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Jeremiah W. (Jay) Nixon,

Lawrence G. Rebman,
Department Director

FOR PRESS INQUIRIES, CONTACT:  Amy Susan (573) 751-1518

Unemployment Available to Flood, Storm, and Tornado Victims
Presidential Disaster Declaration makes individual assistance available in One Additional Missouri Counties

Jefferson City, Mo- An amendment has been made to the disaster declaration, adding the Pettis County to the list of declared disaster areas. This declaration allows additional individuals affected by the recent natural disasters to access the 26-week Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. Applicants from Pettis County must file a claim for DUA no later than July 14, 2011.

On May 9, Governor Jay Nixon announced that his request for a major disaster declaration had been granted by President Barack Obama, opening the door for Missourians in declared counties whose employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding from April 19, 2011, and continuing to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

 “Unemployment benefits are vital during times of disaster recovery as it is the only program that is able to deliver money into the hands of those affected in a short period of time, allowing them to take care of their needs while the community recuperates,” says Department Director Larry Rebman.

The other counties that have already been declared as disaster areas are the following: Butler, Mississippi, New Madrid, St. Louis, Taney (individuals who file from these counties have no later than June 16, 2011 to file a DUA claim), Cape Girardeau, Howell, Jasper, McDonald, Newton, Pulaski, Ripley, Scott, Stoddard, and Stone (individuals who file from these counties have no later than June 22, 2011 to file a DUA claim), Bollinger, Dunklin, Pemiscot, Phelps, Reynolds, and St. Francois (individuals who file from these counties have no later than July 5, 2011 to file a DUA claim).

Eligibility for DUA will be determined on a week-to-week basis and individuals can only receive benefits for as long as his or her unemployment continues as a result of the disaster. No applications will be accepted after the deadlines mentioned above, unless for a good cause.  Residents of additional counties will be notified if they become eligible for DUA.

To be eligible for DUA benefits under this Presidential Disaster Declaration FEMA-1980-DR, individuals:

Also eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

Applicants are required to provide proof that they were employed or self-employed at the time of the disaster occurred or were scheduled to begin work when the disaster occurred. This proof of employment must be filed with the initial claim or within 21 days of filing their DUA claim. To claim, individuals will need their Social Security Number and the name and address of their last employer or prospective employer. A copy of the most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs may also be required (self-employed individuals should also provide Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F).  

Individuals, who may be eligible for assistance, should call (800) 788-4002 for information about filing a claim.  To file a DUA claim, call your Regional Claims Center (see below). The hours to call are between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Missourians impacted by the severe storms and flooding in all the declared counties can register for additional assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362, TTY (800) 462-7585, or register with FEMA online at  For more information, visit  

Regional Claims Centers (RCC):

Jefferson City RCC
Local Calling Area 573-751-9040
Outside Local Calling Area 800-320-2519

Kansas City RCC
Local Calling Area 816-889-3101
Outside Local Calling Area 800-320-2519

Springfield RCC
Local Calling Area 417-895-6851
Outside Local Calling Area 800-320-2519


Information and Planning  ·  421 East Dunklin  ·  P.O. Box 504   ·  Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504
573-751-7500  ·  573-751-6552 (Fax)

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