FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT DEADLINE IS JUNE 10
Self-employed and unemployed workers who live or work in the designated disaster areas and are not covered by regular state unemployment insurance programs may be eligible for this assistance under the major disaster declaration by President Bush on May 5. This program may provide benefits of up to $368 per week to eligible individuals for up to 26 weeks or until they are able to return to work.
Applicants should bring their Social Security number and, if possible, documentation showing earnings for the calendar year of 2001.
Residents of the two counties who have not registered for state and federal disaster assistance can do so by calling FEMA toll-free at 1-800-621 FEMA (1-800-621-3362). The hearing- and speech- impaired may register by calling (TTY) 1-800-462-7585.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971