WARWICK, R.I. -- Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available for Rhode Island residents who have become unemployed due to the severe storms and flooding that began March 12, 2010. The assistance is being coordinated by the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federally funded program for those who would otherwise not be eligible for unemployment insurance, including the following:
- Those injured in the disaster and unable to work
- Those whose workplaces were damaged, destroyed or made inaccessible due to the disaster
- Those who did not have transportation to work
- Those whose transportation route is inaccessible due to the disaster and who have no other means of transportation
- Those, such as self-employed workers, who earn most of their income from areas affected by the disaster and have experienced a decline in business as a result of the disaster
Special claims-filing sessions for Disaster Unemployment Assistance will be held at all netWORKri one-stop centers, Tuesdays through Thursdays, April 13-15 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays, April 10 and 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. More claims-filing sessions will be scheduled in the future, depending on community need. Applicants should note that Disaster Unemployment Assistance claims filing must be staff-assisted and cannot be done online or by telephone.
The netWORKri locations are as follows:
- Pawtucket: 175 Main St.
- Providence: One Reservoir Ave.
- West Warwick: 1330 Main St.
- Woonsocket: 219 Pond St.
Directions to each of the centers are now available online at www.networkri.org along with a list of information applicants must bring with them.
Those attending the special claims-filing sessions must bring the following information with them to the one-stop centers:
- Social Security number
- Driver’s license or a Rhode Island I.D.
- Mailing address and zip code
- Income tax for 2009 with profit and loss statement
- Business license
- Telephone number where the worker can be reached for additional information
- Alien registration card, if applicable
- Names and addresses of any other employers (in addition to self-employment) during the past 18 months
IMPORTANT: Please note that employees of businesses that have laid them off temporarily due to flooding may be eligible for regular unemployment insurance; they do not need to attend the special claims-filing sessions, and may simply file online for unemployment insurance at www.dlt.ri.gov, indicating that their unemployment is due to flooding. If their employer is registered as eligible with the department, then the employees’ one-week waiting period for unemployment insurance will be waived.
Rhode Island residents have through May 6, 2010 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.