Disaster Unemployment Registration Deadline May 6

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May 5, 2010
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WARWICK, R.I. -- The last day to register with the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training for Disaster Unemployment Assistance for those who became unemployed due to the March flooding is Thursday, May 6, 2010.

The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training will hold its final claims filing sessions for Disaster Unemployment Assistance in Providence, West Warwick, and Westerly.

One Reservoir Ave.
Providence, RI 02907
4 p.m. – 7 p.m., through Thursday, May 6

1330 Main St.
West Warwick, RI 02893
4 p.m. – 7 p.m., through Thursday, May 6

South County Community Action Agency
(FEMA Disaster Recovery Center)
34 Pond St.
Westerly, RI 02891
8 a.m. to 6 p.m., through Thursday, May 6

Disaster Unemployment Assistance is a federally funded program for those who have become unemployed due to the severe storms and flooding, and who would otherwise not be eligible for unemployment insurance.  It differs from regular unemployment insurance benefits in that claims filing must be staff-assisted.  Claimants must not be eligible for regular unemployment benefits.

Eligible claimants may include:

  • Those injured in the disaster and unable to work.
  • Those whose workplaces were damaged, destroyed or made inaccessible due to the disaster.
  • Those for whom transportation to work is unavailable.
  • Those whose transportation route is inaccessible due to the disaster and for whom other means of transportation are unavailable.
  • Those, such as self-employed workers who derive most of their income from areas affected by the disaster and have experienced a decline in business as a result of the disaster.

Those attending the special claims-filing sessions must bring the following information with them:

  • Social Security number
  • Driver’s license or Rhode Island ID
  • 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

Anyone in need of flood disaster assistance in addition to unemployment insurance benefits should register with FEMA at www.fema.gov, or by calling 1-800-621-3362 or

(TTY) 1-800-462-7585 for the speech and hearing impaired.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders 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.

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