FEMA Fact Sheet: Letters or Status Updates from FEMA

FEMA Fact Sheet, Sept. 11, 2021
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Letters or Status Updates from FEMA

All survivors who apply for FEMA assistance will receive a letter from FEMA stating an
eligibility decision and the reason for it. Survivors can also check the status of their
applications online at DisasterAssistance.gov, which is the fastest way to get information to
and from FEMA.

Each application is processed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis, so be sure to read your letter very carefully
and respond if necessary. If you do not agree with the decision in the determination letter, you may appeal.
Remember, a no-decision letter does NOT mean you have been denied. Read your determination letter carefully. You
could be missing documents or FEMA may need more information.

Additional Documentation That May be Needed
▪ Utility bills, to prove the damaged property was the primary residence at the time of the disaster
▪ Insurance paperwork that is still pending, which will determine other programs the survivor will be eligible for
with FEMA
▪ A pay stub or a government-issued picture ID that has the damaged property listed
▪ Proof of home ownership, like copies of mortgage payments or a house deed
▪ A renter’s lease to prove occupancy
▪ The completed Small Business Administration Disaster Loan application
Factors That May Affect Eligibility
▪ Insufficient damage. Sometimes survivors have insufficient damage to their home and/or personal property and
do not qualify for assistance. FEMA reviews each survivor’s situation on a case-by-case basis to cover basic
recovery needs.
▪ Multiple registrations using your address. Generally, only one registration will be accepted per address. In some
cases, due to household composition, multiple applicants such as roommates may apply. If you live in an
apartment or condo, include the unit information in your registration.
▪ Damage occurred to secondary residence. If the damage occurred to a secondary residence where you live less
than six months out of the year, you may be ineligible for FEMA assistance.
If you have complied with all of FEMA’s requests and are still deemed ineligible but you disagree, an appeal process
is available. Appeals may relate to eligibility, the amount or type of help provided, a late application, a request to
return money, or continuing help. The appeal must be sent to FEMA and postmarked within 60 days of the date of
the decision letter.

For questions about eligibility letters, visit DisasterAssistance.gov or call the disaster assistance helpline at 800-
621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available.

It is recommended if you use a relay service, such as your videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel, you should provide
your specific number assigned to that service. It is important that FEMA can contact you, and you should know
phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number.

How to Contact FEMA
▪ Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
▪ Call the Helpline at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585
▪ Download the FEMA mobile app

For the latest information on Hurricane Ida, visit fema.gov/disaster/4611 Or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter
account at twitter.com/FEMARegion6.

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