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If you received a letter from FEMA saying that the information you provided is incomplete, or that you are ineligible for disaster assistance, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days of the date on the letter.
New Mexicans with uninsured losses should apply for FEMA Individual Assistance as soon as possible. Residents who have insurance should file their insurance claims prior to applying with FEMA.
New Mexico residents should be aware that con artists and criminals may try to obtain money or steal personal information through fraud, scams or identity theft. In some cases, thieves try to apply with FEMA using names, addresses and Social Security numbers they have stolen from residents affected by a disaster.
As New Mexico residents affected by the wildfires begin receiving their FEMA disaster funds, it is important to use the money for specified disaster-related expenses. FEMA helps applicants keep their spending on track by sending a determination letter stating what the funds are for and listing the ways the money can be used. Disaster grants are not for regular living expenses.
All New Mexico residents affected by the ongoing wildfires who apply for FEMA assistance will receive a letter from FEMA stating an eligibility decision and the reason for it. Residents can also check the status of their applications online at disasterassistance.gov, which is the fastest way to get information to and from FEMA.
If FEMA sent you a letter saying you are ineligible for assistance after the wildfires damaged your home, you still have options. People are considered ineligible typically for one of several common reasons. Often, you can appeal FEMA’s initial decision and possibly become eligible for assistance.
FEMA assistance for the residents of New Mexico affected by the ongoing wildfires includes a variety of programs. Below is a summary of the types of assistance currently available.
FEMA and the state of New Mexico are committed to providing disaster assistance to people with disabilities and access and functional needs. Assistance is also available for those who communicate in languages other than English.
A Disaster Recovery Center is now open at the Eastern New Mexico University to help New Mexico residents affected by the ongoing wildfires. Residents can get help with their disaster assistance applications, upload documents and get questions answered about federal disaster assistance.
FEMA will be operating multiple Mobile Disaster Recovery Centers (MDRC) to assist New Mexicans affected by wildfires. Residents may visit any one of the MDRCs to speak face-to-face with FEMA specialists.