Out of work because of Irma? Here's how to get disaster unemployment assistance

Posted at 10:39 PM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 07:12:07-04

The State of Florida is also offering grants to people who are out of work after Hurricane Irma and may be struggling to make ends meet.

"Anyone that missed work during the time of the storm, they will be able to apply for unemployment benefits through the state," said Cheria Brown, a spokesperson with FEMA.

To apply, go to and click on the button that says 'apply for disaster unemployment'. Often times, people can receive financial help in as little as 5-10 days. These grants do not have to be paid back. Small businesses can also apply for grants and loans through the site.The deadline to submit applications is October 16th.

According to the website, Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to those who:

  • Worked or were self-employed or were scheduled to begin work or self-employment;
  • Are not able to work or perform services because of physical damage of destruction to the place of employment as a direct result of the disaster;
  • Can establish that the work or self-employment they can no longer perform was their principal source of income; 
  • Do not qualify for regular unemployment benefits from any state;
  • Cannot perform work or self-employment because of an injury as a direct result of the disaster; or
  • Became the breadwinner or major supporter of a household because of the death of the head of household.

Those who are looking to apply for general disaster assistance for temporary housing, emergency repairs, medical expenses and damages to your home, should use