DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT DEADLINE IS JUNE 21 FOR VIRGINIA TORNADO AND STORM VICTIMS

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Media Contacts:
VEC –      C. B. Pierce            (804) 786-1883
FEMA –  Josie Pritchard        (276) 973-0078
VDEM – Suzanne Simmons   (276) 973-0063


        FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
       
June 17, 2002
        FEMA-1411-DR-VA-42


DISASTER UNEMPLOYMENT DEADLINE IS JUNE 21
FOR VIRGINIA TORNADO AND STORM VICTIMS



WISE, Va. – Residents of six counties and one independent city in Virginia who suffered damages from May flooding and severe storms have less than one week to apply for disaster unemployment assistance. The deadline for residents of Bedford, Campbell, Cumberland, Greensville, Prince Edward and Shenandoah counties and the city of Bedford is June 21. Anyone interested in filing for disaster unemployment assistance should visit the nearest Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) field office.


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 2001.


Residents 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.


 





NOTE TO EDITORS: Information on the Southwest Virginia disaster is also available on FEMA’s homepage on the Internet at www.fema.gov, or VDEM’s homepage at www.vaemergency.com. Information also is available through FEMA’s 24-fax-on-demand service by calling (202) 646-FEMA. RADIO NEWS DIRECTORS: For recorded actualities on response and recovery operations call the FEMA Radio Network at 1-800-323-5248.

 

Be ready. Be willing to help.

Virginia Disaster Relief Fund