Durable goods arrive for Statia’s hurricane victims

A truckload of washing machines and refrigerators ready to be distributed to hurricane victims on St. Eustatius.

ST. EUSTATIUS–Durable goods to help victims of hurricanes Irma and Maria arrived recently on St. Eustatius. The Department of Social Affairs and Labour SZW has immediately started with the distribution of goods, such as refrigerators, beds, fans and stoves to those persons who have already completed the application process.

  Recognizing the needs of residents of Saba and Statia after hurricanes Irma and Maria SZW has expanded its provisions to the fullest extent possible under the law. Because of this, special provisions were made. One of these special provisions is the speedy processing of requests for durables.

  To accommodate persons affected by the hurricanes, SZW increased the minimum income criteria to one and a half times the minimum wage.

  The list of durable goods was also expanded to also include dining room sets, living room sets, sheets and pillows for those families who have lost everything. This adjustment has allowed more persons on Saba and Statia to qualify for emergency assistance.

  The process for application closes on December 31. SZW will only make exceptions for persons who were off island when the hurricanes struck.

Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/70869-durable-goods-arrive-for-statia-s-hurricane-victims