NOTICE: DUA ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR SEVERAL IOWA COUNTIES DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER EVENTS ON APRIL 26 AND MAY 21, 2024

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) has been made available for the following Iowa counties who were impacted by recent severe storms:

Clarke, Harrison, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, and Union Counties (Storms on April 26, 2024):

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced that President Biden has approved Iowa’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now authorized to provide assistance to Clarke, Harrison, Mills, Polk, Pottawattamie, Ringgold, Shelby, and Union Counties that were impacted by severe weather on April 26, 2024. Assistance is currently approved for 29 weeks, and applications are due on July 13, 2024.

Adair, Polk, Story, and Montgomery Counties (Storms on May 21, 2024):

  • Gov. Kim Reynolds has announced that President Biden has approved Iowa’s request for a Major Disaster Declaration. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are now authorized to provide assistance to Adair, Polk, Story, and Montgomery Counties that were impacted by severe weather on May 26, 2024. Impacted individuals can start applying today. Additional details, including information on deadlines and eligible weeks for this assistance, are expected early next week.

OVERVIEW

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is a program which provides temporary income to eligible individuals who become unemployed as a result of a major disaster. It is funded by the federal government, not by state unemployment taxes paid by employers. Visit this link for a flyer that provides an overview of DUA.

MAJOR DISASTER

A “major disaster” is a hurricane, tornado, storm, flood, earthquake, drought, ice conditions, fire or other catastrophe. The President declares a major disaster and makes funds available. The Disaster Assistance Period is then activated.

INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS

  • An employer will not be charged for benefits paid to employees receiving unemployment insurance benefits as a direct result of a natural disaster if a Presidential declaration has been made.
  • A Presidential declaration for disaster for individual assistance must be made in specific counties for disaster unemployment insurance payments to be available.  
  • If no Presidential declaration is made, employers may still be charged for benefits paid to employees.
  • Contact us if your employees cannot work as a result of disaster.
  • All individuals who wish to be reviewed for UI eligibility must file an initial claim application online.
  • All employers who have affected workers that are unable to work due to the disaster should contact us as soon as possible by phone 866-239-0843 or by email uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov and provide us with the following information:
    • Name of employer
    • Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
    • Address of work location 
    • Number of employees affected
    • Contact Name, phone number and email address
  • Employers should respond to all Notice of Claims (65-5317) or SIDES notifications if a claim is filed for someone that is not working due to disaster.

INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES/SELF EMPLOYED WORKERS AFFECTED BY DISASTER

  • If you are not working as a result of disaster, you must file an unemployment insurance claim application online. Please see additional information below.
  • Your claim will be reviewed to determine if you have wages reported in Iowa.
  • An individual will need to contact us to apply for DUA if they are denied on their regular UI claim (this would include someone who has no wages, lacks earnings, or has enough earnings but gets denied on a regular claim).  If you are not receiving your mail as a result of the disaster, you should contact us 3 business days after you have filed your claim.  Contact us by phone at 866-239-0843 or by email at uiclaimshelp@iwd.iowa.gov 

Information on DUA and Eligibility

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