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Deadline for Disaster Unemployment Assistance Only Days Away

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Release date: 
October 3, 2011
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WESTFIELD, Mass. -- Individuals who lost work or income as a direct result of Tropical Storm Irene only have until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, to register for Federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Individuals who are unemployed due to the storm may call (877) 232-6200 to apply. Individuals with a speech or hearing disability may call (TTY) 1-800-439-2370.  Hours of operation are today through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, go to:

“We want anyone who is left without a job or who is a self-employed and cannot work because of Irene to register now,” said State Coordinating Officer Kurt Schwartz with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency. “If someone is not eligible for Massachusetts’ standard unemployment program, the Federal DUA program could pick up the slack and provide them with funds.”

Examples of reasons one may qualify for DUA are:

  • You were injured in the disaster and are unable to work, whether you are an employee or self- employed.
  • Your workplace was damaged or destroyed, or you can’t work because of the disaster.
  • Your transportation to work is not available because of the disaster.
  • You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the area affected by the disaster.
  • You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster.
  • You derived most of your income from areas affected by the disaster, whether you worked for yourself or for an employer, and your business is down as a direct result of the disaster.

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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