Salem, OR—The Oregon Employment Department is announcing the availability of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) for individuals who became unemployed as a direct result of the severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides that took place in Umatilla County and the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation from February 5 to February 9, 2020. Please note DUA is not the same as Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) because each program has specific eligibility requirements and they cannot be paid for the same week of unemployment.
Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster. The Oregon Employment Department administers the DUA program for the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, on behalf of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Individuals eligible for regular unemployment benefits are not eligible for DUA.
In addition to individuals who lost their jobs as a direct result of the major disaster, DUA may include individuals who:
- were self-employed and prevented from performing such services,
- were unable to reach their job,
- were scheduled to and prevented from beginning work or self-employment in the disaster area,
- were unable to work due to injury as a direct result of the disaster, or
- became head of household due a death caused by the disaster.
Unemployment is a direct result of the major disaster if the unemployment resulted from:
- the physical damage or destruction of the place of employment;
- the physical inaccessibility of the place of employment due to its closure by the federal, state, or local government in immediate response to the disaster; or
- lack of work, or loss of revenues, if, prior to the disaster, the employer or self-employed business received at least a majority of its revenue or income from an entity in the major disaster area that was damaged or destroyed in the disaster or an entity in the major disaster area closed by the federal, state, or local government.
DUA is available to individuals beginning the week of February 9, 2020. Benefits for this disaster will be available for individuals until October 3, 2020, as long as their unemployment continues to be a direct result of the major disaster. Individuals should file as soon as possible, although they are allowed to file up to 30 days after the announcement date. Initial applications must be received on or before June 1, 2020.
Individuals will need to provide supporting documentation, including but not limited to, income information for tax year 2019, evidence of employment at the time of the disaster, or evidence of self-employment at the time of the disaster.
To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes a Social Security number and a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that the individuals were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred. Documentation for the self-employed can be obtained from banks or government entities, or affidavits from individuals having knowledge of their business.
Applications for DUA can be accessed throughwww.oregon.gov/EMPLOY/Disaster. Please include the weeks you would like to claim in your initial application.
For additional questions or to request an initial application, please email: OED_UI_DUA@oregon.gov