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Those ineligible for FEMA assistance can appeal

September 22, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

FEMA applicants who have been notified via their Determination Letter that they were ineligible for assistance can have FEMA revisit their cases, according to officials.

Applicants must read their letters carefully. It should explain any problems that could be corrected. You may need to provide additional information or documents.

If a mistake has been made, they should let FEMA know right away by calling the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (800-462-7585) or visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

Everyone has the right to appeal any FEMA decision. Appeals may relate to eligibility, the amount or type of help provided, a late application, a request to return money, or continuing help.

If you were determined ineligible due to insurance coverage - but had under insured or uninsured losses - you can appeal the decision by submitting your insurance settlement paperwork.

- The appeal must be sent and postmarked within 60 days after you receive the letter.

- Explain in writing why you think the decision about the amount or type of assistance is not correct. When submitting the letter, the applicant needs to include his or her full name, their nine-digit FEMA registration number and the four-digit disaster number.

- Sign the letter. It must be notarized and accompany a copy of a state-issued identification card. If you cannot do that, write: "I hereby declare under the penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct."

- Date the appeal letter and include the FEMA application number and the disaster number (DR-4337) and mail it to: FEMA National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055; or fax it to 800-827-8112, Attention: FEMA.

You can also visit any Disaster Recovery Center to submit your appeal.

Source: FEMA



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