How to appeal a FEMA denial

Some of those who applied for FEMA disaster assistance may get a letter saying they’re ineligible for help, but that FEMA says, may not be the last word.

If you get a rejection letter, it’s still possible to appeal.

You may not be approved simply because you need to provide more information or documents.

If you were determined ineligible due to insurance coverage, but had uninsured losses, you can also appeal the decision by submitting your insurance settlement paperwork. 

For those who wish to appeal, you should let FEMA know right aby by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or visiting a disaster recovery center.

Everyone has the right to appeal any FEMA decision, but you must do it within 60 days after receiving a rejection letter.

If you need to submit insurance paperwork, you can fax or mail to the following address:

FEMA National Processing Service Center
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
FAX: 800-827-8112; Attention: FEMA