Tropical Storm Debby Survivors Can File Appeals for More Assistance

By: FEMA Release Email
By: FEMA Release Email

September 18, 2012

Within 60 days of a decision letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, survivors of Tropical Storm Debby can ask the agency to review their case again.

Survivors may ask for another review to appeal the amount or type of help provided or any other decision about federal disaster assistance.

Before asking for an appeal, survivors should review the "Help After a Disaster" applicant's guide.
The guide was mailed to each applicant but also is available online at

When appealing, applicants should explain in writing why they disagree with a decision along with any new or additional documents supporting the appeal.

Appeal letters for Tropical Storm Debby also should include:
· Federal disaster declaration number 4068-DR-FL on all pages of documents
· Applicant information, including;
o Nine-digit FEMA application number on all pages of documents
o Name
o Date and place of birth
o 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

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

It is important to have appeal letters postmarked within 60 days of the date on the
decision letter.

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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.

Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS),
call 800-621-3362.

FEMA's temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.

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