Disaster unemployment benefits are available for Alabama disaster survivors

CLANTON, Ala. (AP) – Survivors in nine counties who have lost their jobs due to the floods and tornadoes from April 28 to May 2, 2014, could be eligible for disaster unemployment benefits.

The deadline for this benefit is approaching soon and varies by county.

Those who work in Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee and Limestone counties but have been unable to work have until June 3 to file for Disaster Unemployment Benefits.

Those who work in Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Mobile and Tuscaloosa counties have through June 9 to apply for unemployment benefits.

Those who may be eligible include:
• Self-employed individuals who lived or worked in the affected areas during the storm and those who are unemployed as a result of the storm.
• Workers who were unable to reach their jobs as a result of the storm.
• Those who were to begin employment but were unable to travel to the location or the business was destroyed due to the disaster.
• Individuals who became the primary or major wage earner due to the disaster-related death of the head of the household.
• Those who cannot work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the storm.
• Individuals who can no longer work or lost work as a result of physical damage or destruction of a business.

To apply online through the Alabama Department of Labor go to www.labor.alabama.gov. This site is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Or, call the toll-free number 866-234-5382 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT, Monday through Friday.

The program is funded by FEMA and administered by the state of Alabama.

For more information on Alabama disaster recovery, click fema.gov/disaster/4176. Visit the Alabama Emergency Management Agency website at ema.alabama.gov/ or Facebook page at facebook.com/AlabamaEMA.

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