department of Labor, 4401 Sion Farm, Christiansted; Monday through Friday
St. John: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the USVI Legislature, St. John Annex, 1D Cruz Bay; Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
St. Thomas: USVI Department of Labor at 2353 Kronprindsens Gade, Monday through Friday
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is making the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program (EPAP) available for uninsured survivors to ensure they have access to medicines and medical equipment.
The free program provides a 30-day supply of covered drugs and medical supplies that can be renewed every 30 days for as long as the program is active.
People who live in the disaster area and do not have any form of prescription insurance should call the EPAP enrollment toll-free hotline at:
Gibbs Fire Station, Parcel #1, Estate Cotton Valley, East End
Individual Assistance Summary
Individual Household Program Disbursed
Housing Assistance $ Disbursed
Other Needs Assistance $ Disbursed
*Totals reflect USVI both Hurricane Irma and Maria
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA offers low-interest disaster loans to help homeowners and renters as well as businesses of all sizes and private non-profit organizations to cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations.
It’s important that survivors know they do not have to accept an SBA loan, if one is offered. If they do not qualify for a loan, SBA will refer them back to FEMA and they could be considered for other FEMA grants for Other Needs Assistance (ONA).
Come celebrate the 12th Annual Dollar fo Dollar Culture & History Tour Saturday, Nov 18 from 9:30am from Fort Christian to Market Square #VIstrong
After the hurricane in 1916 the Coal Workers in Charlotte Amalie STILL had to go out and lift hundreds of pounds of cancerous coal on their heads every day, while organizing to get paid properly for what they worked. See you Saturday.
UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) held it's Muslim Origins in the Caribbean lecture. WUVI aired it live and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. For more info about the CSAP lecture series email firstname.lastname@example.org visit:http://www.uvi.edu/announcements/articles/current/interfaith_lecture_series.aspx #Islam #USVI
The UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism (CSAP) in collaboration with the Masjid Nur, held a lecture entitled “Muslim Origins in the Caribbean” with featured speaker Sheikh Abdullah Hakim Quick. WUVI‘s Student Radio Station aired it live on air/Facebook video and will re-air the recording 6am & 6pm on Saturday & Sunday 8/19/2017 & 8/20/2017. Listen at 6am on 1090 AM & 97.3 FM (FM only after 6pm daily).
VI Emancipation Day 2017 Program took place on Monday, July 3, 2017 between 10-5pm in the Emancipation Garden. Programs were also held on all three main islands of the USVI (St. Croix and St. John) as well as in the BVI (Tortola) today. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here during their pre-event radio interview with Kevon Browne on the Sankofa Saturdays program:
VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay
Setting up at Emancipation Garden. VI Emancipation Day Program today 10-5pm in Emancipation Garden. Programs happening on all three main islands of the USVI and in the BVI today. Stay tuned for photos, videos & more. Hear more from the VI Emancipation Day Coalition here: http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/07/03/vi-emancipation-day-2017/ #VIemancipation #EmancipationDay
If you know anything about me, you know that I love teaching and just to being around young people. The past few summers I’ve had the pleasure of being around students of the Agriculture Enrichment Summer Camp at the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office at the University of the Virgin Islands.
At UVICES, my job as a Communications Agent entails doing AgCommunications and in the summers I get to teach what I do while letting teenagers help me do it. This includes introducing them to communications technology that I use everyday including digital still and video cameras, mobile devices, computers, audio recorders, along with the software to edit photos, videos and audio. I show them how I use a combination of these to create media for the purpose of sharing online what we do at UVICES with the farmers and other clients we serve.
On the third day of camp, I let a couple of the students accompany me on our weekly radio program to share some of what they learned as well as to see how I use radio broadcasting to further support agriculture. Our Agriculture Enrichment Summer camp photos show you some of what else they experienced during the first week including a visit to the WUVI Student Radio Station.
Whether it ends up on Facebook, Instagram, SnapChat, Twitter or a website, the basic point of what AgCommunications does is learned by them seeing first hand and doing with me all that helps to get information out to the public in support of agriculture and the related fields. As they learn by doing, I hope to spark an interest and appreciation in those who may have never been exposed to new media technology, which can really be used for anything… in addition to our focus, supporting agriculture.
Me spending the time to teach students having fun learning how to use & experimenting with the Mevo by Livestream videocamera. #ExperientialLearning #AgCommunications #Agriculture #Communications
UVI Cooperative Extension Service AgCamp at WUVI's Computer Lab having fun learning how to use & experimenting with the Mevo by Livestream videocamera. #ExperientialLearning #AgCommunications #Agriculture #Communications
Students learning about technology from Dr. Alex Randall in the WUVI Communications Class/Computer Lab
UVI Cooperative Extension Service AgCamp meets Dr. Alexander Randall V & learns about Google Glass, DIY Google Cardboard BOX 3D Virtual Reality VR Video Glasses, ViewMaster as well as other new and old technology in the University of the Virgin Islands Communications Lab at WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3.
Know the difference between native trees and exotic trees? Get questions answered as well as learn from local specialists at the 1st annual St. Thomas/St. John “V.I. NATIVE TREES AND FLOWERS FAIR” taking place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in the Emancipation Garden.
USVI Urban and Community Forestry Council Chairman Mario A. Francis shared some details during a radio interview on June 7, on the What’s Going on @UVICES weekly radio show. The UVI Cooperative Extension Service office’s latest publication will be available for viewing as a preview to being on sale at a later date.
Below, view a little preview from pages in the Guide to Safer Trees publication by now Commissioner Carlos Robles of the VI Department of Agriculture.
Native trees are more durable and can withstand more diseases and insects as well as natural disasters. Traditionally, our trees are also used medicinally and there is a lot of history behind them. There will be different tree related professionals. It is a skill, a science and an art to know about and care for trees.
The Fair’s objective is to build community awareness of the importance of protecting and replanting V.I. native trees; and the role of the urban and community forestry program. Also attend the fair to learn about a needed tree law so that we can better manage our trees in the territory. For more information, contact Mario Francis at 340-228-2848.
Listen/Watch and Learn abt African Liberation Day with the Pan African Support Group here on WUVI AM 1090 and FM 97.3 See the permanent webpage for this video and more info on http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/05/06/african-liberation-day-usvi-activities/
African Liberation Day (ALD) was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states. The 15th of April was declared “Africa Freedom Day,” to mark each year the onward progress of the liberation movement, and to symbolize the determination of the people of Africa to free themselves from foreign domination and exploitation. For more details visit www.africanliberationday.net.
Upcoming Events or Related Activities:
May 4 – Showing of Documentary on Dr. John Henry Clarke/Dialogue
May 25th – ALD Ceremony at VI Legislature
May 25th – 7-8pm on WSTA 1340 AM
May 28th – 10-6pm ALD Rally at the Emancipation Garden
July 3rd – Emancipation Day Celebration at the Emancipation Garden
The Virgin Islands Code Bill No 18-0147 #5473 exists to proclaim the 3rd week in May as VI African Heritage Week as well as the African Liberation Day celebration which is celebrated at the Legislature.
More to be added to this site. Connect with the Facebook event to stay updated also.
Son of Irony is an exciting re-imagined telling, about a trial which took place on April 25th, 1811. An easy read that is guaranteed to keep you on your toes. This exciting intoxicating work is filled with tones of melancholic imagery, and memorable allusions. Author Hodge, a member of His Majesty’s council of the Virgin Islands, was hanged at the gallows, for allegedly murdering his man slave named Prosper. And was also responsible for the death of two other slaves. This work of art is timeless!
Sin Tax bill Roundtable at #UVIResearch Day with Senator Marvin A. Blyden & Tregenza A. Roach, Senator here at the University of the Virgin Islands U.V.I Sports and Fitness Center | Official video to be posted on http://www.daramonifah.com/2017/04/07/usvi-sin-tax-debate/