FEMA Assistance Denial Still Offers Option for Appeal
Hunt Valley, Md. -- Survivors have
the right to appeal the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s decision about
what assistance they can receive.
The survivor may ask for another review in order to appeal the decision on
amount, type of assistance or any other decision regarding federal disaster
Before asking for an appeal, it is important to review the “Help After a
Disaster” applicant’s guide. The booklet explains the different types of
assistance that may be available to survivors and could answer some questions
you have about the appeal process. Each applicant receives a copy and it is
also available online at www.fema.gov/help-after-disaster.
When appealing, explain in writing why you disagree with a decision.
Include any new or additional documents that would support the appeal. Be as
specific as possible in the letter. Include materials such as itemized receipts
and contractor estimates.
When sending an appeal letter for Hurricane Sandy, remember to include:
all pages of all documents:
disaster declaration number 4091-DR-MD.
FEMA application number.
name, place and date of birth, and the address of the damaged dwelling.
of documentation that supports the appeal. All receipts, bills and estimates
must include contact information for the service provider. Keep all originals
for your records.
of a state-issued identification card, unless the letter is notarized or
includes the following statement: “I hereby declare under penalty of perjury
that the foregoing is true and correct.”
Appeal letters must be postmarked within 60 days of the date on the
Survivors may send the appeal letter to FEMA by:
827-8112 Attention: FEMA
National Processing Service Center, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055
the Disaster Recovery Center located at #2 Mill Lane, Crisfield, MD 21817
(Lower Somerset County Fire & Rescue Building)
If you would like to speak with a specialist who will listen and help you
with the appeal process, you can visit the Disaster Recovery Center or call the
FEMA helpline 800-621-3362.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first
responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and
improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover
from, and mitigate all hazards
The appeal was granted and Somerset County was
awarded Individual Assistance, thanks in large part to the hard work of the
Governor’s office, our federal delegation, and state and local leadership and
also through the tireless work of Steve Marshall and the teams of inspectors
from the county and the city who kept doing PDAs. Thank you to everyone who
pushed for this appeal and made this happen.
Toll free number. Persons seeking individual assistance should register
by calling 1-800-621-3362 which is 1-800-621-FEMA. This is a simple
process that requires them to provide their name, social security number,
address, directions to their home, a description of their losses and insurance
information. Here is a link
to a checklist of information people need to have on hand when they apply.
For the hearing and speech impaired, TTY is 1-800-462-7585.
Register online. An alternative to registering by phone is to register
online at http://www.disasterassistance.gov/
In addition to applying for assistance online, you can take an anonymous
questionnaire to find out what programs are available to them.
Disaster Recovery Center. A disaster recovery center or “DRC” will be opening at the Lower Somerset Ambulance and Rescue Squad,
located at 2 Mill Lane, Crisfield, Maryland 21817 on Tuesday, December 18,
2012 at 9 a.m. People can register online and can also speak with
specialists for each type of assistance that FEMA individual assistance
provides. The ambulance squad is between Jacksonville Road and Route 413, near
Food Lion and Circle Inn.
Teams going door to door. This weekend, FEMA and MEMA teams will be going door to
door to hand out cards and flyers to businesses and individuals telling them
how to apply for assistance.
Community Town Hall. We continue to plan to host the Community Town Hall
this Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 6 p.m. at Crisfield High School. Now that individual assistance has
been granted, a large part of this meeting will be a presentation from FEMA on
the IA process and they will have staff on hand before, during and after the
meeting to help people apply for IA who have not done so already.
If you have questions about what
types of assistance are included within Individual Assistance, a helpful, but
somewhat dated (July 2008) guide can be viewed here.
It is also available in several
The recovery effort has new phone lines. You may reach the volunteers at 443-859-3502 or 443-859-3514
On Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Crisfield Fire Department, the Small Business Administration will host a meeting for all homeowners, nonprofits, and businesses interested in participating in their Disaster Assistance loan program. Loans are available in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties in Maryland and Accomack and Northampton Counties in Virginia. The Crisfield Fire Department is located at 600 West Main St., Crisfield, MD 21817.
“Loans up to $200,000 are available
to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate. Homeowners
and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged
or destroyed personal property,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s
Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.
Businesses and non-profit organizations of any
size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real
estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets,” said Jayne
Armstrong, SBA’s Virginia district director.
Interest rates are as low as 1.688 percent for homeowners and renters,
3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms
up to 30 years. Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based
on each applicant’s financial condition.
If you are unable to make the meeting Thursday, you can apply online using the Electronic Loan
Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
The SBA has opened a Disaster Outreach Center located at:
Eastern Shore Regional Fire Training Center
28598 Beacon Road
Melfa, Virginia 23410
Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.
a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday - Saturday
Closed: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012
Dec. 20, 2012 at close of business
Individuals and businesses unable to visit the Center
may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer
Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and
hard-of-hearing), or by sending
an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be returned to the Center
or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement
Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
The filing deadline to return applications for
physical property damage is February
5, 2013. The deadline to return
economic injury applications is September
CRISFIELD CHAMBER TO HOST MEETING OF BUSINESSES AFFECTED
BY HURRICANE SANDY
Information Meeting for Businesses Affected by Hurricane Sandy
Crisfield City Hall, 319 W. Main St., Crisfield, MD 21817
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
The Crisfield Area Chamber of Commerce will host an
information meeting for all businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy next
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 9 a.m. at Crisfield City Hall located at 319 W. Main
All businesses are invited to attend this information
Speakers at the meeting will include:
John N. Hickman, Director of the Small Business
Development Center at Salisbury University
Daniel K. Thompson, Director of the Somerset
County Economic Development Commission
Representative from the Maryland Department of
Business and Economic Development
Representative from FEMA
Information will be presented on what assistance is
available to small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.
All businesses, regardless of whether they are members of
the chamber, are invited to attend.
For more information, please contact Valerie Howard at (410)
968-2500 or email@example.com
SALISBURY, MD— Crisfield area
residents who need assistance with electricity and heating bills may go to SHORE
UP!’s Home Energy Programs office in Crisfield, which is reopening Monday,
November 26, 2012. The office, located at H. DeWayne Whittington Elementary
School, 6 Asbury Avenue in Crisfield, will be open Monday through Friday, 9
am-3 pm, to accommodate as many customers as possible. Those requesting
services should make sure their application is completely filled out. Applications
can be received by calling 410-341-9634, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. or
obtained at www.shoreup.org. To process the application, the following
information is needed:
Proof of all
household income for the past 30 days for anyone 18 years old or older, social
security, SSI (award letter or direct deposit statement), pension, retirement,
wages, TCA, TDAP, unemployment, child support (6-month printout needed),
alimony (current documentation)
(drivers license or photo ID)
Names, Social Security
cards and dates of birth for all household members
bill – Bill must be in applicants name for EUSP
Bill for main
heating source – Gas and propane customers must provide this.
Renters need landlord’s
name, address, telephone number, lease agreement and most recent rent receipt
deed, payment information or tax assessment
For more information, please
contact the SHORE UP! main office at 410-749-1142.
SHORE UP! Inc., no person shall, on the grounds of race, color, religion, age,
sex, national origin, ancestry, or disability, be excluded from participation
in, be denied benefits of or otherwise be subject to discrimination in the
provision of any care, service or admission
Congressman Andy Harris will host an information
tele-town hall for citizens impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Monday,
November 19 at 2:30 pm for residents of the Crisfield, Smith Island, Marion,
Fairmount, Deal Island, Ocean Pines and
Princess Anne zip codes. Listed residents will receive a phone invitation
at 2:30 p.m.
FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Lapinski will
join the congressman on the call to answer citizen questions regarding the
federal disaster declaration process, programs for which impacted residents may
be eligible, the Federal Government’s response to date, and plans for future
assistance to those affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Residents who have been displaced or have lost phone
service may participate by calling (877) 229-8493 and entering passcode 17603
at or after the 2:30 pm start time. Due to a limited number of open
lines, residents are encouraged to share this information and/or call in with
neighbors to ensure that all interested parties are able to participate.
For additional information, please call (443)
This Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at 9 a.m. a community wide clean up day will be hosted. Interested volunteers are asked to report to the volunteer coordination trailer at the Somers Cove Marina in Crisfield, Maryland 21817 wearing proper footwear, eye protection and gloves.
-The State Assessment Office for Somerset County will inspect individual properties when the owners request it because they feel their properties have been significantly impacted by Hurricane Sandy. In order to be eligible for a reduction in your tax assessment do to storm damage, you should request and return a Damaged Property Assessment Reduction Application. To request an application, please call (410) 651-0868 x 154 and leave a detailed message with your name, daytime phone number, property premise address and mailing address, if different. Note that assessment damage will be based on structural damage and not the loss of personal property or contents.
Immanuel United Methodist Church at 206 W. Main St.
, Crisfield, MD 21817 is hosting hot food each day from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A food pantry is also open during those hours. Food is not available for delivery.
The Crisfield Church of God is distributing clothing and other goods such as blankets and toys from the gymnasium located at 134 Maryland Ave
., Crisfield, MD 21817.