ATLANTA, Ga. -- The deadlines are approaching for Georgia residents eligible to file for disaster unemployment benefits, according to state and federal officials.
Application deadlines are:
October 21, 2004 for residents of Carroll, Cherokee, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Early, Franklin, Fulton, Gilmer, Madison, Rabun, Towns, Union and White Counties.
October 29, 2004 for residents of Dade, Miller and Pickens Counties.
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and administered by the Georgia Department of Labor through the U.S. Department of Labor. The DUA program became available as a result of the presidential disaster declaration on September 18, 2004, for Hurricane Ivan.
Federal DUA differs from state unemployment insurance in that it also provides benefits to self-employed business people, farmers, diversified farming operations, loggers, commission-paid employees and others who are not eligible for Georgia’s regular unemployment insurance program. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $300.
Anyone who lost work as a result of the disaster may be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits. Applicants may contact the nearest office of the Georgia Department of Labor Career Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applicants for benefits will need a social security number. Self-employed applicants should be prepared also to provide information about earnings from their previous federal tax year.
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 the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.