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Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Shasta County Wildfire-Affected Workers

Release date: 
August 16, 2018
Release Number: 
DR-4382-CA NR 004

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs temporarily or permanently as a direct result of the wildfire in Shasta County. May be eligible for federally subsidized disaster unemployment assistance (DUA). DUA applies to losses beginning the week of July 29, 2018. The deadline for filing a claim is September 10, 2018.

DUA is available to survivors who:

  • Would not be eligible for normal unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm workers.
  • Worked or were self-employed or scheduled to begin work or self-employment in Shasta County.
  • Can no longer work or perform services due to physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the wildfire.
  • Establish the work or self-employment they can no longer perform is a direct result of the wildfire.
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment due to an injury as a result of the wildfire.
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of household due to the death of the head of household.
  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Applications may be made online through the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website or by calling EDD at 1-800-300-5616 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekdays.
  • English: 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-3506
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058

The EDD administers the federal disaster benefits program in California for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).




FEMA’s mission is helping people before, during and after a disaster.

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). For TTY call 800-462-7585.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is the federal government’s primary source of money for the long-term rebuilding of disaster-damaged private property. SBA helps businesses of all sizes, private non-profit organizations, homeowners and renters fund repairs or rebuilding efforts and cover the cost of replacing lost or disaster-damaged personal property. These disaster loans cover losses not fully compensated by insurance or other recoveries and do not duplicate benefits of other agencies or organizations. For more information, applicants may contact SBA’s Disaster Assistance Customer Service Center by calling 800-659-2955 (Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals may call 800-877-8339), emailing, or visiting SBA’s Web site at

Last Updated: 
August 16, 2018 - 13:21