Disaster Unemployment Assistance Available to Shasta County Wildfire-Affected Workers

Workers, business owners, and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs temporarily or permanently as a direct result of the wildfire in Shasta County. May be eligible for federally subsidized disaster unemployment assistance (DUA). DUA applies to losses beginning the week of July 29, 2018. The deadline for filing a claim is September 10, 2018.

DUA is available to survivors who:

  • Would not be eligible for normal unemployment benefits, such as self-employed persons and farm workers.
  • Worked or were self-employed or scheduled to begin work or self-employment in Shasta County.
  • Can no longer work or perform services due to physical damage or destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the wildfire.
  • Establish the work or self-employment they can no longer perform is a direct result of the wildfire.
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment due to an injury as a result of the wildfire.
  • Became the breadwinner or major support of household due to the death of the head of household.
  • Have applied for and used all regular unemployment benefits from any state, or do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits and remain unemployed as a direct result of the disaster.
  • Applications may be made online through the California Employment Development Department (EDD) website https://www.edd.ca.gov/unemployment/UI_Online.htm or by calling EDD at 1-800-300-5616 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekdays.
  • English: 1-800-300-5616
  • Spanish: 1-800-326-8937
  • Chinese (Cantonese): 1-800-547-350
  • Chinese (Mandarin): 1-866-303-0706
  • Vietnamese: 1-800-547-2058

Jonathan Gudel

Jonathan Gudel is a Public Information Officer for the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). Since joining Cal OES, he has assisted in the response and recovery efforts of the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak, the state's historic drought, the Oroville Dam Emergency Spillway Incident, unprecedented winter storms in 2017, the October (Sonoma County) and December (Santa Barbara County) 2017 wildfires, and statewide wildfire siege in 2018 . Previously, he worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years.

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