Richmond, VA -- People unable to work due to severe storms and flooding that occurred in Tazewell County on July 8-10, 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 Bush on July 12, 2001. Under this program, benefits of up to $268 per week may be paid to eligible individuals until they are able to return to work.
The only jurisdiction declared a disaster area is the county of Tazewell.
Disaster unemployment assistance covers those who:
- Are unable to work because their place of employment was put out of operation or they were unable to travel to their workplace due to the effects of the flood damage;
- Are self employed but are prevented from working due to 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 direct result of the disaster; or
- 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 (VEC) field office. The deadline for applying is August 20, 2001. Applicants should bring their Social Security number and, if possible, documentation showing earnings for the calendar year of 2000.