CONCORD, N.H. – Residents of Carroll and Grafton counties who are unemployed as a direct result of the recent flooding and devastation caused by Tropical Storm Irene may be eligible for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.
"Individuals, including self-employed individuals who were living or working in the affected areas at the time of the disaster, may be eligible for assistance," said Tara Reardon, commissioner of New Hampshire Employment Security.
To apply for DUA, call New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) at 1-800-266-2252 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday.
"This program is designed to help those whose employment was interrupted by the disaster," said Albie Lewis, coordinating officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
Applicants filing for DUA will be asked about their work history for the past 18 months and may be asked for earnings statements. DUA is available to eligible individuals starting the week ending Sept. 9. DUA benefits may be available up to the week ending March 3, 2012, as long as the individual's unemployment was caused by the disaster and continues. The deadline to apply for DUA is Oct. 10.
You may be eligible to apply for DUA if:
You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self-employedYour workplace was damaged or destroyedYour transportation to work is not available as a result of the disasterYou cannot get to your job because you must travel through the affected areaYou were about to begin working, but could not because of the disasterYou derived most of your income from areas affected by the hurricane and your business is down as a direct result of the disaster
Receiving DUA does NOT disqualify you from registering for FEMA disaster assistance. To register – log on to www.disasterassistance.gov, by Smartphone at m.fema.gov or call FEMA's toll-free number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). Those who use TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly. For 711-Relay or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362. All numbers are available from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders and 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.