London, KY -- People unable to work due to the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that occurred in Kentucky from April 27 through May 10, may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance, according to Mike Bolch, federal coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Self-employed, farmers and unemployed workers who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may apply for this federally funded, state-administered assistance.
Kentucky State Coordinating Officer Cash Centers said, "Anyone unemployed because of the disaster should visit the nearest Kentucky unemployment field office to make application. When applying for the assistance it is important to stress that you are applying for disaster unemployment assistance."
Applications for disaster unemployment assistance must be made by June 15.
There are 32 Kentucky counties named in the presidential disaster declaration in which residents may be eligible for unemployment and other federal/state programs. The counties are Boyle, Breckinridge, Casey, Clay, Crittenden, Floyd, Grayson, Hancock, Hardin, Henderson, Hopkins, Jackson, Knott, Knox, Larue, Laurel, Letcher, Marion, Martin, McCreary, McLean, Meade, Nelson, Ohio, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Taylor, Union, Washington, Webster, and Whitley.
The following persons may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance:
- those unable to work because their place of employment was put out
of operation, or were unable to travel to their workplace due to the
effects of the disaster damage;
- those who are self-employed but are prevented from working due to
- those who have become the breadwinner, or major support of a household
because the head of the household died as a result of a disaster;
- those who cannot work because of an injury resulting directly from
- farmers or self-employed people who are normally not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits may also qualify.