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​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:
  1. You no longer have a job as a direct result of the major disaster.
  2. You are unable to reach your place of employment as a direct result of the major disaster.
  3. 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.
  4. You are the breadwinner or major support for a household because the head of the household has died as a direct result of the major disaster.
  5. 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
You 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 requ​ired 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.  


Oregon Employment Department


875 Union St. NE

Salem, OR 97311​

Phone number: 503-570-5000

Hours of Operation

​Monday - Friday​

8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM