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Scott Walker, Governor
Raymond Allen, Secretary

Department of Workforce Development
Secretary's Office

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P.O. Box 7946
Madison, WI 53707-7946
Telephone: (608) 266-3131
Fax: (608) 266-1784
Email: sec@dwd.wisconsin.gov

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
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Governor Walker Obtains Disaster Unemployment Assistance for Eight Wisconsin Counties

DUA assistance available for workers impacted by severe storms in August and September

MADISON – Governor Walker announced that Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to eligible individuals due to a major disaster declared by the President on October 18, 2018. The Department of Workforce Development is accepting applications for DUA from individuals in Crawford, Dane, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Richland, Sauk, and Vernon Counties whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, flooding and landslides between August 17, 2018 and September 14, 2018.

To be eligible for DUA individuals:

Also, eligible to apply for DUA are individuals who:

All DUA applicants must file for regular unemployment benefits first before receiving consideration for DUA benefits. DUA benefits are not payable if an individual is eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. Suffering a monetary loss due to damage to property or crops does not automatically entitle an individual to Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

Benefits are based on a person’s earnings for the most recent tax year. As a result, applicants may be asked to furnish earnings data from their most recent federal tax returns when filing a claim. The first potential week payable for DUA benefits is the week ending August 25, 2018.

Workers in the eight counties declared disaster areas, including those who are self-employed in farming or other businesses, must apply for benefits by November 23, 2018. Applications filed after this date will be considered untimely, unless the individual provides good cause for filing after this date.

Individuals who may be eligible for assistance must file a claim online. Go to https://dwd.wi.gov/ui/dua for information on how to file a claim. For help using online services or if you are unable to go online, call the DUA hotline at 608-318-7100 during business hours.

Additional information is available at https://dwd.wi.gov/ui/dua.