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Appeal FEMA's Individual Assistance decision

How do I appeal?


You may appeal any decision within 60 days of the date listed on the last decision letter. All appeals must be in writing and require an applicant signature; so they cannot be accepted via e-mail. Appeals must be mailed or faxed to the number listed below. Appeals may relate to your eligibility, the amount or type of help provided to you, late applications, requests to return money, or questions regarding continued help.

  • If you have already appealed and the appeal was denied, please follow the instructions in the letter you received.
  • Insurance cases in which final settlements are delayed will have 12 months from their registration date to appeal.

When you appeal a decision, you are asking FEMA to review your case again. Before you appeal a decision, please refer to the specific information in the Applicant’s guide about qualifying for help. This guide should answer most of your questions about the expenses covered under this program. If, after you review this guide, you still do not agree with the decision about your application or the help received, follow these steps to appeal the decision:

  1. Explain in writing why you disagree with the decision. Include documentation such as contractor's estimates, doctor's statements, etc. to support a review of your file. Sign the letter.
  2. Please remember to include your name, last 4 digits of your social security number, disaster number and registration number with any correspondence to FEMA.
  3. Mail your appeal letter to:

    FEMA - Individuals & Households Program
    National Processing Service Center
    P.O. Box 10055
    Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055

    Or

    You can fax your appeal letter to:
    (800) 827-8112

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 17:29