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Information for those Affected by Natural Disasters

Information for those Affected by Natural Disasters

Missourians in Christian, Crawford, Dent, Greene, Iron, Ste. Genevieve, Wayne and Wright counties, whose employment was lost or interrupted due to flooding from April 28 to May 11, can apply for up to 26 weeks of Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). To file a claim, call your Regional Claims Center, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or file online.

Applications for DUA will be accepted through August 17, 2017.

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:

Unemployment Assistance
Cleanup Safety Precautions
Injuries on the Job While Rebuilding
Discrimination Protection
Additional Resources

 Unemployment Assistance

If you lose your job as a result of a natural disaster, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits. Claimants in the following 8 counties must file a DUA claim by August 17, 2017: Christian, Crawford, Dent, Greene, Iron, Ste. Genevieve, Wayne and Wright. Eligibility for DUA will be determined on a week-to-week basis and individuals can only receive benefits for as long as his or her unemployment continues as a result of the disaster. Learn more...

To file a DUA claim, call your Regional Claims Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or go to uinteract.labor.mo.gov. 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.

 Cleanup Safety Precautions

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

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 Injuries on the Job While Rebuilding

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.

 Discrimination Protection

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.

 Additional Resources

Individuals and families who sustained damage or losses due to a natural disaster 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.

For more information about safe drinking water, land reclamation, etc., view DNR's Disaster Publication Packet.

The Missouri State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has press releases and situation reports available online.

To find additional resources across the state, visit the Missouri Recovery Portal.