Great Bend, KS -- May 31 is the deadline for applying for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for people who are out of work due to the severe storms, flooding, hail and tornadoes that struck Hoisington, state and federal officials have announced.
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, 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 2000 or most recent income tax forms. Residents should call the Kansas Department of Human Resources unemployment insurance toll free number, which is 1-800-292-6333 to determine eligibility under the program. The Department of Human Resources will also assist DUA claimants in finding reemployment through testing, counseling, and placement services.
Everyone who was adversely affected by storms, flooding, hail and tornadoes, which occurred on April 21, 2001 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 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., CDT, Monday through Saturday until further notice.