INDIANAPOLIS (February 7, 2008) - As a result of the recent federal disaster declaration issued for Northern Indiana, some workers in Carroll, Cass, Elkhart, Fulton, Jasper, Marshall, Pulaski, Tippecanoe, and White Counties, Indiana may be eligible for special Disaster Unemployment Assistance Benefits (DUA), according to the Department of Workforce Development. The disaster declaration was issued as a result of severe storms and flooding which took place in January 2008.
To be eligible for assistance, workers or self-employed individuals must be unemployed as a result of a major disaster in a major disaster area.
The deadline for affected workers to file is Friday, March 7, 2008.
The Federal Disaster Relief Act of 1974 provides assistance to individuals who have lost their employment as a direct result of a major disaster. Federal assistance becomes available to eligible individuals when an area is declared a major disaster by the President.
On January 30, 2008, following a request from Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, President Bush signed a disaster declaration making Northern Indiana counties eligible for an array of federal disaster relief programs.
Unemployment assistance is available to unemployed workers if, as a direct result of the disaster, the individual:
- No longer has a job.
- Is unable to reach his or her place of work
- Was to commence work and does not have a job or is unable to reach the job.
- Has become the primary means of support for the household because the head of household died as a direct result of the disaster.
- Cannot work because of a disaster-related injury.
Interested claimants may apply for benefits at their local WorkOne center. To find the location of your closest WorkOne center go to http://www.in.gov/dwd/WorkOne/regions.html.
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