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Officials Caution: Initial Rejection From FEMA Is Not The Last Word

| October 24, 2017

A FEMA agent in Flagler in late September. (© FlaglerLive)

A FEMA agent in Flagler in late September. (© FlaglerLive)

Residents who have received an initial determination letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency – FEMA – ruling that they are ineligible for disaster assistance, should not consider this the last word on the matter.

“Don’t just accept the initial response, because every resident has the right to appeal any decision of the Federal Emergency Management Agency,” said Sally Sherman, acting Flagler County Public Safety Emergency Manager. “These appeals can relate to eligibility, the amount of help provided, a late application, a request to return money, or continuing help.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that applicants read their letters carefully, as the problem could be easy to correct. Residents who were underinsured or had uninsured losses can also appeal within 60 days by submitting the insurance settlement paperwork.

Mistakes should be reported immediately at the FEMA Helpline, 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-642-7585), or by visiting a Disaster Recovery Center.

Currently, the closest Disaster Recovery Center is located at the Putnam County Fairgrounds, Building 1 – Expo Hall, 118 Fairgrounds Road, East Palatka. The listed hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Letters of appeal can be mailed to FEMA National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055.

Appeals letters should include the following:
· An explanation about why the decision or amount is incorrect
· Full name
· Nine-digit FEMA registration number
· Four-digit disaster number (DR-4337)
· Date the appeal

Residents can also register with FEMA online at

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3 Responses for “Officials Caution: Initial Rejection From FEMA Is Not The Last Word”

  1. Bob55 says:

    I was denied FEMA because I was eligible for the low interest loan that they were offering which makes me believe that I would only be eligible for FEMA if I was a drag on society and wasn’t a contributing member. After Hurricane Charlie they were handing out money with no need to prove what you spent the FEMA money on, now if you work, pay taxes and pay your bills on time you get offered a loan instead.

  2. Sw says:

    Its all going away

  3. Annonnus says:

    You have 60 days to appeal and try getting your insurance company in, an inspector in , letters back decisions, getting documents released to you from the insurance company adjusters and you have passes Fema,deadline.
    This year , with Texas,Fl, the islands , Puerto Rico, FEMA is so busy that they can t keep things straight , you get 6 different stories , no one really seems to know what is going on. I am sure their caseload is overloaded they have x# people working and more disasters all at one time, bringing on additional people they have not had appropriate time to train new recruits so it is going to be a mess for awhile. They need to do away with the 60 day appeal process.

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