Nashville, TN -- People unable to work because of the severe storms and tornadoes that occurred in Tennessee from November 9-12 may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).
Self-employed and unemployed workers who live or work in the designated disaster areas and are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for this assistance under the disaster declaration issued by President Bush on November 13.
DUA covers those who:
- Are unable to work because their place of employment was put out of operation or they were unable to travel to their workplace due to the effects of tornado or storm damage;
- Are self employed but are prevented from working due to the effects of the tornado or storm damage;
- Have become the breadwinner or major support of a household because the head of the household died as a result of the disaster; or
- Cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster.
The DUA program is administered by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD). Anyone interested in filing for disaster unemployment assistance should visit the nearest Tennessee Career Center or TDLWD office or call toll-free 1-800-344-8337. Applicants should bring their Social Security number and, if possible, documentation showing earnings for the calendar year of 2001.
There are two application deadlines for the DUA program. Residents of Anderson, Bedford, Carroll, Coffee, Crockett, Cumberland, Gibson, Henderson, Madison, Marshall, Montgomery, Morgan, Rutherford, Scott, Sumner, and Tipton counties must apply by December 13, 2002. Residents of Bledsoe, Fentress, Roane, and Van Buren counties must apply by December 27, 2002.