Friday, October 26, 2012
Based on the continuous need expressed by residents of St. John the Baptist Parish, President Natalie Robottom and the State of Louisiana requested and received an extension for Hurricane Isaac Assistance. FEMA extended the deadline to apply for federal assistance until November 29, 2012.
Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on August 29, 2012, damaging at least 7,000 residences in St. John the Baptist Parish and causing millions of dollars of damage to private property and public infrastructure. Over 12,000 St. John residents have applied for assistance and FEMA has approved more than $22 million in direct aid to St. John residents through its Individual Assistance program.
“Our residents and our parish are in unfamiliar waters and need every resource available. Although many of our residents have applied for and received FEMA assistance, there are others who are still working through the system. The 30 day extension should provide our residents the additional time needed to register and possibly receive badly needed assistance,” said Parish President Natalie Robottom.
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.
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:
• National Processing Service Center
Applicants ineligible for FEMA assistance may still be eligible for other programs such as disaster unemployment or help from nonprofit organizations. 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.
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