November 29: Last chance to register for FEMA assistance

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 6:00pm

Louisiana residents only have one more day to register for FEMA assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Isaac.

GOHSEP reports that just under 200,000 people from 26 parishes have registered thus far. FEMA has approved more than $112.5 million in direct aid to residents through its Individual Assistance program.

HOW TO APPLY

People who suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Isaac can register for assistance online at www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. For 711 Relay or Video Relay Services, call 1-800-621-3362. FEMA’s toll-free telephone numbers are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

For a list of open FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers, visit http://www.fema.gov/disaster/4080.

APPROVED PARISHES

In total, 26 parishes in Louisiana were approved for Individual Assistance following Hurricane Isaac, meaning their residents who suffered losses or damage from the storm may be eligible for assistance.

The approved parishes are: Allen, Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Morehouse, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.

APPEALS PROCESS

Residents who have already applied but were denied FEMA aid have the right to appeal that decision. Applicants who wish to appeal any ineligibility decision should submit a letter to FEMA explaining in detail why they believe the decision is incorrect.

The applicant, or someone who represents the applicant, should sign the letter to FEMA and include their application number on each page of the letter and on any documentation that is also submitted. If the person writing the letter is not a member of the applicant’s household, the appeal should include a signed statement from the applicant affirming that the person may act on their behalf.

The appeal letter must be postmarked, received by fax or personally submitted at a Disaster Recovery Center within 60 days of the date on the decision letter. Keeping a copy of the appeal letter as a record is encouraged.

Appeal letters can be mailed to FEMA here:

FEMA Individuals & Households Program

ATTN: FEMA Individuals & Households Program

P.O. Box 10055

Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055

Appeal letters can be faxed to FEMA here:

  • 1-800-827-8112
  • National Processing Service Center

 

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