Disaster assistance extended to more counties

by Associated Press

Published: May 4,2010

Tags: disaster recovery, natural disaster, tornado

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security has amended its declaration for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) to include individuals in Monroe, Union and Oktibbeha counties along with individuals in Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo counties.

Individuals who were unable to work because of severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began April 23 may apply for DUA.

People who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work are entitled to apply and may be eligible to receive unemployment benefits. Self-employed individuals, who were living or working in the affected areas at the time of the major disaster, and those who are unemployed as a result of the major disaster, may be eligible for DUA. In addition, those who were unable to reach their jobs because the disaster prevented their travel, or who were scheduled to begin employment but the disaster prevented them from doing so, may apply.

Eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who: (1) became the major support for a household because of the disaster-related death of the head of the household; (2) cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; (3) could not work or lost work as a result of physical damage or destruction of a business, and; (4) are unable to work because of the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal government.

The deadline to apply for DUA in Monroe, Union and Oktibbeha counties in is June 2, 2010. The deadline to apply for DUA for individuals in Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo counties is June 1, 2010.

Individuals in Monroe, Union and Oktibbeha counties, along with individuals in Attala, Choctaw, Holmes, Warren and Yazoo counties in, can apply online at www.mdes.ms.gov, or by calling toll-free, 1-888-844-3577 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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