Appealing a FEMA decision

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What is the deadline for filing an appeal?

Your appeal letter must be postmarked within 60 days of the date of FEMA's decision letter.

Is an appeal the only way for me to dispute FEMA's decision?

No. An initial decision letter from FEMA denying assistance is not the last word. If your circumstances have changed, if FEMA's decision does not make sense to you, or if additional information has become available that may entitle you to assistance, you can visit a FEMA disaster assistance center or call 1-800-621-3362 to ask for clarification.

I sent FEMA additional documents but have not heard back and the 60-day appeal period is almost over. Should I still file an appeal?

Yes, you should send in your appeal before the 60-day deadline and explain the circumstances in the letter.

What if it has been more than 60 days?

If you think you have a good excuse for not appealing earlier, send your letter anyway and explain why it is late.

Yes. If the damage to your home was not covered by insurance and you believe you are eligible, you should appeal.


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Last Review and Update: Jun 18, 2015