Disaster Unemployment Assistance Deadline Approaching for Workers

AUSTIN July 11, 2015 – The Texas Workforce Commission reminds individuals impacted by severe storms in seven Texas counties that the deadline to apply for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is 11:59 p.m. CST Friday, July 17 under President Disaster Declaration (FEMA-4223-DR). The following counties are under this particular deadline:

Cooke, Dallas, Fannin, Grayson, Liberty, Nueces and Walker

Impacted workers and self-employed individuals affected by the storms in these counties can apply for benefits online at Unemployment Benefit Services or by calling the TWC Tele-Center Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at 800-939-6631. Individuals should specify that their applications are related to the damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding.

Storm victims can also visit any Workforce Solutions office to apply for DUA. Applications for DUA filed after the July 17 deadline will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for applying late.

DUA, which is unemployment insurance benefits made available especially for victims of disaster, is available to individuals who:

  •  Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for unemployment benefits

  •  Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment in the disaster area,

  •  Can no longer work or perform services because of physical damage or destruction to the place of

    employment as a direct result of the disaster

  •  Establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their primary source of


  •  Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster

  •  Became the breadwinner or major support of a household because of the death of the head of household

    To receive DUA benefits, all required documentation must be submitted within 21 days from the day the DUA application is filed. Required documentation includes Social Security number, a copy of the most recent federal income tax form or check stubs, or documentation to support that you were working or self-employed when the disaster occurred.

Applicants must mail in or fax all required documentation within 21 days from the date of the DUA application. Send mailed documentation to: Texas Workforce Commission, UI Support Services Department, Attn: DUA, 101 E. 15th St., Room 354, Austin, TX, 78778-0001, or fax it to (512) 936-3250.

Job seekers may visit Texas workforce centers for access to job-search resources, job postings and training programs, as well as assistance with exploring career options, résumé and application preparation, career development, and more. Customers also may connect with potential employers through TWC’s online job- search engine, by visiting WorkinTexas.com.


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