How Do You Write an Appeal Letter to FEMA?

Writing an appeal letter to FEMA involves explaining why a particular decision was wrong and including the FEMA disaster and registration numbers, a copy of state identification and other documents. The letter must be dated and postmarked within 60 days of the date on the decision letter.

An appeal letter is written to request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency review a file again with additional information that might affect the decision. Any decision made by FEMA regarding the type or amount of assistance may be appealed.

  1. Explain why the decision was wrong
  2. Provide all the details as to why the decision made by FEMA was incorrect. Sign the letter and have it notarized. If the writer of the letter is not a member of a particular household, the letter must contain a statement saying that the person may act on behalf of the household.

  3. Include the FEMA disaster and registration numbers
  4. The appeal letter must contain the registration and disaster numbers to allow FEMA track the file, allowing fast processing and review of the matter. The home address, full name, date, place of birth and the last four digits of the writer’s Social Security number must also be included.

  5. Include a copy of identification and other documents
  6. Include a valid copy of a state-issued identification card. Alternatively, the following statement should be included in the letter “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct.” Also include any other supporting documentation.