CLINTON, Miss. -- If you suffered income losses from the storms and tornadoes that struck Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo counties on April 23-24, you have until June 1 to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
June 2 is the application deadline for people with qualifying income losses in Monroe, Oktibbeha and Union counties.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance 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 April storms. The program can even cover those who don't normally qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, such as farmers and the self-employed.
Applications can be submitted at www.mdes.ms.gov or by calling toll-free 888-844-3577 Monday through Friday.
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.
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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