Information for those Affected by Natural Disasters
Information for those Affected by Natural Disasters
Missourians in 27 affected counties, whose employment was lost or interrupted due to flooding from April 28-May 11, to apply for up to 26 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). Call (800) 788-4002 for help filing a DUA claim. To file a claim, call your Regional Claims Center Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or file online. Learn more...
When natural disasters like floods, droughts, tornadoes, severe storms, and earthquakes strike; the damage can be overwhelming. The Department of Labor can assist in many different ways with unemployment assistance, guidance on building laws surrounding community restoration and injuries that result from reconstruction, and helping victims who may experience discrimination while relocating to a safer area.
How the Department can help:
If you lose your job as a result of a natural disaster, you may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance. Call (800) 788-4002 for help filing a DUA claim. To file, call your Regional Claims Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go to UInteract to file online. Missourians impacted by the severe storms and flooding in all the declared counties can register for additional assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362, TTY (800) 462-7585, or register with FEMA online at DisasterAssistance.gov.
For more information, read the informational pamphlet Disaster Unemployment Assistance.
The Division of Employment Security is also providing extended due dates for Missouri businesses whose quarterly unemployment tax and wage report filings and payments were delayed by recent flooding. Most businesses had a deadline of May 1 to submit the quarterly reports and payment to the Division. Reports and payments from businesses that identify the recent flooding as the cause for the late filings are being considered timely filed and paid. In addition, the Division will work with employers and individuals to provide more flexibility in due dates to receive correspondences which would establish, protest, or appeal unemployment insurance claims.
If you are part of cleanup efforts in disaster areas, make sure you are taking the proper safety precautions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has provided the following fact sheets that will help you stay safe during the cleanup and restoration process.
OSHA Fact Sheet: Flood Cleanup
OSHA Fact Sheet: Cleanup Hazard
OSHA Fact Sheet: Demolition Safety
OSHA Fact Sheet: Electrical Safety
OSHA Fact Sheet: Mold Hazards
OSHA Fact Sheet: Fungi Hazards
OSHA Fact Sheet: Chain Saw Safety
OSHA Fact Sheet: Animal Rescue
If you are cleaning up debris for construction preparation or demolishing damaged structures, it could be considered as construction industry work. Construction crews should be covered by workers' compensation insurance coverage. In Missouri, all employers in the construction industry with one or more employees are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees (see Workers' Compensation Law). If you are injured on the job, visit our website to ensure you receive information about medical care and workers' compensation benefits. Be sure to take the first step and report your injury immediately to your supervisor. To find answers to the most frequently asked questions, visit our Division of Workers’ Compensation page.
If you are forced to relocate or rebuild due to a natural disaster and experience discrimination in housing, employment, or public accommodations, the Missouri Commission on Human Rights (MCHR) can help. Benefits and services available through state and federal disaster recovery assistance programs must be distributed to eligible persons without consideration of factors such as race, national origin or disability status. You cannot be denied disaster aid for reporting discrimination. If you are discriminated against based on your race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, disability, age (in employment) or familial status (in housing), take the Complaint Assessment or call 573-751-3325 to begin the process of filing a complaint with MCHR. Don't let discrimination stop you from rebuilding your life.
Fair housing laws apply to nearly all forms of residences, for both sale or rent, including apartments, houses, mobile homes, nursing homes, homeless shelters, and even vacant lots to be used for housing.
Individuals and families who sustained damage or losses due to the flooding and severe storms from April 28 to May 11, 2017 in one of the Missouri counties included in the Individual Assistance disaster declaration can register for disaster assistance by calling the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s toll-free registration number, 1-800-621-FEMA (3362), from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, or by going online to www.DisasterAssistance.gov. The quicker Missourians register with FEMA, the quicker they may be able to receive assistance.
For more information about safe drinking water, land reclamation, etc., view DNR's Disaster Publication Packet.
To find additional resources across the state, visit the Missouri Recovery Portal.