CONCORD, N.H. – For those in Carroll and Grafton counties who are unemployed as a direct result of Tropical Storm Irene, the deadline to register for weekly benefit payments under the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program is Monday, Oct. 10, 2011.
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.
Call New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES) at 1-800-266-2252 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Sunday through Friday to apply for DUA.
Applicants filing for DUA will be asked about their work history for the past 18 months and may be asked for earnings statements. DUA has been available to eligible individuals since the week ending Sept. 9. 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.
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-employed;
- Your workplace was damaged or destroyed;
- Your transportation to work is not available as a result of the disaster;
- You cannot get to your job because you must travel through the affected area;
- You were about to begin working, but could not because of the disaster; and
- You derived most of your income from areas affected by Tropical Storm Irene 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 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. Registration also is available online at www.disasterassistance.gov.
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.