CLINTON, Miss. -- If you suffered income losses from the severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that struck Alcorn, Benton, Lafayette, Tippah and Tishomingo counties on May 1-2, you have until June 16 to apply 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 by the May storms. Even those who don't normally qualify for unemployment insurance benefits, such as farmers and the self-employed, may be covered.
Applications can be submitted at www.mdes.ms.gov or by calling toll-free 888-844-3577 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
You can apply if you fall into one or more of the following categories:
- You are unemployed as a direct result of the 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 cannot 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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