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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available For Those Affected By Wildfires

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Release date: 
July 1, 2002
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Tempe, AZ -- The State of Arizona and the Federal Emergency Management Agency want individuals who are unable to work because of the recent wildfires to know they may file claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

DUA benefits are for those who:

  • Are unable to work because their place of employment was put out of operation or those who are unable to travel to their work place due to the effects of the wildfires.

  • Are self-employed but are prevented from working due to the wildfires (must provide income tax forms, schedules SE and C or F or other proof of self-employment).

  • Have become major support of a household because the head of the household cannot work due to a disaster-related injury.

  • Cannot work because of an injury or illness caused as a direct result of the disaster.

For more information regarding filing options, call toll free statewide: 1-866-213-8721 and within the Phoenix Metro area: (602) 364-1650.

To receive Disaster Unemployment Services benefits, individuals must provide documentation of employment at the time of the disaster or verification of the weeks the applicant was scheduled to work. Applicants must also provide social security numbers and names and addresses of their last employer or prospective employer. The deadline to apply for DUA is July 27, 2002.

To be eligible for DUA benefits, applicants must live or work in one of the declared areas of Apache and Navajo counties and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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