Assistance for those affected by the tornadoes

Disaster assistance available (from at 11:14 am today)

Individuals affected by the tornadoes in Jefferson, Orleans and St. Martin parishes two weeks ago are now eligible for federal aid, including Disaster Unemployment Assistance, the Louisiana Department of Labor announced this morning.

Individuals who reside or work in the three parishes must file applications for the assistance by March 30. Claims may be filed through the labor department’s Unemployment Insurance Call Center at (866) 783-5567 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To receive disaster unemployment benefits, individuals must provide their social security number, proof of wages, and proof of employment, including the name and address of the last employer. Disaster unemployment assistance provides benefits to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster.

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