Oso, WA: Disaster unemployment benefits authorized for SR-530 landslide

Posted on April 4, 2014 By

According to the Indian Country Today Media Network.com President Barack Obama declared a major disaster for the region of Washington State decimated by the SR-530 landslide, which at last count had killed 29 people, with 19 still missing. The declaration makes federal aid available to “supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by flooding and mudslides beginning on March 22, 2014, and continuing,” the White House said in a statement. The next day the Washington Employment Security Department freed up unemployment benefits for those struggling with lost income. This is wonderful news as a speedy response is of the essence in disaster recovery. ~Bruce Biles

The scale of the devastation is apparent as people and equipment pick through the one-square-mile debris field of mud that is 80 feet deep in places, searching for victims of the March 22 landslide north of Seattle. -Reuters

The scale of the devastation is apparent as people and equipment pick through the one-square-mile debris field of mud that is 80 feet deep in places, searching for victims of the March 22 landslide north of Seattle. –Reuters

OLYMPIA – Disaster unemployment benefits are now available to workers and self-employed individuals who lost their jobs or had their work hours substantially reduced as a result of the State Route 530 landslide in Snohomish County.

There are three key requirements to keep in mind:
• Disaster unemployment benefits are only for people who don’t qualify for regular unemployment benefits.
• The unemployment or reduced work hours must be a direct result of the disaster.
• Applications must be submitted to the Washington state Employment Security Department by May 5, 2014. Disaster assistance is payable for work lost the week of March 23, 2014, or later.

Qualified applicants will be eligible to receive $194 to $624 per week in benefits. Read more.

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