Disaster Unemployment Assistance Approved for Forrest and Lamar Counties
February 15, 2013
Individuals in Forrest and Lamar Counties in Mississippi, who were unable to work because of the recent Tornado may apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA), the Mississippi Department of Employment Security (MDES) announced today, February 15, 2013.
People who live or work in one of the affected counties and could not work because of major destruction caused by the disaster that began Sunday, February 10, 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, and; (3) could not work or lost work as a result of physical damage or destruction of a business.
Individuals in Forrest and Lamar Counties in Mississippi, can apply online 24 hours a day at mdes.ms.gov or by calling toll-free, 1-888-844-3577 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance is March 18, 2013.