Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is funded by FEMA and administered by the Employment
Department. Benefits are payable in the first week after the week in
which the President declares a major disaster. The disaster declaration
will specify which counties are eligible. The disaster declaration must specifically grant Individual Assistance
To qualify, your unemployment must be a direct result of a major disaster under any one of five conditions:
- You no longer have a job as a direct result of the major disaster.
- You are unable to reach your place of employment as a direct result of the major disaster.
- You were going to start work and you don't have a job or you are unable
to reach the job as a direct result of the major disaster.
- You are the breadwinner or major support for a household
because the head of the household has died as a direct result of the
- You can’t work because of an injury caused as a direct result of the major disaster.
In addition to the above conditions, you must meet normal eligibility requirements for an Oregon Unemployment Insurance
claim. Unlike regular unemployment, self-employed individuals may be
eligible for benefits. Application process
have 30 days from the date the disaster was announced to submit your
application (with provisions for good cause if the application is
late). Proof of earnings (tax forms) for the prior calendar year is
required and must be submitted with the application. When a disaster occurs and Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available, we will issue press releases and
post information on this website.
Individuals unemployed as a direct result of the flooding in Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation may be entitled to additional emergency benefits.
*Please note Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is not the same as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). The personnel in the DUA Unit will only process applications and respond to inquiries regarding DUA. If you call to inquire about something other than DUA, we will NOT be able to assist you.*