New Castle, DE -- Individuals who are out of work as a direct result of the Tropical Storm Henri or Hurricane Isabel may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.
DUA is funded by FEMA and administered by the Delaware Department of Labor
through the U.S. Department of Labor. The DUA program extends coverage to people
who are not eligible for unemployment compensation under the regular state unemployment
insurance program. Those who may be eligible include self-employed persons,
farm workers, farm and ranch owners, commission-paid employees, and other employees
whose workplace was closed because of the disaster.
Applicants are urged to contact the nearest office of the Delaware Department of Labor from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application deadlines for affected workers are the following:
- No later than October 22, 2003, for Hurricane Isabel
- No later than October 25, 2003, for Tropical Storm Henri.
Applicants for benefits will need a social security number. Self-employed applicants should also be prepared to provide information about earnings from their previous federal tax year. If you have questions regarding Disaster Unemployment Assistance you can contact the Delaware Department of Labor at (302) 761-8353.
On March 1, 2003, FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
FEMA's continuing mission within the new department is to lead the effort to
prepare the nation for all hazards and effectively manage federal response and
recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates proactive
mitigation activities, trains first responders, and manages Citizen Corps, the
National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.