October 19th Deadline Set for Workers in Five Georgia Counties to File for Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Workers in five Georgia counties affected by Hurricane Irma have until Oct. 19 to file initial claims for Disaster Unemployment Assistance to compensate for loss of income directly resulting from the storm.  

The affected counties are Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh.   Any claim filed after Oct. 19 will not be eligible to be paid benefits without extenuating circumstances.

DUA is a federal program established to help workers whose primary income is lost, or interrupted, as a direct result of a disaster declared by the President. It differs from regular state unemployment insurance in that it provides benefits to people who are self-employed, farmers, diversified farming operators, loggers, commission-paid employees, and others who are not eligible under the state’s program. The maximum weekly benefit amount is $330.

Individuals in the authorized counties who were directly affected by Irma must first apply for regular unemployment insurance on the Georgia Department of Labor website at dol.georgia.gov, or in-person at any GDOL career center. The GDOL will notify claimants if they are also eligible to file for DUA.

When applying for DUA benefits, verification of income may be required. Applicants should be prepared to provide proof of earnings for the most recently completed tax year. Acceptable proof of earnings includes copies of most recent completed income tax returns, copies of quarterly estimated income tax payment records, or similar documents.

DUA benefits may also be available to individuals who become the breadwinner, or who provide major financial support, for a household because the head of household died as a direct result of the hurricane. Individuals applying for benefits under such circumstances must present proof of the death of the head of household, such as a death certificate or affidavit.

While applications may be filed at any GDOL career center, those in the five-county-disaster area are the Brunswick Career Center, 2517 Tara Lane, (912) 264-7244; Hinesville Career Center, 740 General Stewart Way, (912) 370-2595, Kings Bay Career Center, 406 Osborne Street, St. Marys, (912) 673-6942 and Savannah Career Center, 5520 White Bluff Road, (912) 356-2773.