July 11, 2012
Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available to three additional Florida counties included in the latest federal declaration for Individual Assistance – Duval, Nassau and Union. This federal funding is provided in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor to aid Floridians out of work due to Tropical Storm Debby in these affected counties. More counties may become eligible in accordance with future federal declarations due to Debby. Claims for Duval, Nassau and Union county residents must be made by August 10, 2012 to be eligible.
DUA helps people who have become unemployed as a direct result of a declared disaster and who do not qualify for regular Reemployment Assistance benefits (formerly unemployment compensation benefits). The DUA program covers individuals who are self-employed and owners and workers of farms and ranches, as well as fishers and others who are not normally covered by state reemployment assistance benefits.
Floridians eligible for DUA include those who meet the following federal requirements:
· Exhausted entitlement to state Reemployment Assistance benefits (formerly unemployment compensation benefits) and worked or lived in a county for which the disaster has been officially declared; and
· Became unemployed as a direct result of a declared disaster; or
· Were unable to reach their place of employment as a direct result of the disaster; or
· Were scheduled to begin work and do not have a job or are unable to reach the job as a direct result of the disaster; or
· Became the major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of the disaster; or
· Cannot work because of an injury caused directly by the disaster.
Claims must be filed by August 6, 2012 for Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Franklin, Hernando, Highlands, Pasco, Pinellas, Suwannee and Wakulla and August 10, 2012 for Duval, Nassau and Union to be eligible for DUA. DUA is available to unemployed individuals from the week ending June 30, 2012 and is payable for up to 28 weeks. DUA cannot be paid beyond the week ending January 5, 2012. To apply for DUA, claimants should visit www.floridajobs.org/dua, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.
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