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Applicants May Appeal an Initial FEMA Determination Letter

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     ORLANDO, FL — If you registered with FEMA following Hurricane Irma and received a determination letter regarding your eligibility for assistance, read the letter carefully. It might not be the final answer.

You may just need to submit extra documents for FEMA to process your application.

Examples of missing documentation may include an insurance settlement letter, proof of residence, proof of ownership of the damaged property, and proof that the damaged property was your primary residence at the time of the disaster.

Every survivor has the right to appeal. By appealing, you are asking FEMA to review your case.

If you have any questions call the FEMA Helpline at 800)621-3362 for voice, 711 and Video Relay Service (VRS). If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585. Lines are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET, seven days a week, until further notice.

There are several reasons why you may be determined to be ineligible.

Appeals must be submitted in writing within 60 days of receipt of the letter determining eligibility.

To ensure accuracy and help FEMA process your appeal, you will need to include the following information in your letter:

? Your full name.

? The address of your damaged property.

? Current contact information.

? Disaster number: DR-4337-FL.

? Last four digits of your Social Security number.

? Your birthdate and place of birth.

? Your nine-digit FEMA registration number on each page and on supporting documentation.

? Notarization of your letter including a copy of a state issued identification card, or include the following statement, “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”

? Your signature.

If someone other than you or the co-applicant is writing the letter, you must sign a statement affirming that the person may act on your behalf. You should keep a copy of your appeal for your records.

You may submit missing documentation to FEMA online, by mail or fax, or in person at a disaster recovery center. To find a DRC near you, go to or call the FEMA Helpline. DRC information is also available on the FEMA Mobile App.

Mail your appeal letter to:

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

Or you may fax it to:

? (800) 827-8112 Attention: FEMA – Individuals & Households Program

You will get a written response from FEMA regarding the agency’s decision within 90 days of the receipt of your letter. FEMA’s decision is final and cannot be appealed again.

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