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A free, online site that helps you to appeal a FEMA decision.

This is a project of Pro Bono Net, assisted by legal services organizations and law firms working pro bono in New York City. This interactive program does two things:

  • Creates a FEMA Appeal letter that applicants can use to dispute a FEMA decision, and
  • Creates a File Request letter that applicants can use to request their FEMA file.

Sandy Legal Hotlines

  • Legal Services NYC
    (347) 592-2411
  • City Bar Justice Center
    (212) 626-7383
  • The Legal Aid Society
    (888) 663-6880
  • New York Legal Assistance Group
    (212) 584-3365
  • Touro Law Center (L.I.)
    (631) 761-7198
  • Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (NJ)
    (855) 301-2525
  • Legal Services of NJ
    (888) 222-5765

You can use this site to appeal a denial by FEMA even if you are not able to consult a lawyer. After you respond to the questions in this interactive interview, the program will use your answers to create a letter to request your file and to appeal your FEMA denial.

Important: This program does not e-file or submit your letters to FEMA. You must mail or fax the letters to FEMA yourself. The address and fax number are listed in the instructions that will print with your documents, as well as in the FAQs.

Before you begin the interactive interview, we recommend that you read the Frequently Asked Questions for an overview of the appeals process and other very important information, including:

What is the deadline for filing an appeal?
Your appeal letter must be postmarked within 60 days of the date of FEMA's decision letter.

Is an appeal the only way for me to dispute FEMA's decision?
No. An initial decision letter from FEMA denying assistance is not the last word. If your circumstances have changed, if FEMA's decision does not make sense to you, or if additional information has become available that may entitle you to assistance, you can visit a FEMA disaster assistance center or call 1-800-621-3362 to ask for clarification.

I sent FEMA additional documents but have not heard back and the 60-day appeal period is almost over. Should I still file an appeal?
Yes, you should send in your appeal before the 60-day deadline and explain the circumstances in the letter.

Visit the FAQs for more essential information.


Pro Bono Net thanks the following organizations and law firms for their invaluable contributions to this project: the City Bar Justice Center; the Legal Aid Society; Legal Services - NYC; Legal Services NYC - Brooklyn Programs; Manhattan Legal Services; Volunteers of Legal Service; the Urban Justice Center; Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

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