Any FEMA decision can be appealed, in any category of FEMA and ONA (other needs assistance).
Decision letters from FEMA will have a date and a reason for the decision. Do not assume that the reason listed tells the whole story. Further information and clarification from FEMA Helpline (800) 621-3362 may be needed. Applicants can call and get this information. (This could spark a review and an appeal may not be needed)
All appeals must be in writing and must include:
- Name of applicant
- Damaged Dwelling address
- FEMA ID number and disaster number DR1894
- Why the reason for the decision is incorrect
- Substantiation and documentation
- Verification documents such as receipts and contractor estimates must be dated, itemized and include the name and phone number of the vendor.
Keep in mind from FEMA perspective: Safe, Sanitary, Functional, Habitable
IF over the 60 day period from the date of the decision letter, include a statement as to why it is late.
Some acceptable reasons can include:
- Illness, hospitalization or disability (clarify for FEMA)
- Illness, hospitalization, disability or death of an immediate family member
- Personal or business travel that kept them out of the area for the full 60 days
- No contractors available to give estimates
Unacceptable reasons can include:
- “I forgot”, “I didn’t know”
Time frames to provide requested documentation on continuing housing assistance are 90 days. On providing additional documentation another 30 days for a total of 120 days
Registrants have 12 months from the date of registration to provide insurance information for review.