Disaster Unemployment Assistance
Authored By: Northwest Justice Project
Read this if a natural disaster hit your town and it caused you to lose your job (or caused your employer to reduce your hours).
Should I read this?
Yes, if both these are true:
A natural disaster hit your town.
It caused you to lose your job (or caused your employer to reduce your hours).
What is Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)?
After a federal disaster, state agencies can administer this program. In Washington, you apply to the Employment Security Department for DUA.
Am I eligible for DUA?
Yes, if both of these are true:
You are unemployed (or your employer reduced your hours) for a reason directly related to the disaster.
You are not already getting or eligible for regular unemployment benefits.
Examples of being unemployed because of a disaster:
The disaster injured you.
The disaster damaged your workplace.
The disaster made your work commute impossible.
You became the head of your household because of a death caused by the disaster.
The disaster kept you from starting a new job.
You can be eligible for DUA even if you are not eligible for regular unemployment benefits. This is true even if:
You are self-employed.
You could have started working but for the disaster.
This publication provides general information concerning your rights and responsibilities. It is not intended as a substitute for specific legal advice. This information is current as of February 2018.
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