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FEMA to offer disaster unemployment benefits for those who lost work to tornadoes, flooding

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A tornado damaged many homes in Tuscaloosa County on April 28, 2014 A tornado damaged many homes in Tuscaloosa County on April 28, 2014
TUSCALOOSA, AL -

Alabamians who lost their jobs as a result of the recent tornadoes across Alabama are now eligible for FEMA unemployment benefits.

FEMA has announced state-administered disaster unemployment benefits for people who lost work due to the April 28 through May 2 weather situations, which included flooding and tornadoes in different parts of Alabama.

FEMA Media Relations Specialist Renee Bafalis said, "You're not able to work due to maybe the fact that your home has been damaged. You're not able to get to and from work."

Those who work in Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee and Limestone counties have until June 3 to apply for benefits. Those who live or work in Blount, DeKalb, Etowah, Mobile or Tuscaloosa counties have until June 9 to apply for benefits.

The maximum an individual could be awarded a weekend for disaster unemployment benefits is $265 for 26 weeks.

"It's a one stop shop. So anyone that may have those needs to come into our centers and speak to the representatives and see if they can at least help you find the appropriate person to talk to," Bafalis added.

To apply, click here or call 1-866-234-5382 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. You can also go to the FEMA Disaster Recovery Center in your county or visit your local unemployment office.

A representative from The Alabama Department of Labor said 13 people have signed up for disaster unemployment benefits.


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