Disaster Unemployment Assistance

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​Disaster Unemployment Assistance

If you have lost your job due to a major disaster you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). You must file for DUA within 30 days of the State announcement of a natural disaster. 

The following conditions of unemployment must have occurred as a direct result of the major disaster to qualify for DUA: 

  • You no longer have a job, including loss of self-employment, or 

  • You are unable to reach the place of employment, or 

  • You were to start work in the major disaster area and the job no longer exists or you are unable to reach the job, or 

  • You became the breadwinner or major support of the family because the head of household died, or 

  • You cannot work because of an injury incurred during the major disaster. 

You shall not be eligible for DUA if: 

  • You are currently receiving regular unemployment benefits and have not exhausted the benefits, or 

  • Are eligible for regular unemployment benefits and have not exhausted those benefits. 

You may contact DES by calling 1-866-795-8877 from 8AM to 5PM to apply for DUA benefits. If you are self-employed, you will be required to submit your most recent Federal Income Tax returns and/or your profit and loss statement to establish your weekly amount.

If your application for DUA is denied and you believe that the denial is incorrect, you should immediately call Legal Aid at 1-866-219-5262 to apply for legal assistance