BURLINGTON, Vt. -- Recovery officials want to remind Vermonters who lost work as a result of Tropical Storm Irene, including those who are self-employed, to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance before the program’s deadline.
Workers in the counties of Addison, Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Orange, Rutland, Washington, Windham and Windsor must submit their disaster unemployment assistance applications by October 7.
Vermonters in Franklin, Lamoille, and Orleans have until October 21 to apply, as those counties were added on to the state’s federal declaration later.
The program is administered by the Vermont Department of Labor with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and it provides benefits to workers who would not normally qualify for unemployment compensation, such as the self-employed and farmers.
Individuals must have been working or residing in one of the declared counties to be eligible for DUA. To date, 354 have applied.
Workers who lost their jobs because of the disaster may qualify for DUA because of at least one of the following reasons:
- Disaster-related injury that prevents a worker from performing his or her job;
- Workplace was damaged or destroyed during the disaster;
- Worker’s transportation is unavailable due to the disaster;
- A workplace cannot be reached because of the disaster;
- A worker was about to begin the job, but was unable to because of the disaster; and
- A worker derived most of his or her income from areas affected by the disaster, whether he or she worked for himself or herself or for an employer, and his or her business is down as a direct result of the disaster.
DUA applications/forms are available electronically upon request. Individuals interested in filing a DUA claim must first file for regular unemployment insurance. A claim can be filed by calling 1-877-214-3330. Be sure to notify the representative that you are calling as a result of the disaster. For more information, visit www.labor.vermont.gov.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY may call 1-800-462-7585 directly; or call 1-800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).
FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses.
SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET; Saturday and Sunday from
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.