HAMPTON, Va. -- Individuals unable to work due to flooding that occurred in Virginia cities and counties on Sept. 16 and thereafter may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. Self-employed and unemployed workers who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may apply for this federally funded assistance made available by the major disaster declaration by President Clinton. Under this program, benefits of up to $230 per week may be paid to eligible individuals until they are able to return to work.
Twelve additional jurisdictions have been declared disaster areas for individual assistance. They are the cities of Hopewell and Poquoson, and the counties of Brunswick, Charles City, Essex, New Kent, Northampton, Richmond, Westmoreland, Fairfax, Hanover and Henrico.
Disaster unemployment assistance covers persons who:
- Are unable to work because their place of employment was put out of operation or they were unable to travel to their workplace because of the effects of the flood damage
- Are self employed but are prevented from working because of the effects of the flood damage
- Have become the breadwinner or major support of a household because the head of the household died as a result of the disaster
- Cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster
Anyone interested in filing for disaster unemployment assistance should visit the nearest Virginia Employment Commission office. The deadline for applying is Nov. 12, 1999. Applications should bring their Social Security number and, if possible, documentation showing earnings for the calendar year of 1998.