LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - If you received a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stating you're ineligible for disaster assistance, remember that your letter is the beginning, not the end, of a conversation between you and FEMA.
Arkansans who have received notice from FEMA that they are not eligible for assistance related to the ongoing storms, tornadoes and flooding can ask the agency to revisit the decision. The letter contains information on how to submit requested documentation or file an appeal.
"Please remember, an ineligibility notice may not be FEMA's final word. An outdated phone number or other missing information may trigger the letter," said State Coordinating Officer David Maxwell. "Survivors are encouraged to follow up with FEMA to understand why they got the notice."
"Every applicant has the right to appeal any decision," said Federal Coordinating Officer Nancy M. Casper. "When you appeal FEMA's decision, you are asking us to review your case again, and we will gladly do that. FEMA wants survivors to get the assistance they are eligible for."
To learn more about reasons behind ineligibility letters, visit FEMA's May 28 blog at blog.fema.gov/2011/05/what-fema-determination-letter-means.html.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.