Not Happy With FEMA’s Decision? APPEAL!!

You may appeal ANY decision.

  • Appeals may relate to your eligibility, the amount or type of help provided to you, late applications, requests to return money, or denial of continued assistance

Follow these steps to appeal the decision:

    1. Explain in writing why you think the decision about the amount or type of assistance you received is not correct. You, or someone who represents you or your household, should sign the letter. If the person writing the letter is not a member of your household, there must be a signed statement saying that that person may act for you.
    2. Include the FEMA registration number and disaster number (shown at the top of your decision letter) in your letter of appeal.
    3. Mail your appeal letter to:

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

or you can fax you appeal letter to: (800) 827-8112
Attention: FEMA – Individuals & Households Program

IMPORTANT: To be considered, your appeal letter must be postmarked within 60 days of the date of the decision letter’s date. Remember to date your letters.

  • All appeals are reviewed.
  • Decisions usually are made within 30 days of receiving the request.
  • You will be notified by mail of the response to your appeal.

If you need information about your case, you or someone from your household may request a copy of the information by writing to the below address.   If someone outside of your household is submitting the request for you, then the request also must contain a statement signed by you giving that person your authorization to request this information.

FEMA – Records Management
National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
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