OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- November 1, 1999 is the deadline for applying for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for people who are out of work due to storms and flooding that struck the state in September, state and federal officials have announced. This deadline affects residents of Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Charles, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, St. Mary's, and Talbot counties.
Individuals must apply during the open application period, even if they do not expect to receive benefits immediately.
This program extends coverage to people ineligible for unemployment compensation under the regular state unemployment insurance program. Those who may qualify include self-employed persons, farm workers, farm and ranch owners, agricultural producers, aquaculture operators, commission-paid employees and others not covered by regular programs who lost work as a result of the disaster. Individuals who are not sure if they qualify under this program should apply anyway to ensure that everyone who is eligible is assisted.
Persons applying for unemployment benefits should be able to provide proof of past earnings at the time they file a claim, such as business records or bank statements and their 1998 or most recent income tax forms. DUA claims may be filed at any Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation (DLLR) office throughout the state. DLLR will also assist DUA claimants in finding reemployment through testing, counseling, and placement services. Applicants in the affected counties may call DLLR at 1-800-827-4839 for further information.
Everyone who was adversely affected by storms and flooding, which occurred between September 16, and September 20, 1999 is encouraged to register with FEMA by calling 1-800-462-9029. Those wishing to follow up on an application can call the FEMA Helpline at 1-800-525-0321. People with hearing or speech impairments may call (TTY) 1-800-462-7585. Registration and Helpline numbers are available between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., EDT, seven days a week until further notice.