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Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County, Virginia

Tue, 11 May 2021 15:48:03 +0000

Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Manassas City, Manassas Park City, and Prince William County, Virginia

Philadelphia - FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Manassas City, Manassas Park City and Prince William County, Virginia. Community partners are invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period.

The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community partners can identify any corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.

The 90-day appeal period will begin on or around May 13, 2021. Residents, business owners and other community partners are encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. They may submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.

An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.

Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.

If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.

The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all comments and appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

Submit appeals and comments by contacting your local floodplain administrator:

For Manassas City, contact Lance Kilby, City Engineer, at lkilby@manassasva.gov or (703) 257-8251.

For Manassas Park City, contact Michelle Barry, the Planning and Zoning Administrator, at  m.barry@manassasparkva.gov, (703) 335-8820.

For Prince William County, contact Raj Bidari, County Engineer, at rbidari@pwcgov.org at (703) 792-7078.

The preliminary maps may be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Changes Viewer: http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv. Changes from the current maps may be viewed online at the Region 3 Changes Since Last FIRM Viewer: https://arcg.is/0em0X9.

For more information about the flood maps:

Use a live chat service about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).

Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone; toll free, at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent and visiting https://www.floodsmart.gov.

Flood Mapping Milestones

February 23, 2018 — Flood Risk Review Meeting to review draft flood hazard data.

September 30, 2020 — Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.

October 28, 2020 — Community Coordination and Outreach Meeting to review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and discuss updates to local floodplain management ordinance and flood insurance.

On or Around May 13, 2021 –Appeal Period starts.

July 2022* — New Flood Insurance Rate Map becomes effective and flood insurance requirements take effect. (*Timeline subject to change pending completion of the appeal review process.)

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.

 

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amanda.hancherTue, 05/11/2021 - 15:48

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Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Fauquier County, Virginia

Tue, 11 May 2021 15:51:58 +0000

Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Fauquier County, Virginia

Philadelphia - FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Fauquier County, Virginia. Community partners are invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period.

The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community partners can identify any corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.

The 90-day appeal period will begin on or around May 12, 2021. Residents, business owners and other community partners are encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. They may submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.

An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.

Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.

If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.

The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all comments and appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

Submit appeals and comments by contacting your local floodplain administrator: Amy Rogers, Chief of Zoning and Development, Fauquier County, amy.rogers@fauquiercounty.gov, (540) 422-8251. The preliminary maps may be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Changes Viewer: http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv. Changes from the current maps may be viewed online at the Region 3 Changes Since Last FIRM Viewer: https://arcg.is/1iWPnj

For more information about the flood maps:

Use a live chat service about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).

Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone; toll free, at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent and visiting https://www.floodsmart.gov.

Fauquier County Flood Mapping Milestones

Feb. 23, 2018 — Flood Risk Review Meeting to review draft flood hazard data.

Sept. 15, 2020 — Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.

Oct. 28, 2020 — Community Coordination and Outreach Meeting to review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and discuss updates to local floodplain management ordinance and flood insurance.

On or Around May 12, 2021 –Appeal Period starts.

July 2022* — New Flood Insurance Rate Map becomes effective and flood insurance requirements take effect. (*Timeline subject to change pending completion of the appeal review process.)

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.

 

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amanda.hancherTue, 05/11/2021 - 15:51

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Tennessee Survivors in 3 Counties May Now Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

Tue, 11 May 2021 18:07:30 +0000

Tennessee Survivors in 3 Counties May Now Apply for FEMA Disaster Assistance

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Homeowners and renters in three counties that suffered damage from the recent severe storms, tornadoes and flooding may now apply to FEMA for disaster assistance. Survivors may be eligible to receive assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from the storms.

Under the major disaster declaration approved by President Biden, Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties were designated as eligible for FEMA’s Individual Assistance program. Damage and losses from the storms, tornadoes and flooding must have occurred March 25 through April 3.

If you have a homeowner’s insurance policy, file your insurance claim immediately. The faster you file, the faster your recovery can begin.

The deadline to apply for federal disaster assistance is Wednesday, July 7. There are several ways to apply:

  • Download FEMA’s mobile app. For information, go to: fema.gov/mobile-app.
  • Visit DisasterAssistance.gov.
  • Call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). Multilingual operators are available, and lines are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time. Those who use a relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should provide FEMA with their specific phone number assigned to that service.

You will need to have the following available when you apply:

  • A current phone number where you can be reached;
  • Your address at the time of the disaster and the address where you are now staying;
  • Your Social Security number;
  • A general list of damage and losses; and
  • If insured, the insurance policy number, or the agent and company name.

If you cannot return to your home or you are unable to live in your home, visit DisasterAssistance.gov, or call the FEMA Helpline to determine what federal, state, local or voluntary agency assistance may be available to you.

If you can return to your home and it is safe, has working power, water and sewer or septic service, visit DisasterAssistance.gov to determine if state, voluntary and local organizations in your community can address any unmet needs.

Disaster assistance may provide temporary help and a place to stay while you build your own recovery plan. Although the federal government cannot make you whole, it may be able to help your recovery move forward by providing grants for basic repairs to make your home safe, accessible and secure. FEMA is unable to duplicate insurance payments. However, those without insurance, or those who may be underinsured, may still receive help after their insurance claims have been settled.

Long-term, low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and some nonprofit organizations to cover losses not fully compensated by insurance. If you are referred to SBA, you may apply online via the SBA’s secure website at Disasterloan.sba.gov, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or send an e-mail to DisasterCustomerService@sba.gov.

Federal funding is also available under FEMA’s Public Assistance program to state, tribal and local governments, and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. The funding covers eligible expenses for emergency work and the repair or replacement of facilities damaged by the March 25 to April 3 severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Counties eligible to apply for the PA program are: Campbell, Cannon, Cheatham Claiborne, Clay, Davidson, Decatur, Fentress, Grainger, Hardeman, Henderson, Hickman, Jackson, Madison, Maury, McNairy, Moore, Overton, Scott, Smith, Wayne, Williamson and Wilson.

neily.chapmanTue, 05/11/2021 - 18:07

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FEMA Rental Assistance May Be A Valuable Housing Solution for Kentucky Storm Survivors

Tue, 11 May 2021 18:14:14 +0000

FEMA Rental Assistance May Be A Valuable Housing Solution for Kentucky Storm Survivors

Frankfort, Ky. – Kentucky residents displaced from their homes by the severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from Feb. 27 through March 14 may find FEMA rental assistance an important way to move their recovery forward.

FEMA rental assistance provides survivors a grant to pay for somewhere to live temporarily while they work on permanent housing plans such as repairing or rebuilding their home. Options include renting an apartment, house, or recreational vehicle that can keep survivors near their jobs, schools, homes, and places of worship. Rental assistance is available to homeowners and renters whose homes are uninhabitable even if they have flood insurance. Survivors must be willing to relocate temporarily from their homes to be considered for rental assistance.

FEMA may provide financial assistance to pre-disaster homeowners or renters to rent temporary housing when an applicant is displaced from their primary residence as a result of a Presidentially-declared disaster.Rental assistance is intended to cover the monthly rent amount and cost of essential utilities (i.e., gas, electric, water, oil, trash, and sewer), excluding telephone, cable, TV, or internet service for the housing unit.

Rental assistance may also be used to pay a security deposit in an amount that does not exceed the cost of one month of HUD Fair Market Rent.  

Survivors who live in Breathitt, Clay, Estill, Floyd, Johnson, Lee, Magoffin, Marin or Powell county, should follow these steps if their home is uninhabitable and they need financial help to find a place to stay:

  • File an insurance claim. If insured, survivors should check with their homeowner’s or renter’s insurance agent about additional living expenses coverage, often referred to as ALE, as part of their policy that may assist in relocating to a temporary residence.
  • Apply for FEMA assistance. Survivors who have homeowner’s insurance should submit their settlement documents to FEMA for review to determine their eligibility status. If their policy does not include ALE, or if they exhaust this coverage and their home remains uninhabitable, they may be eligible for rental assistance from FEMA. 

Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, by downloading the FEMA app or by calling the disaster assistance helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish)

For the deaf and hard of hearing information regarding FEMA’s Individuals and Households Program is available in both Closed Caption and American Sign Language, visit bit.ly/3dMmu2Z

At any time applicants with disabilities who may require a reasonable accommodation can ask FEMA staff directly or submit their accommodation request via email to FEMA’s Office of Civil Rights at  FEMA-CivilRightsOffice@fema.dhs.gov or by calling FEMA’s Civil Rights Resource Line at 833-285-7448.

A FEMA inspector will contact applicants by phone to ask questions about the type and extent of damage. It may be necessary for FEMA to perform a remote inspection if an applicant reported they are not able to safely live in their home. 

neily.chapmanTue, 05/11/2021 - 18:14

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1 million vaccine doses administered at FEMA-supported centers in the Southeast

Tue, 11 May 2021 18:36:05 +0000

1 million vaccine doses administered at FEMA-supported centers in the Southeast

ATLANTA - More than 1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered at Community Vaccination Centers in Southeastern states since the first site opened March 3.

The centers, operated by the states and supported by FEMA, were established to provide large-scale vaccination capabilities in areas serving socially vulnerable or underserved populations. Four centers opened March 3 in Florida, capable of providing 3,000 doses per day in Jacksonville, Miami, Orlando and Tampa. Subsequently, more centers opened in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, some with 3,000-dose capability and others with 1,000-dose capability.

Certain centers have mobile units or satellite operations bringing vaccines to nearby communities.

Nationally, FEMA Community Vaccination Centers have administered nearly 5 million vaccine doses.

“These large-scale centers have carried out an important mission, delivering the vaccine quickly and efficiently to so many people in such a short time,” said Gracia B. Szczech, FEMA Region IV administrator. “The vaccine is now widely available at many places in most communities, and we will continue to support the states’ efforts to get shots in arms.”

Visit fema.gov/vaccine-support to learn more about how FEMA is assisting with vaccinations across the United States.

felicia.jordanTue, 05/11/2021 - 18:36

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FEMA Awards $22 Million to Idaho for COVID-19 Response

Tue, 11 May 2021 21:52:20 +0000

FEMA Awards $22 Million to Idaho for COVID-19 Response

BOTHELL, Wash. – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is awarding $22 million to the Idaho Office of Emergency Management (IOEM) to reimburse the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare for emergency protective measures taken during the ongoing COVID-19 response.

These protective measures support the distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccination efforts throughout the state. They include an increase in resources and staffing to support vaccine administration, equipment and supplies purchases for safe COVID-19 vaccine distribution and developing effective strategies to increase vaccine access to vulnerable populations, such as establishing mobile vaccination clinics.

Grants for emergency protective measures are funded through FEMA’s Public Assistance Grant Program, which reimburses communities for actions taken to respond and recover from a disaster. FEMA is providing a $22,573,180 grant directly to IOEM at 100 percent federal cost share. IOEM will then make disbursements to the state agencies and local and tribal jurisdictions that incurred eligible costs.

"Idaho’s vaccination efforts were, and continue to be, critical in saving lives during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said FEMA Region 10 Acting Administrator Vincent J. Maykovich.

FEMA streamlined the Public Assistance application and reimbursement process for the COVID-19 response so that applicants can receive funds faster. Expedited reimbursements help state, local, and tribal officials respond quickly to address immediate threats to life, public health, and safety.

 

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Follow FEMA Region 10 on Twitter and LinkedIn for the latest updates and visit our vaccine support page for more information.

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hannah.weinsteinTue, 05/11/2021 - 21:52

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Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Dinwiddie County, Virginia

Tue, 11 May 2021 15:37:04 +0000

Public Invited to Review Flood Maps in Dinwiddie County, Virginia

Philadelphia - FEMA is proposing updates to the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for Dinwiddie County, Virginia. Community partners are invited to participate in a 90-day appeal and comment period.

The updated maps were produced in coordination with local, state and FEMA officials. Significant community review of the maps has already taken place, but before the maps become final, community partners can identify any corrections or questions about the information provided and submit appeals or comments.

The 90-day appeal period will begin on or around May 13, 2021. Residents, business owners and other community partners are encouraged to review the updated maps to learn about local flood risks and potential future flood insurance requirements. They may submit an appeal if they perceive that modeling or data used to create the map is technically or scientifically incorrect.

  • An appeal must include technical information, such as hydraulic or hydrologic data, to support the claim.
  • Appeals cannot be based on the effects of proposed projects or projects started after the study is in progress.
  • If property owners see incorrect information that does not change the flood hazard information—such as a missing or misspelled road name in the Special Flood Hazard Area or an incorrect corporate boundary—they can submit a written comment.

The next step in the mapping process is the resolution of all comments and appeals. Once they are resolved, FEMA will notify communities of the effective date of the final maps.

Submit appeals and comments by contacting your local floodplain administrator: Mark Bassett, Director of Planning, Dinwiddie County, mbassett@dinwiddieva.us, (804) 469-4500 x2116. The preliminary maps may be viewed online at the FEMA Flood Map Changes Viewer: http://msc.fema.gov/fmcv. Changes from the current maps may be viewed online at the Region 3 Changes Since Last FIRM Viewer: https://arcg.is/neGKX.

For more information about the flood maps:

  • Use a live chat service about flood maps at http://go.usa.gov/r6C (just click on the “Live Chat” icon).
  • Contact a FEMA Map Specialist by telephone; toll free, at 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627) or by email at FEMA-FMIX@fema.dhs.gov.

Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover flood. There are cost-saving options available for those newly mapped into a high-risk flood zone. Learn more about your flood insurance options by talking with your insurance agent and visiting https://www.floodsmart.gov.

Dinwiddie County Flood Mapping Milestones

  • May 27, 2020 — Flood Risk Review Meeting to review draft flood hazard data.
  • Sept. 30, 2020 — Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map released.
  • Nov.10, 2020 — Community Coordination and Outreach Meeting to review Preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Map and discuss updates to local floodplain management ordinance and flood insurance.
  • On or Around May 13, 2021 –Appeal Period starts.
  • July 2022* — New Flood Insurance Rate Map becomes effective and flood insurance requirements take effect. (*Timeline subject to change pending completion of the appeal review process.)

If you have any questions, please contact FEMA Region 3 Office of External Affairs at (215) 931-5597 or at femar3newsdesk@fema.dhs.gov.

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amanda.hancherTue, 05/11/2021 - 15:37

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Got Rejected by FEMA? Read Your Letter Carefully

Mon, 10 May 2021 16:27:43 +0000

Got Rejected by FEMA? Read Your Letter Carefully

Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency say residents who registered with the agency for help following the severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes last March should read their determination letter carefully regarding their eligibility for assistance.

The letter might not serve as FEMA’s final answer, officials said, as the agency may simply need extra documents to process the application.

In addition, every applicant can appeal the agency’s decision.

Examples of missing documentation may include an insurance settlement letter, proof of residence, proof of ownership of the damaged property, or proof that the damaged property was the applicant’s primary residence at the time of the disaster.

By appealing, the applicant is asking FEMA to review the case. Applicants with questions can call the FEMA Helpline at 800-621-3362. TTY users may call 800-462-7585. Lines are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. central time daily.

There are several reasons why the agency may have determined the applicant to be ineligible or that no decision could be made.

If the letter refers to “ownership not proven,” the applicant can appeal by submitting one of the following: a title or deed, property tax receipt or bill, mortgage documents or other documents proving ownership of the home.

If the letter refers to “no contact for inspection,” the applicant should call the FEMA Helpline and provide their current phone number and the best time to reach them.

If the letter refers to “failed identity verification,” the applicant should submit documents to verify their name and Social Security number, such as documents from the Social Security Administration or other Federal entities, current employer’s payroll document, a U.S. passport or a valid driver license or state-issued ID and social security card.

If the letter refers to “linked for duplicate review,” the applicant should submit documents proving they were not living with or assisted by another person who applied for assistance at that address.

If the letter refers to “insured or ineligible insured,” the applicant should submit one of the following to prove you are uninsured or underinsured for damage: insurance settlement documents, a denial letter, or any other supporting information.

Appeals must be submitted in writing within 60 days of the date of FEMA’s letter determining eligibility.

To ensure accuracy and help FEMA process your appeal, FEMA officials ask applicants to include the following information in their letter:

    Full name

    Current address of the damaged property

    Current contact information

    Disaster number: DR-4596-AL

    The last four digits of their Social Security number

    The nine-digit FEMA registration number on each page and on supporting documentation

    and signed document

    The reason for appealing the decision.

If someone other than the applicant or the co-applicant is writing the letter, the applicant must sign a statement affirming that the person may act on their behalf. You should keep a copy of your appeal documents for your records.

Applicants can submit missing documents to FEMA online at www.Disaster.Assistance.gov, by mail or fax at 800-827-8112 and mark it “Attention: FEMA – Individuals & Households Program.”

Mail the appeal letter to:

FEMA – Individuals & Households Program

National Processing Service Center

PO Box 10055

Hyattsville MD 20782-8055

Officials said applicants who appeal would get a written response from FEMA regarding the agency’s decision within 90 days of the receipt of the letter. FEMA’s decision is final and cannot be appealed again.

An easy way to provide any additional information needed is by setting up an online account and uploading documents there.  To set up a disaster assistance account:

    • Go to https://www.disasterassistance.gov/
    • Select the Create Account button at the bottom of the page and follow instructions. A PIN will be sent to the email address on file. Then log into the account.
    • You can then upload your important documents in the Upload Center. (This page takes you to the login if you are returning to add more documents: https://go.usa.gov/xUPX5.)   For referrals to Alabama’s Health and Human Service Agencies as well as community organizations, dial 211, text 888-421-1266, or chat with referral specialists via www.211connectsalabama.org. For more information on Alabama’s disaster recovery, visit ema.alabama.gov, AlabamaEMA Facebook page, www.fema.gov/disaster/4596 and www.facebook.com/fema.

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ron.rothMon, 05/10/2021 - 16:27

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How to Appeal a FEMA Disaster Assistance Decision

Mon, 10 May 2021 18:05:57 +0000

How to Appeal a FEMA Disaster Assistance Decision

Frankfort, Ky. – After applying for FEMA disaster assistance, survivors affected by the Kentucky severe storms, flooding, landslides and mudslides from Feb. 27 through March 14 will receive a letter from FEMA. The letter will be sent to you electronically or by U.S. mail, depending on the selection you made when you applied.

FEMA has already provided more than $2 million in grants to homeowners and renters in Kentucky. The letter from FEMA will briefly explain why the money is being provided to you. It might say “Home Repairs” or “Rental Assistance” with a dollar amount. In most cases, FEMA sends money by direct deposit to the bank account you provided when you applied. If you chose to receive a check in the mail, please check your mail for your letter from FEMA.

If you have questions about the money you are receiving, please call FEMA at 800-621-3362. If you disagree with the amount of money you are receiving, you may appeal by submitting a signed, written explanation why you believe FEMA’s decision is incorrect and copies of any documents supporting your appeal, including proof of your disaster losses.

Some Kentuckians may receive a letter from FEMA saying they are “ineligible” for disaster assistance. This type of letter may be sent for several reasons. You may appeal this determination. Here’s how:  

The first step is for applicants to read their determination letter carefully to understand why FEMA decided the application was “ineligible.” Many times, it could be something as simple as providing missing documents or information.

Important Documents to Include with an Appeal Letter

Often, applicants need only to submit extra documents for FEMA to process their application. FEMA may find an applicant ineligible if the following documents are missing:

  • Insurance documents: Provide documents from your insurance company that show your policy coverage and/or settlement is not enough to make essential home repairs, provide a place to stay, or replace certain contents. FEMA cannot duplicate homeowner or renter insurance benefits.
  • Proof of occupancy: Provide documents that prove the damaged home or rental was your primary residence by supplying a copy of utility bills, driver’s license or lease.
  • Proof of ownership. Provide mortgage or insurance documents, tax receipts or a deed. If you don’t have a deed handy, contact your local or county officials about obtaining a copy.
  • Lost documents? Visit the following website for information on replacing lost documents: https://www.usa.gov/replace-vital-documents

All appeals must be in writing. The appeal letter should explain why the applicant thinks FEMA’s decision is not correct. When filing an appeal, it is important to include any documentation FEMA requests and/or that supports the appeal claim. Also, if the person writing the appeal letter is not the applicant or a member of the household, applicants must submit a signed statement that the writer is authorized to act on the behalf of the applicant.

How to Submit an Appeal

IMPORTANT: Be sure to include the cover letter you received from FEMA when you submit your appeal documents.

  • Mail documents and your appeal letter within 60 days of receiving your determination letter to: FEMA National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055 Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055 
  • Fax them to 800-827-8112.
  • To set up a FEMA online account or to upload documents online, visit disasterassistance.gov and click on “Check Your Application and Log In” and follow the directions.

Applicants will receive a decision letter within 90 days of FEMA's receipt of your appeal.

Those who need help understanding their letter can call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585). The toll-free telephone lines operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week. Those who use a Relay service such as a videophone, InnoCaption or CapTel should update FEMA with their assigned number for that service. They should be aware phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Multilingual operators are available. (Press 2 for Spanish)

neily.chapmanMon, 05/10/2021 - 18:05

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FEMA Updates State-Specific Funeral Assistance Information

Mon, 10 May 2021 20:26:00 +0000

FEMA Updates State-Specific Funeral Assistance Information

WASHINGTON -- FEMA is accepting applications for funeral assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses. As of Monday, May 10, the agency has received nearly 174,000 applications, approved more than 2,200 of those applications and distributed more than $15.5 million.

Applicants may apply by calling 844-684-6333 (TTY: 800-462-7585) from 9a.m. to 9p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday. Multilingual services are available. Please note, phone calls from FEMA may come from an unidentified number. Additional information about the assistance and frequently asked questions are available on FEMA.gov.

Below is state-specific information:

Location

Registrations

Funeral Assistance Approved 

Number of Applicants Awarded

ALABAMA

 4,043

 $162,193

23

ALASKA

 49

 $18,000

2

AMERICAN SAMOA

 2

 $0

0

ARIZONA

 2,988

 $61,977

13

ARKANSAS

 1,764

 $68,649

10

CALIFORNIA

 19,148

 $877,645

128

COLORADO

 1,040

 $109,483

16

COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANAS

 2

 $0

0

CONNECTICUT

 2,235

$310,674

39

DELAWARE

 466

$58,586

9

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

 500

$82,052

12

FLORIDA

 9,600

$716,060

114

GEORGIA

 6,280

$142,293

18

GUAM

 7

$0

0

HAWAII

 137

$10,103

2

IDAHO

 315

$78,918

13

ILLINOIS

 7,206

$872,477

121

INDIANA

 3,074

$104,442

14

IOWA

 1,664

$59,494

7

KANSAS

 1,410

$11,228

2

KENTUCKY

 2,384

$91,649

13

LOUISIANA

 3,548

$107,290

16

MAINE

 148

$72,238

12

MARYLAND

 3,174

$108,225

17

MASSACHUSETTS

 3,826

$526,931

77

MICHIGAN

 5,570

$105,861

16

MINNESOTA

 1,501

$454,310

70

MISSISSIPPI

 3,155

$65,503

10

MISSOURI

 3,068

$61,696

9

MONTANA

 279

$3,200

1

NEBRASKA

 729

$60,517

6

NEVADA

 1,534

$86,869

15

NEW HAMPSHIRE

 289

$78,738

17

NEW JERSEY

 7,615

$842,550

119

NEW MEXICO

 923

$51,449

10

NEW YORK

 17,298

$1,301,961

176

NORTH CAROLINA

 4,744

$729,765

104

NORTH DAKOTA

 514

$121,407

15

OHIO

 6,007

$2,026,912

303

OKLAHOMA

 2,465

$385,707

56

OREGON

 364

$61,663

13

PENNSYLVANIA

 8,318

$631,194

92

PUERTO RICO

 656

$14,237

4

RHODE ISLAND

 860

$323,480

44

SOUTH CAROLINA

 3,517

$125,077

17

SOUTH DAKOTA

 534

$210,553

26

TENNESSEE

 4,444

$42,648

7

TEXAS

15,635

$2,196,908

318

UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS

12

$0

0

UTAH

 638

$207,423

30

VERMONT

 48

$9,000

1

VIRGINIA

 3,487

$424,917

60

WASHINGTON

 899

$38,205

7

WEST VIRGINIA

 852

$7,492

2

WISCONSIN

 2,902

$124,811

17

WYOMING

 119

$58,234

9

 * Funeral assistance data can/will change daily; the information reflects data as of 8 a.m. Monday, May 10, 2021

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