How to appeal denial of FEMA tornado financial aid

How to appeal denial of FEMA tornado financial aid

Last month, President Biden declared the May 10 tornado outbreak to be a major disaster, opening the doors for affected residents to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance.

Since then, the agency has had Disaster Survivor Assistance (DSA) representatives on the ground and has opened up Disaster Recovery Centers, where residents can talk about their individual cases and find additional resources.

As more community members go online to apply, many may find themselves in the position where they receive a denial from FEMA for help. Here’s how you can appeal FEMA’s decision and what extra documents are needed for the process.

How to appeal FEMA decision

After FEMA has reviewed an application, received inspection results and documentation, they will send a letter explaining whether you were approved for assistance, how much assistance will be received and how the assistance should be used.

If turned down, you have 60 days from the date on the decision letter to complete and submit an appeal form. There are several ways to appeal:

Additional documents and when to expect a decision

As part of an appeal, residents may need additional documents. They will vary depending on the type of appeal filed. If you are looking to apply for extra assistance, you will need to submit bills, receipts or repair estimates.

For any questions, applicants are recommended to call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. All appeals will be reviewed and decisions may be made as early as 30 days within receiving the appeal, or as late as 90 days.