JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Those who lost employment as a result of the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding between May 8 - 16 have one week remaining to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The Missouri Department of Labor's Division of Employment Security will be accepting applications for disaster unemployment claims until July 23. For information about filing a claim, residents should call 800-788-4002.
Those normally not eligible for unemployment benefits, such as the self-employed, may get help through the state-managed, federally-funded DUA program. To be eligible for DUA benefits, an individual must be unemployed as a result of the disaster. This may include individuals:
- that were self-employed.
- who lost work because they were unable to travel to or through an affected area.
- whose businesses lost a majority of their revenue or income from an entity that was damaged or closed by the government.
Assistance is also available to those unable to work because of a disaster-related injury, or those who became the main source of income because of the death of the head of the household as a direct result of the disaster.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and man-made disasters.