Disaster Unemployment Assistance Announced for Gibson and Lauderdale Counties

Friday, May 27, 2011 | 02:55 pm
17 Counties Now Approved for Disaster Unemployment Benefits
 
NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development announced today that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) benefits are now available for workers in Gibson and Lauderdale counties as a direct result of severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding for the incident period beginning on April 19, 2011, and continuing. This is an amendment to declaration number FEMA-1979-DR.
 
This brings the total to 17 counties that have been approved for individual assistance. 

“As West Tennessee recovers from these natural disasters, the agency continues to assist those unemployed who have been affected by these record floods,” said Commissioner Karla Davis. “Those who are self employed, and ordinarily would not be covered under Tennessee’s unemployment insurance program may be able to take advantage of this assistance until they can get back to work.”

If your unemployment claim is a direct result of the disaster, do not file your claim by internet to avoid delays. You may call 1-866-331-1271, extension 7599, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.   
 
Persons affected by the disaster under FEMA-1979-DR Amendment 1 for the approved counties of Gibson and Lauderdale will have until June 27, 2011, to file for disaster unemployment benefits.
 
Persons affected by the disaster under FEMA-1979-DR for the approved counties of Dyer, Lake, Obion, Shelby and Stewart will have until June 9, 2011, to file for disaster unemployment benefits.
 
Persons affected by the disaster under FEMA-1974-DR Amendment 1 for the approved counties of Bledsoe, Cocke, Johnson, McMinn, Monroe and Rhea have until June 6, 2011, to file for disaster unemployment benefits.
 
Persons affected by the disaster under FEMA-1974-DR for the approved counties of Bradley, Greene, Hamilton and Washington have until June 2, 2011, to file for disaster unemployment benefits.    
 
If possible, individuals should have access to their 2010 income tax return, Social Security Number, and any papers with wage and employment information prior to the disaster.
 
Weekly DUA benefit amounts are determined in the same way as regular unemployment benefits. Benefits range from $112 to $275 per week and are payable up to 26 weeks after the day of declaration, which was May 9, 2011.  DUA benefits will end if unemployment is no longer the direct result of the disaster.
 
Persons who are unemployed as a direct result of the severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and associated flooding for incident period beginning April 19, 2011, who need to file a Tennessee unemployment claim or DUA claim may call 615-253-0800, extension 7599, or 1-866-331-1271, extension 7599, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays or report in person to one of the following TDLWD Career Centers.  Designated Career Centers take claims on Mondays and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m.    
 
These are the 22 career centers that take mass lack-of-work claims on a regular basis. 
 
Athens
410 Congress Parkway
Bristol
1712 West State Street
Chattanooga
5600 Brainerd Road, Suite A-5
Clarksville
Veterans Plaza, 350 Pageant Lane, Suite 406
Columbia
119 Nashville Highway, Suite 106, Northway Shopping Ctr.
Cookeville
580 South Jefferson Ave., Suite A
Crossville
60 Ridley Street
Dyersburg
439 McGaughey Street
Gallatin
175 College Street
Humboldt
1481 Mullins Street
Jacksboro
1016 Main Street
Jackson
362 Carriage House Drive
Johnson City
2515 Wesley Street
Knoxville
1610 University Avenue
Lawrenceburg
702 Mahr Avenue
McMinnville
107 Lyon Street
Murfreesboro
1313 Old Fort Parkway
Nashville
2200 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (previously Metro Center Blvd.)
Paris
1023 Mineral Wells Avenue, Suite F
Rogersville
1112 East Main Street
Talbott/Morristown
6057 W. Andrew Johnson Highway, Alpha Square, Suite A
Tullahoma
111 East Lincoln Street
   
If persons affected by the disaster are located in Shelby County they may file their DUA claim by calling 615-253-0800, extension 7599, or 1-866-331-1271, extension 7599. The following Tennessee Career Centers process walk-in unemployment claims from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday:
 
Memphis - Mendenhall
5368 South Mendenhall Mall
Memphis - Raleigh
2850 Austin Peay Hwy., Suite 132
Memphis - Poplar
1295 Poplar Avenue
Collierville
942 West Poplar, Suite 4
Somerville
121 West Court Square
Ripley
301C Lake Drive
Covington
973 Highway 51 North Bypass
 
For updates, please check our agency’s Web site at www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/.
 
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