Payment will be made to you if, as a direct result of a presidentially-declared major disaster, you:
- No longer have a job,
- Are unable to reach your place of work,
- Were about to commence work and as a result of a major disaster, do not now have a job or are unable to reach that job,
- Have become the breadwinner for the household because the head of household died as a direct result of the disaster (If you became a breadwinner due to the death of a self-employed individual as a direct result of the disaster, you are considered an unemployed worker for DUA purposes), or
- Cannot work because of a disaster-incurred injury.
Unless you have an injury or are self-employed and performing activities to return to self-employment, you must be able to work and be available for work. These are the same requirements to be eligible for regular state unemployment insurance benefits.
To determine your eligibility for unemployment insurance (UI) benefits, you should contact the state unemployment insurance agency in the state where you are located as soon as possible after becoming unemployed. In some states, you can now file a claim by telephone and the Internet.
- Assessment of skills, abilities, aptitudes and needs
- Assistance with Unemployment Insurance
- Access to Wagner-Peyser Act funded employment services such as the states' public labor exchange and labor market information
- Career counseling
- Job search and job placement assistance
- Information on training, education and related supportive services such as day care and transportation
If you need additional assistance with questions about this program, you can also contact your state or local office. Locations and contact information can be found at: