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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 24, 2011

Unemployment Available to Flood Victims
Presidential Disaster Declaration makes individual assistance available in Six Missouri Counties

Jefferson City, Mo- On August 12, 2011, a major disaster declaration was granted by President Barack Obama, opening the door for Missourians in six declared counties whose employment was lost or interrupted as a result of flooding from June 1, 2011, to August 1, 2011, to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). This declaration allows individuals affected by flooding in Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Holt, Lafayette and Platte Counties to access the 26 week Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program. Applicants from these counties must file a claim for DUA no later than September 23, 2011.

“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.

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-4012-DR, individuals

  • Must be an unemployed or self-unemployed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President
  • Must be a U.S. national or a qualified alien; and
  • Must not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state; and
  • Must have worked or were self-employed in, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, one of the counties listed above; and
  • Must establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.

Also eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

  • Can no longer work perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster; or.
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household; or,
  • Cannot work or perform self-employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government.

Applicants are required to provide proof that they were employed or self-employed at the time 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 www.fema.gov. For more information, visit labor.mo.gov/disaster.

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

St. Louis RCC
Local Calling Area 314-340-4950
Outside Local Calling Area 800-320-2519

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Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

421 East Dunklin Street, P.O. Box 504, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0504
Phone: 573-751-7500 Fax: 573-751-6552