Apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance by July 5

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- If you live in one of 27 Missouri counties, you could be eligible to receive Disaster Unemployment Assistance if severe storms and flooding got in the way of your job.

The assistance is available in the following counties: Bollinger, Butler, Carter, Douglas, Dunklin, Franklin, Gasconade, Howell, Jasper, Jefferson, Madison, Maries, McDonald, Newton, Oregon, Osage, Ozark, Pemiscot, Phelps, Pulaski, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon, St. Louis, Stone, Taney and Texas.

If you meet the following requirements, you can apply for up to 26 weeks of DUA, according to a news release.

• Must be an unemployed or self-unemployed worker whose unemployment was caused as a direct result of the major disaster declared by the President; and
• 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 was 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.

You're also eligible if you meet the following:

• 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.

You'll also have to show proof that you were employed, self-employed or scheduled to start work when the storms hit. The deadline is July 5.

To apply, you can call your Regional Claims Center during regular business hours or visit their website.

You can get more disaster assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 800-621-3362, TTY 800-462-7585 or online.

View the full news release here

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