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Posted on: October 21, 2021

Turned Down for Hurricane Ida FEMA Disaster Assistance? You can Appeal the Decision

Hurricane Ida Disaster Center

Don’t panic if you applied for FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) assistance related to Hurricane Ida and were not approved. If you have received a notification that you are ineligible, you have 60 days from the date of your determination letter to file an appeal.

 According to Chester County’s Director of Emergency Services, Michael Murphy, the problem may be simple to overcome. 

 “You may be missing a document such as an insurance determination letter, estimates, or receipts,” Murphy said. “Read the determination letter carefully. It will give you the reason for FEMA’s decision and recommended actions that may change the decision.”

 To file an appeal, you must call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or visit the Disaster Recovery Center, located at the Ashbridge Square Shopping Center, 545 East Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown. The Center is open Monday-Friday 10am to 7pm and on Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

 “We understand this process can be daunting, and that’s why we have maintained our Disaster Recovery Center,” said Chester County Commissioners’ Chair Marian Moskowitz. “We are here to help. Please take advantage if you’ve been turned down and want to make sure you properly submit the required documents.” 

 For more information on the appeal process, visit chesco.org/Ida.

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