How to Appeal FEMA Determinations for Louisiana Hurricane Laura (DR-4559-LA)
I have covered Verified Loss as well as eligibility determinations by FEMA. Now I will cover the appeals process posted by FEMA for other disasters such as Hurricane Laura DR-4559 8-28-2020.

By Murray Wennerlund published 9-7-2020 updated 9-7-2020

Published by FEMA updated 9-7-2020.

Editors Note 9-7-2020: This method is specific to Hurricane Laura and will need to be 100% understood by you before you submit your appeal to FEMA. I will be looking forward to reply letters from you all once FEMA starts processing your appeals documents. It's important to submit what is required and follow the formatting templates I have linked from other pages and in the resource section of this page. Do not allow your appeal application to be denied because of spelling, layout, missing or incomplete supporting documents. If you need help, send me a note. Murray W.

The document below is from FEMA.

Louisiana Disaster Assistance Applicants: Understand FEMA Determination Letters, How to Appeal Them

Published by FEMA updated 9-7-2020.

BATON ROUGE, La. &;ndash A quick fix may change the decision if you applied for FEMA help following Hurricane Laura and you disagree with your determination letter.

Everybody has a right to appeal. There are common reasons why FEMA may have denied your application. Read your determination letter carefully to understand FEMA&;rsquos decision and know exactly what you need to do for your appeal. Often, applicants just need to submit some extra documents for FEMA to process their application.

FEMA can reconsider you in some cases if you:

  • Submit insurance documents. Provide documents from your insurance company that detail your coverage or settlement is insufficient to make essential home repairs, provide a place to stay, or replace certain contents. FEMA cannot duplicate homeowner or renter insurance benefits.
  • Prove occupancy. Provide documents that prove the damaged home or rental was your primary residence by supplying a copy of utility bills, driver&;rsquos license or lease.
  • Prove ownership. Provide documents such as mortgage or insurance documents, tax receipts or a deed. If you don&;rsquot have a deed handy, contact your local or parish officials about obtaining a copy.

There are many other reasons you may disagree with FEMA&;rsquos decision. If you feel the amount or type of assistance is incorrect, submit a signed, written explanation outlining why you believe FEMA&;rsquos decision is incorrect and copies of any documents supporting your appeal, including proof of your disaster losses.

Your full name, your FEMA application number and disaster number, your pre-disaster primary residence address and your current phone number and address should be included on all submitted documents. Application and disaster numbers are printed on page 1 of your determination letter, above your name and address.

Instructions to submit your appeal documents:

There are four ways you can submit your letter and documents. Be sure to include the cover letter you received from FEMA when you submit them.

  1. Mail documents and your letter within 60 days of receiving your determination letter to the address below. Your letter with accompanying documents must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on your letter from FEMA regarding your eligibility.
    • FEMA National Processing Service Center
      P.O. Box 10055
      Hyattsville, MD 20782-7055
  2. Fax them to 800-827-8112.
  3. Upload them online at if you have a FEMA online account. To set up a FEMA online account, visit the site and click on "Check Your Application and Log In" and follow the directions.
  4. Visit a FEMA drive-thru Disaster Recovery Center. The center operates under strict COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all participants. Masks or face coverings are required for entry and service. You will remain in your car. A specialist wearing a face mask will receive your documents through the window and return them to you. Find your closest center by calling the FEMA helpline at 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585, going online to or downloading the FEMA app.

You may see Disaster Survivor Assistance team members visiting door-to-door in your area. Check for official FEMA photo identification. They will be able to answer questions and update your records if you need assistance with documents.

If you have questions about submitting insurance documents, proving occupancy or ownership, or anything else about your determination letter, call the FEMA helpline 800-621-3362 or TTY 800-462-7585. Those who use 711 or Video Relay Service can call 800-621-3362.

Toll-free numbers are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Multilingual operators are available.

For the latest information on Hurricane Laura, visit or follow the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at

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Release Date
Sep 7, 2020
Related State(s)
Region VI
Related Disasters
Last updated Sep 7, 2020