An extra month to apply for disaster unemployement benefits

If you experienced flooding after Tropical Storm Lee in Delaware or Ulster county, you have an extra month to apply for the U.S. Department of Labor's Disaster Unemployment Insurance. The New York Office of Emergency Management made the announcement yesterday. For info, see the press release below:

Deadline Extended to Apply for Disaster Unemployment Insurance

ALBANY, N.Y. - The deadline for New Yorkers hit by Tropical Storm Lee to apply for Disaster Unemployment Insurance has been extended to Nov. 14, state and federal officials announced today.

The New York State Department of Labor requested a 30-day filing extension for residents in 11 counties designated as a federal disaster area following Lee. The U.S. Dept. of Labor approved the extension of the deadline from Oct. 14 to Nov. 14 because the disruptions caused by the storm and floods which followed may have prevented eligible New Yorkers from learning that Disaster Unemployment benefits are available.

If you are a resident of one of the affected counties and lost your job as a result of Tropical Storm Lee, you should consider applying for the unemployment benefit. Counties eligible under the federal disaster declaration (DR-4031) which followed Tropical Storm Lee include: Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Fulton, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Schenectady, Tioga and Ulster.

To apply for DUA, call the Telephone Claims Center (TCC) at 1-877-358-5306. Have your Social Security number, earnings from your most recent tax year and employment history available when you call.

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides unemployment benefits and re-employment services to individuals who have become unemployed as a result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular State unemployment insurance (UI).

FEMA's mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.