New Castle, DE -- It is not too late for individuals who are out of work as a direct result of the Tropical Storm Henri or Hurricane Isabel to apply 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.
epartment 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 deadlines to apply are:
- October 22, 2003, for Hurricane Isabel
- 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.