Mesa, AZ -- People living or working in the counties of Apache, Coconino, Gila and Navajo or the Fort Apache Indian Reservation who are unable to work due to the Rodeo-Chediski fire have until August 3, 2002 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
Self-employed and unemployed workers who are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may apply for this federally funded, state-administered assistance.
"Anyone unemployed because of the fire should visit the nearest Arizona unemployment field office as soon as possible to make application," said Arizona Division of Emergency Management Director Michael P. Austin.
DUA benefits are for 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 fire.
- Are self-employed but are prevented from working
due to the fire (must provide income tax forms, schedules SE and C or
F or other proof of self-employment).
- Have become the 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.