CLINTON, Miss. -- If you suffered income losses as well as property damage in the tornadoes, storms and flooding on May 1-2, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
This is a federally funded program administered by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to help workers whose primary income was lost or interrupted as a 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 Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Tippah and Tishomingo have until June 16 to apply. Applications can be submitted online at www.mdes.ms.gov or by calling toll-free 888-844-3577 Monday through Friday.
You may apply if you fall into one or more of the following categories:
- You became unemployed as a direct result of the May tornadoes, storms and flooding.
- You cannot reach your workplace because of disaster-related travel disruptions.
- You must support a household because the head of the household died in the 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.
For more information, contact the State Emergency Joint Information Center at 866-920-MEMA (6362), or visit us online at www.msema.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook using the keyword MSEMA.
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