For Tornado and Storm Survivors Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available

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Release date: 
May 12, 2010
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CLINTON, Miss. -- If you suffered income losses as well as property damage in the tornadoes and storms on April 23-24, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

This is a federally funded program administered through the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to help workers whose primary income was lost or interrupted as a direct result of the disaster.    

The program can even cover those who don’t normally qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, such as the self-employed and farmers. 

Those who live or work in the designated Mississippi counties of Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo have until June 1 to submit an application. The application deadline for survivors in Monroe, Oktibbeha and Union counties is June 2. 

You can apply if you fall into one or more of the following categories:

  • You became unemployed as a direct result of the April tornadoes, storms and flooding.
  • You cannot reach your place of employment because of disaster-related travel disruptions.
  • You must support a household because the head of the household died in the tornadoes and storms.
  • You are unable to work due to a disaster-related injury. 
  • You could not work because your place of employment was damaged or destroyed by the storms.

Applications can be submitted online 24 hours a day at or by calling toll-free   

1-888-844-3577 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For more information, contact the State Emergency Joint Information Center at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or visit us online at You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook using the keyword MSEMA.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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