Wednesday, October 10, 2012
ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – St. John Parish residents who received a letter from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) stating they are ineligible for disaster assistance should remember the letter is the beginning, not the end, of a conversation with FEMA.
Residents who receive an ineligibility letter are encouraged to ask any questions they may have or learn how they can initiate the appeal process. FEMA specialists are available to explain or discuss these determinations at the Disaster Recovery Center located at 1929 West Airline Hwy in LaPlace Monday through Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Applicants can also initiate a conversation by calling the FEMA helpline at 1-800-621-3362 or by going online to www.disasterassistance.gov.
The ineligibility letter also contains information on how to submit requested documentation or file an appeal. Applicants who wish to appeal any ineligibility decision should submit a letter explaining in detail why they believe the decision is incorrect. The applicant, or someone who represents the applicant, should sign the letter 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: Appeal letters can be faxed to:
FEMA Individuals & Households Program 1-800-827-8112
National Processing Service Center ATTN: FEMA Individuals & Households Program
P.O. Box 10055
Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
Applicants ineligible for FEMA assistance may still be eligible for help through nonprofit organizations. St. John residents can call 985-359-0254 for home repair assistance. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are also available for homeowners, renters and business owners for losses not fully covered by insurance or other sources. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call 1-800-659-2955 or go online to www.sba.gov.
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