Many people in areas of South Carolina hit hard by last month’s flooding are in the process of appealing their denials of aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), even as the deadline to apply fast approaches.
FEMA spokesman Carl Henderson told South Carolina Radio Network that the best way to appeal is to take the rejection letter to a disaster recovery center for an explanation.
“They (the flood victim) certainly have the option to appeal that letter or any part of the letter,” Henderson said. “The easiest way to do that is to go to a disaster recovery century with the letter in hand.”
Henderson said a rejection just could be something minor that can be easily corrected before getting benefits, such as a missing signature, document or something else. “The determination letter is not always the final answer. It could be that FEMA needs a little bit information, they need an additional receipt,” Henderson said.
There is a limited time frame to make an appeal. “The key with determination letters is they have sixty days from the day of the letter to appeal to FEMA, Henderson said.
Those affected by last month’s flooding who have not filed for any individual assistance have until December 4 to apply.