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Disaster unemployment aid available here

East Bernard Express of East Bernard, Texas

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AUSTIN — Victims affected by the April 17-24 storms of severe weather, including destructive flooding, may now apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) in four counties as a result of Amendment No. 1 to the Presidential Disaster Declaration (FEMA 4269-DR). Workers who lost their jobs and self-employed individuals who have been unable to work due to storms in Austin, Colorado, Waller and Wharton counties may apply for DUA Applications for DUA for these four counties must be submitted by June 2, 2016.

Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) website contains more information about Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Individual Assistance provides affected residents and businesses access to federal disaster aid programs including unemployment benefits for self-employed individuals or workers who temporarily lost their jobs because of the disaster.

Individuals affected by the severe storms in these counties can apply for benefits online through Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling a TWC Tele-Center, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by severe storms and flooding in one of the counties listed in the disaster declaration. In these designated areas, affected individuals can find the nearest FEMA DRC by entering their zip code in the Disaster Recovery Center Locator.

Applications for DUA filed after the June deadline will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for applying late.

DUA which is unemployment insurance benefits made available especially for victims of disaster, is available to individuals who:

Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits

Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area

Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster

Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of income

Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster

Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household

To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be mailed or faxed within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that affected individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred

Send documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA 101 E. 15th St., Room 354, Austin, TX, 78778-0001, or fax it to 512-936-3250.

Job seekers may visit or contact Texas Workforce Solutions offices for access to job-search resources, job postings and training programs, as well as assistance with exploring career options, resume and application preparation, career development and more. Customers may also connect with potential employers through TWC's online job-search website at

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Original Publication Date: May 5, 2016

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