Disaster unemployment benefits available to Missouri flood, tornado victims

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On Tuesday, President Donald Trump granted a major disaster declaration in 20 Missouri counties. The decision allows residents there whose jobs were lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding to apply for up to 36 weeks of disaster unemployment assistance. The declaration spans from severe weather from April 29 and on.

Brunswick flooding (Photos by Spc. Christopher Saunders and Capt. Phil Fountain)

“A critical part of recovering from disasters such as these is the ability to continue to provide for our families and take care of their needs,” says Missouri Department of Labor Director Anna Hui. “That’s why disaster unemployment assistance benefits are integral as our communities recover.”

The Missouri Department of Labor’s Division of Employment Security will be accepting applications through August 9, from individuals in Andrew, Atchison, Boone, Buchannan, Carroll, Chariton, Cole, Greene, Holt, Jackson, Jasper, Lafayette, Lincoln, Livingston, Miller, Osage, Pike, Platte, Pulaski, and St. Charles Counties. Eligibility for DUA will be determined on a week-to-week basis and individuals can only receive benefits for as long as his or her unemployment continues as a result of the disaster.

To be eligible for the benefits, individuals:
• Must be an unemployed or self-employed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President

• Must be a U.S. national or a qualified alien; and

• Must not qualify for regular unemployment insurance benefits from any state; and

• Must have worked or were self-employed in, or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in, one of the counties listed above; and

• Must establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income.

Also eligible to apply for assistance are individuals who:
• Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of a disaster; or

• Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury caused as a direct result of the disaster; or

• Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of the household; or

• Cannot work or perform self-employment due to closure of a facility by the federal government.

Applicants are required to provide proof that they were employed or self-employed at the time the disaster occurred or were scheduled to begin work when the disaster occurred. This proof of employment must be filed with the initial claim or within 21 days of filling their disaster unemployment assistance claim.

To claim, individuals will need their Social Security Number and the name and address of their last employer or prospective employer. A copy of the most recent federal income tax forms or check stubs may also be required (self-employed individuals should also provide Schedules SE and Schedule C or Schedule F).

To file a claim online 24/7 visit uinteract.labor.mo.gov.

For assistance with filing a claim, call a Regional Claims Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Regional Claims Centers:
Jefferson City……………………573-751-9040
Kansas City………………………816-889-3101
St. Louis …………………………314-340-4950
Springfield ………………………417-895-6851
Outside Local Calling Area ……..800-320-2519

Missourians impacted by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding in all the declared counties can register for additional assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362, TTY (800) 462-7585, or register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov.

To find additional resources across the state, visit the Missouri Recovery Portal at recovery.mo.gov.

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