Disaster Unemployment Assistance available for victims of flooding
If the recent storms and flooding associated with Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee affected your income, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance; however, time is running out.
You can apply by calling 1-877-345-3382 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Individuals needing text telephone (TTY) can call toll free (888)334-4046.
Have your Social Security number, earnings from your most recent tax year, and employment history available when you call.
Filing deadlines are:
*Oct. 14, 2011, for the following counties: Adams, Bradford, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Wyoming, and York.
*Oct. 27, 2011, for these counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia.
To be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), individuals must:
ÃÂ· Not be eligible for regular unemployment insurance;
ÃÂ· Be unemployed as a direct result of the disaster;
ÃÂ· Be able and available for work, unless injured as a direct result of the disaster;
ÃÂ· File an application for DUA within 30 days of the date of the announcement of availability of DUA; and
ÃÂ· Have not refused an offer of employment in a suitable position.
You must also have exhausted state unemployment eligibility and worked or lived in a designated county.
Benefits are administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Disaster unemployment can extend for up to 26 weeks from the day the disaster is declared.