LAREDO, Texas – One week remains for Texas workers who are unemployed as a result of Hurricane Alex to apply for disaster unemployment benefits. Continued rain and flooding after Hurricane Alex have resulted in disaster unemployment assistance for workers in Cameron, Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, Maverick, Starr, Val Verde, Webb and Zapata counties.
The filing deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 7.
To apply, workers can file online at http://ui.texasworkforce.org or by calling a Texas Workforce Unemployment Insurance Tele-Center at 1-800-939-6631 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to Hurricane Alex.
Workers will need their Social Security numbers, copies of their most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs, or documentation to support they were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.
To receive benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the application is filed. Send mailed documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA, 101 E. 15th St., Room 354, Austin, TX 78778-0001, or fax it to 512-936-3250.
For more information on the Hurricane Alex disaster recovery, browse the features on this FEMA Web site at www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/2010/alex/index.shtm. Users of smart phones and other mobile devices can visit m.fema.gov. Texans should also visit www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem for more information on this disaster and preparation for future disasters.
The mission of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, is to support the citizens of Texas and local jurisdictions as they plan for, respond to, recover from and mitigate the impacts of all hazards, emergencies and disasters. For more information, see: www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem.
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.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, economic status or retaliation. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or contact your State Office of Equal Rights. If suspicious of any abuse of FEMA programs, please contact the fraud hotline at >1-800-323-8603.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes, and private, nonprofit organizations fund repairs or rebuilding efforts, and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For information about SBA programs, applicants may call (800) 659-2955 >(TTY 1-800-977-8339).