The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s deadline to apply for individual assistance is Tuesday, so decisions will come soon.
If your letter says “Ineligible,” it will contain a code with an explanation for the denial. Common reasons for a determination of ineligibility include:
▪ Lack of verification of occupancy of the damaged property
▪ Proof of identity
▪ No documentation of disaster damage
▪ Coverage by an insurance policy (In the case of an insurance denial, notify FEMA of the insurance settlement, and the case will be reviewed again.)
If you’re still unclear why your application was denied, call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 for the deaf or hard of hearing.
Filing an appeal
Applicants have 60 days from the date on FEMA’s decision letter to file an appeal on ineligibility or amount of the grant. The letter must explain the reason for the appeal and include:
▪ Applicant’s full name
▪ Applicant’s FEMA registration number
▪ Disaster number - DR4286 SC
▪ Address of the applicant’s pre-disaster primary residence
▪ Applicant’s current phone number and address
▪ Documentation supporting the appeal, such as contractor repair estimates, insurance settlement letters, proof of residence and proof of ownership.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to include the following signed statement: “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.” Other options are to submit a copy of a state-issued ID card or to notarize the letter. However, be aware that if the notary stamp is embossed and not colored, it may not scan to be readable.
To check the status of your application, visit disasterassistance.gov and click on the “Check Status” link at the far right of the home page.
Send letters to:
National Process Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
Or fax your letter: