Disaster Unemployment         (En Español)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides benefits for individuals whose unemployment is caused by a declared major disaster and who are not eligible for unemployment insurance benefits under any other state or federal program.

 
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Employment Security Commission of North Carolina
Disaster Unemployment Assistance

BENEFITS Rights and Responsibilities

This is to inform you of your rights and responsibilities when you apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA).

DUA is available to unemployed workers or unemployed self-employed individuals who were employed or were to commence employment in the major disaster area when the major disaster occurred. Also eligible are individuals who become the breadwinners or major support of the family because the head of the household has died as a direct result of the major disaster.

An individual shall not be eligible for DUA under the following conditions:

General Eligibility Requirements

In order to be eligible for DUA, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Conditions of Unemployment as a Direct result of the Major Disaster

The following conditions of unemployment must have occurred as a direct result of the major disaster to qualify for DUA:

If you are not a citizen of the United States, you cannot be paid DUA benefits based on your service unless you were legally authorized to work in the United States at the time such services were performed.

Reporting and Filing Requirements

Important: If you have appealed a decision denying DUA benefits, you should continue to file weekly claims for benefits until the appeal is decided. If the decision finds you eligible to receive DUA benefits, you will be paid only for those weeks for which you filed timely claims. Base Period

The most recent tax year that has ended will be considered as the base period to be utilized in computing a DUA weekly benefit amount (WBA).

Weekly Benefit Amount (WBA)

The computation of the WBA for DUA will be based on the net income on the most recent tax year that has ended. The state unemployment compensation formula will be used to compute the WBA and earnings allowance. All individuals who have worked full-time but have insufficient wages to compute a WBA or who are entitled to a DUA WBA less than 50 percent of the average weekly unemployment compensation (UC) amount will be eligible for 50 percent of the average weekly UC amount. The minimum DUA WBA is $105; the maximum DUA WBA is $356.

Continuation of Benefits

An applicant’s continued eligibility for benefits during the disaster assistance period prescribed by law is determined on a week-to-week basis. For each week claimed, the applicant’s unemployment must continue to be a direct result of the major disaster.

Reduction of DUA Benefits

The WBA payable to an individual for a week of unemployment shall be reduced (but not below zero) by the full amount of any gross income received during the week for the performance of services regardless of whether or not the services were performed during the week by applying the earnings allowance calculated under state law.

Disqualification or Termination of Benefits

An applicant’s disqualification or termination of DUA will be determined as follows:

Notice of DUA Determination of Entitlements The applicant will be notified in writing of the initial determination or redetermination of entitlement
or reason for nonentitlement to DUA benefits.

Appeals

Any determination or redetermination regarding the eligibility for DUA or amount of assistance may
be appealed within 60 days from the date the determination was mailed notifying the applicant of the award or denial of DUA assistance.

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR GIVING CORRECT ANSWERS TO ALL QUESTIONS ASKED IN YOUR INITIAL AND WEEKLY APPLICATIONS FOR DUA BENEFITS. ALL INFORMATION FURNISHED IS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION. DUA BENEFITS ARE PROVIDED THROUGH FEDERAL FUNDS. CRIMINAL AND/OR CIVIL PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION OF FEDERAL AND/OR STATE LAWS WILL BE ENFORCED FOR WILLFULLY MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS OR CONCEALING INFORMATION THAT IS MATERIAL TO YOUR RECEIPT OF DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE. DUA - 1 (Rev 7/97)

 
 
 

Disaster Recovery Centers
 
Beaufort County 632 West 5th Street, Dept. of Social Services, Washington
Bertie Country 129 S. King Street, Windsor
Bladen County Old Sears Building, 311 S. Poplar Street, Elizabethtown
Brunswick County Democratic Headquarters Bldg., 1420 Old Ocean Hwy, Supply
Columbus County John Moore, 415 S. Madison Street, Whiteville
Craven County Old Montgomery Ward Building, 2101 Neuse Blvd, New Bern
Duplin County Campbell Center, 512 S. East Railroad Street, Wallace
Edgecombe County 3001 Anaconda Drive, Tarboro
Greene County 229 King Gold Boulevard, Snow Hill
Jones County 110 S. Market Street, Trenton
Lenior County Old Safeway Building, 107 South Queen Street, Kinston
Nash County 1006 Eastern Avenue, Agricultural Center, Nashville
Nash County Station Square, 300 SW Main Street, Rocky Mount
Pender County 101 S. Wright Street, Hwy 53, Burgaw
Pitt County Carolina East Center, Suite 10 S Memorial Drive, Greenville
Wayne County Wayne Center, 208 West Chestnut Street, Goldsboro
Wilson County Woodard Building, 116 South Goldsboro Street, Wilson

 

 Mobile Center:

Halifax County on dates/places as shown:
 
9-26 and 27 Southeast High School, 16683 Hwy 125, Halifax
9-28 and 29 Pine Chapel Baptist Church, Hwy 561, Hollister
9-30 and 10-1 Kirkwood Adams Comm Ctr., 1100 Hamilton St, Roanoke Rapids

 

Hurricane Floyd DUA Information

Disaster Number: FEMA 1292-DR
Declaration Date: September 16, 1999
Incident Period: September 15, 1999 thru TBD

Declared Counties:

Alamance, Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Caswell, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Davidson, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Greene, Guilford, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Montgomery, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Person, Pitt, Randolph, Richmond, Robeson, Rockingham, Rowan, Sampson, Scotland, Stanly, Stokes, Tyrrell, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, Washington, Wayne and Wilson.



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