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Don’t Forget That Date

Release date: 
October 24, 2012
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CLINTON, Miss. – Those who received a determination letter from FEMA should take note of the date the letter was written. Appeals to FEMA or submission of missing documents must be made within 60 days of that date.

Survivors can ask for another review to appeal the amount or type of help or any decision made about federal disaster assistance. Many issues can be resolved to allow applicants to receive disaster assistance.

The appeal must be in writing and explain why you disagree with a decision. Attach any new or additional documents supporting the appeal. 

Appeal letters for Hurricane Isaac should also include:

  • Federal disaster declaration number, 4081-DR-MS, on all pages of documents
  • Applicant information, including:
    • The nine-digit FEMA application number on all pages of documents
    • Applicant’s name
    • Applicant’s date and place of birth
    • Address of the damaged dwelling
  • Copies of verifiable documentation that supports the appeal. All receipts, bills and estimates must include contact information for the service provider. Keep all originals for your records.
  • A copy of a state-issued identification card, unless the letter is notarized or includes the following statement: “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.”
  • The applicant’s signature.

Applicants can call the Disaster Legal Services hotline phone number at 877-691-6185 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday for free legal help with insurance claims. You can also call the Mississippi Insurance Department at 800-562-2957.

Mail the appeal letter to:


National Processing Service Center

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD  20782-7055


Applicants may fax their appeal letter to:

(800) 827-8112

Attention: FEMA

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.

Last Updated: 
October 25, 2012 - 15:41
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